Feb 13, 2020

Head of Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers - United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee - Closing date 12 Mar

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  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Full time Olympics Paralympics

Job Description


The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) is looking for a dynamic and servant leadership-oriented individual to lead and manage the USOPC training facilities where Olympic & Paralympic dreams begin, and talented athletes live and train. The USOPC has two Olympic and Paralympic Training Centers (OPTCs); one in Colorado Springs and one in Lake Placid.  Between these two locations, over 15,000 athletes train every year. In addition, we have partnerships with eleven Olympic & Paralympic Training Sites across the United States.

The USOPC is seeking an individual with an athletes-first mindset who has extensive experience in sports administration, leadership, and management, and athletic training facility leadership to oversee all aspects of two training centers and partnership relationships with training sites.  Candidates for this position should have leadership and visionary capacity to further a unique and positive environment for Team USA athletes as they pursue their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.  The leader should have the ability to inspire the Team Behind the Team (our USOPC employees) to provide the best environment for athletes’ success on and off the field of play.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Create a culture of passion, teamwork, support, innovation, and transparent communication throughout all aspects of the two OPTCs. Team USA athletes are striving to be the best in the world and fighting for 1/100th of a second in their pursuit of excellence. The Team Behind the Team strives to model that culture of excellence in their operations and management of our Training Centers.
  2. Lead a team of integrated functions at the CSOPTC while working with department leaders and the LPOPTC director to oversee the operations and service functions of both the OPTCs to include sport venues, food service, transportation, centralized scheduling, vehicle services, and operations functions. These functions work hand-in-hand with Sports Performance and Athlete Services including sports medicine, strength and conditioning, sport sciences, and high performance to provide the highest level of service to the athletes.
  3. In partnership with Sport Performance, work closely with various sport National Governing Bodies to ensure OPTCs are providing the optimum training and development environment for both resident athletes and the thousands of athletes that train at our facility through camps. Work closely with the high-performance teams regarding sport allocations and utilization of the CSOPTC and LPOPTC.
  4. Work in partnership with our high-performance teams to develop coordinated sport programming to leverage Olympic & Paralympic Training Sites to maximize training opportunities for Team USA athletes.
  5. Develop and oversee the operating budget for the CSOPTC and LPOPTC. Monitor financial performance of all departments to ensure budget compliance and operation within approved budget guidelines. Liaise with LPOPTC director on the training center’s financial performance.
  6. Work with department leaders for all personnel-related concerns at the CSOPTC to include staffing requisitions, job descriptions, and performance appraisals. Manage administrative requirements of team member matters, such as new hire selection, termination, and disciplinary actions. Analyze and recommend position changes or restructure as appropriate; work closely with the LPOPTC director on all staff-related changes, including requisitions, job descriptions, and performance appraisals. Oversee LPOPTC people matters regarding hiring, terminations, and disciplinary actions.
  7. Monitor athletes and programs to ensure they comply with OPTC policies and procedures and adhere to the OPTCs’ codes of conduct. Conduct appropriate follow up and closure of any infractions.
  8. Promote a healthy and safe living environment for all athletes; responsible for implementing all SafeSport activities at both OPTCs.
  9. Anticipate and act upon operational needs of the CSOPTC and liaise with the LPOPTC director in the areas of capital improvements, deferred maintenance, programming, and services. Recommend course of action to Chief of Business Operations.
  10. Serve as liaison to various USOPC Divisions on issues pertaining to the CSOPTC and LPOPTC. Work closely with High Performance Teams, International Relations, Facility Management, Risk Management, Legal, and Security to ensure that projects are appropriate, well-planned, and do not interfere with the mission of the training center.
  11. Provide leadership and oversight to the Team Behind the Team in Lake Placid and directly supervise the LPOPTC director.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications Required


  • Bachelor’s degree in sports or business administration
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or Sports Management preferred


  • 10+ years of leadership experience in an elite athlete training facility
  • 5 years of experience working with a high-performance sports organization in the areas of training and competition


  • Proficient in overall management, organization, administration, financial control, and personnel supervision
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking experience
  • Proven senior leadership capabilities
  • Conflict mitigation and resolution

Tools, Equipment, & Conditions

  • Office environment in multi-story building on multi-building site
  • Domestic and international travel
  • Non-traditional hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Regular attendance at work is an essential job function

Work Location

Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center

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