Special Olympics Washington - President & CEO

Seattle, Washington, United States | Full-time


Comprehensive Position Profile 

The Organization

The mission of the Special Olympics movement 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 provides athletes 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. In total, Special Olympics serves more than 5 million athletes in more than 190 countries.

Special Olympics Washington, a 501(c)3 Washington State not-for-profit organization, is an accredited program of Special Olympics International. In Washington state, there are approximately 19,000 participating athletes, 8,000 volunteers, a committed Board of Directors of 30, and a fulltime staff of 31 team members who are eager to learn, lead and make things happen.

For a large portion of the athletes, Special Olympics is the most important thing in their lives that connects them to a broader community and to other support, services, health care, and fitness related activities. As such, every team member of Special Olympics Washington – board, staff, coaches, volunteers – gives their best every day to assure that athletes have access to all that Special Olympics offers.

With a strong financial position (a full budget of $9.3M for current FY), ample reserves, a diversified funding base, an instantly recognizable brand, and successful track record, the CEO position at Special Olympics Washington represents an exciting opportunity for the right person to lead the organization into its next stage of aggressive growth, expansion and impact.

The Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO has executive responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Special Olympics Washington.  The CEO works in concert with the Board of Directors, staff members, and volunteers to ensure the organization’s vision and mission are fulfilled and ensures that the organization is run in accordance with all By-Laws and policies.  Major areas of responsibility include running the business of the not-for-profit, ensuring year-round sports competitions, and implementing fundraising activities.

While not an exhaustive list, specific responsibilities include: putting athletes first and always making decisions with their best interests as a priority; working with the Board of Directors to ensure strong engagement in policy decisions and in fundraising activities; managing the organization’s finances, financial policies, budgets, and other major infrastructure; hiring, leading, and developing staff and ensuring a positive, productive, and accountable work environment; actively participating in all fundraising activities; ensuring quality sports competition; and serving as primary liaison with Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics International. 

Leadership Abilities

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer activities and direct and transferable skills. Special Olympics Washington seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:

  • The successful candidate will bring experience running a nonprofit organization, or a large department, division, or scope of work in the nonprofit, for-profit, or public sector. Experience in experiential fundraising events, traditional fundraising activities, corporate and foundation relations, and other creative fundraising campaigns is ideal. Basic knowledge of sports competitions, as well as past, present or aspiring athletic activity is a plus.

Commitment to:

  • The mission and vision of the Special Olympics movement.
  • Working with, and advocating for, people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Addressing barriers and stigmas that people with intellectual disabilities face, and to share with the community the gifts and talents they possess.
  • Promote and support the power and positive impact of competitive sports and community building.
  • Social justice.
  • Promote and foster a work environment typified by inclusion, collaboration, equity, and appreciation.
  • Increase Special Olympics Washington’s reach and impact.

Ability to:

  • Galvanize staff and volunteers toward a common goal.
  • Attract, retain, develop, motivate, and support a high-caliber, high-functioning, and accountable team.
  • See new opportunities and lead others to move past the status quo.
  • Speak to audiences of varying sizes and deliver informative and persuasive presentations.
  • Work with people at all levels from the organization’s corps of volunteers to corporate CEOs and civic leaders.
  • Raise money and build partnerships.
  • Develop, articulate, and engage others in a strong and compelling vision.
  • Think strategically and solve complex problems.
  • Identify, analyze, and pursue new and, at times, risky initiatives.
  • Forge community partnerships and alliances
  • Convey warmth, caring, compassion, and approachability.

Possess and demonstrate:

  • Leadership skills
  • Staff management and development skills
  • Business acumen (A head for business paired with a heart for the movement)
  • Budgeting and financial management skills
  • Communication skills including public speaking and media appearances
  • Entrepreneurial spirit coupled with business agility
  • Passion for mission-driven work
  • Fundraising skills
  • Board relations skills
  • Empathy
  • Listening skills
  • Thoughtful decision-making skills
  • Confidence balanced with humility
  • Flexibility, adaptability
  • Presence/charisma/high emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Strategic thinking and vision
  • Marketing/Public Relations

Position Profile

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a starting salary range of $150,000 - $165,000 (DOE). In addition, there is the opportunity for performance-based incentive pay. The organization also offers a benefits package that includes: an employer contribution toward medical, dental, and vision insurance; a 403b plan and organizational match of up to 5% of your annual salary; and paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

To Be Considered

The position is open until filled. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by late-August. Priority deadline for the position is September 16, 2020. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter as soon as possible addressed to the Search Committee at https://valtasgroup.recruiterbox.com/.

Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single WORD or PDF document. You may direct questions to Mr. Ed Rogan at ed@valtasgroup.com or 206.697.8428.

Special Olympics Washington is a progressive and equal opportunity employer committed to creating a welcoming work environment. Special Olympics provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.