Director of Sports and Competition
Special Olympics Illinois - Normal, IL

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Based in Normal, Illinois

TITLE: Director of Sports and Competition (052013), Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL)


  • Coordinate and conduct 50 district, sectional and state tournaments to provide high-quality competition experiences for all participants in a manner that ensures all Special Olympics and National Governing Body rules and regulations are followed, athlete experience is enhanced, and expenses stay within parameters of established budget
  • Serve as a resource for competition-related issues at all levels of the organization including but not limited to athlete advancement disputes, competition sanctioning, event management training for staff and key volunteers, volunteer recruitment and training, day-of event support, games management software training and support, sports rules clarification and interpretation, divisioning, scheduling, facility identification, sports officials recruitment, attendance at event planning meetings and event evaluations
  • Supervise, develop, and mentor a team of three sports training employees


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two to four years’ experience in a sports/competition position or sports administration field
  • Supervisory experience


  • Sports event management and volunteer management experience
  • Experience in budget development, fiscal management, and seeking in-kind and expense reduction options
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to learn relational databases and manage records housed within those databases
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines


  • Based in the headquarters office in Normal, IL
  • Monday through Friday with evenings and weekends as the position demands
  • In-state travel (approximately 30%) including some overnight and weekend travel
  • Reports to Vice President of Sports Training and Competition


  • Commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Excellent medical, dental, vision, and disability benefits; 401(k) retirement plan with organizational matching contributions


  • Send cover letter, resume, and references to the careers email provided on the job description (under "Current Employment Opportunities") at by 10/18/13
  • Any applications submitted via will be rejected; you must use the careers email to apply
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