President & CEO



Special Olympics Utah’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


Candidates should possess a genuine interest in Special Olympic Utah’s mission and the vision, skills, expertise and drive to lead the organization to the next level through quality programming and expanded engagement throughout the state to further the inclusion of and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.   It is estimated that there are currently 30,000 individuals living in Utah with intellectual disabilities.  


Position Title

President & CEO, Special Olympics Utah

Position Overview

In this role, the CEO will provide leadership to all aspects of Special Olympics Utah including strategic leadership, operational management, the programmatic growth, impact and sustainability of Special Olympics Utah. The CEO will lead a team of employees and a network of volunteers statewide.   It is important that the CEO have broad relationship management experience in developing and stewarding private, public and community partnerships. Key duties include fundraising, financial oversight, board development and engagement, program development, marketing, community engagement, and serving as a key liaison to donors, partners, supporters, the Board of Directors, staff, athletes, heads of delegation, coaches, and volunteers. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors.  


Fundraising/Community Engagement/Public Relations

  • Champion, execute and protect the mission, vision and brand of Special Olympics Utah
  • Develop and implement strategies aiming to promote Special Olympics Utah’s mission and presence in the community and media; cultivate and maintain strong relationships with donors and partners
  • Oversee and achieve diversified and sustainable growth in all major fundraising areas, including Annual Giving, Corporate Sponsors, Special Events, Online Giving, Major Gifts, Foundations/Grants, and Planned Giving 
  • Collaborate with community leaders, Special Olympics athletes, their parents and volunteers to ensure Special Olympics Utah understands the needs/desires of the community and is meeting its goals and objectives
  • Demonstrate to stakeholders and the public the benefits and impact achieved by Special Olympics Utah


Board Relations

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to assess and develop the current and long-term strategic and financial needs of the organization
  • Work with the Board of Directors to ensure effective Board governance and engagement
  • Support and service the Board of Directors and any committees to be effective stewards, fiduciaries and fundraisers of the organization


Program Leadership

  • Together with staff, review and expand existing programming, and identify and secure strategic partnerships to support and grow current and future programming
  • Develop clear programmatic goals and objectives, metrics and reporting processes
  • Provide vision and operational direction to Special Olympic Utah local program leadership
  • Lead the Program in accordance with the mission and policies of Special Olympics Utah and of its governing organization, Special Olympics, Inc.


General Administration & Management

  • Accountable for developing and implementing annual budget and providing financial oversight and reporting
  • Oversee the day to day operations and the related reporting and communications
  • Recruit, cultivate, mentor/counsel, inspire and evaluate staff (paid and unpaid)
  • Manage the assets and resources of the organization effectively, ethically and responsibly
  • Leverage Special Olympics North America’s resources and collaborate to drive process and program improvements
  • Conduct regular Program assessments and provide strategies for correction or improvement
  • Ensure alignment with Special Olympics, Inc. and Special Olympics North America strategic 

priorities and initiatives

  • Understand current not-for-profit industry trends and practices and ensure compliance with state and federal laws, organization bylaws, Special Olympics, Inc. accreditation requirements, General Rules and Sports Rules
  • Other duties as assigned 

Desired Skills, Traits, Qualifications

  • 7+ years senior management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree or certificate a plus
  • Strong organizational management skills
  • Strong experience working with Boards of Directors
  • Strong financial management skills (including budget processes)
  • Strong leadership and leadership cultivation skills
  • Proven fundraising and partnership creation experience and success
  • Community engagement expertise and strong community networks
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Passion, high energy and ability to inspire others in a clear and compelling way 
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to deliver effective presentations to a wide number of audiences (athletes, volunteers, potential funders, Board of Directors)  
  • Grant writing experience a plus
  • Proficiency with data management tools and technology
  • Event planning and execution experience
  • Media/PR/public speaking experience
  • Ability to work as a member of a collaborative team
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission-based work
  • Commitment to diversity
  • Familiarity and understanding of non-profit organization operations
  • Experience with facilities and property management

Work Location:   Salt Lake City, UT


Time and Travel expectations:  Work occasional evenings and weekends, as necessary.  Travel throughout the state, regularly attending events and meetings.  Occasional travel outside of Utah for Special Olympics, Inc. meetings and conferences


Salary: Commensurate with experience. Final offer of employment is contingent on a successful background and credit check.


Evaluation: At the end of 90 days and on ongoing and annual basis thereafter

Benefits: Special Olympics Utah provides options for health insurance, dental, retirement, paid vacation, sick time, paid holidays, reimbursement for qualified work-related travel expenses, and workers’ compensation.


Special Olympics Utah is a drug free work environment and an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans are welcomed.


Specific details

Organization Special Olympics Utah
Contact Person Michelle Wolfenbarger
Phone 8012432657
Closing Date 2020-11-14