Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Founded in 1951 with seven original members as the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League (MCHL), on to the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League (WIHL) in 1953 and then to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in 1959, the league has adapted and evolved on numerous occasions over its distinguished history, always with a mindset of growing the game and assisting developing programs however possible. The new-look men's WCHA for 2013-14 covers a wide, diverse geographical area that includes five time zones and consists of ten quality institutions that offer the best in both educational and athletic environments in University of Alabama Huntsville, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bemidji State University, Bowling Green State University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Northern Michigan University.
The Commissioner serves at the pleasure of the Association and has specific delegated responsibilities and authority as defined in the Associations Constitution, Bylaws; Code of Regulations; the Annual Meeting minutes; Committee actions; and the normal dictates of conducting the business of a conference office.
- Respected in the college hockey world and has either coached or administered college hockey at the Division I level.
- Knowledgeable and experienced with NCAA structures and committees and able to successfully represent the interests of the WCHA at the national level.
- Develop unique value propositions and business partnerships.
- A record of fostering highly collaborative work environments.
- Recognized within and outside the league as a leader of strength and character.
- Brings a presence with the other commissioners concerning NCAA tournament issues, rule changes, and recruiting issues.
- Ability to successfully operate and market the WCHA championship weekend, including the ability to generate an atmosphere/environment appropriate to an event of this magnitude.
- Ability to identify and manage staff to operate the WCHA office, including hiring and managing a director of officials to successfully recruit and retain officials who are committed to excelling at their profession.
- Business-minded and able to manage the league budget and maximize revenues in regards to WCHA playoffs, sponsorship, and potential TV opportunities
- Ability to collaborate, market and promote the league to external constituencies.
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of individuals and interest groups.
Administrative Duties / Responsibilities
- Responsible for the conduct of all business of the Association and the general active management of the Association.
- Ability to maintain an optimal balance between strategic and tactical responsibilities.
- Responsible for supervision and production of all WCHA employees.
- Serves as the WCHA's primary liaison with other ice hockey organizations such as:
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
- Ice Hockey Commissioner's Association
- NCAA Ice Hockey Championship Committee
- NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee
- American Hockey Coaches Association
- USA Hockey
- Serves as the WCHA enforcement officer, and as such, investigates any alleged violations of NCAA or WCHA rules and regulations as may be directed by the Executive Committee.
- Serves as member, ex-officio member, or advisor on all standing Association Committees.
- Serves as the permanent Chair of the Association Tournament Committee.
- When present, preside at meetings of the board and of the members.
- See that orders and resolutions of the board are carried into effect.
- Sign and deliver in the name of corporation deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments pertaining to the business of the corporation, except in cases in which the authority to sign and deliver is required by law to be exercised by another person or is expressly delegated by the articles or bylaws or by the board to another officer or agent or the corporation.
- Foster a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness throughout all levels of the organization
- Perform other duties prescribed by the board
- Conduct and supervise all WCHA business in regard to the officiating of Association games.
- Primary liaison with Association coaches regarding interpretation and implementation of ice hockey playing rules.
- Provides leadership and direction, consistent with the philosophy of the NCAA and the WCHA, to the on and off ice officials that are retained to work the Association hockey games.
- Tournaments – Oversight of the directing of the WCHA post-season championship tournament.
- Supervise and assist the Associate Commissioner of Public Relations in the promotion and marketing of the WCHA.
- Improve and maintain a positive working relationship with all segments of the active media.
- Give support to the operating budget by soliciting and securing sponsorships and corporate partnerships.
- Develop strategies and execute cultivation, solicitation and sponsorship plans for existing and new prospects.
- Responsible for engaging the services of a CPA and law firm to provide services on behalf of the Association.
- Represent the Association in a manner consistent with the educational and competitive goals of the ten institutions, the WCHA as an organization and the NCAA.
The WCHA invites applications and expressions of interest to be submitted to Parker Executive Search, the search firm assisting the WCHA. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all applications be submitted prior to March 14, 2014. For complete consideration or additional information please contact:
Daniel Parker, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext: 116