Director of Programs

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
Director of Programs

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. To learn more about the organization, please visit

Job Summary: 

Reporting the Executive Director, the full-time Director of Programs will be responsible for all aspects of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes’ five growing programs across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. This position requires approximately 50% travel across the organization’s service area.

  • Develop, implement and monitor strict budgets for each of the organization’s programs.
  • Develop, implement and manage the annual program plan to sustain current programs while planning for short and long-term growth.
  • Support and supervise program staff (full-time, part-time or temporary employees and/or volunteers)
  • Actively participate in strategic planning with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Manage all aspects of program events and operations throughout the region including: promotion, staffing, planning, logistics and evaluation.
  • Act as designated staff representative at program events.
  • Deliver programs directly to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Provide instruction in sports and recreational activities such as: Goalball (sport for individuals who are blind), tandem cycling, hiking, paddling and skiing.
  • Facilitate data collection from participants and partner agencies to determine program effectiveness.
  • Travel extensively to program events across the region.
  • Drive the organization’s vehicle(s) to support the delivery of programs.
  • In tandem with other staff, assist Sports Teams Programs and individual athletes with fundraising initiatives.
  • Develop, implement and enforce program policies and procedures.
  • In tandem with other staff, manage and recruit program volunteers.
  • Provide excellent customer services to athletes, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other agencies that service individuals who are blind and/or visually impaired to enhance and expand programs.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in education, adaptive recreation or commensurate experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience as a TVI, O&M Specialist, blind rehabilitation specialist, adaptive recreation
  • specialist, or adaptive PE teacher.
  • 2+ years’ experience working with Individuals with who are blind and visually impaired. Prior
  • experience working with individuals with other disabilities a plus.
  • Ability to travel approximately 50% of time throughout our service area (WA, OR, ID and MT).
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40lbs on a regular basis.
  • Outstanding public relations and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Prior experience with public speaking.
  • Previous experience in coordinating team sporting events preferred.
  • Proven success in contributing to expansion and growth initiatives within an organization.
  • Possess a valid state-issued driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass a background check, including MVR.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
  • Competitive benefits package: Medical and dental, 403(b) savings plan, PTO and flexible scheduling opportunities.
  • Salary (Exempt)
Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, three references, and your resume to: by May 23rd, 2014.
The cover letter should include the following:

  • Explain why you are a good fit for this position; in particular, what sets you apart from other candidates? How would you make a difference in the Director of Programs role?
  • Explain why you are interested in working with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes?
  • Provide past salary history.