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USA Karate announces a new job opening for Interim CEO

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Organization: USA National Karate-do Federation
Position Title: Interim Chief Executive Officer or Interim Executive Director - Full or Part Time
Reports to: Board of Directors
Location: Open
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Term - TBD
Salary - Open

USA National Karate-do Federation (USANKF) is the National Governing Body for Karate in the USA and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Founded in 1997, USANKF is a 501 (c)(3) and is recognized as the United States member to the World Karate Federation, the international governing body for the sport of karate. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the USANKF depends upon the talent and efforts of its volunteer corps who are mutually vested in the welfare and future of America's karate participants.

As the National Governing Body for the sport of Karate in the United States, the USANKF responsibilities include:

  • The development and fielding of Junior, Adult and para Karate Athletes to international events and competitions representing the United States
  • Serving all membership classes represented on the Board of Directors
  • Serving the United States within the designated International Federation (IF) under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.).
  • The running of the USA Open and the National Championships as well as Team Trials.


USANKF is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and energetic leader to fill the role as either an interim CEO or Executive Director. The exact title will be determined based on a review of the selected applicant and skills/strengths as well as the needs or the organization. This individual will be responsible for providing vision, leadership and oversight of the organization until an individual is selected to permanently lead the USANKF (the interim CEO/Executive Director shall be permitted to apply for the permanent position if he/she desires). The CEO/Executive Director is responsible for revenue generation, fiscal management, operations, athletics, and public/community relations.

While a primary focus of a CEO/Executive Director is to advance the stated goals of an organization, the primary goal of this interim CEO is to complete and comply with any outstanding recommendations and requirements of the USOPC. As an interim CEO/Executive Director, he/she will work with and assist the committees and organizational structures currently in place within the organization to ensure the future success of the USANKF.

Should the successful candidate be part time, the USANKF shall negotiate with the successful candidate on the duties that he/she shall take on and reserves the right to have other duties performed by other staff.

The CEO reports to the Board of Directors. For full details of the USANKF mission, vision, and values, please see



  • Sponsorships
    • Oversee and/or coordinate all sponsorship activities, including generation of sponsorships and fulfillment, in collaboration with the partnership development manager.
  • Donor solicitation and fundraising
    • Responsible for the direction and oversight of the organization’s fundraising program in collaboration with the Fundraising and Events Committee.
    • Solicit funds from major donors.
    • Create and execute donor and fundraising fulfillment programs (acknowledgement, gifts, thank you letters, tax letters, invitations, etc.).
  • Hire and onboard a development director.


  • Manage the USANKF business with ultimate responsibility for, and control over, all revenue and expenditures.
  • Responsible for developing, the annual budget, cash flow forecasting, and regular reporting for approval by the USANKF Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for administering USANKF programs and activities within budget; responsible for cost control activities; and monitoring revenues and expenditures.
  • Oversee all bookkeeping, record keeping, accounting and financial activities.


  • Immediate implementation of all requirements and recommendations of the USOPC pertaining to USANKF.
  • Develop and implement an annual overall operating plan for USANKF in collaboration with the Board of Directors that supports the long-term strategic plan.
  • Identify, develop, and implement plans in all aspects of USANKF operations to achieve organizational goals.
  • Lead all USANKF staff, coaches, and volunteers, either directly or indirectly.
  • Provide leadership and direction as well as participate in the development of short- and long-range plans with staff and the Board of Directors.
  • Provide mentoring, professional advice and professional growth opportunities to all USANKF employees, including regular evaluation protocols.
  • Facilitate the practicing of the organization’s mission and core values.
  • Attend and assist with meetings of the governance board, as well as periodic committee meetings.


  • Ensure the development and implementation of a strategic athletic plan.
  • Promote USANKF athletic success at the highest levels of competition by supporting a system from top to bottom that consistently develops athletes, coaches, and clubs, and provides the resources necessary to compete with any country.
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of talented and exceptional coaches and personnel with high integrity and character, who can serve as mentors and role models for young athletes.
  • Lead an inspiring, comprehensive, educational, and competitive sporting culture.
  • Ensure compliance with SafeSport requirements (e.g., coaches and staff). As well as other policies and procedures of the USANKF.


  • Responsible for the oversight of USANKF communication activities executed by the communications manager. 
  • Ensure development of and maintenance of a positive public image for USANKF. This includes media relations, public relations and marketing a positive presence in the community, including various community activities and social functions.
  • Direct specific training and instruction to staff and volunteers to maintain these relationships. 
  • Foster strong communications and relationships with regional and national clubs, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Affiliated Members, and USOPC related groups.


  • Responsibilities of the CEO are not limited to those items stated in this document. Priorities and responsibilities may change from time to time based on the needs of the organization.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Proven leader, self-motivated, organized, ability to multitask with at least 5 years of executive experience in business or sport.
  • Effective interpersonal communications and conflict management skills.
  • Experience in fundraising, including securing sponsors and donors, and grant writing.
  • Experience at maintaining good relationships with the USOPC
  • Experience with volunteer Boards and committees.
  • Experience leading staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent public speaker / communicator; ability to influence, motivate, establish, and maintain effective relationships with all stakeholders and the community at large.
  • Skill in preparing and administering budgets.
  • Skill in planning, directing, and administering large-scale programs.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Non-Profit leadership experience.
  • Youth and competitive sport specific program management experience.
  • Must be flexible to work in a demanding, dynamic, high-paced and active environment.
  • Domestic and international travel required 15% or less of the time.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50-75 pounds.


No phone calls please. For any additional questions, please email

To apply for this position, please forward your resume and salary requirements to

Download a PDF of the job description HERE.


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