Special Olympics Vermont

Health Programs Manager | Full Time

Category: Non-profit

Location: 16 Gregory Drive

Health Programs Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Programs
POSITION: Full-Time, Non-exempt

The Health Programs Manager (HPM) will implement and expand Special Olympics Vermont’s (SOVT) Healthy Communities program. This role has the primary duty of program expansion and delivery and performs work that is fundamental to the business operations of Special Olympics Vermont including, but not limited to, grant management, communications, and constituent relationship development. The HPM will convene partners dedicated to expanding health access for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and building a culture and network of inclusive health providers. This position is associated with the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, which provides health assessments, education, services, and care at clinic events to Special Olympics athletes globally. Follow-up care is a growing element of this program. This role is broadly responsible for facilitating, tracking, and increasing access to follow-up care from Healthy Athletes events.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable in a role that blends partnership management, collaborative development, and program planning with basic operational and logistical responsibilities required to ensure plans are well executed.

SOVT Culture
Special Olympics Vermont is a dynamic non-profit that provides services to people with intellectual disabilities. The organization has a small staff, a heavy workload, and work is frequently completed under tight timelines. Employees must demonstrate personal discipline, self-motivation, and a commitment to teamwork. Each SOVT staff member is expected to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, attention to detail and flexibility in assignments, tasks, schedules and roles. Staff members are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Special Olympics.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The Health Program Manager will work to fulfill the requirements of the Healthy Communities Impact grant as follows:

•Develop and manage partnerships at a national/state level with key stakeholders from the government, NGO, academic and private sector to foster collaboration and support for the Healthy Communities project
•Convene partners in health access, education, and practice to advance strategies for improving health care delivery for our athletes and others with intellectual disabilities
•Lead grant implementation and reporting efforts for SOVT’s Healthy Communities grant and grant application and proposal efforts for the Special Olympics International Healthy Communities grant
•Maintain fiscal responsibility for the project by developing and monitoring a budget, ensuring expenses are within budget spending parameters and financial reports are submitted in a timely manner in coordination with the finance department
•Lead efforts to promote and expand health and fitness-promoting habits, activities, and structured programming opportunities
•Train and utilize Special Olympics athletes as Inclusive Health Messengers
•Conduct a medical chart review for SOVT athletes to identify the athletes at highest risk of chronic disease and provide targeted outreach to athletes identified as high risk
•Implement post screening follow-up procedures for athletes who are referred for further care by a health care professional at a SOVT Healthy Athletes events
•Survey healthcare providers on their training in treating people with ID and generate a directory of qualified healthcare providers
•Develop and disseminate a training on treating people with ID to local healthcare providers
•Engage all partners in the planning and implementation of health programs including athletes to create inclusion, clear delineation of responsibilities, and effective coordination
•Serve as liaison to Programs, Agencies, and SOVT Health committee
•Coordinate medical coverage for State competitions and maintain/inventory state office first aid kits
•Organize SOVT demonstrations, exhibitions, special events, appearances, etc. and speak on behalf of SOVT as needed
•Contribute to the annual planning process, develop clear strategies and plans for reaching annual SOVT goals, and develop strategies to support SOVT’s strategic plan, annual priorities, and ongoing initiatives
•Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

•Bachelor’s Degree in public health, health sciences, or related field

•Three years of experience in health program planning and implementation preferred, with a particularfocus on implementing multi-year projects through collaboration with a range of partners

•Knowledge of health sector service delivery including an understanding of the main health systems challenges for people with intellectual disability

•Proven experience in recruiting and training volunteers

•A background in Special Olympics via previous volunteer experience and/or professional employment is preferred

•This individual must be able to meet deadlines, manage multiple projects, and work independently

•Experience creating new outcomes-oriented programming that is tied to clear objectives and performance measures, with demonstrated success in achieving those outcomes

•Experience stewarding partners and successfully engaging them in planning and operations while creating solutions to address competing priorities of various stakeholders

•Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, including a demonstrated ability to build and maintain networks, provide advice and communicate effectively on sensitive issues with professionally diverse range of stakeholders


Excellent verbal communications skills are required for the amount of time spent talking with volunteers and various community and state-wide contacts required for organizing and presenting (operating) SOVT programs. Exceptional interpersonal skills are necessary for building and maintaining collaborative relationships that are essential to successful programs. Good vision is required for the time reading a variety of documents and for computer work. Work requires travel by automobile to communities throughout VT for meetings and program operations. Employees must maintain a valid VT driver’s license and manage travel arrangements, including overnight accommodations. Employees are responsible for loading and moving program materials, assorted promotional goods and/or tools into personal vehicles or other vehicles as needed to meet schedule deadlines. Work schedules fluctuate as needed to meet program management goals and planned schedules.

SAFETY Work is performed in SOVT offices and at various venues for meetings and events during the year. Travel by automobile requires attention to safe driving practices, including the wearing of seat belts. SOVT employees are expected to follow motor vehicle laws of each state in which they drive for business purposes, including laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while vehicle is being driven. The employee must be able to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position without posing a direct threat to his or her health and safety or the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace.


  • Medical and Dental Insurance, 90% of the individual policy premium paid by SOVT
  • Twenty (20) days of Combined Time Off, additional Paid Holidays and Winter Break
  • HSA Employer Contribution
  • Flexible & Supportive Work Environment
  • 401k Employer Match
  • Disability, Life, ADD Insurance
  • Cell Phone Stipend
  • Mission-Driven Work

The budgeted starting salary for this position is $45,000, commensurate with the candidate’s experience


SOVT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, neurodiversity, age, parental status, socio-economic background, military service, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable law.

Special Olympics Vermont strives to create an organization that reflects our communities and where everyone feels empowered to do their best work. SOVT will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or bullying. Anyone who does not comply with this policy and/or is found to have engaged in discrimination, harassment, or bullying will be subject to appropriate action, up to and including separation from the organization.


Deadline: September 16, 2023 12:00 am

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Director of Programs, Rachel Hamm Vaughan – rhamm@vtso.org