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Special Olympics Tennessee

Vice President of Sports

Special Olympics Tennessee


Job Summary

SUMMARY:  The Vice President of Sports is responsible for creating and implementing an overall comprehensive sports plan for local, regional, state, national, and world-level events. This includes but is not limited to, the selection of sports offered as well as the training of coaches, athletes, officials, and volunteers.  

Job Responsibilities


  • Work with the Director of Competitions to create and implement an overall quality sports experience at regional and state competitions.
  • Develop a comprehensive Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) Sports Plan and work with Regional Managers to oversee local Sports Plans and their implementation.
  • Develop an annual budget for all regional, state, national, and world games training and competitions.
  • Evaluate all sports activities on state and local levels (including Unified Sports, Fitness, and TSSAA programs and events) and ensure all competitions are held to Special Olympics standards policies, and procedures.
  • Maintain and create clear communication and strong collaborations with NGB (National Sports Federations) in sports offered by SOTN.
  • Create and implement coaches’ training plan.
  • Oversee SOTN’s participation in USA Games, World Games, and National and Regional Invitational events.
  • Submit annual Census Report for Special Olympics International (SOI).
  • Collaborate with Special Olympics North America (SONA), Special Olympics International (SOI), TSSAA, and National Governing Bodies on sports development, implementation, and communication.
  • Research and create new sports and training opportunities.
  • Ensure quality experiences for athletes at all regional and state games.  Responsibilities include:

    • Determine delegation allotments, credentialing, housing, meal services, and distribution of game information.
    • Become proficient with the Special Olympics Games Management System (GMS), including collecting and entering data, setting up games, and creating and managing relevant reporting.
    • Serve as a resource to ensure all programs are following all Special Olympics’ policies, procedures, and rules.
  • Work directly with the Executive Vice President (EVP) to provide support for delegations participating at state, regional, national, and world games, including registration processing (GMS), credentialing, housing, meals services, games information and communication, travel support, and other onsite support needs.
  • Work to develop new initiatives for diversity in coaching, committee members, and volunteers by developing meaningful relationships with diverse and underserved communities.

Additional Duties:

  • Provide oversight and support for local area programs with event management training, visits to local events, and monthly calls.
  • Support and assist with Healthy Athletes, Young Athletes, Special Events, Fundraising, and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) events as needed.
  • Responsible for developing new sports opportunities for SOTN.
  • Support of the Unified Champion Schools Program (UCS).
  • Provide support to area programs as needed to ensure the successful delivery of services to the athletes, families, and volunteers.
  • Represent SOTN by speaking to service clubs and other community groups when needed.
  • Additional responsibilities assigned by the Executive VP or President & CEO.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Eight to ten (8-10) years of experience in recreation, sports management, and/or event management
  • Work experience includes two (2) years of experience in volunteer/staff management
  • Paid and/or volunteer experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) preferred
  • Two (2) years of Special Olympics experience preferred

Skills and/or Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to multi-task effectively
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and in stressful situations
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate, and manage volunteers
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a variety of organizations
  • Proficient in using relevant technology, including Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and database systems.
  • Willing to travel and work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements
  • Have a valid Tennessee driver’s license and meet minimum Tennessee vehicle insurance requirements
  • Must pass a criminal background screening and submit to random drug testing

Additional Information


Commensurate with experience. This full-time position is benefit eligible.  Special Olympics Tennessee provides health and dental insurance, a life insurance policy, paid time off, and a 401K match.

How to Apply

Application Instructions

Those interested in this position should email a resume and cover letter stating salary requirements and relevant experience to Joanne Drumright at jdrumright@specialolympicstn.org.


  • Date Posted: August 7, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 09/04/2023
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.
  • Working Hours: Full-time exempt