Director of Program - Capital/North Country Regions

Albany, NY, Full time

Title: Director of Program, Capital/North Country Regions

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 Director of Program who can galvanize a community and help us reinvigorate our community-based programming as we emerge from the pandemic. Successful candidates are comfortable leading initiatives and can see the “big picture” while also remaining attentive to the details. The ideal candidate is a connector and relationship builder who has the skills, sensitivity, and experience to contribute to Special Olympics New York's culture of inclusion and collaboration. This is an exciting opportunity to join Special Olympics New York and be part of building back community programs and inspiring our athletes to honor their drive and to reignite the fire within.

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 Vice President of Program, the Director of Program is responsible for leading, coordinating, and monitoring all program-related activities at the local and regional levels, The Director of Program, develops and manages all related functions including training, competition, communication, education, recruitment and safety as they are relevant to Special Olympic athletes and volunteers. With a thorough understanding of the structure, function, and mission of Special Olympics New York, this position is dedicated to cultivating relationships with athletes, families, program staff, and community stakeholders.


Leadership: Leading with a mindset focused on outreach and cultivation, the Director of Program is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing the internal processes required of community programs and projects. Primarily guiding program efforts from behind the scenes, the Director of Program also participates as “boots on the ground”, overseeing and attending competitions.

  • Prepare and implement all athletic and sports-oriented programs and coaches’ training.
  • Create, monitor, and manage a $100,000-$140,000 program budget.
  • Knowledgeable authority on matters related to sports training, athletic competition, and coach education, and oversee all activities associated with competition, and volunteer management.
  • Delegate authority and share responsibilities with assigned staff and volunteers to achieve programming goals.
  • Embrace opportunities to take the lead on programs and projects, adhering to all program-related Special Olympics New York minimum standards.

Project Management: The Director of Program is a proven performer in administration, management, paid and/or volunteer staff supervision, program planning, and program evaluation.

  • Build, structure, and monitor all program and games committee activities employing advanced organizational skills and effective communication skills.
  • Monitor all program-related operational procedures.
  • Schedule competitions and assist with event logistics.
  • Guide and oversee the data collection process, drive the analysis of the data, and prioritize data integrity.
  • Provide regular communication and updates to colleagues, coaches, and stakeholders.

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.

  • Immerse in collaborative relationships with the network of community assets - athletes, families, coaches, sponsors, and national/state/local groups.
  • Establish a rapport with stakeholders ensuring appropriate support is provided for the successful execution of events.
  • With sensitivity and finesse respond to the concerns of different groups and stakeholders.
  • Prioritize interactions with colleagues across the organization to successfully execute events including – executive staff, development staff, and peers throughout the region.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Physical Education, Sports Management, Recreations, Special Education is preferred.
  • Experience in a leadership, supervisory, or management position.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the field of Developmental Disabilities as a professional coach and/or Special Olympics volunteer is preferred.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong written skills, including a thorough command of proper grammar.
  • 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.
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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