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Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the injustice, isolation intolerance and inactivity they face.

Vice President of Development

The Vice President of Development will be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of fundraising for Special Olympics Wisconsin, including the supervision of a statewide fundraising team.  The position directs fund raising and development operations for Special Olympics Wisconsin; Provides leadership for fund raising; develops strategies to grow and diversify revenue;  develops new revenue streams and corporate support; responsible for managing major and individual donor and planned giving fundraising activities throughout the state. Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of ten (10) – fifteen (15) years’ experience of increasing responsibility and leadership positions in fundraising, is required. Certified Fundraising Executive, preferred.This position is exempt.

Interested applicants may submit their resume & cover letter to: jobs@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

 Job Description

Senior Director Development – Law Enforcement Torch Run®

The Senior Director of Development – Law Enforcement Torch Run®, directly supervises the Special Events staff and works in conjunction with the LETR law enforcement leadership, to direct all statewide aspects of the LETR for Special Olympics Wisconsin.  As a Supervisor of Special Events staff, the Senior Director must plan, direct and monitor Development Department work to insure fund-raising goals are achieved by the Directors Special Events, the Development Department and Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. (SOWI);  coach, counsel, and support employees; plan, monitor, and assess job results; conduct training; effectively implement SOWI systems, policies, and procedures.

Interested applicants may submit their resume & cover letter to: jobs@specialolympicswisconsin.org;  by October 31, 2018.

Job Description

Internships

Marketing Intern  – Madison

Special Olympics Wisconsin is currently accepting resumes for a Marketing Intern to work 15+ hours per week.  This position is responsible for assisting with marketing to staff, athletes, families, volunteers, donors and communities across Wisconsin. Projects may include:

  • Content development: various e-newsletters, targeted e-marketing, website content, video development, help to maintain editorial calendar
  • Event marketing: planning, logistics, information sheets, event banners, day-of support
  • Media relations: news releases, media advisories, media pitches
  • Advertising & Promotions: write, edit and design deliverables; partner with promotional product vendors
  • Social Media: creating content for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Measure: analyze data to report measures of success; experience with Google Analytics a plus
  • Perform administrative duties as needed

This is an unpaid internship which will be located at Special Olympics Wisconsin’s headquarters on Madison’s east side. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Wisconsin will work with you to provide support for that credit. Please submit your resume, cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) and writing samples to jwagner@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

Sports Intern  – Madison

Special Olympics Wisconsin is currently accepting resumes for a Sports Intern to work 10+ hours per week.  This position is responsible for assisting Sports staff in planning and implementing state and local programming. Projects may include:

  • Assist with planning and management of SOWI state and local competitions
  • Facilitate the development and coordination of Games Management Teams
  • Plan and implement trainings for coaches and/or athletes
  • Contribute to planning and organization of Team Wisconsin for USA Games camps and logistics
  • Assist with volunteer management
  • Perform administrative duties as needed

This is an unpaid internship which will be located at Special Olympics Wisconsin’s State Office on Madison’s east side. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Wisconsin will work with you to provide support for that credit. Please submit your resume and cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) to bhoegh@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

Health & Wellness Intern – Madison

Special Olympics Wisconsin is currently accepting resumes for a Health and Wellness Intern to work 10+ hours per week.  This position is responsible for assisting staff in planning and implementing state and local programming relating to health and fitness. Projects may include:

  • Assist with planning and coordination of SOWI state health screenings
  • Plan and implement health educational tables at local events for athletes
  • Support the expansion of fitness programming statewide
  • Aid with planning and implementation of fitness station at local competition
  • Create educational materials for coaches, parents/guardians, and/or athletes
  • Contribute to health data collection project
  • Assist with sports events as needed
  • Perform administrative duties as needed

This is an unpaid internship which will be located at Special Olympics Wisconsin’s State Office on Madison’s east side. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Wisconsin will work with you to provide support for that credit. Please submit your resume and cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) to bhoegh@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

Volunteer Positions

Agency Manager

The Agency manager plans, organizes, directs and coordinates programs and services for the athletes in the Agency in accordance with established policies to further achieve the goals, objectives, standards and mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI).  The completion of responsibilities will be performed personally by the Agency manager or through other Agency volunteers.

Qualifications: Manager must be a registered Class A volunteer with no restrictions.  In the event this position is filled by an athlete, s/he needs to be ALPs registered and screened.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary contact for all mailings, e-mail, phone calls and paperwork for the Agency from the Regional and Headquarters office and those affiliated with the Agency. (In the case that an Agency has a co-manager, only one of them will be listed as the main contact for the Agency in the SOWI database.)
  • Oversee all the financial matters and work with the Agency Management Team to develop and monitor the Agency budget.
  • Ensure funds are raised and expended according to SOWI policies to meet the needs identified in the Agency budget
  • Recruit eligible athletes and volunteers needed to implement a quality local program

Support:  The Agency manager reports to the appropriate Regional office.  Agency mentors are available for additional support as agreed upon by staff and the Agency manager.

Time Commitment:  The number of hours per week depends on the size and involvement level.

Work Location:  The Agency manager may work out of their home, workplace office, and classroom.

Managing an Agency allows opportunities for developing marketable job skills, creating personal and professional relationships, directing your own volunteer time, enhancing your physical fitness, and making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and more.

Available Locations:

  • Lake Mills Area Special Olympics – Lake Mills, WI. Please submit your resume and cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) to Julia A. Wolfgram.
  • Team Franklin – Franklin WI. Please submit your resume and cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) to Candice M. Schneider.

Regional Games Management Team Member

Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with cognitive disabilities.  The Games Management Team will assist the Regional Sports staff in planning and implementing Regional and District Competitions as well as training schools for coaches and athletes.  A variety of time commitments are available.  Hours are flexible.  GMT Members are asked to attend a minimum of 2 events per year.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational & communication skills are helpful.
  • Knowledge of sports is necessary.
  • Occasional travel and some evening & weekend work is required
  • GMT members are at times required to assist with some heavy lifting and moving equipment.
  • Must be a Class A Certified Special Olympics Volunteer and kept current.

GMT Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning and coordination of SOWI Regional competitions.
  • Assist with volunteer management
  • Interaction with various coaches and volunteers~ enforcing games rules and etiquette.
  • Assist with loading and unloading trucks and set up/tear down of events.
  • Attend planning meetings-approximately 3 per year. These are scheduled in the evening time and are flexible on days and times

The Games Management Team Members will work under the supervision of the Regional Athletic Director and Special Olympics of Wisconsin.  Please submit your resume and cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) mwolfgram@specialolympicswisconsin.org.


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