WIAA Announces Search for Assistant Director Position: Deadline to Apply June 24

Stevens Point (OnFocus) –  The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association seeks qualified candidates who
embrace the purpose and vision of the WIAA and desire to proudly serve our diverse
membership and move education-based athletics forward together.
Educational leaders with the following preferred qualifications and qualities are
encouraged to submit an application.
◆ Possesses a passionate vision for the future of the Association.
◆ Possesses master’s degree with emphasis in athletics administration and/or
equivalent professional experience.
◆ Minimum of five years experience in athletic administration or equivalent
experience as a leader and innovator in athletics.
◆ Extensive experience in interpretation and application of policy, athletic rules and
◆ Ability to effectively educate all stakeholders on WIAA Consititution, Bylaws and
Rules of Eligibility.
◆ Exemplifies a high work ethic and recognizes, respects, and utilizes the individual
talents of others.
◆ Fosters interpersonal relationships that inspire confidence, respect, and trust, as
well as the ability to connect with people.
◆ Projects a professional image of the energy and vitality necessary to represent,
promote, and support the needs of the WIAA membership.
◆ Seeks feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement.
◆ Values diversity and has the ability to work with and understand people from all
cultures, economic strata, and ethnic backgrounds.
◆ Ability to lead and work in a positive manner with all members of the educationbased athletics community.
◆ Possesses a strong knowledge and network of relationships among Wisconsin’s
education-based sports programs.
◆ Excellence in oral and written communication skills.
◆ Possesses a “team-first” mentality.
◆ Ability to work in collaboration with others to problem solve.
◆ Flexibility to adjust to constantly changing duties and responsibilities.

Search Timeline:

Post for the Associate Director
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Deadline for Applications
Thursday, June 24, 2021
First Round of Interviews (via Zoom)
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Final Interviews at WIAA Office
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Anticipated Start Date
Monday, Aug. 2, 2021


Competitive with comparable state association associate directors and commensurate with experience. The WIAA also provides a comprehensive benefits package, which includes
health insurance, sick leave, vacation, transportation, employer contribution to retirement, and other benefits. The WIAA does not participate in
the Wisconsin Retirement System.

For full consideration, materials
must be received by Thursday,
June 24, 2021.
◆ A formal letter of application
◆ A resume that reflects the qualifications, skills, and experience for the position
◆ Three letters of recommendation and three additional references
◆ One Essay Position Statement: Describe the role of the WIAA in education-based athletics and your vision for how you will strengthen the WIAA team.(two-page maximum)

Send all application materials electronically to:
Julie Kage, WIAA
[email protected]
(715) 344-8580

(formerly titled Deputy Director)
◆ Compliance & Eligibility
Serves in the primary role, in concert with the executive director, on all matters
involving WIAA Constitution, Bylaws and Rules of Eligibility.
◆ Leadership
Supports the development of a vision for the future of the Association; acts as an
effective spokesperson; oversees the planning, coordinating and administering of
all assigned sports and tournament events, the Sport Medical Advisory
Committee and other WIAA responsibilities. Collaborates with all communities
related to assigned sports.
◆ Organizational Management
Recommends appropriate policies, procedures, actions and budgets related to the
assigned sports and other responsibilities. Provides communication in regard to
NFHS and WIAA rule interpretations.
◆ Communications
Keeps WIAA members and staff informed of events and activities through a
variety of communication methods; visits each region periodically; prepares
meeting agenda items; and provides periodic status reports related to the
assigned sports and other responsibilities.
◆ Member Relations and Services
Provides guidance and assistance to WIAA members; represents the WIAA and
collaborates with the National Federation of State High School Associations
membership; conducts conferences, workshops, clinics and other professional
functions in relation to the assigned sports and other related responsibilities.
◆ Association Partners
Maintains working relationships with partners including, but not limited to the
Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, coaches and officials associations, state
venues staff, and visitors and convention bureau personnel in conjunction with
assigned sports and other related reponsibilities.
◆ The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, as defined by its
Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and private nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organization. The Association has a diversified membership of public high
schools, nonpublic high schools, public middle schools, and nonpublic middle
schools. The WIAA, formed in 1896, is the first state high school athletic
association organized in the country. The WIAA oversees athletics in Wisconsin
and sponsors 27 State Tournament events for 19 sports.
◆ The membership consists of 515 member high schools and 48 middle/junior
high schools divided into seven geographic Board of Control districts. The 18-
member executive office staff administers Association policies, rules and
regulations, and provides other assistance and service to member schools, as
well as registering licensed officials.
◆ The WIAA does not receive any funding via tax dollars, nor does it receive any
financial support from the State. The WIAA is funded primarily through ticket
sales from State Tournaments and other events. Additional funding is derived
from sponsorships, a percentage of licensing fees and merchandising sales, and
other minimal items. WIAA expenses are related to the operations of the
business and the costs associated with running State Championships.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]