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President & CEO

Department: Executive
Reports to: Board of Directors
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: VP of Programs (COO), Senior Director of Development, Chief Financial Officer, Accounting Coordinator

JOB SUMMARY
The President/CEO serves as the Chief Executive Office for Special Olympics Indiana (SO Indiana). The President and CEO is responsible for strategic leadership, operational management, fundraising, budget/financial management, and advocacy for Special Olympics Indiana. The primary function of this position is to manage, direct, and administer the program in accordance with the standards, policies, and procedures set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI) and the SO Indiana Board of Directors.

PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS AND TASKS
Relationship with Board of Directors: Serve as ex-officio member of board. Attend all board meetings. Work with chairperson to develop agendas. Advise the board on matters pertaining to policy and programs. Carry out directions of the board. Make regular reports to the board. Ensure standing committee function and attend to charges. Serve as staff liaison to the Executive, Governance, and Finance Committees.

Resource Development: Together with development staff, explore and pursue potential revenue sources, including government funding, grants, corporate contributions, individual donors, planned giving, and fundraising events. Ensure an annual plan is developed and implemented that provides the financial resources necessary to carry out the activities of the organization. Represent SO Indiana in national fund-raising opportunity discussions.

Fiscal Management: Oversee the development of the annual budget that implements the strategic plan and reflects agreed upon priorities. Ensure infrastructure is well maintained, including, but not limited to, automobiles, workspace, office equipment and IT. Coordinate completion of annual audit and tax filings. Ensure adequate fiscal controls at all levels of organization. Provide financial reports to the board.

Organizational Management:  Partner with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan and ensuring the resources are available to successfully execute that plan. Provide general management of SO Indiana operations (programs, administration, finance, etc.) within the framework of policies. Oversee contracts and legal commitments. Understand current non-profit industry trends, laws, and regulations; interpret for relevancy and applicability. Seek and support relationships with other related service organizations.

Staff Leadership:  Oversee the recruitment, hiring, training, development, evaluation, and management of staff according to established human resource management policies. Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates top quality paid and volunteer staff.

Community and Public Relations:  Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization. Develop and maintain working relationships with sponsors, organizations, and other groups that support the purposes of the organization. Travel throughout Indiana, regularly attending and speaking at public events, including conferences, award ceremonies, meetings and athletic events.

Liaison to Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI):  Ensure adherence to policies and guidelines of SOI. Prepare and submit the annual report and application for accreditation. Attend US Business Meeting and other meetings as needed. Work with Special Olympics North America Director of Organizational Development to improve programs.

DESIRED COMPETENCIES

  • Strong, positive leadership skills
  • Proven ability to increase revenue
  • High energy and ability to motivate others
  • Demonstrated commitment to the organization’s mission
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Excellent people skills – forging and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders
  • Excellent skills in communications, public speaking and writing
  • Strategic thinker and experienced strategic planner
  • Financial, business, management, and program planning and evaluation acumen
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting workforce
  • Sound problem-solving analysis and decision-making skills
  • Familiarity and understanding of non-profit organization operations
  • Computer proficiency

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, graduate degree preferred
  • Experience: Special Olympics programs, sports management, volunteer management, field of disabilities
  • Knowledge: Microsoft Windows – including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Skills: Verbal and written communication skills, leadership, planning, networking, supervision

SO INDIANA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES (THROUGH 2019) AND RELATED CEO QUALITIES

1. Athlete Participate Rate grows to 16,000: Provide / structure staff and financial resources to align with growth strategies. Serve as an effective champion of Special Olympics to new audiences.

2. Design and implement a comprehensive unified school program that offers involvement from pre-school through college: Demonstrate the ability to expand current relationships with the IHSAA, ICASE, IMLEA, and SOI and establish additional partnership to ensure program adoption in school settings.

3. Expand and enrich programs designed to improve athlete health and fitness: Demonstrate the ability to create and expand relationships with health and fitness related organizations, and secure the financial resources to support expansion to significantly greater number of people with IDD.

4. Improve awareness of Special Olympics Indiana in state government leading to substantial funding of youth or health initiatives: Maintain effective communication with government officials and agencies regarding the programs available through Special Olympics. Coordinate efforts of pro-bono lobbyist.

