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Director of Program, Health Programming

Special Olympics New York, Inc. in Schenectady, NY, USA


$45,000 to $60,000 Annually

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“Great team, community involvement and rewarding experiences!”

POSITION TITLE: Director of Program, Health Programming

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Program

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing 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.

This position will be focusing on our Health Programs throughout New York, therefore will require a regular amount of travel. Base office will be located in our Schenectady, NY headquarters office, however could change based on candidacy.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: At a minimum, Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Public or Community Health, Health Sciences, Exercise Sciences, a related field or equivalent is desired. 1 to 3 years of working in a health or wellness related field with a background in health systems, team leadership, supervision and project management is essential. Experience working or volunteering in the field of I/DD as a professional and/or Special Olympics volunteer is preferred.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with volunteers, professionals and stakeholders from various socio/economic backgrounds.
  • An understanding of the structure, function and mission of Special Olympics New York, including sports training, competition and program at the local, regional, state and national levels are required.
  • Proven performer in administration, management, paid and/or volunteer staff supervision, program planning and program evaluation.
  • Operating knowledge of the budgeting process, fund-raising and public relations are essential.
  • Advanced computer, clerical and organizational skills necessary.

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for leading, coordinating and monitoring all health program related activities at the state wide and regional levels. This includes program development and program administration of all related functions including; all essential components of our health program including the elements related to Healthy Communities recognition, training, communication, education, recruitment and safety as they are relevant to Special Olympic athletes, volunteers, stakeholders and staff.


  • Implement and monitor all program related operational procedures including regular accounting and an annual budget and planning process.
  • Build, structure and monitor all health program strategy, including local and state wide initiatives.
  • Develop, coordinate and monitor all Special Olympics activities associated with health programming, including new health related initiatives.
  • Responsible for development of and adherence to all health program, Healthy Athletes, fitness programming and Healthy Communities related SOI and SONY minimum standards.
  • Act as the knowledgeable authority and program leader on matters related to all health programming. Serve as the leader for all health related communication internally, with colleagues locally through to SOI and externally with stakeholders.
  • Engage and collaborate with athlete leaders and Health Messengers to support all health initiatives.
  • Provides support to grant writing, fundraising and partnership cultivation of health programming sustainability.
  • Insure the regions and the state are in compliance with all criteria, regulations, general rules and policy originating from SONY, Inc., Special Olympics International and other 501 (c) 3 governing bodies.


  • Direct supervision and management controls of Program Specialists, administrative supports and key volunteers as organizational deployment permits.
  • Develop and oversee appropriate program related systems, including the delegation of authority and shared responsibilities to achieve organizational goals.
  • Provide functional organization wide leadership, mentoring and support to regional and statewide program colleagues, consistent with program standards and strategy.
  • Maintain working relationships with clinical leaders, volunteers, committees, sponsors, organizations and other related national, state, county and local associations, affiliates and groups.

In addition to the responsibilities identified above, may be requested or required to perform other duties and/or responsibilities, by management on a non-regular basis.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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).

FLEXIBLE HOURS: Regular travel and weekend/evening duties are required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Special Olympics New York, Inc. at Please reference job code “DPHP” in subject line. No phone calls please.

Special Olympics New York, Inc.

About Special Olympics New York, Inc.:

Special Olympics New York, Inc. provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including mental retardation giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community.

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Company address: Schenectady, NY 12304

Posted date: 26 days ago

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