Date:  October  2022

Athletic Director (Madison, WI)

The Athletic Director manages all competition and training opportunities for athletes and Unified Partners, as well as providing on-going sports training and technical support to all Special Olympics WI Programs. This position works directly with the State Office and other Athletic Directors as part of a team designed to coordinate and run programs for Special Olympics Wisconsin.  In addition, the Athletic Director will work with the community and staff to promote Special Olympics, recruit athletes and volunteers, coordinate programs, and assist Local Programs and Unified Champion Schools (UCS) to achieve the goals, objectives, standards and mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Recreation, Physical Education, or similar field of study; or a minimum of three (3) years of related work experience.
  • Passion for the Special Olympics vision, mission and values for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Strong knowledge of sports rules, regulations and effective sports competition management.
  • Experience with volunteer management and volunteer software platforms.

How to Apply: Interested candidates can submit a cover letter and resume to

Digital Marketing Manager (Madison, WI)

The Digital Marketing Manager is responsible for advancing Special Olympics Wisconsin’s online brand presence through a robust, intuitive website; active social media engagement; strategic online and social advertising; search engine optimization campaigns and dynamic video vignettes. This exempt position is full-time (40 hours/week).

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or a related field
  • 2+ years of experience in digital marketing
  • Comfortable working with CMS for routine web updates
  • Proven success leading social media efforts
  • Experience managing digital and social advertising campaigns, including PPC and SEO
  • Skilled with creating and publishing short videos
  • Experience with Adobe Suite, including video editing is required

How to Apply: Interested candidates can submit a cover letter and resume to

Date: August, 2022

Director of Development (Madison, WI)

The Director of Development is an enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated fundraiser with responsibility for securing corporate partnerships, event sponsorships, grants, and cultivating individual relationships, resulting in annual giving and major gifts. The Director of Development will have significant direct contact with the SOWI’s diverse internal and external audiences including board, staff, volunteers and SOWI partners.  The Director of Development is responsible for increasing revenue, garnering press and brand awareness, fostering strong community relations, donor loyalty and acquiring new supporters. This position is exempt.

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Demonstrated success and a minimum of five (5) years fundraising experience or sales with corporate partnerships, event sponsorships, foundations, and individual donors
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Knowledge of area businesses and foundations
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and capacity to collaborate with the leadership team
  • Success in leading cultivation, stewardship, and renewal strategies for donors and event sponsors

How to Apply: Interested candidates can submit a cover letter and resume to

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.

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.

Employment Application


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.

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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)

For Other Volunteer Opportunities: Email, if you are interested.

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