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Director of Sports


Position Title: Director of Sports

Effective Date: June 10, 2024

Full/Part-Time: Full-time 

Reports to: President/CEO

Salary Range: DOE/Competitive

Location: Based out of Grand Forks with some remote/hybrid flexibility

Job Summary:

The Director of Sports manages all competitions and training opportunities for athletes, coordinates and leads State competitions, and provides ongoing sports training and technical support to the local programs. In addition, the Director of Sports will work with the community and Special Olympics North Dakota (SOND) staff to promote Special Olympics, recruit athletes and volunteers, coordinate programs, assist local programs to achieve the goals, objectives, standards, and mission of Special Olympics North Dakota.

Desired Skills and Experience:

· BA/BS degree

· Strong sports background and experience required. Able to apply knowledge in varied situations.

· Strong event planning and verbal presentation skills.

· Ability to handle high-pressure situations.

· Always demonstrates respectful verbal and non-verbal behavior.

· Advanced verbal and written communication skills and an ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

· Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate sports competitions.

· Ability to recruit, lead, motivate, retain, and appreciate volunteers.

· Listens, motivates, and participates in team efforts and actively works to generate respect and enthusiasm.

· Always gives and receives constructive and specific feedback professionally and respectfully.

· Takes the initiative to identify problems, research appropriate solutions, and follows through on solutions in a timely manner.

· Respects confidential information.

· Respond to and respect deadline requirements.

· Combination of office and outdoor work settings that may include inclement weather.

· Ability to lift 50 pounds.

· Valid driver’s license and insurability on corporate insurance.

Major Responsibilities:

· Supervise and manage SOND State tournaments and competitions.

· Recruit, train, and supervise games management teams.

· Oversight of the annual sports and games budgets.


· Participates in Special Olympics North America’s monthly calls. Charged with keeping SOND informed of new initiatives and ensuring that new rules and guidelines are implemented.

· Function as the lead representative for SOND for National and World Games. Coordinates SOND’s delegations’ selection and travel to these events.

· Communicate with local area directors and coordinators on details related to each sports season.

· Ensure quality competitions are held according to SOI & SOND standards and guidelines.

· Occasional weekend, and overnight travel as needed to fulfill job responsibilities.

· Establish relationships with North Dakota (and/or national) sports and professional organizations and coaches to benefit personal and organizational growth.

· Works collaboratively with the Director of Field Services to provide effective communication to the field.

· Recruit experienced and sports-knowledgeable volunteers to serve as games directors for each state competition and manage capable productive committees to assist with competition.

· Attend meetings, public speaking events, workshops, seminars, clinics, conferences, program events and serve on committees as needed.

· Support Special Olympics International & SOND fundraising events as directed.

· Perform other duties as assigned by the President/CEO.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive based on experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance; retirement plan; paid holidays; vacation and sick leave package and flexible schedule.


The Director of Sports work is based out of the Special Olympics North Dakota headquarters in Grand Forks, ND with flexibility for some remote/hybrid work. The expectation of travel to SOND headquarters for staff meetings and events. Week(s) leading up to State tournaments may require additional time at the State office.

Application Deadline:

Submit resume and cover letter along with salary requirements by June 15, 2024. Position remains open until a qualified candidate is selected.


Mail: SOND, 2616 South 26th Street, Grand Forks ND 58201

Fax: 701-772-1265 Email:

About Special Olympics North Dakota

Special Olympics North Dakota is a private, non-profit organization that provides year-round physical fitness, sports training, and competition in 14 sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All activities are provided free of charge to the participants and their families. More than 1,000 athletes, 2.500 volunteers, and 200 coaches participate throughout the state of North Dakota. For more information:

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