PD Gladiators Seeks Associate Director

PD Gladiators seeks a new part-time Associate Director (20-25 hours per week) to assist the organization’s Atlanta-based management team with (i) marketing its network of independent fitness instructors providing group exercise classes adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease (to the medical community as well as directly to patients), (ii) managing participant intake and follow-up, and (iii) managing interactions with instructors. The position could evolve into a full-time role with additional responsibilities (e.g., Program Director).

Founded in 2013 as a nonprofit organization, PD Gladiators (“PDG”) promotes the role of exercise in slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Using a two pronged-approach to promoting exercise, PDG provides community based exercise programs for people with PD as well as education and outreach to the medical community in the metro Atlanta area. The organization, which has tapped into an unmet need within the community, has also grown with the in-kind or cash support of the National Parkinson Foundation, American Parkinson Disease Association, YMCA of Metro Atlanta, and others.

PDG’s passionate and committed leadership has enabled the organization to grow tremendously during its first three years. This includes a broad fitness network for people with Parkinson’s disease, with 60 weekly classes for vigorous activities like boxing, dance, yoga, and more.

The organization is managed by volunteers–me (the President and founder) and a Board of Directors who each chair a committee that is responsible for tasks typically handled by the staff of a more mature organization. The hiring of a part-time Associate Director is a critical step in transitioning PDG to a sustainable business model. We envision the Associate Director as someone who can learn PDG’s operations by taking on tasks to support our volunteer management team but has the capability to ultimately assume responsibility for program-related operations, enhance PDG’s service offerings, and delegate tasks to volunteers. The position offers the right candidate a rewarding opportunity to help PDG grow into an organization that can fully serve the needs of the metro Atlanta Parkinson’s community.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed description of the responsibilities and qualifications of the Associate Director.

[Edit: As of August 8th, the Search Committee is no longer accepting applications for the position. Thank you to the 60+ excellent candidates who applied!]

Larry Kahn

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