Special Olympics Vermont

Sports Manager | Full Time

Category: Non-profit

Location: 16 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, VT, USA

SUPERVISOR: Director of Programs

POSITION: Full Time Exempt



The Sports Manager plays a critical role in designing and delivering year-round quality training and competition programs to the athletes and partners of Special Olympics Vermont.  The athlete experience and the outcomes achieved are at the heart of Special Olympics Mission.  The Sports Manager is responsible for the planning and implementation of these activities and manages and oversees all aspects of Special Olympics Vermont sports training and competition, including coaches’ education. This role is instrumental in ensuring that the program is consistent with the mission, goals and philosophy of Special Olympics.


Special Olympics Vermont is a dynamic non-profit providing services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities through a framework of programs, training and competitions. We believe deeply in the power of sport to advance inclusion. The organization has a small, fun, closely-knit staff. We often share a heavy workload, sometimes meet tight timelines, and have evening and weekend events several times a year. Employees must demonstrate motivation and personal discipline, a commitment to working as a team, a desire to experience the joy of the Special Olympics mission, and a sense of humor.  Each SOVT staff member is expected to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, attention to detail and flexibility in assignments, tasks, schedules and roles.


  • Plan and implement recruiting, training and supervision of event/games management team members, volunteer/professional sports liaisons, officials, and coaches. Work in cooperation with SOVT staff and key volunteers to identify additional volunteer needs for Games and ensure needs are met.
  • Develop annual plan for Training and Competition that is aligned with Strategic Plan. Manage and administer a year-round competition program in the state including Invitationals, and Local and School Programs.  Determine and oversee venue development, timeline for communication, and registration processes.
  • Manage all aspects of Games and competitions state-wide. This includes managing all logistics including venue selection, operations, volunteer management and budget oversight.  Lead the communication and registration process.
  • Plan and manage the World and National Games Selection process as it relates to SOVT. This includes working within a process aligned with Special Olympics International rules for recommending and approving quota and related budget, recommending a training and conditioning plan, supported by coaches for athletes competing in USA and World Games.  Recruit volunteer Athlete and Family coordinator for each National and International event to ensure athletes are prepared for competition and related travel.
  • Measure and evaluate results and make recommendations to improve the quality and consistency of the competition experience state-wide. Work with Director of Programs to identify opportunities to support Local and School Programs and address inconsistencies in program delivery statewide.
  • Ensure SOVT compliance with SOI requirements in training, sports and competition to meet accreditation requirements.
  • Oversee all data management through the Games Management System (GMS). Ensure data is accurate and useful.
  • Develop, manage and assess annual budget in line with Strategic & Annual Plans. Work with Director of Programs and Marketing & Development to align goals for revenue to support programming.
  • Write and update annually the SOVT Sports and Coach Education Plan
  • Manage appropriate state level documentation, certification, materials and awards for training programs and competition. This includes ensuring the equipment is in good working condition and usable for all competitions.
  • Continue work to engage more colleges and universities for increased competition opportunities and coaches’ certifications.
  • Provide technical assistance and consultations to area invitational competitions, i.e. Upper Valley Regional Winter Games.
  • Recruit Volunteer Games Director and work to rebuild Games Management Committee to assist in planning for all competitions.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned and/or required based on the needs of SOVT.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Experience in Physical Education / Recreation or related fields, or significant, comparable knowledge & experience, is required. Experience in running successful large, multi-faceted events is preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to think outside the box and offer creative solutions
  • A team player, committed to proactive collaboration and idea sharing
  • Energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, creativity and a positive attitude
  • Experience in Microsoft Office tools as well as database management
  • Work requires occasional nights, weekends, and travel. A valid Vermont driver’s license and ability to manage travel arrangements, including overnight accommodations, is strongly preferred


Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Long periods of standing, and moving around, especially while at events.
  • Assist in loading and moving various materials, sometimes into personal vehicles or other vehicles as needed.
  • The position requires considerable computer work and detailed reading of documents/contracts.


  • 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: August 19, 2023 12:00 am

To Apply:

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