Sports Manager, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
Job Details
Main Office - Pleasant Hill, CA
Full Time Salary Exempt
Up to 25%

Special Olympics Northern California’s (SONC) vision is an inclusive world for all, driven by the power of sport through which people with intellectual disabilities (ID) live active, healthy, and fulfilling lives. By providing high quality sports opportunities, improving health outcomes, and providing leadership training, we create opportunities for people with and without ID to interact through and beyond sports, resulting in more inclusive communities, and inspiring others to open their hearts and minds to people with intellectual disabilities. 

Job Description: 

Special Olympics Northern California is seeking an enthusiastic individual to be responsible for promoting athlete growth within Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This is a management position, not a coaching position. Start new teams, manage existing teams, recruit and supervise coaches, organize competition opportunities, and ensure all athletes receive a quality training & competition program. In addition, this position will be the lead on specific program initiatives for the Sports program.   

Essential Responsibilities: 

Sports Management 

  • Recruit, train, motivate, and support Team Managers and Head Coaches 

  • Communicate with Team Managers and Head Coaches on an ongoing basis regarding program-wide sports policies, rules, and procedures; SONC resource allocation to area programs; and the impact of program costs on local fundraising revenue  

  • Develop strategies for new-athlete recruitment and retention to share with Team Managers and Head Coaches 

  • Attend local programs’ practices 

  • Assist with integration of health, wellness and fitness initiatives with local sports programming   

  • Develop coach and volunteer recruitment strategies to be implemented by the local program 

  • Conduct regular strategic planning meetings with Team Managers and Head Coaches  

  • Ensure all athletes and coaches have current applications on file 

Event Management 

  • Set up competition program that meets the standards set forth by SONC: 

  1. Secure competition venue, including all needed contracts and insurance coverage 
  2. Secure all game officials and/or judges 
  3. Secure all event volunteers, including Games Management Team day-of volunteers. 
  4. Create and provide all necessary paperwork and collateral for competition 
  5. Provide all necessary equipment and venue supplies for competition 
  6. Provide a safe and fun competition environment 
  • Other related duties as assigned 

Qualifications, Skills & Experience 

  • A passion for our mission of promoting inclusivity for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities through year-round sports programming 

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including strong presentation skills  

  • Solid computer skills – MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and Google Suite; experience with relational databases, such as Salesforce is a plus 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tactful and diplomatic communication skills and the ability to de-escalate tense situations 

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships  

  • Ability to manage one’s time effectively – to prioritize and to complete diverse assignments concurrently when working on a deadline                            

  • Ability to work independently 

  • Flexibility - managing competing demands and adapting to changes in the work environment  

  • Commitment to providing our athletes, community partners and other stakeholders with excellent support and service 

  • Experience in video editing and composition a plus 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or two years equivalent/related experience required 

We offer an inclusive, casual work environment. This position requires local/regional travel and evening/weekend work. Access to a vehicle is a must. 

Salary: $62,400/year 

Benefits include, but are not limited to: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) retirement plan, life and long-term disability insurance, vacation, sick and personal days, federal holidays, and a paid winter break.  

Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disabilities. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities; please let us know if you need accommodations for the interview process. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including those with diverse backgrounds. 


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Special Olympics Northern CA athletes at our Summer Games competition were featured in theis video created fro the 2015 ESPYs on ESPN.
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