Director of Unified Champion Schools

Posted on 24 October 22 by Mat Peisert

  • Minneapolis, MN
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Position Profile: Director of Unified Champion Schools - Special Olympics Minnesota

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Director of Unified Champion Schools at  Special Olympics Minnesota. This will be a highly visible and inspiring leader who possesses the vision to grow and to move the organization forward while building on the foundation’s success. The Director of Unified Champion Schools will represent Special Olympics Minnesota’s mission activities related to Unified Champion Schools including but not limited to developing strategies, managing budgets, and supervising staff.. Key areas include: Direct the planning and implementation of Unified Champion Schools strategies, initiatives, programs, and events, collaborating with Transition, Sports, Leadership, Marketing, and Fundraising staff to effectively achieve goals and connect Unified Champion Schools with all organizational work. 



Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community. We aim to build a culture that accepts and welcomes every single person regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place—one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.

Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) trainings and competitions happen all year in locations across the state. We offer 16 Olympic-style sports. As a result, SOMN has something for you, whatever your age or skill level.

Through sports, our athletes celebrate their abilities, not their disabilities. Their world opens with acceptance and understanding, while becoming confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They make new friends, joining the most inclusive community on the planet—a global community that’s growing every day.



The Director of Unified Champion Schools will supervise the coordination of programs, activities and related offerings under the Unified Champion Schools Program as assigned. This includes but is not limited to Unified recreational activities, Unified invitational games, Young Athletes, campaigns and rallies, Unified Clubs, Cool School Polar Plunge, and any other programs or activities under the Inclusive Youth Leadership, Unified Sports and/or Whole School Engagement pillars. They will Collaborate with SOMN staff to further develop and implement programs, activities, and offerings where appropriate.  They also will assist in leading recruitment and retention of Unified Champion Schools, and coordinate offerings, in certain geographic areas.


The individual in this role will Identify, cultivate, and sustain relationships with students, teachers, administrators, educational organizations, and related associations to sustain and grow a network engaged in the goals and strategies of Unified Champion Schools, provide professional development opportunities for educators, develop and support new program offerings, while collaborating with staff to identify and implement strategies to sustain student engagement.



Other accountabilities include:


  • Assist with creation and implementation of plan for Unified Sports school programs
  • Schedule, plan and produce safe, well-organized, school supported regional competitions and school to school games, tournaments, clinics, exhibitions, and league play around the state
  • Communicate and provide support to schools with Unified Sports programs
  • Participate on OSAA Unified Sports Committee and Oregon Education Leaders Network.
  • Promote Unified Sports at statewide conferences/meetings.
  • Develop and implement Unified leagues in targeted school districts.
  • Take a lead role in expanding partnerships with schools and other sports specific partnerships.
  • Work with and expand SO College programs
  • Responsible for data management and tracking of paperwork and online team registrations.
  • Assist with preparation of reports required for Unified Schools grant and other special funding
  • Work closely with K-12 Unified Schools and high school organizations to promote Polar Plunge activities
  • Attend conferences and meetings to educate/promote/plan.
  • Give presentations as required to general public, school organizations and other related agencies and sports organizations
  • Work with sports-related committees and groups to include Unified Sports into other existing sports competitions and athletic activities
  • Ensure compliance with National Governing Body and Special Olympics Inc. rules at all school competitions
  • Assist with preparation and execution of annual program budget
  • Contribute to organizational and partner publications as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Below are some of the typical requirements for a Director of Unified Champion Schools. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. Even if your background does not exactly match these requirements but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you and we recognize the value of transferable skills.


  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in related field or equivalent work experience
  • 1-3 year(s) of program development/management
  • 3-5 years experience working with K-12 schools in managing or directing programs and working with school staff-specifically athletic administrators and coaches
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct successful competition or sports events
  • Experience organizing coach meetings, and education and trainings
  • Proven ability to recruit, train, organize and manage volunteers
  • Must be willing to travel through-out State of Minnesota and occasionally out of state
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the following skills:
    • Organizational Management
    • Public Speaking
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Microsoft 365




Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Friday, November 25th. You can apply in the following ways:

  1. Apply via email to Mat Peisert at
  2. Apply online at:


Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity and we freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggests. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases the total compensation including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role as well as discuss salary and compensation - just give us a call, we’d be happy to discuss!


  • All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Special Olympics - Minnesota are equal opportunity employers.

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