This job has expired

Associate Director, Youth Sports Initiative

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 2, 2020

View more

Position Type
Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Managing Volunteers, Program Administration and Management
Community Development, Community Foundations, Education, Other Fields, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.


The Associate Director of Project Play WNY/Youth Sports Initiative (Associate Director) will help lead the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's Project Play WNY/Youth Sports Initiative (PPWNY/YSI).  This initiative aims to build a WNY community in which all children have the opportunity to be active in sports.  The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Ralph W. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, with technical support from The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, lead this collective impact initiative through cross-sector partnerships that engage residents, the general public, private, and philanthropic institutions, in collective action. This position is funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for three years, beginning November 2020.

The Community Foundation, through Project Play WNY, serves as a convener, co-creator, and administrative backbone organization, working with the Aspen Institute and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to mobilize stakeholders and develop breakthrough initiatives. Initiative change strategies focus on The Aspen Institute Project Play framework and build upon the Western New York State of Play report released in June 2017.

The Associate Director works with and supports the Executive Vice President of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Director of PPWNY/YSI to lead, manage, and execute the Community Foundation's role in the PPWNY/YSI. Skills required include maintaining a strong knowledge of relevant community issues and developing and maintaining strong relationships in the youth sports ecosystem. The Associate Director will utilize tools for advancing collective action, including convening partners, building coalitions, forging common agendas and leveraging resources.

The Associate Director leads the PPWNY/YSI Sports Sampling working group and co-leads the Youth Voice working group. The Associate Director is the central point of contact for Title I school districts, including the Buffalo Public Schools and the Niagara Falls School District. The Associate Director is also the primary contact with Youth Sport and Recreation organizations (YSRs) operating in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The Associate Director is the lead for increasing girls' participation rates in sport and recreation, serves on the Women's Sports Foundation Equity Project team, and works with local leaders to develop a task force on Girls in Sport.



  • Assist with the management of PPWNY/YSI, including strategy, execution, learning, and evaluation
  • Manage and maintain the engagement of the PPWNY/YSI Sports Sampling Working Group of key stakeholders
  • Co-manage the Youth Voice Working Group of key stakeholders
  • Serve as the central point of contact for Title I school districts, including the Buffalo Public Schools and the Niagara Falls School District
  • Develop, formalize, and maintain a strong youth sports network involving a diverse group of residents, professionals, community stakeholders, and elected officials, in the areas of sport sampling, youth voices and girls’ sports.
  • Facilitate the efforts of stakeholders of Sports Sampling, Youth Voice, and Title I school districts to create shared agendas, common action plans, assessment systems and sustainability strategies
  • Lead efforts to increase the participation rates of girls in sport and recreation
  • Participate in the review of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation small grants from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Work with Community Foundation’s Knowledge Management Analyst to continually improve the metrics and assessment tools for community leadership as needed
  • Work with Communications to develop and deliver key messages about Project Play WNY/Youth Sport Initiative to advance Youth Sports in the region as well as reflect the Community Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation's brand and brand promises as needed
  • Manage relevant contracts and budgets as needed


  • Bachelor's degree; relevant backgrounds may include education, sports management, planning, public administration, business, economics, etc.
  • Five to ten years of progressively more responsible experience in youth or college sports, philanthropy, or similar fields
  • Proven program development and project management experience, prioritizing multiple projects within tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector and experience in leading and facilitating community coalitions
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse audiences/stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategy development
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with diverse communities and diverse organizations throughout the Western New York region
  • Experience in communicating in a persuasive, credible manner, in person, in digital settings, and in writing and presentations
  • Strong analytical, evaluative and project management skills
  • Experience in the management and supervision of event staff
  • Computer proficiency in all Microsoft components
  • Technology skills and the ability to apply software knowledge that includes Google, Adobe and Microsoft products
  • Commitment to the team effort of the Community Foundation
  • Solid judgment and strong leadership skills
  • A team player who can relate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial yet demanding work environment
  • An individual who can relate to a variety of constituencies, manage multiple assignments simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities
  • Impeccable integrity
  • Strong analytical skills, business intuition and sound judgment
  • Strong work ethic
  • Strong time management skills


For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Established in 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at


Community foundations are designed to grow and evolve as our community’s needs change, and new positions are regularly created as a result. As the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo continues to grow we’re looking for talented people who want to use their abilities to make a lasting difference. If that is you, then please send a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and what you would bring to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Send cover letter and resume as a single Word or PDF document via email to: Please submit responses electronically via email. Response may also be received by U.S. Postal Service if an electronic medium is not available. No calls please.

Application deadline: Open until filled. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, practices inclusion and works to advance equity.


You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert