About the National Collegiate Athletic Association

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), established in 1906, is a membership-driven organization that governs intercollegiate athletics across three divisions (I, II, and III). Today, the NCAA consists of 1,098 member colleges and universities and 102 athletic conferences.

At the NCAA’s national office, headquartered in Indianapolis, we support student-athlete success by ensuring they are prepared for the college classroom when they enter school and then continue to progress towards a degree. As the NCAA continues to grow, the health and safety of its student-athletes remain a central focus. To address these issues, the NCAA is governed by over 150 committees. The member representatives who serve on these various committees decide which rules to adopt, from recruiting and compliance to academic and championships and their implementation on campus.

In addition to the administration of rules adopted by our member schools, the NCAA also organizes 90 national championships annually, provides educational services to coaches and athletics administrators, manages financial systems for the membership and conducts research into the experiences of those involved in college sports.

Additionally, the NCAA also promotes student-athlete well-being – both physical and mental. Student-athletes benefit from NCAA programs supporting leadership opportunities, internships, degree completion and postgraduate scholarships. As the oldest and largest collegiate sanctioning organization, the NCAA has distributed billions of dollars to member institutions to support academic opportunities and help student-athletes in need of educational materials, clothing and emergency travel expenses.

Position Overview

The position of Vice President of Hearing Operations is regarded as one of the highest profile and impactful positions within the national office. Subject to immense public scrutiny, this position oversees the strategic direction, operation and management of the NCAA infractions adjudicative functions and the national office staff who support those functions. 

The primary areas include:

  • The Independent Resolution Panel, the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee and Infractions Referral Committee;
  • The NCAA divisional Committees on Infractions (Divisions I, II and III);
  • The NCAA divisional Infractions Appeals Committees (Divisions I, II and III);
  • Functions as a visible resource to the governing bodies (NCAA Division I Board and Presidents Councils, membership, national office staff and public) from the hearing side of the infractions process;
  • Serves as a dotted-line resource to other adjudicative bodies in the national office; and
  • Performs other functions as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer.

Duties/Responsibilities

The Vice President of Hearing Operations has primary responsibility to provide operational and strategic leadership and coordination in the following areas: 

  • Providing operational and strategic coordination for the adjudicative and referral apparatuses of the new Independent Accountability Resolution Process, including: (i) the Independent Resolution Panel, (ii) the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee; and (iii) the Infractions Referral Committee.  
  • Providing strategic leadership and coordination with the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Committees on Infractions by facilitating a quality, efficient, fair, scalable and credible infractions hearing process consistent with the NCAA bylaws and the membership's expectations.
  • Providing strategic leadership and coordination with the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Infractions Appeals Committees by facilitating a quality, efficient, fair, scalable and credible infractions hearing process consistent with the NCAA bylaws and the membership's expectations.
  • Providing strategic leadership and coordination with the NCAA Division I Board of Directors Infractions Process Committee to ensure membership expectations with policies, align with practices.
  • Operating to leverage the adjudicative arm processes as an effective barometer of policy issues presenting in the adjudicative process and coordinate as a thought leader with leadership of adjudicative bodies and governance structure to identify pain points, trends and potential solutions. 
  • Operating to advance a strategic view of adjudicative functions under the NCAA Hearing Operations Group as a primary face of the national office and the Association to the membership and the public.  Developing and implementing a strategic plan to advance the hearing process's core mission, which addresses (i) proactively identifying and addressing tensions on the infractions process through process adaptation; (ii) scalability of function; (iii) leveraging technology; (iv) gathering and analyzing hearing process feedback and metrics to recalibrate and forecast; (v) identifying and measuring benchmark goals and standards for success; (vi) maximizing quality writing as a chief currency of credibility and persuasion; (vii) overseeing developing outreach and education platforms; (viii) developing and conveying the membership infractions hearing process brand; and (ix) risk avoidance through best-practice processes and consultation with Office of Legal Affairs and audit.
  • Working in coordination with the committee chairs of the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee, the Infractions Referral Committee, leadership of the three Committees on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committees to update divisional governing bodies with appropriate infractions information and strategic issues. 
  • Attending infractions hearings and overseeing the national office staff in the NCAA Hearing Operations Group who support the existing infractions hearing committees, support the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee and the Infractions Referral Committee and coordinate with Independent Resolution Panel in the day-to-day hearing operations.
  • Facilitating independent, confidential decision-making as a core principle of the Independent Accountability Resolution Process and the membership peer review model for deciding cases. 
  • Facilitating persuasive, effective and timely produced written decisions and work-products generated from the infractions hearing process.  
  • Functioning as the principal liaison between the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee, Infractions Referral Committee, the Independent Resolution Panel, the Committees on Infractions and the Infractions Appeals Committees for strategic process coordination and review standards.
  • Facilitating a credible and comprehensive committee member and adjudicator selection process and robust training calendar and curriculum. 
  • Functioning as a spokesperson and resource to the membership, national office staff and public regarding the adjudicative processes.
  • Functioning as an organizational counterpart to other regulatory function vice presidents on areas of strategic coordination to ensure varied perspective input.
  • Developing and implementing a quality control program that maximizes data analytics by (i) identifying key metrics and trends; (ii) leveraging membership/user feedback; (iii) reinforcing quality benchmarks; (iv) monitoring timeliness; (v) quantifying and qualifying errors; (vi) proactively utilizing education and training to remedy areas of concern; and (vii) regularly providing performance updates and future financial goals to the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee, Infractions Referral Committee, the Independent Resolution Panel, the Committees on Infractions, Infractions Appeals Committees, and the Division I Infractions Process Committee governing bodies and senior-level NCAA leadership.
  • Communicating and coordinating with the leadership of all NCAA regulatory units involved with the infractions process to ensure effective and progressive execution and strategic direction.
  • Overseeing staffing and financial matters for the infractions hearing process, including but not limited to (i) managing staffing and performance of national office staff assigned to support the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Committees on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committees and coordinate with the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee, Infractions Referral Committee, the Independent Resolution Panel; (ii) developing annual staff and committee budgets; (iii) regularly providing budget and financial performance updates and future financial goals to respective committees and senior-level NCAA leadership.
  • Serving as a dotted-line resource or providing oversight to other membership adjudicative bodies in the national office, as identified by the NCAA executive, to ensure strategic support and application of best practices to general operations, technology, hearing operations, process improvement, decision-making, decision quality, timeliness and other performance standards.

Qualifications/Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; Juris Doctor (J.D.) highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years managerial experience and demonstrated leadership ability at a senior level.
  • Ability to effectively work with diverse groups of individuals including senior/executive levels and interest groups.
  • Ability to deal effectively with senior and executive management, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to communicate accurately and effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Significant experience understanding and coordinating effectively drafted regulatory decisions. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the NCAA structure.
  • Comprehensive understanding and coordination of regulatory administrative processes. 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to implement an effective vision.

Application Process

The NCAA invites nominations and applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the Association.  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and list of references. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted to Parker Executive Search’s website by March 31, 2021. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

For additional information, please contact:

Laurie Wilder, President
Porsha Williams, Vice President
Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
DeLaina Jordan, Associate
Parker Executive Search
danielparker@parkersearch.com | djordan@parkersearch.com
770-804-1996 x116 | 770-804-1996 x119

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