Employment Opportunities

The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association currently has the following open employment opportunity:


Executive Director/Hockey Director

The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) seeks an Executive Director / Hockey Director to execute its strategic plan and direct all aspects of the day-to-day operations both on and off the ice. The successful candidate should possess excellent organizational leadership skills and possess a track record of high-level achievement.

KOHA’s mission is to provide every boy and girl the opportunity to play and to enjoy the game of hockey. With seven hundred members from Southwest Michigan, KOHA is one of the largest youth hockey organizations in the nation. Our vision is to be a national leader in youth hockey and to become a regional destination.  KOHA has adopted the American Development Model (ADM) and is one of seventeen ADM Model Club organizations in the nation.

The Director is responsible for leading KOHA towards its vision, under the governance and strategic direction of the KOHA Board of Directors. Reporting to the Board President, the Director is directly involved in setting long-term strategy and quality goals with the KOHA Board of Directors. The successful leadership of KOHA requires the ability to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, staff, membership, the hockey community, and the greater communities of Southwest Michigan.

General Responsibilities:

1.    Lead and supervise all paid staff and coaches, including oversight of the selection process, ongoing mentoring and support, evaluation and accountability, and USAH coaching education program.

2.    Develop, implement and monitor an annual program schedule/plan, including building a strategy for internal and external camps & clinics.

3.    Oversee the execution of a comprehensive curriculum from initiation programs through junior varsity for each level/age group consistent with USAH/ADM long-term development model, including establishing teaching points for key skills at each level, and monitoring for ongoing enhancement and improvement.

4.    Collaborate with the Board of Directors and staff to:

a.     Develop and execute a long-term funding strategy to increase revenue, while diversifying KOHA’s streams of revenue and mitigating ongoing increases to operating expenses.

b.    Provide oversight to all internal and external communication efforts to promote KOHA’s program and further enhance KOHA’s brand.

c.     Ensure compliance relative to KOHA’s 501(c)3 non-profit status, all federal and state employment law, USAH, Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), KOHA By-Laws, and other regulations.

General terms of employment:

·      Full-time salaried position; at-will employment

·      Evening and weekend hours required during hockey season; off-season hours fluctuate

·      Base salary – negotiable based on experience and qualifications

·      Incentives – profit sharing from camps and clinics and new fundraising initiatives

·      Flexible start date

Interested candidates must submit a letter of application and professional resume, outlining relevant experience, skills, and reasons why they can be successful in this position, along with their salary requirements. Please submit all application materials as well as any questions to Brian Bellware, KOHA Board President, via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All information supplied by interested candidates will be treated as confidential. KOHA reserves the right to revise this job description or any other aspect of the hiring process at its sole discretion.