Sr. Manager, Unified Schools Urban Program Development

Washington D.C.
May 23, 2017
Jun 27, 2017
Nonprofit, Other
Full Time

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Position:              Senior Manager, Unified Schools Urban Program Development

Location:             HQ Washington, DC

Department:       SONA Unified Champion Schools

Supervisor:          Senior Director, Unified Champion Schools

Position Summary:

The Senior Manager will lead efforts in driving the growth of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools programming in urban and major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. The overall goal is to develop and implement specific strategies designed for the unique needs of urban school districts, to encourage the adoption of the Unified Champion Schools programming, promoting increased participation in Special Olympics Unified Sports, Young Athletes, inclusive youth leadership programs and Unified Clubs, and other fitness, leadership and awareness activities associated with Special Olympics. Intrinsic in the work is the belief that the Unified Champion Schools model provides opportunities and experiences that are of particular benefit to students and teachers in an urban environment, and can support the educational and social emotional outcomes we wish to see among all students. S/he will strengthen strategic efforts by building off of data, research and evaluation findings, key characteristics and principles that ensure youth engagement grows and succeeds in every city in the country.  Working from headquarters in Washington, D.C. s/he will be part of the Unified Champion Schools technical assistance team ensuring opportunities for personal growth. In line with the global strategic plan, the Senior Manager will support achievement of the targets of 7,500 Unified Champion Schools in the U.S. by 2020.

The Senior Manager also will represent the organization at national sports, youth and education forums and conferences, presenting on the value proposition of inclusive youth sports and youth leadership as a critical force in health and wellness, education and community change. 


  • Lead U.S. Special Olympics Programs to grow the presence and scope of Unified Champion Schools in urban/metropolitan markets, both targeted focus markets, and across the board urban development strategies.
  • Conduct an assessment of challenges, successes and best practices in implementing UCS in urban and metropolitan settings.
  • Based on assessments, develop and manage a technical assistance program that supports state Programs in reaching more urban markets, and supports SONA meet its national goals for urban programming.
  • Identify success strategies and provide support for Programs as they build the relationships, knowledge and skills necessary for increased Unified Champion Schools programming in urban areas.
  • Identify and prioritize the unique resource needs of Unified Champion Schools in urban settings and work with marketing and communications colleagues to ensure such resources are created and easily accessible. Promote and drive the successful incorporation of Unified Strategy curricula and playbooks into urban schools programming efforts.
  • Identify training needs for Programs to build skills in urban school programming development and contribute to the implementation of a year-round professional development calendar with specific training in topic areas relevant to urban school program development. The calendar includes webinars, on-line training modules and session development, as well as workshops and presentations at an annual conference.
  • Develop strategies to support Programs in implementing the Unified Champion School Recognition program specific to urban schools.
  • Facilitate consistent communication among Special Olympics Program around the topics relevant to urban school program development and expansion that encourages information sharing with the intent of supporting programmatic improvement, collection of best practices and resources that can be shared with internal and external audiences.
  • Inform evaluation strategies and objectives for urban schools, and review and analyze data collected from urban schools, making recommendations for continuous improvement of the Unified Schools implementation model.
  • Inform and support the funding application process, including developing funding criteria, and assessing the Program’s success in meeting goals of the Programs’ funded projects, specific to funding for urban target markets.
  • Seek professional resources available from outside organizations that can support the implementation of successful Unified Schools projects in urban areas.
  • Other duties as assigned in support of the work of SONA and Unified Schools.                                                                                                                                                                 

Required Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in education, sports or youth development related field, and/or a minimum of 8 years education administration, youth development or program development.
  • A combination of knowledge in project management, organizational knowledge, and extensive on the job management experience.
  • Experience working professionally within an urban sector environment, particularly in education or youth development.
  • Strong leadership skills and vision for an integrated approach.
  • Experience in designing and executing inclusive models in schools.
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to develop and sustain professional partnerships.
  • Experience developing and managing educational, school and community partnerships (essential).
  • Demonstrated success implementing projects in education fields, working in conjunction with school leaders, administrators and teachers.
  • Project management experience for a large scale, national or regional, multi-year project.
  • People management experience (field management or cross cultural group) is preferred.

Desired Qualifications and Skill Sets:

  • Knowledge of Special Olympics and Special Olympics field experience preferred including experience conducting Unified Sports.
  • Competencies critical to success include: innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, problem solving, teamwork, and vision.
  • Sound planning, organization, leadership and project management skills.
  • Diplomacy skills and familiarity with a variety of cultures and echelons.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, and consensus development skills.
  • The ability to evaluate technical information and communicate to various audiences.
  • Excellent ability with new cyber communications tools.
  • Travel required, typically up to 30% of time.


Special Olympics is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work environment. Special Olympics does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs or activities.

Employment with Special Olympics is ‘at-will.’

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