Special Olympics Job Vacancy: Sr. Director, Global Health Programs - Washington D.C, United States, USA

Position Title: Senior Director, Global Health Programs

Location: SOI DC HQ

Department: Health Department, Sports and Health Division

Reports to: Vice President, Health & Research

Position Summary
Special Olympics Inc. (SOI) is an international NGO providing sports training and competition to more than 4.5 million people with intellectual disabilities in 170 countries. With the support of almost 1.5 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 33 Olympic-type sports and more than 94,339 games and competitions throughout the year. In addition to sports programming, Special Olympics offers a number of supporting initiatives and programs, including Special Olympics Healthy Athletes (HA) and Healthy Communities (HC). 

The 2016-2020 strategic priorities for the health program are ambitious and focus on creating a tipping point across countries where government funding and policies, medical and allied health professions training program curricula, and health care and wellness services are all inclusive for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Achieving this requires (1) an expansion of current programming, (2) engaging and training governments, universities, NGOs, and healthcare providers in inclusive health, and (3) engaging athlete leaders and family advocates to raise awareness about the health injustices faced by this population and to issue a call to action to key influencers. 

The Senior Director, Health Programs leads a team of approximately 30 staff and consultants in planning and implementing all ongoing health programming, including Healthy Athletes, Healthy Communities, World Games health programming, and other activities. In 2014, this included 922 Healthy Athletes events, 22 Programs engaged in Healthy Communities projects, and an annual budget of approximately $7M in cash and $18M in value-in-kind donations. 

  • Lead all annual operational planning efforts for the health program and co-lead multi-year strategic planning efforts. At certain intervals, this may include conducting stakeholder meetings to identify priorities, programming, indicators, and targets;
  • Oversee implementation of operational plans for Health to fulfill the targets laid out in the strategic and annual operational plans, as well as in approved proposals to major funders of the program.
  • Lead a global team of headquarters and regional staff in implementing annual plans, including 3 direct report staff (Director of Healthy Athletes, Director of Healthy Communities, Department Manager/Administrator) 13 indirect reports, functional indirect supervision of staff in other departments funded by the Health Department budget, and a team of 13 part time Global Clinical Advisors.
  • o This includes direct or indirect supervision, as well as recruitment, hiring, training, running staff meetings and ensuring strong team communication, fostering professional development, recognition, and mentoring responsibilities and ensuring that each team member can contribute meaningfully to the department's (and SOI's) goals; 
    • This also includes close collaboration with regional teams to set realistic programmatic targets that contribute towards SOI's global targets for health , to select and support Special Olympics Programs to implement activities, and document local activities and expenditures; 
    • Finally, this includes monitoring and reporting of activities and supporting the health team in achieving targets, while balancing new and sometimes conflicting priorities;
  • Work with Finance to develop and oversee the health department cash and in-kind budget, ensure that funds are fully spent in compliance with donor intent and SOI financial policies and procedures, and ensure timely and complete reporting to funders of current programming;
  • Collaborate with the Global Development and Government Relations (GDGR), Research & Development (R&D), and Global Clinical Advisor teams, as well as outside partners as appropriate, to engage and train governments and NGOs in providing inclusive policies, funding, and programming for those with ID. This includes:
  • o Co-developing and implementing a strategy for creating a tipping point in which people with intellectual disabilities have the same access to, and quality of, health care and wellness prevention services as others in their countries; 
    • Assisting in the identification, engagement, training and consulting of key health influencers;
    • Leading cross functional integration team meetings to monitor progress and identify areas for collaboration and support;
  • Provide operational support to the Healthy Athletes and Healthy Communities team, for instance, providing direct oversight of key Healthy Communities that are of strategic importance or where a high level of diplomacy is required;
  • Collaborate with the R&D team to implement quality assurance and evaluation activities and make evidence-based programmatic improvements, bring new programming in development to scale; and support internal and external dissemination of evidence-based practices and innovative approaches;
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to improve internal communications, raise awareness among the international community about the health needs of people with ID, and better capture and share promising Special Olympics Program practices with Headquarters and with other Programs in the field;
  • Support the Games Organizing Committees for major events, such as World and Regional Games, in implementing health and research programming at these events.
  • Support proposal development and represent Special Olympics to potential partners and steward relationships with current partners;

  • Master's degree in Public Health or a in a relevant discipline (e.g. healthcare, health administration, international development, international relations) with at least 5 years of experience in the field of health/public health;
  • 10-12 years of demonstrated experience in program development & implementation and oversight, ideally with a focus on improving health outcomes on a global scale;
  • Knowledge and experience working in the international development sector, ideally with experience working on health issues in a developing country;
  • Strong evidence of ability to create and lead teams to successful outcomes and work effectively and diplomatically across cultures;
  • Financial fluency gained through direct budget/accounting management and oversight;
  • Proven track record in creating strategies, planning programming, and setting and delivering on targets; including outside the United States;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including a demonstrated ability to build and maintain networks, provide advice and communicate effectively with a culturally and professionally diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel; and
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a collaborative leadership team.
  • Ability to travel an average of 20% time, including international travel and occasional trips of 1-2 weeks in duration.
  • Ability to work effectively in the midst of ambiguity and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience as a clinical professional and/or experience working with clinical professionals;
  • Experience working with and/or treating people with intellectual disabilities;
  • Successful experience cultivating, securing, and stewarding partners and sponsors; and
  • Additional language skills.
  • Special Olympics, Inc. 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 and encouraged.
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Deadline: 06 April 2016