Southeastern Conference - Associate Commissioner for Men's Basketball
Parker Executive Search
Location: Brimingham, Alabama
About the Conference
Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is highly regarded as one of the nation’s most elite intercollegiate athletic conferences. Throughout its 90-year history, the SEC has provided leadership on the vital issues facing intercollegiate competition. Commissioner Greg Sankey has effectively introduced change and innovation for the Conference while respecting the institutional traditions that make the SEC unique, allowing the SEC to remain at the forefront in leading the charge to address the most significant challenges in college athletics, to support student-athletes more effectively, and even reimagine the future of college sports. With an understanding of the highly competitive environment of college sports, under Commissioner Sankey’s leadership and guidance, he has fostered the collaborative culture of the SEC that sets the Conference apart and supports its continuing success.
The SEC is home to fourteen institutions (University of Alabama; University of Arkansas; Auburn University; University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky; Louisiana State University; University of Mississippi; Mississippi State University; University of Missouri; University of South Carolina; University of Tennessee; Texas A&M University; and Vanderbilt University) and will expand to sixteen in 2024 (University of Oklahoma and University of Texas). The SEC sponsors team championships in nine men’s sports and twelve women’s sports at the NCAA Division I level (baseball; men’s and women’s basketball; men’s and women’s cross country; women’s equestrian; football; men’s and women’s golf; gymnastics; soccer; women's softball; men’s and women’s swimming & diving; men’s and women’s tennis; men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field; and women’s volleyball). The Conference has continually built upon its recognized success, strong foundations, and rich traditions with each member of the SEC having won many national championships: 46 in outdoor track, 42 in indoor track, 28 in football, 25 in swimming & diving, 22 in basketball, , 19 in gymnastics, 18 in golf, 14 in baseball, 10 in cross country, eight in equestrian, three in softball, , one in soccer and one in volleyball.
Additionally, the Conference has continued to leverage its athletic success and reputation to generate revenue for its member institutions due in large part to the introduction of the SEC Network/SEC Network+, a dedicated channel and complementary digital platform developed by ESPN and the SEC that airs SEC content 24/7 and provides hundreds of additional digital only events to fans through the ESPN App.
Reporting to the Commissioner, the Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball develops, enacts, and manages strategies for enhancing and promoting SEC Men’s Basketball by facilitating communication among stakeholders in SEC Men’s Basketball programs; maintaining relationships with media personnel and outlets who cover SEC Men’s Basketball; and developing, implementing, and maintaining consistent competition policies across the SEC’s member institutions.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide leadership for the sport of Men's Basketball within the Southeastern Conference. • Serve as the SEC office liaison to the Conference’s Men’s Basketball Coaches and other key groups associated with Men’s Basketball. • Maintain relationships with the SEC's Men's Basketball Coaches, Athletics Directors, Administrators, and members of the media. • Facilitate ongoing and regular communication related to Men’s Basketball between and among the SEC office, its member institutions, and other important constituencies. • Identify, develop and execute innovative strategies for the purpose of enhancing and promoting SEC Men's Basketball. • Develop and implement, as approved, media outreach strategies to promote SEC Men’s Basketball. • Develop, implement, and maintain Men’s Basketball competition policies across the SEC’s member institutions. • Serve as SEC Men’s Basketball liaison to the NCAA Selection Committee and at meetings of athletic conferences across the country. • Prepare the Conference Men's Basketball schedule in collaboration with media partner. • Coordinate non-conference Men's Basketball scheduling with SEC institutions and media partner. • Serve as the primary contact for the SEC's Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officials. • Oversee collaborative replay/monitoring/and administration. • Oversee the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and related events. • Represent the Southeastern Conference to appropriate committees and entities. • Identify potential new streams of revenue generation associated with Men’s Basketball. • Oversee Men's Basketball game management, including regular communication with campus basketball game management directors and directors of basketball operations. • Travel to represent the SEC at member institutions, including by visiting member institutions’ athletic departments and Men’s Basketball contests. • Provide information to the SEC’s Athletics Directors on a regular basis via in-person meetings and videoconferences with a focus on strengthening the performance of Men’s Basketball teams in the Southeastern Conference. • Participate in additional roles and activities intended to further the objectives of the Southeastern Conference, including support of Conference meetings and championship events.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
Previous experience overseeing men’s basketball games and/or tournaments, including initial scheduling, development, and execution strongly
Strong understanding of key issues involving men’s
Strong public relations, oral, and written communication skills.
High attention to detail and organizational skills with excellent oral and written communication
Ability to delegate effectively and serve as both a leader and as a team member.
Proven ability to provide a strategic vision and demonstrated success in managing strategy to action.
Ability to hire, develop and retain outstanding staff.
Proven success in managing a diverse and complex organization to effectively champion the SEC and Men’s Basketball.
Ability to exercise judgment, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Ability to deal with ambiguity and resolve conflict with diverse constituents.
A collaborative style and positively focused high energy.
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