GNAC Assistant to the Commissioner

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant to the Commissioner. The NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority & Women’s Internship Grant Program has awarded the GNAC a 10-month grant. This position will provide the intern the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the management of the day-to-day operations of a college athletic conference as well as participation in the development and implementation of a conference strategic initiative. Under the guidance of the Commissioner, Director of Media Relations and the intern’s mentor the Assistant to the Commissioner will be assigned the following responsibilities:


QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree and a sincere desire to enter college athletics administration. Preferred experience in media relations, desktop publishing, social media, website management, knowledge of StatCrew, and general computer knowledge. Strong writing, communication, organizational, research and multitasking skills, and a working knowledge of intercollegiate athletics are preferred. This full-time 10-month position reports to and is evaluated by the conference Commissioner. The GNAC office is based in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Salary will be $23,660 for 10 months. Some benefits will be provided. Start date is August 1, 2017. The successful candidate will attend an orientation at the end of July 2017 at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis and attend the NCAA Convention in January 2018. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel and work nights and weekend in accordance with conference game and meeting schedules

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and three references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses) electronically to Commissioner Joe Walsh at joewalsh@thegnac.com.


Duties and responsibilities of the GNAC Assistant to the Commissioner:

A. Social Media: Working with the Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations. Responsible for social media engagement strategies in the promotion of the conference’s member institutions and its student-athletes. The effort will focus on social media planning, integration and the measurement of audience across Twitter, Instagram and other emerging platforms.

B. Conference Communications: The intern will work with the GNAC Assistant Commissioner to learn how to complete various tasks including the archival process of conference data and statistics on the GNAC website. The intern will become fluent in both the Presto and Statcrew software systems. The intern will design and write weekly releases, publicize conference to media, and update website and statistics. The intern will also assist the GNAC Director of Media Relations in working with athletic directors, coaches and institutional SIDs to solicit nominations for GNAC player of the week and player of year nominations as well as compiling nominations for the NCAA Women of the Year Award, and NCAA and GNAC Sportsmanship Awards. Also create a historical on-line GNAC record book

C. Championships: Assist the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner in overseeing conference championships and playoffs including event operations, delivery, setup and presentation of awards. Will work with the hosting school on post-game publicity

D. Oversee initiative to recruit new sport officials: Visit GNAC campuses to identify and recruit potential sport officials from the student athletes at member institutions. The NCAA intern will be an important link to this unique program that provides aspiring sports officials a first introduction to officiating. The intern will also work with assignors for the various sports in setting up training and certification for the officiating recruits.

E. Conference SAAC Coordinator: Attend SAAC meetings at each of the GNAC schools. Work in collaboration with each institution’s SAAC Advisors. Organize and oversee the annual GNAC SAAC Leadership Forum for 50 student athletes from our 13 member institutions

F. Strategic planning: The intern will work with the commissioner researching all aspects of DIII conferences, affiliations, and historical records for all sports  

H. Community: The intern will coordinate the recruitment and work assignments at the 14th annual Brian Honan 5K. For the past 13 years 100 GNAC student athletes have volunteered each year.

I. Compliance and Governance: Assist Commissioner with NCAA and GNAC rules interpretations, enforcement, eligibility, and membership rules education.

J. Additional Duties/Projects as assigned by the Commissioner and/or Assistant Commissioner 


The GNAC is an NCAA Division III conference of 13 institutions: Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT); Anna Maria College (Paxton MA); Emmanuel College (Boston); Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI); Lasell College (Newton); Mount Ida College (Newton); Norwich University (Northfield, VT); Regis College (Weston MA); Rivier College (Nashua, NH); University Saint Joseph (West Hartford, CT); Saint Joseph’s of Maine; Simmons College (Boston); Suffolk University (Boston). In 2017-2018 the GNAC will sponsor championships in 20 sports for men and women. Husson College, Elms College, Colby Sawyer College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Rhode Island College, University of Southern Maine, Worcester State University, Wentworth University, Emerson College, Ramapo University, Rutgers Camden, and Rutgers are associate members of the conference. The GNAC also enjoys outstanding professional partnerships with Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Division, Brian Honan Charitable Foundation, Corvias Campus Living, Reading Trophy and Presto Sports.