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Sports Program Coordinator

Special Olympics NWT
August 7, 2021
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Special Olympics NWT offers sport programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities living in the NWT. The Sports Program Coordinator supports the Executive Director in ensuring the successful development and delivery of sport programs for qualifying athletes of all ages in the Northwest Territories. Programs are delivered by volunteer coaches and a key part of the job is making sure the volunteers have the support they need to deliver programs that meet national sport standards.


Sport Development

  1. Support the delivery of all existing sports programs;
  2. Support efforts to increase the number of communities sustainably engaged with Special Olympics Northwest Territories;
  3. Provide training resources for coaches as requested;
  4. Support and mentor volunteers in sport programs;
  5. Identify opportunities for program development and modification;
  6. Identify creative options for engaging and supporting volunteers and athletes in small and/or remote communities;
  7. Support partnerships with other organizations and associations within the NWT sport system;
  8. Support the creation, identification and delivery of competition and demonstration opportunities for athletes;
  9. Support initiatives to increase awareness of Special Olympics Northwest Territories;
  10. Assist with maintaining program and athlete data;
  11. Travel throughout the Regions as required fulfilling the commitments of the position;
  12. Establish and adhere to project budgets and timelines;
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.


Youth Development

  1. Develop the Special Olympics Canada Active Start (for children ages 2 to 6 years) and FUNdamentals (for children 7 to 12 years) programs in school and/or community settings through discussions, interviews, site visits, community meetings, and school meetings related to the implementation of Active Start and Fundamentals
  2. Develop sport programs in community and/or school settings that focus on Special Olympics Canada’s core and/or recognized sports.
  3. Create chapter resources, tools and tactics that support youth program development and delivery.
  4. Manage the registration process for new youth athletes and volunteers in order to measure deliverables.
  5. Work collaboratively with volunteers to host special events or competitions for young athletes.


Education/Training Required:

  • Undergraduate degree in Physical Education or Recreation Studies and/or
  • Minimum of NCCP coaching certification level 1 in a specific sport


  • Experience in sport and sport development (required);
  • Experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability (preferred).

Specific Skills:

  • Strong planning, organizational and leadership skills;
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently while being a strong team player;
  • Strong written and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience and knowledge of computers;
  • Must have the ability to work evenings and week-ends;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

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