Application info for the CHSAA commissioner job

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Cover Letter

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Candidates for the Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner's position:

My name is Eddie Hartnett, and I am the current CHSAA president. I am happy that you are considering the prestigious position of CHSAA commissioner. The posting and hiring process will take place this spring.

On Jan. 3, 2017, the CHSAA Board of Directors will post the Commissioner's position, which will be open until Feb. 14, 2017. The CHSAA Board of Directors has been working together to make this transition as smooth as possible for all of our member schools, the 170,000 student participants, and Colorado School Communities.

The CHSAA Board of Directors takes this great responsibility very seriously and will make it their top priority to select the best person for the job. As you know, we have collected input from each member school through their leagues and have compiled a list priority attributes for this position that are important to our schools. The interview process will be completed in March and, following the vetting process, I will introduce the new Commissioner of CHSAA to the membership at the April 20th Legislative Council meeting.

The position is appealing for many different reasons and is sure to have many applicants who are qualified to lead us. The Board of Directors is honored to have been given this responsibility and is looking forward to the opportunity to fill this important Colorado Activities and Athletics Administrator position with a strong leader that will move us forward into the future.

Respectfully,

Edward J. Hartnett, CMAA
President, Colorado High School Activities Association

Colorado High School Activities Association notice of position opening

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Position

  • Commissioner, Colorado High School Activities Association

Position Summary

The Commissioner serves as the chief administrative officer of the Colorado High School Activities Association. The Commissioner shall:

  • Direct and implement all programs, rules and regulations approved by the Legislative Council and Board of Directors;
  • Implement the adopted policies and procedures of the Board of Directors;
  • Act as the chief financial officer of the Association;
  • Supervise the Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners and the Clerical and Secretarial Staff;
  • Interpret, clarify and rule on the application of the CHSAA Constitution and Bylaws ;
  • Oversee the use of all electronic media associated with CHSAA;
  • Correspond with and answer member school questions concerning student eligibility; and,
  • Discharge all other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Legislative Council and Board of Directors.

Applicants are referred to the Job Description of the Commissioner included below this Posting.

Qualifications

  • Education: The Commissioner must hold a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the position responsibilities, with a master’s degree or higher preferred or be in the process of obtaining a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Administration or Business Administration.
  • Experience: The Commissioner must have substantial experience supervising professional and classified staff and managing organizational budgets. Experience in secondary school administration, including significant experience in interscholastic activities and athletics, is preferred. 
  • Skills: CHSAA is seeking a trustworthy, mission-oriented leader whose integrity and commitment are clearly evident. Among the skills expected of a successful applicant are: effective communication, collaboration, decision-making, and innovation.

Contract; Salary

The Commissioner will receive a 12 month contract, renewable by the Board of Directors. Salary will be commensurate with professional qualifications and experience and comparable data.

Benefits

Public Employees Retirement Association, (including 401k); medical, dental and vision plans; sick leave; 24 days annual vacation; life insurance.

Application Requirements

Candidate must submit:

  • A one-page letter expressing interest in CHSAA Commissioner position
  • Three to five letters of reference
  • A professional vita
  • A written response to the following: "What is your definition of effective education-based activities and athletics and how can it be implemented?"

Submit applications in electronic format to:

Alexander Halpern, Esq.
Halpern Meacham LLC
ahalpern@halpernllc.com
303-449-6180

Timeline, application process

  • Announcement of position opening: January 3, 2017
  • Deadline for receipt of applications: February 14, 2017
  • Selection of candidates to be interviewed: February 22, 2017
  • Interview candidates: March-April, 2017
  • Announce selection of Commissioner: April 20, 2017

The Colorado High School Activities Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Description

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  • Job Title: Commissioner
  • Job Family: Professional Staff
  • Updated: Oct. 2016

Summary of position

The Commissioner serves as the chief administrative officer of the Colorado High School Activities Association. The Commissioner shall:

  • Direct and implement all programs, rules and regulations approved by the Legislative Council and Board of Directors;
  • Implement the adopted policies and procedures of the Board of Directors;
  • Act as the chief financial officer of the Association;
  • Supervise the Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners and the Clerical and Secretarial Staff;
  • Interpret, clarify and rule on the application of the CHSAA Constitution and Bylaws;
  • Oversee the use of all electronic media associated with CHSAA;
  • Correspond with and answer member school questions concerning student eligibility; and,
  • Discharge all other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Legislative Council and Board of Directors.

Required Knowledge and Experience

Related Work Experience

The Commissioner must have substantial experience supervising professional and classified staff and managing organizational budgets. Experience in secondary school administration, including significant experience in interscholastic activities and athletics, is preferred. 

Formal education or equivalent

The Commissioner must hold a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the position responsibilities, with a master’s degree or higher preferred or be in the process of obtaining a Master's Degree or its equivalent in Administration or Business Administration.

Skills

The Commissioner must be a trustworthy, mission-oriented leader whose integrity and commitment are paramount. The Commissioner must possess strong organizational skills and be skilled in conflict management. The Commissioner must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. The Commissioner must be confident, self-motivated, and possess the ability to lead and work as a team player. The Commissioner must be able to be able to work in fast-paced conditions, to multitask and must possess impeccable time management skills.

The Commissioner must possess a strong interest and significant experience in interscholastic athletics and activities. The Commissioner must be experienced in event planning and management and understand athletic playoff formats and brackets. The Commissioner must be knowledgeable of the CHSAA Constitution and Bylaws and able to apply the bylaws with definiteness and understanding.

The Commissioner must possess the skills necessary to perform as the Human Resource Manager; have the knowledge of finance and budgeting necessary to fulfill the office of Treasurer; must oversee the use of electronic media including websites, newsletters, etc.; and must be computer confident and familiar with Microsoft Office.

Other

The Commissioner must be able to work weekends and nights; to travel within Colorado and out-of-state; and to work in all different weather climates and conditions.

Primary Responsibilities

The Commissioner shall:

  • Carry out and implement the written policies and directives of the Board of Directors and Legislative Council.
  • Enforce the CHSAA rules, policies and regulations, while promoting the aims and objectives of the Association.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and Legislative Council in refining current activities and developing new activities aimed at increasing student participation.
  • Serve as the communicative and liaison responsibilities with the State of Colorado via the Department of Education, the Legislature and the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education; state-wide educational organizations such as CASB, CASE, and CADA; and, on the national level, the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Sports Governing Boards.
  • Serve as the principal Human Resource Manager for all CHSAA Professional and Clerical Staff
  • Determine and finalize decisions on waivers and eligibility decisions, subject to review on appeal in accordance with the Bylaws.
  • Act as the Secretary-Treasurer of the CHSAA and provide updated financial reports, including the annual audit as required by the Colorado State Statutes.
  • Have final responsibility for the Association’s fiscal expenditures as adopted in the annual budget by the Board of Directors and the Legislative Council.
  • Evaluate annually, or more frequently, the Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners and the finance officer; and review all other evaluations by the Associate Commissioner/Assistant Commissioners.
  • Assist in the development and interpretation of student eligibility standards.
  • Correspond with and assist superintendents, principals, and athletic/activity directors with questions and concerns.
  • Represent the Association to superintendents, principals, athletic/activity directors, coaches, media and the public in promoting the values of interscholastic athletics and activities.
  • Oversee the use of all electronic media associated with the Association.
  • Play an integral role in the Association’s positive leadership activities.
  • Play an integral role in the Association’s gender and race equity program.
  • Work closely and help guide committees when making decisions.
  • Be responsible for the disbursement of various funds to school districts per the established criteria of the Legislative Council.