Chief Executive Officer

Date: January, 2022

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  reports to the chairperson of the board and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization.  The role serves as the primary ambassador of the organization and develops strong relationships internally and externally generating support to advance the organization, its mission and brand.

Qualifications include:

  • Previous “C” suite experience or VP level enterprise-wide leadership experience preferably across a multi-location and large geographic region.
  • Ability to lead and manage change.
  • Passion and ability to advocate for the mission.
  • Knowledge of the Wisconsin community is important but not required.
  • Experience in programs specifically designed for people with disabilities.
  • Experience in nonprofit operations particularly governance and board development.
  • Strong background and successful track record in fundraising/development.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from accredited university.
  • Ten (10) years of direct experience in senior management roles.

Location:  This position is based in Wisconsin either in Madison (Dane County) or in Brookfield (Waukesha County).

How to Apply:—special-olympics-wisconsin/job

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.

Key qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of ten (10) – fifteen (15) years’ experience of increasing responsibility and leadership positions in fundraising. Certified Fundraising Executive, preferred. Experience in developing strategic, mutually-benefitting fundraising partnerships. Proven record of individually raising $250,000, on an annual basis. Established success in supervision and mentoring skills in developing the capacities of the fundraising team. Experience with Raiser’s Edge software to manage donor relationships, preferred. Event management experience. Experience in proposal and budget development, financial analysis and corporate relations. This is a full-time, exempt, benefit eligible position.

Please submit cover letter and resume to: 

Employment Application

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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are at the heart of all that we do.
We value, celebrate and respect all differences, and inclusion creates a stronger organization.


Marketing & Communications Intern

Special Olympics Wisconsin is currently accepting resumes for a Marketing/Communications Intern to work 10-20 hours per week to help Special Olympics Wisconsin’s marketing and communications team in its efforts to increase the public’s awareness of Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes’ capabilities and needs, and market its many large-scale sporting events and fundraisers.

Click here for a full position description.

Please submit your resume, cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) and writing samples to


Volunteer Positions (click to jump to position description)

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.


  • 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)

Office Volunteer

Date: 10-04-19

Purpose: Office Volunteer supports the work of several Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) staff with an emphasis on working with the Office Manager.

Location: Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc., State Office, 2310 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1000, Madison, WI 53718

Key Responsibilities:

  • Greet guests and direct them to other offices.
  • Assist the Front Office Manager with weekly and periodic duties such as data entry, processing mail, entering names into a spreadsheet, sending thank you’ s (including IDMP letters) and other similar tasks, as needed.
  • Assist in filing volunteer forms; and data entry of day of volunteer records;
  • Support the Development department in the preparation of mailings, including event registration packets;
  • Assist the Sports department with games preparation such as laminating, stringing ribbons, organizing supplies & materials;
  • Other duties as assigned, by the Office Manager;

Reports to the Office Manager.

Time Commitment: One or two days per week (T, W, or Th) for two (2) – four (4) hours, for a minimum of three months.

Qualifications: Basic knowledge of computer and data entry. Pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, dependability.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. The Office Manager will be available for questions and assistance.

Age Requirement: 18 years of age;

Background Check: Required;

Dress Code: Business Casual

How to Apply: Email, if you are interested in volunteering;

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