CIAC Position Announcement: Associate Executive Director

CHESHIRE Conn. – March 1, 2017 – The Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Schools seeks a qualified person to fill the position of Associate Executive Director for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to begin employment on July 1, 2017.

The person selected shall have proven administrative experience and leadership at the high school level and thorough knowledge of high school interscholastic athletics.  They must be energetic and articulate; demonstrate exceptional judgment and decision-making ability; have outstanding oral and written communication skills; be able to work effectively and collaboratively with minimal direction; be able to interpret and enforce CIAC rules and regulations as necessary; and be committed to carrying out the mission of the CIAC.

This is a demanding position that requires some late afternoon and evening work, weekends during tournaments, and occasional travel.

The full position description and application information is listed below.

Applications will be accepted until March 31 2017.  Select candidates will be interviewed throughout April.  The CAS Board of Directors will announce their selection by mid-May.

Please forward questions to CAS-CIAC Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff at kniehoffatcasciacdotorg



Associate Executive Director, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Employment to begin July 1, 2017


The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) is a private, non-profit corporation organized to direct and control both boys and girls athletics in member secondary schools of Connecticut. The CIAC is a division of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS).  The CIAC serves its members by encouraging student participation in its various programs, promoting sportsmanship, maintaining standards of eligibility, and continually seeking to improve the health and safety of high school student-athletes.  The CIAC is committed to supporting member schools such that interscholastic athletic programs become an integral and important factor in the total educational development of their students.

The CIAC is administered by the Executive Director of CAS, Associate Executive Director of the CIAC, assistant directors, and an office support staff.  Membership currently includes 188 high schools- public, parochial, charter and magnet.

The Associate Executive Director of the CIAC reports directly to the CAS Executive Director who is the chief administrative officer of the CIAC.

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Administration of CIAC sponsored sports in collaboration with CIAC assistant directors, staff, sport committees and member schools
  • Organization of CIAC meeting schedules and agendas for CIAC Board of Control and sport committees; serve as consultant and recording secretary for all committees.
  • Engagement in regular communication with member schools, athletic directors, officials and coaches through CIAC newsblast, CAS newsblast, scheduled workshops, social media and other methods as appropriate.
  • Management of communications with member schools relative to adherence to CIAC policies and procedures and day-to-day questions in collaboration with the Executive Director and assistant directors
  • Conduct annual workshops for new athletic directors; awards and recognition programs
  • Advancement of sportsmanship initiatives and recognition programs for schools
  • Representation at league meetings, NESSC and NFHS meetings as appropriate
  • Other duties as defined by Executive Director

Candidates must be able to demonstrate deep respect for the educational philosophy of school- sponsored sports and the positive contributions they make to students, schools and society.


  • Master’s Degree with minimum of 10 years successful leadership experience in education, athletics, and administration at the high school or state level.
  • Minimum 5 years involvement with CIAC committees, Board of Control, tournaments or other CIAC activities preferred
  • Evidence of strong advocacy for and understanding of the value of interscholastic athletics to students, schools, and communities.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience in the development of policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets.
  • An understanding of the state legislative process.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions in the face of adversity,
  • Evidence of effective use of technology and strong computer skills.
  • Personal qualities including integrity, courage, energy, sensitivity and the ability to work with diverse interests.

The CIAC will be looking for the unique or extra dimension that a candidate offers to help the CIAC provide leadership in rapidly changing times. During this hiring process the CIAC will also attempt to “deepen its bench” with respect to student leadership initiatives, utilization of technology and social media, and the promotion of athletic program standards in schools.

The position of Associate Executive Director is a 12-month, full-time position involving some travel and work on nights and weekends.


Candidates must submit:

  • A one-page letter expressing interest in the position
  • A professional resume profiling background, training and experience
  • Three letters of reference

Please email all documents to Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, Executive Director at:


If email is not possible please mail documents to:

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff
Connecticut Association of Schools
30 Realty Drive
Cheshire, CT 06410


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