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Chief Executive Officer at United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, CO

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The CEO will create an environment that inspires, supports and protects athletes; establishes clear communication and standards with and between National Governing Bodies (NGBs); and maintains relationships with the international Olympic movement. She/he has equal responsibility to establish, implement and oversee the USOC"s goals, strategies, plans and policies in a manner that develops, protects, enhances and promotes the Olympic and Paralympics Movements in the United States. The CEO will work closely with the Chairman of the Board of Directors, is an Officer of the USOC, reports directly to the USOC Board of Directors, and is an ex-officio member of the USOC Board of Directors. She/he will be responsible for leading and further developing a high-performing team of approximately 450 people as well as leading overall strategic, programming/content, product/technology, operational, financial, human capital and brand-building aspects of the organization.

The USOC is partnering with SpencerStuart in this search. Interested parties should email credentials directly to USOC_CEO@spencerstuart.com


Management Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Board, develop a strategy for achieving the mission, goals and objectives for the USOC, and report progress to the Board.
  • Create a high-performance environment for athletes, staff and NGBs through the management of all staff functions, including performance goals and metrics, oversight of physical training locations, athlete services and business services. Responsible for the generation and allocation of resources to achieve the mission, goals and objectives of the USOC.
  • Work collaboratively with the Chair to coordinate and manage international relationships. In the event of a conflict with the allocation of international responsibilities, the conflict will be adjudicated by the Board.
  • Act as the USOC spokesperson and coordinate communications on all issues consistent with Board policy.
  • Prepare, manage and submit quadrennial and annual budgets to the Board.
  • Oversee and coordinate all operational aspects of the Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, including utilization of an Assembly Advisory Committee with representatives from the NGB Council, Athletes" Advisory Council (AAC) and the Multi sport Organization Council regarding format, sessions and content.
  • Oversee the NGBs for key compliance issues.
  • Perform such functions as usually pertain to that office.

Games Administrative:

  • Chair the Games\u0027 Administrative Board consisting of the CEO, the Delegation Director, the Chief of Mission and the Chair of the AAC or their designated representative.
  • Serve as a member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation (USOPF) Board of Directors and Executive, Finance and Nominating and Governance Committees, as well as supervise the President of the USOPF.

Bid Responsibilities

  • Maintain and develop key relationships with the L.A. Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG), the L.A. 2028 team and future bid cities. Oversee and lead future bid cities" processes for securing the Games.
  • Negotiate Joint Venture Agreement with the Organizing Committee, as well as negotiate Joint Marketing Agreement.

The CEO of the USOC will be an inspirational, strategic and results-oriented leader, who brings experience successfully running a complex business along with an impeccable reputation. The CEO will have the compelling leadership style and capability required to lead the USOC during a challenging and exciting period of rapidly changing dynamics and transformation. She/he will have a strong, high-energy, collaborative and hands-on management approach that emphasizes clear and excellent communications and transparency at all levels. She/he will also be decisive, with a commitment to setting and achieving ambitious goals, making difficult decisions and put in place the right structure and governance changes to best support elite athletes and the entire Olympic community. The CEO will be a skilled diplomat capable of forging common ground and building strong alliances among different constituent groups. She/he must also be a talent magnet with tremendous follower-ship who can inspire confidence in others and have a track record of recruiting, developing and leading a high-performing and genuinely diverse team. The CEO will have a passion for and, ideally, experience in sports and will have the utmost integrity necessary to grow the USOC brand and guide the organization through this next critical phase from today through the successful hosting of the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, California.


Industry Experience:

Significant experience in a consumer-facing industry within complex organizations. Specific experience working in sports or working with sports entities is preferred.

Scope of Responsibility

Proven track record as a Chief Executive Officer or experienced President/General Manager with clear potential to step into a role at this scale and scope, who has managed a full P&L.

Team Leadership

Track record building, leading and reorganizing high-performing, diverse, multifunctional teams of at least 200 people. Extensive experience recruiting and overseeing multi-platform commercial functions and activities.

Commercial Understanding

Working knowledge of driving revenue through branding and sponsorships. Familiarity with media and diverse broadcasting arrangements is strongly preferred.

Passion for Sports

Strong passion for sport, competition and the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

Global Awareness

Experience with international travel, cross-cultural sensitivity and a global business orientation and perspective.


Collaborating and Influencing

  • Uses complex, coordinated influencing/negotiation strategies adapted to people, organizations and/or the situation in order to drive consensus, both internally with USOC and NGB leaders, as well as externally with sponsors and other key partners.
  • Builds partnerships based on a common agreement that acknowledges individual differences but creates a new commonality around the mission of the USOC beyond individual rooted beliefs or culture.
  • Systematically builds support at multiple levels and across groups, appropriately leveraging direct reports to facilitate increased collaboration.
  • Facilitates a strong connection between the USOC and its athletes by listening to their perspectives and leading as a \u0026ldquo;person of the people.\u0026rdquo; Additionally always advocates for athlete safety.

Strategic Thinking

  • Defines the evolving future of the USOC and global Olympic and Paralympic movement, and uses logic and evidence, contrasts with the present.
  • Revises the strategy, proposes new directions for the organization linked to the evolving movement, and challenges previous assumptions and conventional wisdom with specific, supported and reasoned ideas.
  • Thinks three to five years ahead and beyond into future Olympic Games.

Driving Results

  • Enables higher performance by incrementally improving approaches and implementing best-in-class solutions based on calculated risks and benefits.
  • Benchmarks own performance against global industry best practices.
  • Identifies new processes and/or systems to improve accountability, productivity and makes the USOC more efficient and responsible.

Other Personal Characteristics

  • Superior presentation, negotiation, communication and listening skills.
  • Sincerity, authenticity and humility.
  • Energetic, passionate and hard working.
  • The highest integrity and reputation for principled conduct; willing to take a strong ethical stand.
  • Capability to quickly gain the trust and respect of multiple diverse constituents and the organization.
  • Thick-skinned; willingness to make tough and unpopular decisions.
  • The ability, willingness, and energy level to undertake the significant travel, both domestically and internationally, that will be required to foster the relationships and partnerships that are critical to meeting the USOC"s objectives.

The USOC is partnering with SpencerStuart in this search. Interested parties should email credentials directly to USOC_CEO@spencerstuart.com

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