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President and CEO, Special Olympics Connecticut




Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) is seeking a dynamic leader for the position of President/CEO. The President & CEO is responsible for strategic leadership, operational management, fundraising and advocacy for Special Olympics Connecticut. The President/CEO will take the lead in developing, setting and/or recommending strategy to the SOCT Board of Directors and be the public face of SOCT and the Special Olympics movement in Connecticut.  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 (SOI) and the SOCT Board of Directors. The CEO reports directly to the SOCT’s Board of Directors and Board Chair and shall maintain a close working relationship with the Chairperson.


Candidates should be able to convey and inspire a passion for SOCT’s mission, and possess the vision, skills, expertise and drive to lead the organization to the next level and engage the community and strategic partners to advance the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. The candidate should have a strong track record of success in revenue creation in one or more organizations, and initiate, foster and develop individual and corporate sponsors/donors. 

Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) is a statewide, nonprofit organization that offers athletic training and competitions, health education and screening, community inclusion and opportunities for leadership to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 13,000 athletes served directly (or indirectly) by SOCT, extensive core of volunteers, has a staff of 25+ employees, annual revenues of over $4.5M, and is authorized and accredited by SOI.




  • Serve as SOCT’s primary emissary and advocate

  • Champion, execute and advance the mission, vision and brand of Special Olympics Connecticut

  • Lead by example SOCT’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives including Athlete and Unified Leadership

  • Travel throughout Connecticut, regularly attending and speaking at public events, including press conferences, award ceremonies, and athletic events

  • Partner with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan and ensuring the resources are available to successfully effectuate that plan

  • Together with development staff, explore and pursue all potential revenue sources, such as government funding, CAC/CAIC, grants, Corporate partnerships, Dream Ride, Law Enforcement Torch Run, individual donors, event sponsors, planned giving, and fundraising events

  • Develop new and nurture existing programmatic and fiscal partnerships and sponsorships, including fostering relationships with corporate donors in Connecticut for SOCT and SOI

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the fiscal integrity of the organization

  • Oversee the development of the annual budget that implements the strategic plan and reflects agreed upon priorities

  • Manage budget and have a good understanding of finances, cash flow and operating systems

  • Ensure that internal and external communications are consistent with the mission and values of SOCT and further its brand

  • Directly supervise the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Development and Vice President of Sports and Local Programs who oversee the day-to-day operations and ensure fair and effective supervision of workforce

  • Work with staff to recruit, train, develop, and support a competent and energetic team-oriented workforce that is committed to SOCT’s mission 

  • Work with staff and the board of directors to ensure that policies and procedures are current and consistent with SOCT’s mission and values

  • Guide and direct Program in accordance with the mission and policies of SOCT and of its umbrella organization, SOI

  • Ensure infrastructure is well maintained, including, but not limited to, automobiles, workspace, office equipment and IT Security of SOCT data

  • Provide support and leadership to SOCT’s vast network of volunteers

  • Serve the Board and its committees in accordance with SOCT’s by-laws.  Work in partnership with and provide support to the board of directors in furtherance of SOCT’s mission and strategic plan

  • Maintain alignment with SOI and Special Olympics North America movement platform, strategic plan, collaborative fundraising and priorities

  • Understand current non-profit industry trends, laws, and regulations; interpret for relevancy and applicability

  • Is able to travel, work evenings and weekends, when necessary, and meet job requirements and deadlines

  • Perform other duties as assigned




  • Leadership of the organization with emphasis on Athletes

  • Seamlessly bridge between our wide-ranging stakeholder interests (athletes, staff, local programs, sponsors, CIAC, fundraising, etc.)

  • Be present in demonstrating a high degree of visibility to stakeholders

  • Proven ability to identify and grow diverse revenue streams

  • High energy and ability to motivate others

  • Passion for mission-driven work and ability to advocate for the mission of Special Olympics

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

  • Excellent people skills - forging and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders

  • Excellent skills in communications, public speaking and writing

  • Strategic thinker and experienced strategic planner

  • Financial, business, management, and program planning and evaluation acumen

  • Demonstrated commitment to building a high-performing workforce

  • Sound problem-solving analysis and decision-making skills

  • Familiarity and understanding of non-profit management

  • Computer proficiency




  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required, Masters or Advanced degrees or relevant certificates preferred

  • Ten (10) years of direct experience in a CEO and/or senior management position with a non-profit or for-profit organization

  • Experience with people with intellectual disabilities a plus

  • Personal, amateur, or professional sports experience a plus




Special Olympics Connecticut provides options for health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, disability insurance, dental insurance and 403B retirement.  The organization provides employee paid vacation, sick time and personal leave, paid holidays, reimbursement for travel expenses and workers’ compensation.


SUPERVISION:  Reports directly to the Chairman of the Board and Board of Directors


POSITION STATUS:  Full time, exempt. Regular travel (within CT, and beyond for Special Olympics national or international events), including nights and weekends, based upon the organization’s events and needs.


LOCATION:  Headquarters located in Hamden, Connecticut.  The position involves extensive travel throughout Connecticut. 


SALARY:  Commensurate with experience


EVALUATION:  At the end of 90 days and henceforth on an annual basis


APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following materials:


  • brief cover letter matching their qualifications to position requirements

  • current resume or CV

Please e-mail all materials to John Madigan, Executive Talent Services, LLC (ETS), at


Final offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check.




Special Olympics Connecticut, Inc. is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all applicants in all phases of the employment process (recruitment, hiring, assignment, conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination).  Therefore, SOCT will act without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, present or past history of mental disorder, mental retardation, physical or learning disability including blindness, veteran or military status, or any other characteristics protected by law, in all aspects of the employment process and relationship.