The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Chief Athletics Officer

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN is situated in the vibrant city of Saskatoon on Treaty Six territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis.  Recognized as one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, we have a well-deserved reputation for creativity, collaboration, and achievement.  

Varsity teams have been playing a role in our reputation and culture since 1911. Today the HUSKIE ATHLETICS program provides a high performance student-athlete experience to more than 400 students on 15 different athletic teams including: basketball, cross-country, football, hockey, soccer, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. With 105 Canada West Championships and 26 national titles we have one of the most dominant programs in the country.

To build on the celebrated history of Huskie Athletics we are seeking a dynamic and innovative individual for the newly created role of CHIEF ATHLETICS OFFICER (CAO).  With our goal to become the elite high performance university athletics program in Canada, we are seeking a CAO who will provide the vision, leadership, and strategy that will support this successful evolution. 

Reporting to the Dean of Kinesiology and the newly created Board of Trustees, the CAO will contribute to, build and implement a long-term strategic plan to advance the vision, mission, strategies and objectives of the Huskie Athletics program.  You will be a key face of the department and as the CAO you will build relationships with various stakeholders including faculty, students and the community.  You will also develop and implement a marketing strategy that will enhance university identity and pride through programs and events while elevating the fan experience. In addition, you will build and maintain an effective stewardship program for Huskie Athletics donors and sponsors.

The CAO will motivate and inspire a diverse and talented team while fostering a high performance environment that will deliver results.  As a leader, you will retain, attract, and recruit people by ensuring their professional development and growth.

This role requires a minimum of 10 years of directly related senior management experience within the sport/business sector.  You will have a proven track record as a successful professional with a dynamic personality that people enjoy being around because you are friendly, confident and engaging.  As a top performer in your current role you operate with best practices and lead with integrity.  You also possess a unique blend of sales, marketing, and media knowledge along with analytical thinking, creativity, superior relationship building skills and a genuine passion and commitment to advance student-athlete development.

The CAO postion offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: pension plan, life insurance sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program. The salary band for this position is $112,500 to $188,500.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Lighthouse executive search at the following email: by Friday April 28, 2017. We thank you for your interest, only candidates who are moving to the interview stage will be contacted.  (Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.)

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.