Associate Director of Program - Central & Southern Tier

Central & Southern Tier, NY, Full time

Title: Associate Director of Program, Central & Southern Tier
Position: Full-time
Compensation: $48,000 - $55,000

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 51,000 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 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 has the skills and sensitivity to contribute to Special Olympics New York's culture of inclusion and collaboration. 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 and volunteers.

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, Central & Southern Tier, is a mission-driven person responsible for supporting, coordinating, and monitoring all program-related activities for both school and community-based clubs, serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities across the Central & Southern Tier Region. The Associate Director of Program participates in the development and administration of all program-related functions with a focus on community engagement, sport training, coach education, the transformation process of unified champion schools and new program development.

Communication & Engagement: With a thorough understanding of the structure, function, and mission of Special Olympics New York, The Associate Director of Program is dedicated to cultivating relationships with schools, athletes, families, coaches, and community stakeholders.

  • Act as a pipeline of information for others.
  • Function as an expert resource and effectively communicate matters related to sports training and coach education.
  • Maintain connections in the schools, with agencies, and in the community, and grow these relationships and their sports programming.
  • Lead training programs to educate, expand, and engage athletes, volunteers, coaches, and schools.
  • Initiate and engage in conversation with the mission and values of Special Olympics always at the center.
  • Cultivate and lead health initiatives to provide and circulate information to stakeholders - serving as a valuable point of contact.
  • Provide staff support for the Athlete Leadership Program, assessing event overview and improvement strategies, organizing agendas and curating topics for discussion.

Project Management: The Associate Director of Program is a proven performer in administration, management, and program planning.

  • Manage day-to-day programming tasks while continuously building capacity and maintaining program and team quality.
  • Oversee resource management including training or practice equipment, coaches, athletes, and ensure appropriate capacity to execute programming.
  • Recruit athletes and coaches
  • Track and maintain data using internal data platforms and systems.
  • Maintain a budget and keep financial records.
  • Spearhead and re-introduce Young Athletes Clubs in schools as an inclusivity program utilized to foster sustainability and transition athletes (ages 2-7) into traditional training clubs (aged 8+).

Volunteer Management: 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.

  • With sensitivity and finesse respond to the concerns of different groups, volunteers, and stakeholders.
  • Recruit, develop, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and volunteers
  • Participate in athlete leadership and development.
  • Provide education/training to school leadership, coaches and ensure that they understand up-to-date rules, regulations, and protocols.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Sports Administration, Business Administration, Physical Education, Sports Management, Recreations, Special Education or similar concentrations is preferred.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the field of Developmental Disabilities preferred.
  • Operating knowledge of the budgeting process, fundraising, and public relations


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with volunteers, professionals, and business people from various socio/economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage multiple moving parts with thorough and consistent follow-up.
  • 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 - pivoting at a moment’s notice
  • Position requires working both standing and sitting. Must be able to lift and carry light loads (5-30 pounds for short distances, approximately one block).
  • Some early mornings, evenings and weekends will be needed.
  • Ability to maintain organization and prioritization of significant dates and times by way of calendar systems and additional structural tools.


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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