The Little East Conference was established in April 1986 as a single sport league by six public institutions located throughout New England and began competition as the sports of men’s and women’s basketball teams commenced play in 1986-87. The Little East Conference has since become an NCAA Division III, multi-sport league with nine primary members, six affiliate members and 19 championships. The Little East Conference’s primary members are Castleton University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State University, Rhode Island College, University of Southern Maine and Western Connecticut State University. The office is currently located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (negotiable with successful candidate).
The Little East Conference is committed to athletic excellence in support of the missions of the member institutions and guiding principles of NCAA Division III. The Little East Conference serves as a thought leader for the holistic wellbeing of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The Little East Conference champions access to opportunity and an intentionally diverse, equitable and inclusive culture. The Little East Conference promotes fairness and equity through thoughtful governance, competitive integrity and respectful contest environments. The Little East Conference leverages technological innovations to celebrate the achievements of the membership and the goodwill of intercollegiate athletics.
The Commissioner serves as the chief administrative officer. The appointment, supervision and evaluation of the Commissioner shall be applied as prescribed in the Constitution. The Commissioner is vested with power and authority as may be reasonably necessary to discharge the duties of the office. The Commissioner shall perform such duties as are prescribed within the Constitution and Bylaws and other responsibilities as may be determined by the Presidents Council.
It is the obligation of the Commissioner to administer all duties and responsibilities as determined by the Constitution and Bylaws and as requested by the Presidents Council and Athletic Directors Council.
The Commissioner shall:
Administer, interpret, and enforce the conference constitution, bylaws, and regulations, as well as those of the NCAA.
Serve as the direct supervisor of the Assistant Commissioner.
Prepare an evaluation of the Assistant Commissioner to be prepared for the Presidents Council.
Serve as the recorder of the Conference, assembling and submitting materials and agendas for all conference meetings.
Issue the call for meetings and be responsible for the arrangements of the meetings.
Be responsible for the distribution and retention, in the Conference Office, of all minutes of any authorized meeting.
Serve as the Conference’s primary liaison with the NCAA.
Prepare and submit for approval to the Presidents Council a yearly budget for the operation of the Conference.
Issue yearly invoices for each full and affiliate member and collect all annual dues from full and affiliate members as stated in the Constitution.
Identify issues of critical importance to the Conference and offer strategies to resolve issues.
Employ and supervise, upon approval of the Presidents Council, such personnel as may be necessary to the performance of functions of the Conference Office.
Represent the Conference as the voting delegate at the annual and special NCAA Conventions.
Attend meetings or conventions of recognized associations or organizations concerned with amateur and intercollegiate athletics.
Conduct, through the media, publications, meeting and the service of the Conference office, a continuous educational program emphasizing the development of scholarship, and understanding of the high ideals and of the values of competitive intercollegiate athletics.
Act as a mediator of controversies and disputes between member institutions.
Administer all Conference championships.
Establish an ongoing program of corporate financial support, revenue generation, and resource development for the operation of the LEC office.
Refer problems to appropriate committees and consult with chairs to develop resolution.
Keep all institutional representatives informed of the ongoing business of the Conference.
Build productive relationships with Presidents and Athletic Directors Councils while strengthening communication between the two.
Work with sport liaisons to review applicable
Serve as the chair of the Scheduling Task Force Committee.
Maintain a compilation of precedents and interpretations of Conference rules and regulation from proceedings of authorized Conference meetings.
Standardizing and purchasing all Conference awards, medals, and trophies as are necessary for the Conference meets and other purposes.
Administrating Conference policies involving radio, television, video streaming, and related programs as they develop.
Take the necessary disciplinary action against any institution, individual or team found to have violated the rules and regulations of the Conference and/or the NCAA.
Assist any member institution officially notified by the NCAA of alleged violations.
Serve as an ex officio member of all Sport Committees.
The Commissioner shall notify the Athletic Directors Executive Committee of all appeals, provide all germane information, and give notice of the results of the appeal.
The specific statements shown in each section of the description are not intended to be all-inclusive but represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.
Bachelor’s degree required, with master’s degree strongly preferred, plus five years of relevant experience. Other required qualifications include:
Excellent knowledge of collegiate athletics, with preference given to individuals with extensive experience in NCAA Division III and/or the administration of an athletic conference
Aptitude for building trustworthy, collaborative and effective working relationships with constituents by utilizing a transparent and bridge-building management approach
Ability to establish productive relationships with Presidents and Athletic Directors Councils as well as strengthening communication between the two.
Demonstrated student-athlete-centric focus leading to excellent athletic experiences
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and effectively communicate and work with diverse conference constituent groups
Demonstrated budget management skills
Knowledge and use of informational technology skills
Commitment to follow the letter and spirit of NCAA rules and regulation and gender equity policies.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package will be available.
The review of applications and nominations will begin Sunday, March 17, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by Sunday, March 24, 2019, will receive fullest consideration. Interested application must apply online by submitting, in one pdf file, a letter of application, resume and a list of three references with appropriate contact information to the Little East Conference Search Committee Chair at LECcommissioner@gmail.com.
For questions and inquiries please contact Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consulting at kpatberg.ASC@gmail.com.
The start date for successful candidate is negotiable, but the preferred start date is July 1, 2019.
The Little East Conference (LEC) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity organization that values and is committed to inclusion and to expanding the diversity of its staff. It invites members of protected classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to apply. The LEC leadership actively engages in recruiting a diverse team and strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive environment.
About Little East Conference
The Little East Conference was established in April 1986 as a single sport league by six public institutions located throughout New England and began competition as the sports of men’s and women’s basketball teams commenced play in 1986-87. The Little East Conference has since become an NCAA Division III, multi-sport league with nine primary members, six affiliate members and 19 championships. The Little East Conference’s primary members are Castleton University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State University, Rhode Island College, University of Southern Maine and Western Connecticut State University.