Safe Sport Vice President, Job Description
posted on 05/15/2019

Summary Description
The Vice President of Safe Sport is a senior member of the USA Gymnastics staff, initially reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. The position is responsible for developing, maintaining, and ensuring execution of USA Gymnastics’ Safe Sport Program. The role will also oversee and direct all Safe Sport activities including, but not limited to, development of policies and guidelines, governance, implementation of educational programs, identification of business partners, and investigation and adjudication of complaints. This position will serve as the primary liaison with the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Advisory Committee, Center for Safe Sport and the US Olympic Committee on all matters relating to athlete safety.


  • Oversee the development, maintaining and updating of the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy and associated materials, including, but not limited to handbooks, FAQs, and related educational materials.
  • Oversee the hiring, training, management and development of a high performing team dedicated to executing the Safe Sport program including policy development, education, investigations and adjudication.
  • Act as the “face” of Safe Sport to the gymnastics community and USA Gymnastics stakeholder base.
  • Work with the Safe Sport Advisory Committee on determining governance structure, strategic role, overall scope, etc.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for USA Gymnastics with the national Center for Safe Sport and the US Olympic Committee and become a recognized leader within the National Governing Body community for all aspects of athlete safety.
  • Monitor all Safe Sport related developments, including law and regulation, at the Federal, state, and local level, and internationally, and serve as a primary advisor to the CEO, the Executive Staff and the Board of Directors on such matters.
  • In coordination with USA Gymnastics public relations resources, draft and support all communications related to athlete safety issues.
  • In coordination with other USA Gymnastics staff, establish and maintain relationships with quality and reputable service providers and assist in implementation of processes to ensure USA Gymnastics compliance with background screening, reference checking and related security procedures.
  • Manage Safe Sport program budget to ensure effective use of all resources.
Requirements and Competencies
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing large scale compliance programs including policy development, training materials, and external program launch campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead high performing teams, and to mentor and develop talent.
  • Ability to balance and align multiple stakeholder bases with differing perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Exceptional written communication skills, highlighted by the ability to create clear, “user friendly” materials involving complex or sensitive subject matter.
  • Exceptional presentation skills, including strong verbal communication and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to streamline work processes.
  • Experience with mandatory reporting laws and regulations for child abuse.
  • Knowledgeable about federal and state privacy laws as they relate to child abuse and related reporting, investigations and adjudications.
  • Knowledgeable about the Safe Sport movement and an understanding of the relationship between the USOC, the Center for SafeSport and the National Governing Bodies for Olympic sports.
  • Willingness to take on the hard work necessary to return USA Gymnastics to the forefront of the Olympic movement.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelors degree required; Graduate degree in law (JD) and/or child welfare (MSW or equivalent) required
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in welfare management with 5-7 years experience managing teams
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child/athlete protection policy, prevention, practices, and procedures required and experience applying that knowledge in a sport environment is preferred
  • Experience with budget development and management
Other Information
  • Occasional travel is required – approximately 20% of time
  • Position is based in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Salary commensurate with experience
To apply, send cover letter referencing this position and a detailed resume to:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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