The Landmark Conference made up of eight NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic institutions, seeks to secure its next full-time conference commissioner. The institutions, eight independent private, coeducational, four-year institutions with a residential focus are committed to excellence in the academic and athletic pursuits. The conference commissioner is the chief operating officer and reports to the executive board made up of the chief executive officers of each of the member institutions or any acting or temporary chief executive officer.
The Landmark Conference is committed to developing high quality programs for all student-athlete participants. The high quality of the intercollegiate athletics programs is representative of the quality of the member institutions and demonstrates a commitment to excellence throughout the member institutions. The institutions are The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; Drew University in Madison, NJ; Elizabethtown in Elizabethtown, PA; Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; Juniata College in Huntington, PA; Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA; The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA; and Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. It is preferred the office be located on or adjacent to one of the member campuses.
The conference was founded November 2005 by the Chief Executive Officers of the member institutions. Member institutions are located inside or within easy driving distance of major metropolitan areas on the East Coast. Students are attracted to the member institutions from all these areas including Metropolitan New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
The Landmark Conference is committed to the NCAA Division III philosophy with a focus on the educational mission of athletics in higher education. Each of the institutions places a high priority on integrating the education and athletic experience. In support of the NCAA Division III philosophy intercollegiate athlete’s participation is encouraged at all institutions by offering students a wide variety of varsity athletic opportunities. Student-athletes are treated the same as other students in terms of admission, academic advising, course selection, living and dining accommodations and financial aid, receiving no special privileges. Each of the conference members have committed to broad based athletics support and all sports receive appropriate, equal emphasis and enjoy suitable competition.
Conference members encourage student-athletes to realize fully their athletic potential and to aspire to conference and national tournament championship play. Historically the conference members have highly successful programs within the NCAA Division III, and commitment to excellence on and off the field of play. Members boast everything from national championships, to Rhodes scholars and NCAA post-graduate scholarship winners. Student athletes have been recognized as individual national champions, DIII players of the year, and academic All-Americans.
Responsibilities of the Commissioner
The Landmark Conference commissioner serves as the chief operating officer for the conference and reports directly to the executive board comprised of the Chief Executive Officer of each of the member institutions. The commissioner provides the link between the CEO’s, athletic administrators and coaches to manage the conference and accomplish conference goals objectives. The Commissioner is vested with discretionary authority as may be necessary to fulfill the duties of the office and is responsible for keeping the chair advised of actions.
The commissioner responsibilities are as follows:
Serves as ex-officio, non-voting member at all Conference meetings and all Conference committees; developing and implementing a plan for the future of the conference including program development, operational and strategic and long-range planning, and identify and develop opportunities to enhance conference visibility;
Serves as the Executive Director, primary liaison to presidents and athletic directors, and is responsible for adequately communicating to the conference leadership and chairs and for directing the development, coordination, and implementation of the conference’s policies;
Conscientious adherence to the rules and regulations of the NCAA, the Landmark Conference, and applicable federal policies and regulations, including Title IX and affirmative action/equal opportunity guidelines;
Updates, administers, interprets, and enforces the Conference bylaws, administrative regulations and sports codes of conduct, and handbooks, as well as those of the NCAA;
Resolves disputes, adjudicating issues relating to sports misconduct or unsportsmanlike conduct, and determining penalties that the Conference might impose on student athletes, coaches, or other individuals related to unsportsmanlike conduct at athletic events;
Manages and administers the conference by providing essential services to the membership, primarily in the following areas, for both men’s and women’s sports: championships, officiating, compliance, player and team awards, tournaments, and special events;
Ultimately responsible for Landmark conference championship events and is responsible for the conference’s representation at all of these events and, when necessary, perform all duties and be accountable for obligations of neutral site championships.
Employs and supervises, upon approval of the Executive Board, such personnel as may be necessary to perform the functions (or operations) of the conference, which includes the recruitment, evaluation and assessment of the full-time Assistant Commissioner, as well as any part-time staff or interns.
Provides insight, guidance and oversight on membership matters and opportunities;
Serves as the liaison with the NCAA in Conference matters and represent the Conference as the liaison and voting delegate at NCAA conventions, Division III Commissioners Association meetings, and all appropriate professional organization meetings;
Oversees all fiscal operations, including preparation and administration of the conference’s budget and collecting conference membership dues;
Presents a statement of the Conference’s financial status and prepares and submits for approval the conference budget at designated Athletic Administrators’ and CEOs’ meetings;
Manages the Conference office, including the computer system, communications network, and routine correspondence; maintains an equipment inventory; and has responsibility for all the physical properties of the Conference;
Serves as secretary/treasurer of the Board assembling and submitting materials and agendas for all Conference meetings including the distribution and retention in the Conference office of minutes of any authorized meeting;
Issues the call for all meetings and is responsible for the planning, coordinating, and preparing of materials and agendas for the meetings of the Presidents, Athletics Directors, sports committees, and other such meetings as may be properly authorized;
Coordinates the public relations functions of the Conference in conjunction with institutional Sports Information Directors, including the development and maintenance of a central database of association statistics and records that are primarily housed on the conference website;
Compiles and distributes to each member of the Executive Board, Athletic Administrators, and other administrators, appropriate updates on such things as the constitution, bylaws, sports codes, contact, championship site policies and procedures, logo standards, guidelines for awards, operating policies, and other policies and procedures;
Markets and promotes the conference, which includes merchandising and coordinating contracts with prospective sponsors and affiliated organizations;
Coordinates and evaluates relationships with officials’ groups for Conference competition;
Coordinates and prepares Conference schedules for all sports;
Visits each member institution as necessary for Conference and campus events;
Assists any member institution involved in an NCAA infractions case;
Reviews, educates and evaluates compliance of member institutions with national and Conference rules and regulations;
Maintains and distributes historical and statistical records for Conference athletics competition
Prepares applications for grants and scholarship opportunities for the Conference; and
Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Board, or as requested by others through the office of the Chair of the Executive Board of the chief executive officers.
Five years of successful experience as an athletic administrator is preferred.
Strong organizational and leadership skills with demonstrated competence in organizational development, administration, decision-making, public relations and fiscal management;
Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of athletics, including championship event management, sports information, fundraising, marketing, promotions and office management in a competitive and visible environment;
Familiarity with and insight into the issues confronting NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics in general and athletics at highly selective colleges and universities in particular; experience working in a NCAA Division III conference environment;
Superior verbal and written communications skills along with the ability to articulate persuasively the role of the athletics in undergraduate education; ability to promote excellence in athletics and academics; and produce accurate required statistical reports.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in team relationships with diverse groups at different levels – chief executive officers, athletic administrators, coaches, students, faculty, staff and the public and media;
Demonstrated commitment to all facets of student-athlete welfare including student development, high level academic success, gender equity and athletic development;
Genuine commitment to gender equity and equal opportunity in the athletics programs and an understanding of the profile of a highly selective colleges and universities;
Strong commitment and motivation to integrate Division III athletics into the educational framework of the member institutions and advance its role in local and national communities;
Unequivocal personal and professional integrity.
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.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package will be available.
This position will be available June 1, 2019.
The review of applications and nominations will begin February 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by February 24, 2019 will receive fullest consideration. Interested application must apply online by submitting the following in one pdf file at Landmarkcommissioner@gmail.com.
Cover letter specifically addressing the qualifications and responsibilities of this position
Five professional references
For questions and inquired please contact Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consulting at kpatberg.ASC@gmail.com.
Further materials may be requested later. All member institutions and the conference are equal opportunity employers.
Conference Men’s Sports Sponsored
(*NCAA Automatic Qualification Sport)
Baseball*, Basketball*, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse*, Soccer*, Swimming, Tennis*, and Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Conference Women’s Sports Sponsored
(*NCAA Automatic Qualification Sport)
Basketball*, Cross Country, Field Hockey*, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer*, Softball*, Swimming, Tennis*, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, and Volleyball*
Conference Co-Ed Sports Sponsored
Other Sports Offered at Member Institutions
For Men: Crew, Fencing, Football, Golf, Pistol, Sailing, Volleyball, and Wrestling
For Women: Crew, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Pistol, and Sailing
About Landmark Conference
The Landmark Conference is committed to developing high quality programs for all student-athlete participants. The high quality of the intercollegiate athletics programs is representative of the quality of the member institutions and demonstrates a commitment to excellence throughout the member institutions. The institutions are The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; Drew University in Madison, NJ; Elizabethtown in Elizabethtown, PA; Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; Juniata College in Huntington, PA; Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA; The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA; and Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA.