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Chief Executive Officer with USA Diving in Indianapolis, IN

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Position Summary
Title:                Chief Executive Officer
Reports to:       USAD Board of Directors
Location:          Indianapolis, Indiana
USA Diving, Inc. (USAD) is the sole official national governing body for the sport of Olympic diving in the United States. USAD is responsible for enabling USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition, for promoting and developing participation and public interest in the sport of diving in the USA and for operating consistent with a tax-exempt status in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
Overall Responsibilities
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the organization's overall achievement of its mission and financial objectives through its day-to-day operations. As such, he/she is in charge of the administrative headquarters, directs the staff and administers the policies and operations of the organization in accordance with the policies and regulations established by the Board of Directors. The CEO is the spokesperson and will lead all aspects of USAD with integrity and in accordance with the USAD Strategic Plan, and Board policies while giving appropriate consideration to the rules and policies of the “Fédération Internationale de Natation” (FINA- the world governing body), and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate is an accomplished executive/business leader with proven ability and success in growing revenue, managing a staff of professionals and working productively with a strong, diverse volunteer board of directors. He/she will be a passionate, responsive leader team player and diplomat, skilled at business management, collaboration, and political savvy. They must be an excellent communicator who is skilled at building consensus, issue/crisis management and dispute resolution. Will work effectively with the board of directors and across a complex, diverse volunteer organization to accelerate the realization of the USAD vision and strategic plan. They will have the courage, personal drive, passion and enthusiasm to both understand and successfully navigate a dynamic and highly political environment striving toward strong relations with all USAD constituencies in the USA and globally, while inherently understanding what empowers the volunteers and how, in turn, they are empowered by these volunteers. It is vital that they are someone who is either in or has a long history with the sport of diving who possesses true passion for the sport and has an intimate knowledge of how the sport is organized and operates from the grassroots to the World Championships and Olympic games to gain immediate trust from the key stakeholders. They must be willing to take actions to inspire and energize others around the vision for USAD’s future, while demonstrating primary concern for leading and motivating others to achieve the organizations goals. This individual must respect and be highly respected by subordinates, peers, and superiors and builds a culture of “for the athletes” that permeates the National Office. A leader with integrity who inspires loyalty, trust and can influence and energize people and teams, and make cross-region, cross-organizational cooperation flourish. They must possess the intellect and executive presence to paint the big picture and be a collaborative partner who is capable of contributing to broader sports conversations and issues.
Core Competencies:
  • General Management Skills.  An effective manager with a full range of general management skills including strategic planning/execution, personnel and constituent management, financial acumen
  • A Passionate Leader. Dynamic personality who knows how to motivate, inspire and empower to drive the team for results. Conveys a sense of urgency that fosters a culture of consistently meeting if not exceeding expectations on time and in budget. Has the emotional intelligence to rise above the noise and frustrations that arise from change to see their actions through to positive conclusions for all.
  • Skilled Team Builder. Enjoys building and leading teams with diverse perspectives and talents while creating a great place to work for their people where individual and team victories are celebrated and everyone is held accountable for delivering results. Highly effective at collaborating, builds alliances and rapport within the organization from the board level to the grassroots and with partners. Respects and gets along easily with people; will develop and mentor the team.
  • Innovative Marketing and Sales Professional. Savvy in marketing and building a business while being passionate about selling the sport to the fan base, sponsors and television. Knows how to leverage their own connections and the connections of others to open doors and drive revenue. Continuously developing new ways of “creating events and buzz” that will allow the USAD to exceed sponsors activation expectations and contribute to harnessing the growth of diving, building the fan base and everyone’s engagement in the sport at both the grassroots and high-performance level.
  • Supporter of Athletes, Coaches and Volunteers. Knows that the USAD exists because of and for the athletes. Recognizes that the athletes, coaches and volunteers will embrace a leader who embraces them and understands their value and deals constructively with their idiosyncrasies with compassion. Speaks to them and for them in a way that demonstrates they understand them and gives them voice. Fights for and protects their interests and safety.
Preferred Experience
  • Previous CEO/President/COO/GM or equivalent leadership experience.
  • Minimum 5 years executive experience and a track record of growth and success where best practices are utilized with significant business/financial management and strategy development experience.
  • Minimum 5 years sports marketing, joint venture, licensing, sponsor relationship experience whereby the person understands the way the sports industry operates today as well as the rapidly changing digital world.
  • Candidate could well have been a high-level diver/athlete. Person is competitive in daily life but not at the expense of others and knows that accomplishing this mission comes with an attitude that failure is not an option.
  • Experience with developing a strategic and visionary plan in tune with a dynamic environment that will be universally accepted and executed with measurable success.
  • The proven ability to build toward the organization’s financial stability, as well as maintain growth.
  • Ability to convey a passion for diving and be a natural spokesperson who embraces and represents the heroes of yesterday and tomorrow.
  • Ability and understanding of how to make diving more relevant in the hearts and minds of a domestic and global audience in the highly competitive sports industry
  • Understanding of today’s youth and next gen in order to attract relate and promote the future audience as well as the diving athletes of tomorrow.
  • The political instinct and acumen with skills in issues management and dispute resolution as well as the maturity to operate on many levels intellectually while bringing diverse groups to consensus, always knowing the overall success of at serving the athletes so that they can excel at the highest level is the most critical and essential outcome.
  • The ability to build positive relationships with the board, the staff and the volunteer leadership.
  • Person has a sense of humor and can handle pressure, crossfire and operate in a challenging environment where not everything is always completely under their control.
  • A strong reputation of authenticity, integrity, and accomplishments with peers and other industry executives that will garner instant credibility within the USAD, USOC, and sponsor families.
  • The CEO should be a master-of-resources who will draw upon both staff and volunteer leaders in successfully selling USAD to external partners to increase participation and build spectator/viewer/reader interest in the sport at all levels.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentations. Excels in presenting the athletes and the sport in the media.
  • A proven record of hiring exceptionally talented individuals who work as a team.
  • Experience with successfully and strategically addressing controversial topics with the media.
Compensation includes base salary, bonus tied to results and a benefits package

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job; other duties may be assigned.

Interested candidates please apply and upload resume and cover letter
USA Diving is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Note:  This search is being led by Bialla Partners (now Boyden California) and Chip Novick is the Partner leading the Search. 

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