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Executive Director


Executive Director

The next Executive Director (ED) for Sportable will have the opportunity to build on the success of an organization that has worked collaboratively within the Greater Richmond community to create opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to participate in sports. 


The Executive Director provides leadership in the Greater Richmond Sports industry as well as within the nonprofit community.  This individual will be part of the Sportable TEAM, which includes leading and motivating all of our stakeholders -­‐   athletes, volunteers, financial supporters, and Board of Directors. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, Sportable’s Executive Director will be responsible for the day-­‐to-­‐day management of staff, overseeing all aspects and working closely with the leadership team consisting of our Program & Public Relations Director, Operations Director and part-­‐time Director of Finance.  

Sportable’s ED also leads the development efforts, working closely with the Board of Directors and the Development Committee of the board.  Additional resources are available for contract grant writing and donor management support.

Who Should Apply?


We seek an Executive Director with experience in development and nonprofit management of a growing organization, someone who can be a TEAM player, with a positive outlook and an innate passion for sports and/or the disability community. The ideal candidate will thrive on developing deep relationships

and has the leadership skills to build an effective TEAM.  


Sportable Overview


Sportable’s mission is to create opportunities and transform lives of individuals with physical disabilities through sports.

Brand pillars include:

•    Freeing athletes to see beyond their disabilities through sports
•    Breaking down physical and attitudinal barriers in the community
•    Building peer relationships and reducing social isolation

We have a strong set of values that guide the behavior of all those who work, play and compete at Sportable:

•    Integrity: being true to our word and honoring commitments to our athletes, partners, and community
•    Passion: showing up ready to play every day with an enthusiasm toward our mission
•    Team spirit: supporting and working cohesively together toward a common goal
•    Ingenuity:  finding creative solutions to problems that aren’t always visible or deemed possible

Sportable is successful at providing a variety of sports and recreation opportunities in the Greater Community, not because of any one person’s efforts but because of the strength and breadth of our team.

We currently work with over 25 partner organizations to provide twelve year-­‐round adaptive sports programs to individuals, age 5 and up, living with a physical disability in our local community. 

Sportable has an active mailing list of 350 athletes.  In the first six months of 2014, 122 athletes participated in one program, and 71 participated more than three times.  This is an increase from 86 participants in all of 2013.


Additionally, Sportable partners with the Greater Richmond YMCA for the Sportable at the YMCA: Supporting Athletes of All Abilities Program where Sportable offers expertise and training around wellness center accessibility and disability etiquette training.  We also work with area schools for our Changing Perceptions in Schools Program where we expose students to the world of disability sport through hands on learning during physical education classes.

The Sportable staff works with our athletes individually to assess programs in which they will be most successful, as well as goal setting and works with our program coaches to create session lesson plans that build on our athlete’s skills. Further, we work with many of our community partners to make competitive opportunities accessible.

Now in our fifth year as a staffed organization, Sportable has an established a comprehensive development plan that guides the efforts of our Executive Director and board, it includes a growing annual fund and a signature fundraiser, the Sportable Tailgate.  Through the generosity of our supporters, Sportable has already raised close to $42,000 through the annual fund campaign in the first half of 2014, with a goal of $81,000 by December 31, 2014.  In 2012. We hosted our first signature fundraiser, the Sportable Tailgate and raised over $20,000 with 150 attendees. Last year, we doubled that amount, raising close to $45,000 with just under 200 attendees and have set an aggressive goal of

$50,000 raised for our 3rd Annual Tailgate this year on September 20, 2014. Additionally, Sportable has

been fortunate to partner with NBC12 and VCU Medical Center and Children’s Hospital through our “I Am an Athlete” commercials, raising money through sponsorship dollars.  As many nonprofits in the growth stage, we also still rely heavily on grants  for our program operations and capital support for additional equipment, etc.

Opportunities and Challenges:

Thanks to the engagement of our passionate staff, dedicated board of directors, and committed volunteers, partners, and donors, Sportable is well-­‐positioned for future success as we transition through the growth stage.  The next Executive Director will be instrumental in:

Enhancing Development and Board Member Engagement

The Executive Director potentially will have the opportunity to expand the development function, including adding positions to support administrative, grant writing and grant tracking needs.  We believe there is opportunity in the area of sponsorships, increased partnerships, and additional grants.

Tapping the Power of the Community

The Board has reached a new level of engagement in supporting Sportable, with a major step being the process of hiring the Executive Director.  We know that board members, athletes, volunteers, parents, and our strong base of community partners and supporters are ready to step up in their support for Sportable.  The challenge is to channel the energy and enthusiasm into action and keep the momentum moving forward. The Board is committed to supporting the Executive Director in cultivating additional supporters; the ED will have a large role in ensuring ultimate success.

Providing Guidance to Leadership Team

Sportable is currently under the leadership of a fairly new leadership team both in tenure and in their roles within the organization. Their passion for Sportable athletes and programs, as well as their experience in sports management and nonprofits create a sound foundation for taking the organization to the next level.

Position Responsibilities

The ED is responsible for the overall management of the organization.  He/she will:

•    Create a compelling vision for Sportable and assure that the organization has a long-­‐range strategy to achieves its mission

•    Provide leadership for organization’s programs locally and nationally with our partners and network of the US Paralympics and Disabled Sports USA community.

•    Manage the development and implementation of fundraising plans to secure adequate funding and expand on individual giving

•    Create a sponsorship and marketing plan that allows for the engagement of local sponsors to support year round programs

•    Oversee the operations of the organization, including programs and office activities

•    Provide leadership, direction, training and development to staff

•    Provide oversight for financial management, practices and policies

•    Build organizational awareness with new donors, political leaders and community groups

•    Partner with the Board of Directors to achieve its priorities

Skills and Experience


The Executive Director must be a hands-­‐on, action-­‐oriented leader with management experience.  The Board seeks the following skills and attributes (top priorities are in bold):

•    Proven success in fund development especially individual giving, corporate giving and foundation grant writing

•    Experience in marketing, public relations, and communications with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

•    Action-­‐oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

•    Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

•    Proven capacity to influence, appeal and work in collaboration with partner organizations and diverse constituents

•    Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

•    Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

•    A commitment to integrity, mission, and service

To Apply

Qualified applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Katherine Whitney at Warren Whitney:

To provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Sportable will be based on merit, performance, qualifications and abilities. Sportable does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion. sexual orientation, national origin, gender, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.