Here's Your Chance to Solve All the NFL's Officiating Woes.
By: Kim O'Hara | Posted: February 14, 2013
Who's got it better than professional football officials? I could probably come up with a couple examples. The Fail Mary. Jimmy Smith-Michael Crabtree on fourth and five in the Super Bowl. <<<Insert instance you feel your team got jobbed by the referees here.>>> An NFL official (or any official, really) will never please both sides of the field at all times. It's a tough job. Maybe that's why the NFL is advertising an opening for the Senior Director of Officiating on its public job site.
A few of the qualifications include (but certainly aren't limited to):
- Assign individuals to crews and crews to games to ensure that the highest quality of officiating is always maintained.
- Oversee the evaluation process for officials and crews for all games.
- Monitor NFL games in command center to ensure a high awareness of any officiating issues and help prepare responses to all inquiries.
- Oversee the NFL Instant Replay Program to ensure accuracy and consistency in all areas.
- Work closely with VP of Officiating and other NFL leaders to highlight any key officiating issues and maintain continuous awareness of controversial calls or non-calls.
- Assist with questions and inquiries from clubs and work with coaches to ensure transparency and understanding of what the League is doing to address issues, as appropriate.
It sounds like a real dream job, right? There's just one catch, though: the NFL requires 5 years of officiating for any candidate to be considered. We'll let you know if and when the League posts any entry level officiating gigs.