Associate Director of Program - Health Programming (HQ)

Albany, NY, Full time

Position Title: Associate Director of Program, Health Programming

Location: Albany, New York

Position: Full-time 


Competitive athletes share certain qualities: drive; perseverance; confidence. For athletes with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics New York provides a training ground where those qualities are given room to grow. Special Olympics New York athletes compete on a level playing field and challenge themselves in fair and even competition. They develop character, make friends, and find unknown wells of determination within themselves. 

The transformative power of sports to instill confidence, improve health, and inspire a sense of competition is at the core of Special Olympics. Special Olympics New York provides inclusive opportunities for 68,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities to discover and unleash the champion within. Our athletes experience the thrill of competing in authentic sports, finding joy, confidence, and fulfillment on the playing field and in life.


Special Olympics New York is seeking candidates for the Associate Director of Program, Health Programming who can galvanize a community and help us as we grow. Successful candidates are comfortable leading initiatives across departments and regions, with a focus on the “big picture” while remaining attentive to the details. The ideal candidate is a relationship builder who is at ease being out from behind a desk and in the community, confidently engaging with health care professionals and regional colleagues.  This is an exciting opportunity to join Special Olympics New York while we build and grow our program, and ensure our athletes are healthy athletes.


Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing them with ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. 

The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Special Olympics New York was incorporated in 1970, and today, Special Olympics New York is the largest program in the United States and one of the largest in the world.


The Position:

Under the supervision of the Director of Program, the Associate Director of Program is responsible for supporting, coordinating, and monitoring all health program-related initiatives at the statewide and regional levels.  This includes the management, training, education and recruitment related to the Healthy Athlete events which are held throughout the state as a component of large competitions and events.  With a thorough understanding of the structure, function, and mission of Special Olympics New York, this position is dedicated to cultivating relationships with athletes, healthcare professionals, program staff, and community stakeholders.


Collaboration and Relationship Building:

Much of Special Olympics New York’s success is rooted in the strength of collaborative relationships, therefore the Associate Director of Program models and fosters behavior that establishes a culture that values partnership and is consistent with the values, goals, and objectives of the organization to create an atmosphere of trust, cooperation, accountability, empowerment, and dedication to the mission.

  • Prioritize interactions and own relationships with existing healthcare professionals and cultivate connections with new healthcare providers and resources.
  • Collaborate with Special Olympics colleagues across the state to successfully execute the health objectives at regional and large events/competitions.
  • Serve as a leader for all health-related communication internally with colleagues and externally with stakeholders in cooperation with the Director of Program.
  • Immerse in collaborative relationships with the network of community assets - athletes, families, coaches, clinical leaders, volunteers, committees, and sponsors.


Volunteer Recruitment & Education:

The Associate Director of Program recruits and trains volunteers, and is an expert resource for others, effectively communicating matters related to health events, sports training, and coach education.

  • Build volunteer pipelines through partnerships with community organizations and hospitals.
  • Lead training programs for the onboarding and education of healthcare volunteers and coaches.
  • Engage with partners to create and develop fitness programming and coaching curriculum with the goal of training all coaches in implementing fitness activities for their athletes.
  • Provide regular communications and updates to colleagues, coaches, and stakeholders, ensuring commitment to athlete health and fitness.


Project Management & Grant Coordination:

The Associate Director of Program is a proven performer in administration, management, program planning, and grant process oversight. In addition to managing health program initiatives, the Associate Director of Program also participates as “boots on the ground” during events and competitions.

  • Prepare and manage all activities related to Healthy Athlete screenings including securing resources such as equipment, facilities, and volunteers.
  • Maintain an event calendar, create event timelines, and enter all event-related data using internal data platforms and systems.
  • Coordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the Special Olympics Annual Health Summit event for health professionals and community organizations, including booking space, vendors and speakers, and creating the agenda and promotional materials.
  • Manage the grant reporting and data collection required to support the grant writing process for health programming sustainability; own the oversight of grant timelines; monitor and keep track of grant budgets.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university.
  • Experience working with underserved communities.
  • Passion for health, wellness and fitness.


Skills and Abilities: 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with efficiency.
  • General computer proficiency and competence with the full Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Flexible and patient with changing priorities and deadlines.
  • People person, approachable

Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and requirements to Sensa Recruiting at Please reference the job title in the subject line.


Special Olympics New York is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, neurodiversity, age, parental status, socio-economic background, military service, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable law.

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