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Executive Director


The Executive Director is responsible to assist with the strategic operational management of program staff and volunteers for Special Olympics North Dakota. As the Executive Director, his/her primary function is to assist in directing the program in accordance with the standards, policies and procedures set forth by Special Olympics International and Special Olympics North Dakota in the realms of sports, development, programs, planning and issues affecting the program. The Executive Director is responsible in assisting with the oversight of designate professional staff and daily operations of the Special Olympics North Dakota. The Executive Director reports directly to the Special Olympics North Dakota President & CEO.


  • Champion, execute and enforce the mission, vision and brand of Special Olympics North Dakota.
  • Responsible for the development and direction of SOND staff to include but not limited to sports, training, special events and program development.
  • Responsible for organizational management including consistent communication to President  & CEO.
  • Build and maintain respectful relationships with all stakeholders, including (but not limited to) Staff, President & CEO, Board Members, Athletes, Families, Community Leaders, Volunteers, Area Leadership, Donors, and Corporate and Civic Leaders.
  • Oversee and achieve diversified growth in all Competition areas, including State & Area competitions and Unified Sports ® ensuring broad based volunteer sources are qualified and trained with current sport and event management techniques and trends.
  • Manage budget, including understanding of finances, cash flow and operating systems.
  • Ensures that the Special Olympics North Dakota Strategic Plan is updated, managed and implemented.
  • Recruiting, training and supervision of personnel as it relates to the Organizational Chart.
  • Demonstrates familiarity with the development, coordination and implementation of annual fundraising programs and events offered by Special Olympics North Dakota.
  • Is involved in policy development and implementation for Special Olympics North Dakota.
  • Ensures that all Special Olympics and Special Olympics North Dakota rules and regulations are uniformly enforced.
  • Understands current non-profit industry trends, laws, and regulations; interprets for relevancy and applicability.
  • Maintains alignment with Special Olympics, Inc. and Special Olympics North America movement platform, strategic plan, collaborative fundraising and priorities.
  • Possesses negotiation skills and the ability to work with senior management in public and private sectors.
  • Is able to travel, to work evenings and weekends when necessary and is able to meet job requirements and deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree with five – seven years of direct experience in a senior management position with a non-profit organization and/or business. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Familiarity and understanding of small business and/or non-profit organization operations.
  • Experience working with people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Experience with administration of an annual budget of a minimum of $1,000,000.
  • Strong skills and experience in staff performance, team building, planning, counseling & evaluations
  • Strong background and successful track record in sport management and event planning
  • Demonstrated competence in the area of diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

    • strong organizational skills
    • leadership, motivational and management skills
    • strong oral and written communication skills
    • strong people skills
    • computer literacy

Special Olympics North Dakota provides options for health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, disability insurance, dental insurance and 401K retirement.  The organization provides employee paid vacation, paid holidays, travel expenses and worker’s compensation.

  • SUPERVISION:  Reports directly to the President & CEO
  • LOCATION:  Headquarters located in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • SALARY:  Commensurate with Experience
  • EVALUATION:  At the end of 90 days and henceforth on an annual basis

Interested individuals must submit an application, cover letter, resume and references to:
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Mail: SOND – attn: Executive Search, 2616 South 26th Street, Grand Forks ND 58201

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The position will be open until filled. Initial screening will begin on June 2.
Final offer of employment is contingent on a successful background and credit check.

Special Olympics North Dakota is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans are welcomed. Employment with Special Olympics is “at-will.”