President and CEO, Special Olympics Alaska

Posted: 08/02/2019

Special Olympics Alaska, a highly respected and established non-profit providing sports and wellness programs for individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities is seeking a dynamic leader interested in strategic leadership, operational management, fund development, budget/financial management, and has a passion for the mission of Special Olympics.

Candidates should have a genuine passion for Special Olympics Alaska’s mission and the vision, skills, expertise and drive to lead the organization to the next level – improving athlete health, fitness and performance, and expanding the engagement of the greater community to enhance the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The candidate should have a strong track record of success in revenue creation and management in one or more non-profit or for-profit organizations.

Those interested should submit a resume and cover letter to no later than 4:00pm, August 30, 2019.  Full job descriptions are available upon request.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


The President & CEO is responsible for strategic leadership, operational management, fundraising and advocacy for Special Olympics Alaska. As the CEO, his/her primary function is to guide and direct the Program in accordance with the standards, policies and procedures set forth by Special Olympics International and the Special Olympics Alaska Board of Directors in the realms of development, programs, planning and issues affecting the Program. The CEO reports directly to the Special Olympics Alaska Board Chair and shall maintain a close working relationship with the Chairperson, Executive Committee of the Board and the Board of Directors. The CEO is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Special Olympics Alaska staff and the implementation of policies, programs, procedures and directions established by the Board of Directors in addition to the organizations governing Bylaws. 

  • Champion, execute and enforce the mission, vision and brand of Special Olympics Alaska. 
  • Responsible for all organizational management including consistent communication to Chair of the Board and the Board of Directors. 
  • Build and maintain respectful relationships with all stakeholders, including (but not limited to) Staff, Board Chair, Board Members, Athletes, Families, Community Leaders, Volunteers, Area Leadership, Donors, and Corporate and Civic Leaders. 
  • Oversee and achieve diversified growth in all major fundraising areas, including Annual 
  • Giving, Corporate Sponsors, Special Events, Online Giving, Major Gifts, Foundations/Grants, and Planned Giving – ensuring broad based revenue sources are consistent with current fundraising techniques and trends. 
  • Manage budget, including understanding of finances, cash flow and operating systems. 
  • Ensures that the Special Olympics Alaska Strategic Plan is updated, managed and implemented. 
  • Hires, trains, supervises, disciplines and terminates (as appropriate) all personnel as they relate to their intended positions on the Organizational Chart. 
  • Demonstrates familiarity with the development, coordination and implementation of annual  competitions and training for the events offered by Special Olympics Alaska. 
  • Is involved in policy development and implementation for Special Olympics Alaska. 
  • Ensures that all Special Olympics International and Special Olympics Alaska rules and regulations are uniformly enforced. 
  • Understands current non-profit industry trends, laws, and regulations; interprets for relevancy and applicability. 
  • Maintains alignment with Special Olympics, Inc. and Special Olympics North America movement platform, strategic plan, collaborative fundraising and priorities. 
  • Possesses negotiation skills and the ability to work with senior management in public and private sectors. 
  • Is able to travel, to work evenings and weekends when necessary and is able to meet job requirements and deadlines. 
  • Other duties as assigned 
  • Bachelor’s Degree with ten (10) years of direct experience as a CEO or senior management position with a non-profit organization and/or business. An advanced degree is encouraged. 
  • Familiarity and understanding of non-profit organization operations. 
  • Experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
  • Experience with administration of an annual budget of a minimum of $1,500,000. 
  • Strong skills and experience in staff performance, team building, planning, counseling & evaluations 
  • Strong background and successful track record in fundraising/development 
  • Demonstrated competence in the area of diversity and inclusion 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: 
    • strong organizational skills
    • leadership, motivational and management skills 
    • strong oral and written communication skills
    • strong people skills
    • computer literacy 

Reports directly to the Chair of the Board  


This is a full-time exempt position.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Benefits include holidays, vacation and personal leave as defined by Special Olympics Alaska personnel policies, medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401(K) retirement plan.
Special Olympics Alaska is 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. Employment with Special Olympics is “at-will.”