Discover a fulfilling career that makes an impact! Your work with Special Olympics Southern California will touch the lives of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, from San Luis Obispo and Kern counties in the north to the U.S./Mexico border. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented, diverse workforce where all employees can contribute to their highest potential. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified individuals to apply for open positions regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, qualified disability, marital, veteran or any other legally protected status.

What We Do

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 28,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.



Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a comprehensive, competitive benefits package. And we do. It’s part of our commitment to providing a work environment where every employee can thrive — personally and professionally.



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Application Information

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The Sr. Manager, Sports & Programs is responsible for the organization and management of the Special Olympics sports development program in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties to support athlete growth and retention. The Sr. Manager, Sports & Programs oversees and manages sports & program development, athlete programming, coaches training, and the Games Management Teams for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The Sr. Manager, Sports & Programs will devote 60% of their time to Ventura County with focus on sports and competition management and 40% of their time to Santa Barbara County with focus on program development and management.

Location: Ventura (60%), Santa Barbara (40%)


Strategic Planning/Outreach (10%):
Responsible for the development and implementation of a Regional Outreach Plan to increase the number of athletes; develops and implements a comprehensive Athlete Recruitment Plan by identifying the goals and needs of the SBC and VEN Regions; develops and implements a comprehensive Athlete Retention Plan to ensure continuity in participation; ensures that the SOSC Guiding Principles are in the forefront of all programs and activities; ensures that the SOSC Continuity Plan is managed appropriately in the Region.

Sport Program Development (35%):
Manages the SBC and VEN Regions’ sports program development through Local Programs, Champion Schools, and Young Athletes; develops programs to enhance school involvement in Project Unify; manages Unified Sports program development.

Sport Program Management (10%):
Provides overall supervision of Regional sports program and ensures compliance with SOI and SOSC policies and rules. Manages Coaches Education and ensures compliance in certification for all sports & programs volunteers. Recruits and trains individuals with the capacity to fulfill volunteer management roles within programs that will expand capacity to serve more athletes.

Sports & Games Development Teams (10%):
Recruits and manages members of the Sports Development Team (SDT) and Games Management Team (GMT); utilizes team members to expand program opportunities and ensure quality sports training and competition; directs and supervises GMT for all sports competitions.

Competition (10%):
Manages Games Management Teams to conduct Area/Regional Games and competition for all sports; approves and manages contracts & insurance requirements for facilities; promotes outside opportunities to athletes; directs office set-up and manages the maintenance of athlete medical forms and monitoring system that ensures they are current and complete; ensures all athletes train and compete according to SOI and SOSC specifications.

Championships (5%):
Ensures participation of Regional programs in Chapter events; assists in the selection and allocation of teams and athletes for participation.

Community Resources & Partnerships (5%):
Enlists community resources such as service and civic clubs, recreation departments, colleges & universities, high schools and local businesses to support regional sports and outreach needs. Maintains strong relationships with related organizations and groups who serve individuals with intellectual disabilities including the local Regional Centers and ARC’s.

Administration (5%):
Oversees such tasks as invoice and payment processing for sports & programs, insurance and contract requirements, and budget projection and management.

Supervisor Duties (10%):
Maintains and develops staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, on-boarding, coaching, providing feedback, and training employees. Supports professional development. Explains, guides, and enforces systems, policies, and procedures. Counsels as needed. Maintains a safe and healthy work environment through observation and coaching and training. Develops schedules, provides resources, assigns, and monitors work. Maintains own professional and technical knowledge and that of team members. Contributes to team morale and motivation. Schedules regular team meetings for each team member to share information, challenges, and successes. Keeps team informed of organization happenings. Responsible for team meeting their goials and overall achievements of department.

Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Five (5) to eight (8) years of experience in recreation, sports administration and program development
  • Four (4) years of experience in volunteer/staff management
  • Paid or volunteer experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred
  • Two (2) years of Special Olympics experience preferred
Skills and/or Abilities:
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to multi-task effectively
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and in stressful situations
  • Proficiency in using relevant technology, including Microsoft Office and database systems
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements
  • Have valid California driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements
  • Ability to pass background screen check of drivers' license and criminal history

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, lift or carry up to 24 pounds, and lift overhead up to 24 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job requires regular travel between Santa Barbara and Ventura, as well as occasional driving.

COMPENSATION: The position is full-time, benefit eligible. Salary range for the position is $47,500 - $52,000, per year depending on experience.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Job Description PDF


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