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For Immediate Release 

June 23, 2022

OUA Looking to Hire Referee-in-Chief

Deadline to Apply July 8th 2022

Hamilton, Ontario – The OUA is currently seeking a Referee-in-Chief to oversee all aspects of officials for OUA Football. The deadline to apply is July 8/22.


Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is the governing body of university sport in Ontario and a recognized leader and contributor to the Ontario and Canadian Sport System. Comprised of twenty universities across Ontario, OUA delivers a diversified sport model that achieves excellence in competition, fair-play, ethical leadership, equitable opportunities, and high-quality student-athlete experiences within an educational environment.


The Referee-in-Chief (RIC) will be a key leader in OUA Football, and report to the Chief Operating Officer. The Referee-in-Chief’s role is to oversee all aspects of officials for OUA Football. Responsibilities include the assignment of officials for all preseason, regular season, and playoff games, as well as the implementation of an effective officials evaluation process. The RIC will provide recommendations for assignments to U SPORTS Bowl Games and be responsible for the recruitment of new officials into the OUA.

The RIC will act as a key liaison for the OUA with Football Canada, Ontario Football, CFOA, OFOA, and OUFOA on technical matters, and work with U SPORTS and its conferences on the harmonization of national rules. The RIC will develop and implement annual officials and coach development clinics. Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer and the OUA Sport Advisory Committee, the RIC will provide recommendations on the development of player safety policies and support the enforcement of league sanctions. The RIC will also attend OUA football meetings, and will be expected to provide regular, effective communication with OUA Head Coaches.

Practices and procedures relating to the financial management of OUA officials will be overseen by this position. The RIC will be expected to be available on weekdays and Saturdays throughout the fall OUA football season.

Qualifications Include:

• 10+ years of experience of elite-level officiating (e.g., U SPORTS, CFL, etc.)

• 5+ years of management experience

• Good standing with the CFOA/OFOA

• Strong technical knowledge of Canadian amateur football rules, OUA football rules, and U SPORTS rules

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required upon hire

Must be legally eligible to work in Canada

For more information about Ontario University Athletics, visit

Application Deadline: Friday, July 8, 2022

OUA is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.


Aaron Geisler

Executive Director


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