President & CEO

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/07/17
Indianapolis, IN
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/07/17

The President/CEO serves as the Chief Executive Office for Special Olympics Indiana (SO Indiana). The President and CEO is responsible for strategic leadership, operational management, fundraising, budget/financial management, and advocacy for Special Olympics Indiana. The primary function of this position is to manage, direct, and administer the program in accordance with the standards, policies, and procedures set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI) and the SO Indiana Board of Directors.

Relationship with Board of Directors
Serve as ex-officio member of board. Attend all board meetings. Work with chairperson to develop agendas. Advise the board on matters pertaining to policy and programs. Carry out directions of the board. Make regular reports to the board. Ensure standing committee function and attend to charges. Serve as staff liaison to the Executive, Governance, and Finance Committees.

Resource Development
Together with development staff, explore and pursue potential revenue sources, including government funding, grants, corporate contributions, individual donors, planned giving, and fundraising events. Ensure an annual plan is developed and implemented that provides the financial resources necessary to carry out the activities of the organization. Represent SO Indiana in national fund-raising opportunity discussions.

Fiscal Management
Oversee the development of the annual budget that implements the strategic plan and reflects agreed upon priorities. Ensure infrastructure is well maintained, including, but not limited to, automobiles, workspace, office equipment and IT. Coordinate completion of annual audit and tax filings. Ensure adequate fiscal controls at all levels of organization. Provide financial reports to the board.

Organizational Management
Partner with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan and ensuring the resources are available to successfully execute that plan. Provide general management of SO Indiana operations (programs, administration, finance, etc.) within the framework of policies. Oversee contracts and legal commitments. Understand current non-profit industry trends, laws, and regulations; interpret for relevancy and applicability. Seek and support relationships with other related service organizations.

Staff Leadership
Oversee the recruitment, hiring, training, development, evaluation, and management of staff according to established human resource management policies. Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates top quality paid and volunteer staff.

Community and Public Relations
Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization. Develop and maintain working relationships with sponsors, organizations, and other groups that support the purposes of the organization. Travel throughout Indiana, regularly attending and speaking at public events, including conferences, award ceremonies, meetings and athletic events.

Liaison to Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI)
Ensure adherence to policies and guidelines of SOI. Prepare and submit the annual report and application for accreditation. Attend US Business Meeting and other meetings as needed. Work with Special Olympics North America Director of Organizational Development to improve programs.

• Strong, positive leadership skills
• Proven ability to increase revenue
• High energy and ability to motivate others
• Demonstrated commitment to the organization’s mission
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity
• Excellent people skills - forging and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders
• Excellent skills in communications, public speaking and writing
• Strategic thinker and experienced strategic planner
• Financial, business, management, and program planning and evaluation acumen
• Demonstrated commitment to supporting workforce
• Sound problem-solving analysis and decision-making skills
• Familiarity and understanding of non-profit organization operations
• Computer proficiency

• Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, graduate degree preferred
• Experience: Special Olympics programs, sports management, volunteer management, field of disabilities
• Knowledge: Microsoft Windows - including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook
• Skills: Verbal and written communication skills, leadership, planning, networking, supervision


1. Athlete Participate Rate grows to 16,000 – Provide / structure staff and financial resources to align with growth strategies. Serve as an effective champion of Special Olympics to new audiences.

2. Design and implement a comprehensive unified school program that offers involvement from pre-school through college – Demonstrate the ability to expand current relationships with the IHSAA, ICASE, IMLEA, and SOI and establish additional partnership to ensure program adoption in school settings.

3. Expand and enrich programs designed to improve athlete health and fitness – Demonstrate the ability to create and expand relationships with health and fitness related organizations, and secure the financial resources to support expansion to significantly greater number of people with IDD.

4. Improve awareness of Special Olympics Indiana in state government leading to substantial funding of youth or health initiatives – Maintain effective communication with government officials and agencies regarding the programs available through Special Olympics. Coordinate efforts of pro-bono lobbyist.

5. Generate more resources in existing fundraising/development projects – Serve at the relationship manager in most significant development projects with sponsors, foundations, and donors. Demonstrate the capacity to create mutually beneficial relationship that expands financial ability to support needed programs. Translate development / fundraising strategy to 75 SO Indiana County Programs which raise approximately 25% of Indiana’s $4M annual budget.

6. Strengthen SO Indiana leadership – Maintain and grow a top-flight staff that is well-qualified and motivated to serve the mission of the organization. Implement strategies that make volunteerism the cornerstone of all organizational efforts.

Special Olympics Indiana provides options for health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, disability insurance, dental insurance and 403B retirement. The organization provides reimbursement for travel expenses and workers’ compensation.

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