Director, Sports Development, Training and Education
- Special Olympics Washington
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Category: Nonprofit-Executive
- Posting Date: 12/22/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Director – Sports Development, Training and Education
Full Job Description
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
The Director of Sports Development, Training and Education is responsible for the high-quality development and execution of sports and training focused on building, strengthening, and growing the sports advancement and coaches’ recruitment and education program. The Director develops and implements sports development, advancement, and transition at all levels, develops quality coaches’ education and training, as well as recruitment and retention.
This individual is expected to demonstrate conscientious knowledge of, and adherence to, the rules and regulations of the Special Olympics Washington, Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics
International and all applicable sports development and coaching policies, regulations and entities that contribute to this development.
Sports Development and Advancement
- In partnership with the Sports and Community Impact departments, lead in the development and implementation of a sport advancement plan for both individual and team sports
- Oversee recruitment and development of Sports Resource Teams, including Virtual, for each of the Special Olympics Washington sports as a means improve competition, education, training, and the overall participant experience
- Conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation of all sporting events and tournaments implementing any changes and/or enhancements as needed
- Provide leadership and vision in the improvement and development of new and existing sports to better meet the needs of all participants
- Review Unified Sports Competition Model (Recreation, Player Development, Competitive) and recommend plan to execute similar model within community-based unified programming
- Create and share resources that educates all Special Olympics Washington constituents on the process of Athlete/Team qualifications for Special Olympics National and International Games
- Develop and manage strategic partnerships with entities such as National Governing Bodies of
Sport, WIAA, Sport Federations, etc.
- Serve as the sports staff liaison with SOI and SONA, as needed
Coaches Recruitment, Education and Training
- Design, organize, implement, facilitate, oversee and evaluate all facets of the Coaches recruitment, education and training program that align with SOI Program Quality Standards.
- Develop and implement a training structure for all levels of coaching in line with the Special
Olympics North America Coaching Standards and Unified Sports Competition Model
- Conduct ongoing evaluation of the training structure and modify based on experience and changes in coaching courses
- Responsible for inclusion of Health and Fitness programming in all facets of Coaches
Education, and all other participant education programs, with guidance from Director of
Health and Wellness
- Evaluate new SOI/SONA resources for coaches training education and sports development and implement or scale as necessary for Special Olympics Washington
- In partnership with Program and Community Impact department, develop plan to better assign recruited and/or new coaches to programs around the state based on needs and accessibility of programs
- Serve as the staff liaison for Coaches Education with SOI and SONA
- Develop a more efficient tracking system that collects certifications from multiple data sources; ultimately streamlining completed overall Coaches Certifications into the Games
Management System making them available for staff and key constituents to view
- Develop annual internal and external Coaches Education training calendar
- Develop template resources to aid in coaches’ success and management of team or program
(i.e., practice plan by sport, coaching resource sites, training manuals or videos, coaches meeting agenda etc.)
- Demonstrate commitment to the mission, vision and values of Special Olympics Washington
- Experience working with and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities
- A minimum of five (5) years of experience in sports, event and volunteer management
- Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in related field
- Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluations
- Flexible and adaptable; able to work through ambiguous situations
- Demonstrated ability to manage a team of staff and volunteers
- Computer literacy a must, and experience with databases preferred
- Strong self-motivation and the ability to work independently
- Support other departments contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities
- Sense of humor
- Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
- Ability to travel independently throughout the state
- Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs.
- Ability to operate a computer for extended periods
- Applicants will undergo a background check after conditional employment offer
- All other duties as assigned
Additional Traits and Attributes
- Aptitude for taking on difficult challenges with the ability to deal with conflict constructively
- Strong team player and collaborator
- Strong verbal and written communications skills
- Must be able to multi-task and operate in a fast-paced environment
- Even-tempered with positive energy and sound judgment
- Proven skills building a diverse organization in thought, background, diversity, approach and insights, both with staff and volunteers
- Position to work out of Special Olympics Washington headquarters in Seattle, WA.
- Expectation of working weekends and evenings, as needed.
Salary & Benefits:
This is an exempt, full-time position, with benefits: medical, vision, dental, life and disability insurance;
403(b) retirement plan; and vacation/sick time based on qualifying dates. Salary depends on experience.
Special Olympics Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume by email. No phone calls, please.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $60,000.00 - $90,000.00 per year
- Dental insurance
- Flexible schedule
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Day shift
- Monday to Friday
- Night shift
- Weekend availability
Employees are required to be fully vaccinated or show proof of negative COVID-19 test at the start of each work week.
- Bachelor's (Preferred)
- sports management: 5 years (Preferred)
Work Location: Multiple Locations