Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities


Referee is Hiring Now

Referee   magazine and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) are looking for high-quality men and women to join our team as full-time employees.

We are growing and we need more people to help us educate and inspire sports officials across the country and around the globe.

Click one of the job listings below to see more information.

Account Manager

Racine, Wis. based company servicing the sports officiating industry providing content and services to a wide variety of sports organizations including professional leagues, national governing bodies and local organizations. Accountabilities include developing long-term relationships with a group of clients, connecting with key business partners, liaise between customers and cross-functional internal teams to ensure the timely and successful fulfillment of each partnership according to customer needs. Responsible for project-management, administrative and customer service duties, and sales and marketing. Must be a self-starter, highly-organized and detail-oriented with the ability to juggle multiple duties and responsibilities at once.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the lead point of contact for fulfillment, service, and administration on a variety of key accounts.
  • Build and maintain strong, long-lasting client relationships, including the development of trusted advisor relationships with key accounts, customer stakeholders and business partners.
  • Ensure the timely and successful scheduling, fulfillment and delivery of our solutions according to customer needs and objectives.
  • Clearly communicate and report all progress to internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop new business with existing clients and/or identify areas of improvement to increase revenue.
  • Provide primary sales support to Sales Director.
  • Maintain and improve a variety of existing sales and marketing programs.
  • Other sales, marketing, production and administrative duties as assigned.

The position requires at least three years of experience in the field or in a related area, and a Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Candidates must become immersed in the sports officiating industry, quickly learning our industry’s concepts, practices and procedures pairing those skills with a strong proficiency in account management, project management and business administration to accomplish goals. Candidates must be self-motivated, and a wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Requirements

  • Proven work experience as an Account Manager, or other relevant role.
  • Ability to work within a variety of teams, rallying colleagues, and effectively managing personalities, deadlines and priorities.
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate, present and influence key stakeholders at all levels of an organization, including executive and C-level.
  • Advanced problem resolution skills and communication abilities.
  • Solid experience with CRM software and MS Office (particularly MS Excel).
  • Experience delivering client-focused solutions to customer needs.
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple account management projects at a time, while maintaining sharp attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize among competing tasks.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent listening, negotiation and presentation abilities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sports Officiating experience preferred.
  • BA/BS degree in Business Administration, Sales or relevant field preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is based on qualifications.

We offer half-day Fridays, vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and a competitive health and dental insurance plan.

Event Planner

The ideal candidate will provide meeting management and support for the company as well as the national non-profit organization, which the company manages. Primary responsibilities include managing all aspects of one large annual conference (400+ attendees) and several ad hoc meetings. Additionally, the position requires project management on multiple sales, marketing and administrative efforts unrelated to event planning. The Event Planner will be the primary liaison with our host hotels and is responsible for managing and planning meetings, onsite execution for the annual conference, customer service to our support organizations, and preparing communication items in tandem with the marketing and design teams.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • All areas of meeting management and support including RFP generation, venue sourcing, attendee management, logistics, audio/visual requirements and food and beverage selections.
  • Project management on events and meetings, but also a wide variety of marketing, sales and fulfillment projects.
  • Coordinate travel; including air, hotel, and ground transportation for staff and executive board.
  • Manage room block, meeting space set up, audio/visual and food & beverage for all meetings and events.
  • Work with marketing and design teams to help create overall email, print and social media campaign for annual conference.
  • Control and manage budget for assigned events.
  • Coordinate all liaison aspects of annual conference with hotel, staff, vendors, speakers, attendees and guests.
  • Coordinate logistics for the exhibit hall prior to the annual conference as well as serve as the onsite exhibit hall manager.
  • Maintain and cultivate existing relationships with hotels, CVBs, DMCs and other meetings industry related vendors.
  • Other duties as needed.

Requirements

  • At least 5 years in an events, marketing and/or project management role that includes at least 3 years of event planning experience.
  • 3+ years of hotel or convention services experience or similar preferred.
  • Exceptional communication as well as analytical, project management and planning skills necessary.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a high level of customer service required.
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities, work effectively in a team environment and meet tight deadlines.
  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is based on qualifications.

We offer half-day Fridays, vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and a competitive health and dental insurance plan.

Editorial Team Members

Attention Journalists: We are looking for journalists/editors that also officiate.

