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The Young Athletes™ Program is the unified program of choice to fulfill component one in elementary schools across Maryland. Studies indicate children who participate in the Young Athletes™ Program demonstrate increased functioning in social skills, language development, confidence, and other skills. It is the intent of Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) to demonstrate that improving gross motor skills can positively impact a student’s kindergarten readiness. SOMD is seeking qualified candidates to fill one Young Athletes™ Program (YAP) Coordinator position.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
● Work with the Young Athletes Program Director to support and assist with the introduction and implementation of the Young Athlete™ Program.
● Coach and provide feedback to targeted teachers about the integration of the motor skills curriculum.
● Drive all collaboration with ECI, Pre-Kindergarten, Physical Education, and Administrative staff to successfully implement the curriculum in targeted schools.
● Demonstrate activities and lessons for targeted teachers to integrate motor activities within the classroom/school environment through in-person trainings.
● Consult and confer regularly with target school designees regarding the impact of motor activity-based curriculum upon the educational, social, physical, or emotional goals and objectives of students.
● Consult and confer with public school administrative staff and SOMD regarding program action plan and progress on set goals.
● Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records, case files, etc. as required by grant and program regulations, Board policies, and federal, state, and local laws.
● Work with Area/County (community program) leadership to assess, develop, and implement non-school based Young Athlete Program and developmental sport offerings.
● Attend and actively participate in SOMD staff and department meetings, as well as school system staff development priorities, as appropriate and identified.

• Fluent in written and verbal English.
• Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in related field, e.g. Education, Psychology, Human Services.
• Ability to pass and maintain acceptable results for criminal and National Sex Offender Registry background screening and maintain Special Olympics Maryland ‘Class A’ status.
• Must enroll as a member of AmeriCorps for full-time service.
• Must have ability to work from Western Maryland or Baltimore, MD.
• Must hold a valid driver’s license and own reliable transportation.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse and inclusive organization
• Demonstrated knowledge in concepts of inclusion, including best-practices and language-use.
• Experience volunteering or participating in Special Olympics programs preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication.
• Experience working or volunteering in youth programs preferred.
• Comfort with PC-based programs and applications including Microsoft Office Suite.
• Regular access to a telephone and computer with internet access.
• Ability and willingness to work occasional non-traditional workweek, i.e. evenings/weekends, and travel as needed with own transportation.
• Ability to bend, squat, lift and walk while carrying 25lbs.
• Ability to be on one’s feet, standing andor walking, for a long time, e.g. greater than 4 hours, without intermission.


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