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The President/CEO functions under the general supervision of the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors. Functionally supervised by CMU Vice President for Business and Finance (for CMU purposes). Exercises supervision of professional and administrative, office professional, supervisory technical, temporary, and student employees assigned to the area of Special Olympics Michigan. Exercises general supervision over volunteers.

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 71860
Type of Recruitment External
Position Summary

Directs the statewide program to implement and achieve the mission of Special Olympics Michigan. Oversees the development and implementation of a multi-faceted sports and training program, which serves the best interest of the athletes. Responsible for directing the human resources, financial, and operational functions of the Special Olympics Michigan program, to include hiring, evaluation, and termination of all staff. Develops organizational goals and strategic plans in conjunction with the Board of Directors.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with preferred emphasis in administration, education, physical education, recreation, or special education.
At least six years of experience of a qualifying nature in fund raising, public relations, and/or administration or other related field.
At least 5 years of leadership experience.
Demonstrated ability to lead change.
Strategic planning development and leadership (Strategic thinking)
Develop and cultivation of corporate networks.
Presence and credibility to talk to corporate leaders and politicians.
Demonstrated working knowledge of administrative and organizational skills.
Ability to travel evenings and weekends.
Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to project a positive image.
Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree preferred.
Experience and working knowledge of Special Olympics or Nonprofits.
Working knowledge of fundraising campaigns and strategies, personnel administration, strategic planning, and working with Boards.
Demonstrated ability to recruit and organize activities using volunteer groups.
Experience networking with high level executives or officials.
Big picture thinker.

Duties & Responsibilities

Develops and administers overall statewide year-round program.
Establishes the program and administrative procedures for the Special Olympics Michigan program as approved and authorized by the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors.
Ensures all rules and policies relating to Special Olympics are being observed statewide.
Ensures effective management of volunteer staffs statewide in the area programs. Ensures that an area accreditation system is in place and that each area program has goals, budgets and an annual evaluation. Officially appoints all area directors.
Submits an annual program plan and budget in accordance with the strategic plan.
Receives and distributes revenue and renders financial statements.
Develops and implements internal control procedures.
Coordinates the activities of the Board of Directors.
Apprises the Board of Special Olympics Michigan operations, developing issues, and presents the Board with policy and planning issues.
Assumes responsibility for development, implementation and monitoring of annual and long-range plans.
Develops and implements effective management and accountability process to achieve adopted goals.
Serves as liaison between the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors, United States Leadership Council, Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics Inc.
Holds office of secretary to the Board of Directors.
Plans agenda for approval by the Board Executive Committee for Board meetings.
Works closely with the Board of Directors and key staff to ensure a safe, viable, financially secure program in Michigan.
Establishes the vision and strategy for fund development.
Provides oversight for fundraising, marketing and public relations.
Acts as the spokesperson for the organization.
Develops talent and succession plan for key staff.
Attracts, recruits, develops and retains talent/staff.
Performs other duties as designated by the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors.

Supervision Exercised

Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.

Message to Applicants

The President/CEO functions under the general supervision of the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors. Functionally supervised by CMU Vice President for Business and Finance (for CMU purposes).
Exercises supervision of professional and administrative, office professional, supervisory technical, temporary, and student employees assigned to the area of Special Olympics Michigan.
Exercises general supervision over volunteers.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level<br><br><a href= 97
Pay Range
Division Finance and Administrative Services
Department Special Olympics - Michigan
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule Typically Mon-Fri 8-5; evenings and weekends as necessary
At Will? Yes
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

EEO Statement

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Posting Begins 02/05/2018
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you completed a Bachelor's degree or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least 6 years of experience in fundraising, public relations, and/or administration (or related field)?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have at least 5 years of leadership experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have the ability to travel evenings and weekends?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience cultivating corporate networks?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience with strategic planning?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Recommendation Letters