The Indianapolis Colts are seeking a Director of Kicking the Stigma who will be responsible for leading the team’s Kicking the Stigma (KTS) initiative in partnership with team ownership and the Director of Community Relations. This individual will drive the development and execution of the strategic plan for Kicking the Stigma, through a collaborative approach with ownership and the team’s Community Relations department, to position the team as a leading advocate and change maker for mental health awareness. This position will play a key role in developing and managing an Advisory Committee, annual fundraising events, strategic partnerships, grant programs, donor recruitment and development, and foundation management.


  • Develop and execute an annual strategic plan, in partnership with ownership and the Director of Community Relations, for Kicking the Stigma that prioritizes awareness, fundraising, grants and strategic partnerships.

  • Oversee all Kicking the Stigma events and activities, including the annual Beyond the Sidelines event, through a collaborative process that ensure alignment by key stakeholders and engages other business verticals within the organization (e.g. events, community relations, content, corporate partnership, etc.).

  • Build a long-term plan that includes the creation of an Advisory Committee, donor recruitment and development, new strategic partnerships and programs, and an expanded grant program.

  • Work with the team’s corporate partnership team to establish an engagement strategy for team partners around key KTS events and programs.

  • Develop and distribute an annual KTS report to distribute to key stakeholders.

  • Oversee the KTS grant program, including development of the application, promotion of the program, selection of recipients and distribution of grants.

  • Manage the annual KTS budget as a part of the Colts Foundation.

  • Collaborate with the team’s content and production team on developing and executing an annual content plan for KTS.

  • Serve as a media spokesperson for KTS related interviews and topics, and represent ownership and the organization in speaking engagements and other public events to help spread awareness around KTS.

  • Collaborate across the organization’s key business verticals to integrate KTS into other team-related programming and events, including gameday, licensing/merchandise, tentpole.

  • Help manage press inquiries and KTS related appearances for ownership that are tied to KTS, in partnership with the team’s communications department.

  • Provide event and program assistance to the Community Relations Department, as needed, throughout the year.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 4-year degree in Sports Marketing, Communications, Marketing or a related field.

  • Minimum 8 years of experience with a non-profit organization, private foundation or a related field.

  • Commitment to a collaborative and team-focused approach in line with the team’s overall mission and values.

  • A passion for mental health awareness preferred.

  • Extensive media/public speaking experience.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and think quickly on one’s feet using independent judgment.

  • Ability to innovate and think creatively.

  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours periodically as needed based on the team’s events, including all home games.

Responsibilities and qualifications may change at any time with or without notice. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.