Position Title: Associate Director of Program, Health Programming
Location: Albany, New York
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skills and Abilities:
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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.