Title: Director of Program, Unified Sports
Location: Albany, New York
Compensation: $50,000 - $65,000 (depending upon experience)
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 Director of Program, Unified Sports who can galvanize a community and help us as we grow. Successful candidates are comfortable leading initiatives and can see the “big picture” while also 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, engaging with school personnel at all levels and regional colleagues. This is an exciting opportunity to join Special Olympics New York while we build and grow our program, and help light the fire within New York’s striving, thriving 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 Executive Director of Unified Sports, the Director of Program is responsible for supporting, coordinating, and monitoring all Unified program-related activities within the Hudson Valley and Capital Regions. Unified Champion Schools programming provides activities for the whole school community, bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities. The Director of Program participates in the development and administration of all program-related functions including coordination, communication, engagement, and education as they are relevant to schools, athletes, and volunteers and their relationship to Unified Champion Schools programming.
Collaboration and Relationship Building: Much of Special Olympics New York’s success is rooted in the strength of collaborative relationships, therefore the 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.
Communication & Education: With a thorough understanding of the structure, function, and mission of Special Olympics New York, the Director of Program will act as a pipeline of information for others and be an expert resource, effectively communicating matters related to events, sports training, and coach education.
Project Management & Coordination: The Director of Program is a proven performer in administration, management, program planning, and program evaluation. Primarily guiding program efforts from behind the scenes, the Director of Program also participates as “boots on the ground” during competitions.
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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.