President & CEO Job Description


The President and CEO of Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) is a full-time exempt position that is responsible for providing strategic leadership, fundraising, setting long-term direction, overseeing day-to-day execution and achieving goals set by the Board of Directors.  This position also assists the Vice President of Development with all fundraising activities.


Special Olympics Iowa Board of Directors

  • Five years’ experience in senior management of an organization
  • Demonstrated competence in the area of diversity and inclusion
  • Successful demonstration of fundraising and development
  • Exceptional communication skills and strong skills in public speaking and public relations
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Must be able to pass required SOIA background check and Class A Volunteer certification


  • Create and foster a culture that facilitates the vision, mission and goals of Special Olympics Iowa through operational support, program administration and project management
  • Responsible for the execution and administration of strategic direction
  • Maintain alignment with Special Olympics’ International movement platform, strategic plan and priorities
  • Direct budget development, oversee budget operations, and identify methods to increase revenue and reduce costs
  • Hold staff and volunteers accountable for a high performance and high engagement culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance and providing feedback
  • Recruit, train, retain and manage top talent among staff
  • Represent the interests of SOIA at local, state and national levels
  • Manage relationships with key constituents– including athletes, coaches, families, volunteers, donor and community partners, statewide and national legislative bodies and Board Members to educate and promote, Special Olympics Iowa goals