Here are some specifics:

Among the things we produce:

  • Referee magazine
  • NASO and Association Advantage monthly guides and newsletters
  • Annual and semi-annual books and videos
  • All content for referee.com, naso.org and four other websites
  • All content for a host of customized officiating apps
  • Print/digital/app/video content for dozens of clients, including:
    • NFHS
    • State high school associations
    • California Basketball Officials Association
    • Washington Officials Association
    • Southern California Volleyball Officials Association
    • CCA
    • NCAA
    • NAIA
    • Local associations
    • Camps/clinics
    • Youth organizations
    • Many others large and small

Last year alone, our company produced 12 monthly magazines, 48 monthly Referee/NASO print/digital newsletters, 50+ books, more than 100 client newsletters (print/online), thousands of pages of web/app content and a dozen training videos. We also manage NASO, the nation’s largest officiating education, protection and advocacy group – including its annual Officiating Summit.

It’s a lot of work – challenging, inspiring, meaningful work. And there’s more work coming. That’s why we are aggressively expanding our team.

Among the Editorial Team requirements: 1. Experience as a print and/or online journalist, with special emphasis on magazine and/or newspaper writing and/or editing. 2. Officiating experience, with emphasis given to those that officiate football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer or volleyball and special emphasis given to those that are multi-sport officials.

All of these new positions are full-time and with full benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Apply in writing to:

Referee Enterprises, Inc.
Attn.: Employment

Referee Magazine
2017 Lathrop Ave.
Racine, WI 53405

or e-mail to employment@referee.com.

These positions will garner a lot of interest – full-time jobs in officiating don’t come up very often. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking for a new challenge that takes you to new places – literally and figuratively.

Thank you for your interest in working with Referee.

Referee is an equal opportunity employer that is always looking for potential employees with officiating experience in addition to skills in writing, editing, publishing, design, marketing, sales, customer service and event planning.

Editorial Team Members

Among the things we produce:

  • Referee magazine
  • NASO and Association Advantage monthly guides and newsletters
  • Annual and semi-annual books and videos
  • All content for referee.com, naso.org and four other websites
  • All content for a host of customized officiating apps
  • Print/digital/app/video content for dozens of clients, including:
    • NFHS
    • State high school associations
    • California Basketball Officials Association
    • Washington Officials Association
    • Southern California Volleyball Officials Association
    • CCA
    • NCAA
    • NAIA
    • Local associations
    • Camps/clinics
    • Youth organizations
    • Many others large and small

Last year alone, our company produced 12 monthly magazines, 48 monthly Referee/NASO print/digital newsletters, 50+ books, more than 100 client newsletters (print/online), thousands of pages of web/app content and a dozen training videos. We also manage NASO, the nation’s largest officiating education, protection and advocacy group – including its annual Officiating Summit.

It’s a lot of work – challenging, inspiring, meaningful work. And there’s more work coming. That’s why we are aggressively expanding our team.

Among the Editorial Team requirements: 1. Experience as a print and/or online journalist, with special emphasis on magazine and/or newspaper writing and/or editing. 2. Officiating experience, with emphasis given to those that officiate football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer or volleyball and special emphasis given to those that are multi-sport officials.

Because we interact constantly with our other sports officials in the building and with our other departments (creative, marketing, sales, customer service, etc.), we want our employees working with us in the building. That means a relocation to Southeastern Wisconsin. Yes, we recognize that in today’s digital world working from afar is possible. (And we do use freelancers from around the country that do just that.) But for our team, the ones that produce and manage all of this content, the daily interactions mean something … they are invaluable. We want our key workers here. And you will want to be here. It’s the epicenter of officiating.

All of these new positions are full-time and with full benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Apply in writing to:

Referee Enterprises, Inc.
Attn.: Employment

Referee Magazine
2017 Lathrop Ave.
Racine, WI 53405

or e-mail to employment@referee.com.

These positions will garner a lot of interest – full-time jobs in officiating don’t come up very often. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking for a new challenge that takes you to new places – literally and figuratively.


Thank you for your interest in working with Referee.

Referee is an equal opportunity employer that is always looking for potential employees with officiating experience in addition to skills in writing, editing, publishing, design, marketing, sales, customer service and event planning.