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Special Olympics Pennsylvania seeks enthusiastic leaders to serve in two open positions:


Special Olympics Pennsylvania seeks an enthusiastic leader to serve as Director of its Philadelphia program. This exciting leadership opportunity will require the Director to strategically evaluate the presence and impact of Special Olympics programming in the city and develop a solid business plan calling for growth in both school and community-based activities keeping in line with the overall organizations five year Strategic Plan.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in supervising staff, engaging the greater community and collaborating with groups and organizations that serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of programmatic activities in order to meet organizational goals including overall program health and athlete growth as well as working collaboratively with Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s VP of Development and Marketing to assure the program’s financial requirements are met through managing fund raising events, cultivating sponsorships, and other development opportunities as presented.

Reports To:    

Sr. Vice President Programming, Special Olympics Pennsylvania


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for developing and implementing multi-year business plan that aligns with SOPA’s Strategic Plan by:
    • Working collaboratively with Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Special Olympics North America, and Philadelphia’s volunteer management team to establish and meet operational goals.
    • Continually assessing and improving the quality and availability of services offered to all eligible people with intellectual disabilities in Philadelphia.
  • Lead all day-to-day activities for Philadelphia. This includes:
    • Successful execution of “Interscholastic Unified Sports” (IUS) activities to include sports, whole school engagement, and youth leadership components in conjunction with School District of Philadelphia and other Philadelphia based schools. IUS is currently offered in 25 schools (middle and high schools) and there is an annual growth or expansion goal determined each spring for the following school year. This number is determined in alliance with the District personnel, budget allowance, and overall statewide IUS growth plan.
    • Expansion of community-based program activities to encompass all areas of the city.
    • Successful execution and growth of Young Athletes Programs across the city.
    • Show systematic athlete growth to the current 807 athletes and 340 Unified Partners. Current Business Plan (expires 2018) will require updating to reflect new goals, analysis of future activities, etc.
    • Supervision of staff and volunteers:
      • Staff -
        • Sports Director
        • Manager of Interscholastic Unified Sports Partnership
      • Volunteer committees including -
        • Management Team
        • Executive Advisory Board
      • Cultivating strategic partnerships with:
        • School District of Philadelphia
        • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department
        • Agencies and other Service Providers
        • Professional sports teams
        • Universities and colleges
      • Public awareness – identifies gaps and enhances the visibility of Special Olympics as a whole in Philadelphia market.
      • Establish partnerships and alliances with government, individuals, corporations, sports associations, schools, foundations, media outlets, and other nonprofits to generate resources and support.
      • Financial management including budget preparation, execution, and monitoring
      • Administration of policies and procedures

Candidate Must Demonstrate Experience In:

  • Supervision of staff and volunteer committees
  • Budget development and execution
  • Program development to include strategic planning skills, goal development and management
  • Donor cultivation
  • Computer proficiency (able to utilize office software programs including database, spreadsheets, and word processing applications)

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field
  • Five or more years in management positions with demonstrated positive operational results
  • Fundraising experience in establishing and managing sponsors and donors strongly desired
  • Nonprofit experience either in professional or volunteer positions
  • Commitment to travel throughout Philadelphia (with some statewide travel) as well as evenings and weekend work as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • Special Olympics experience
  • Relationships and/or familiarity with businesses, sports teams, entertainment contacts, and media entities in Philadelphia



Submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history, references, AND salary requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No phone calls will be accepted. Resumes accepted for this position only.





Full Time Non-Exempt Salaried Position

The Staff Accountant for Local Programs is responsible for working with, guiding and assisting the volunteer treasurers of 56 Special Olympics PA (SOPA) local programs across Pennsylvania and for ensuring that SOPA financial reporting guidelines and controls are strictly maintained. The position is a hands-on and participative accountant who will be responsible for the financial accounting for these programs.


This position reports to the Vice President of Finance and Administration in the State office in Norristown, PA.


Financial Management

  • Manage cash receipts reporting in FADS, ensure accuracy of coding, and transfer the information to the accounting software.
  • Maintain fixed asset schedule, calculate depreciation expense, prepare and record all related journal entries.
  • Maintain inventory records, prepare and enter journal entries to record changes.
  • Prepare the local program financial records for the annual audit and prepare schedules and analyses for external auditors.
  • Review check requests, correct coding as needed, and process payments based on local program requests.
  • Maintain and reconcile centralized disbursement and depository accounts. Prepare and enter adjusting journal entries as needed to record bank fees and other non-routine cash items.
  • Maintain records of all CD’s and other investment instruments. Prepare and enter journal entries for interest earnings and other investment activity, and enter into accounting software.
  • Maintain and reconcile petty cash records from local programs on a monthly basis.
  • Maintain updated records of local bank accounts and authorized signers.
  • Prepare journal entries to record monthly activity in local savings accounts. Reconcile all statements monthly to ensure that bank statements tie to general ledger.
  • Assist local programs with preparation of annual budgets and ensure their timely submission and input into the accounting software program.
  • Administer credit card program including analyzing coding to ensure accuracy and timely reporting plus manage the integration process from credit card system to accounting software.
  • Assist local programs with trouble shooting any issues that arise with the Centralized Accounting system.
  • Work with the Local Program Accountant to reconcile shared accounts on a monthly basis. Research differences, prepare and record related journal entries.


  • Train new volunteer treasurers on SOPA local program accounting guidelines and act as a resource to volunteers regarding local program finance policies.
  • Assure compliance with Pennsylvania Small Games of Chance license requirements.


  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in accounting.
  • At least 2-3 years of broad accounting experience.
  • Strong computer skills with an emphasis on Excel and experience with accounting software.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to volunteers of various skill levels.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of SOPA

Minimum Requirements

  • Similar training or proven experience preferred.
  • Background checks as required by PA law and SOPA policy


This position is located at the state office in Norristown, PA

Application Instructions:

Submit a letter of interest, resume, references, AND salary requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Applications received by December 1st will receive priority. Applications will be accepted until Monday, December 11, 2017.

No phone calls will be accepted. Resumes sent for positions other than this posting will not receive a response.

Contact from recruiters will not be acknowledged.




Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults (age 8-80) with intellectual disabilities. All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to athletes, enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field. The athletes of Special Olympics -- nearly 20,000 strong in Pennsylvania -- are constant reminders of all that is right with the human spirit. For more information, visit