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NFL posts V.P. of officiating job online

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Last week, the NFL announced that senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino would be leaving his job. This week, the NFL is looking for his replacement online.

The job has been posted, and the description illustrates just how broad and diverse the necessary skill sets are.

Here’s the full list of responsibilities for one of the more important positions at the 345 Park Avenue workplace:

1. Manage multiple, competing stakeholders and consistently drive exceptionally high performance standards in officiating.

2. Oversee replay decision making team in GameDay Central to ensure accuracy and consistency in all areas inclusive of executing in-game reviews and communication with on-field officiating crew.

3. Assign individuals to crews and crews to games to ensure that the highest quality of officiating is always maintained.

4. Oversee the evaluation process for officials and crews for all games; ensure that evaluation of crews and officials is accurate and consistent across officiating, and work to help individual officials and crews meet League standards for officiating.

5. Oversee the updating and editing of the NFL rule and case books.

6. Communicate on a regular basis with the leadership of the NFL Referee’s Association in adhering to the policies set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

7. Work diligently to improve the media’s understanding of the rules and points of emphasis (e.g., rules on player safety); serve as the NFL spokesperson on issues related to officiating, rules, and other relevant matters, with support from the league’s game day operations and public relations departments.

8. Respond to all questions and inquiries from clubs and work directly with coaches to ensure transparency and understanding of what the League is doing to address issues, as appropriate. In addition develop and maintain personal relationships with the coaching community and solicit coach’s viewpoints while reinforcing the League’s position.

9. Develop a weekly training video and distribute the video along with other messages to reinforce accuracy and consistency among officiating crews.

10. Work closely with NFL Senior leadership to oversee the expansion of full-time on-field game officials including training and development.

11. In the offseason, prepare for and represent the officiating department at the Competition Committee meetings and owners meetings, influencing the discussion as appropriate. In addition, translate the Competition Committee’s identified points of emphasis into on-field officiating practices and ensure transparency with officials, owners, coaches, players, and fans with respect to changes in officiating.

12. Represent the NFL officiating department at NCAA rules and coordinators meetings.

13. Communicate on a regular basis with the leadership of the NFL Referees Association as per the policies set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

14. Prepare for and lead officiating clinics to teach/train, ensure buy-in around the points of emphasis for the upcoming season, and ensure readiness of the officials to conduct games with consistent levels of excellence. In addition, ensure that all teams understand the rules and officiating practices.

15. Football Operations game and event duties as assigned by department, including travel to NFL games (preseason, regular season and playoffs, International Series, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl), NFL combines and other development programs, college All Star games, NFL Draft, and in-season and offseason meetings.

16. Prepare long-term strategies and contingencies for officiating around a range of potential issues.

This full enumeration of duties underscores the fact that it’s a really big job, perhaps too big for one person. The league should consider breaking the position into two, with one person supervising the officials and the other responsible for overseeing replay review and explaining rules changes to the fans and media.

Moreover, the job seems far too detailed and specialized to be conducive to an online posting. Anyone who can do all those things likely is already known to the NFL, and the NFL surely is pursuing that person. Hoping that someone currently not on the league’s radar can do all of the things listed would mean that the league’s radar is not very good.

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17 Responses to “NFL posts V.P. of officiating job online”
  1. RegisHawk says: Apr 21, 2017 11:10 AM

    I’m guessing they already rejected your application.

  2. nflviewer says: Apr 21, 2017 11:14 AM

    They left out “Good springboard to a network TV job.”

  3. touchdownelvis says: Apr 21, 2017 11:17 AM

    How did they forget:

    17. Hang out on the Cowboys party bus.

  4. MichaelEdits says: Apr 21, 2017 11:18 AM

    My phone still ain’t ringing, so I assume it’s still not them.

  5. grumpysal says: Apr 21, 2017 11:38 AM

    They neglected to include the part about leading sting-style operations to defame players and teams – they probably save that for the one-on-one interviews.

  6. johnwaldron8 says: Apr 21, 2017 11:41 AM

    They didn’t specify “Must be a Jets or Giants fan” or is that just assumed?

  7. jmd0722 says: Apr 21, 2017 11:42 AM

    Perhaps Goodell and the NFL can hire the three blind mice. They would do a better job than what the NFL is doing now. While their at it, please define what a catch is?

  8. CJ says: Apr 21, 2017 11:51 AM

    posting a job online is just a CYA move by any decent HR department. Solicits any applications internally too for folks they didn’t initially shortlist, so they can’t now be sued for preferential treatment or EEO, or any other number of factors.

    That’s how the world works, certainly not a sign of desperation, but your post helps get the word out, so I’m sure you’ll get a thank you card for that.

    Also, posting it externally means Mike Carey can now apply, which would be hilarious.

  9. dptbs77 says: Apr 21, 2017 11:54 AM

    17… Be able to lie through your teeth, ala Roger Goodell…

  10. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 21, 2017 12:40 PM

    18. must believe the laws of physics do not apply within NFL stadiums

  11. samadams14 says: Apr 21, 2017 12:56 PM

    I would love to be in the NFL’s HR dept just to get to read all the Troll resumes they get.

  12. 6250claimer says: Apr 21, 2017 12:57 PM

    Has PFTCommenter submitted his resumé yet?

  13. fireroger says: Apr 21, 2017 1:29 PM

    17. Continue to ruin the game by making it impossible to make the same call consistently for every game.

  14. mightymightylafootball says: Apr 21, 2017 3:02 PM

    Oh boy, they trolls are going to be queuing up for this one. Highlights at 11!

  15. jdphx says: Apr 21, 2017 4:23 PM

    Understanding “What is a catch”…. Strangely absent?

  16. tncheese says: Apr 21, 2017 6:23 PM

    Get Mike Carey. He was a great on field ref. Don’t know what happened with tv.

  17. neil0311 says: Apr 22, 2017 8:17 AM

    It’s more probable than not that they’re generally aware that they have no idea what they’re doing.

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