Director, Event Health Services and Operations - Special Olympics, Washington, DC

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2021


Director, Event Health Services and Operations

Position Title: Director, Event Health Services and Operations
Location: Washington, DC or Remote


  • Develop, coordinate, implement, administer, and monitor health and safety policy requirements and develop guidance to support the needs and requirements of the global organization and the health of the participants.
  • Provide technical assistance, tools, and resources to cross-functional, regional and country teams as appropriate on Medical Services for local/National/Regional Games and other sporting events.
  • Serve as a liaison with the local organizing committees (LOC) and Global Coordinating Committees to coordinate medical services (and other documents), including:
  • Develop medical operations and technical plans, accompanying Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures in collaboration with Risk Management and other Operations sectors of Games.
  • Train and coordinate Medical Services staff and volunteers prior to Games and at Games.
  • Manage clearance and quality assurance process for pre-participation sports physicals and health history collection for participants, in coordination with the Sport and Competition department.
  • Support content development as required for integration of medical data with athlete registration
  • Serve as coordinator of pandemic and epidemic response policies and guidance, including coordinating updates to guidance and FAQs, implementation of guidance, technical assistance, liaising with experts and stakeholders.
  • Manage and coordinate the process for pre-participation sports physical examination at local competitions, based on latest clinical standards and organizational needs and policies. Support local, state and country teams in implementation.
  • Oversee the future development of a standard injury and illness tracking system used at World and Regional competitions.
  • Support the Global Medical Advisory Committee (GMAC) to advise SOI, including planning and supporting meetings and discussions.
  • Assist with department-level activities, including implementation of major Games, operational planning, reporting to funders, submission of funding proposals, partner development and stewardship.
  • Liaise with key external stakeholders such as World Health Organization, International Olympics Committee, International Paralympic Committee to ensure alignment on policies and position that ensure athlete safety, whilst considering the unique vulnerabilities of individuals with ID.



  • Terminal clinical degree (e.g. medicine, nursing, etc.) or Master's degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. health administration, public health, clinical sciences, international development) with at least 8 years of experience;
  • Advanced knowledge of and professional experience of event medical and safety services, including a strong understanding of operational challenges in resource poor settings;
  • Demonstrated experience in program development and project management, with a focus on improving health outcomes;
  • Proven track record in creating strategies, policies, guidelines and resources, and setting and delivering on targets, cross-culturally;
  • Experience in implementing projects funded by corporate/private foundations and governments including US federal government agencies;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including a demonstrated ability to build and maintain networks, provide advice and communicate effectively with a culturally and professionally diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Strong information technology and organizational skills and ability to work on multiple projects and effectively navigating multiple priorities;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently with minimal supervision and exercise judgment to identify solutions and strategies for novel situations.
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