5. Generate more resources in existing fundraising/development projects: Serve at the relationship manager in most significant development projects with sponsors, foundations, and donors. Demonstrate the capacity to create mutually beneficial relationship that expands financial ability to support needed programs. Translate development / fundraising strategy to 75 SO Indiana County Programs which raise approximately 25% of Indiana’s $4M annual budget.

6. Strengthen SO Indiana leadership: Maintain and grow a top-flight staff that is well-qualified and motivated to serve the mission of the organization. Implement strategies that make volunteerism the cornerstone of all organizational efforts.

BENEFITS
Special Olympics Indiana provides options for health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, disability insurance, dental insurance and 403B retirement. The organization provides reimbursement for travel expenses and workers’ compensation.

LOCATION
SO Indiana headquarters is based on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION
Those interested must apply online by September 15, 2017. No résumés or applications will be accepted other than through this webpage. Anyone not including all requested information and/or materials will not be considered. Final offer of employment is contingent on a successful background and credit check.

Special Olympics Indiana is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans are welcomed. Employment with Special Olympics is “at-will.”

Special Events Intern

Department: Development
Reports to: Director of Development
Status: Part-time seasonal, unpaid
Supervisory Responsibility: None

Job Summary

Development Intern will assist with the planning and implementation of fundraising and other special events.

Performance Dimensions and Tasks

Special Events: Assist with planning and implementation of fundraising events during the season of the internship. (Polar Plunge, Summer Games, FedEx Plane Pull, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Charity Golf Classic, etc.). Assist with acknowledgement of gifts, donations, and pledges, including incentive prize fulfillment. Assist with obtaining donations of cash and in-kind for related events. Assist with related marketing for special events.

Project Coordination: Assist in planning and implementation of projects as assigned.

Administration/Budgets: Assist with after-action reports for special events. Assist with tracking donors from fundraising events. Utilize existing database for special events.

Project Assistance: Assist as needed with other Special Olympics projects. This could include office/administrative tasks, loading and unloading, physical set-up of venues, meetings, trainings, customer service and other activities associated with the general operation of Special Olympics.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge: Basic computer knowledge (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Knowledge of Publisher and Adobe software not required but helpful)
  • Skills: Written communication, detail-oriented, interpersonal skills, flexible

Special Demands/Opportunities

  • Some weekend and evening work
  • Occasional travel in-state
  • Must complete Coach/ Volunteer Orientation training (1 hour), Coach/Volunteer Application and Protective Behaviors
  • Flexible hours, based on student’s requirements and schedule
  • Assignments can be tailored to meet the student’s personal interests or specific educational requirements

Timeframe

Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring internship opportunities available.

For more information contact:

Tracy Mortensen
Director of Support Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 247

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Marketing & Public Relations Intern

Reports to: Manager of Marketing & PR
Department:
Development
Reports to:
Director of Marketing & Development
Status:
Part-time, unpaid

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Background

How would you like to work for one of the most respected, recognizable and remarkable philanthropic brands in the world? Since its inception in 1968, the mission of Special Olympics has remained at the forefront of what has become an international movement. Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) will offer you a window into the world of persons with intellectual disabilities. Our organization will provide you with incredible hands-on public relations and marketing experience that will deeply broaden your knowledge and portfolio in a nonprofit environment.

Job Summary

Special Olympics Indiana needs an intelligent, resourceful and passionate intern to help the organization expand its public relations and marketing efforts. We are seeking an intern who is not afraid to take a chance and bring new PR and marketing ideas to the table! The Marketing and PR Intern will work under the direction of the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations.

It is our goal to instill the basic teachings of marketing and public relations, and hope it is a beneficial relationship for both parties. This is a challenging yet exciting opportunity for a young professional to contribute to the growth of a highly active human service organization, while gaining hands on experience in the nonprofit sector.

Performance Dimensions and Tasks

Social Media

  • Learning about social media and managing social media efforts (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter), along with possibly exploring other social media channels that make sense for SOIN to engage
  • Maintain all calendars for social media posts
  • Creating an effective social media strategy which will include: researching organizations who might “friend” or follow SOIN on various platforms
  • Writing and posting messages, uploading photos and videos

Marketing Signature Events

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of marketing fundraising events including: Polar Plunge, Plane Pull® Challenge, Charity Golf Classic, along with special events for Summer Games
  • Successfully marketing signature fundraising events to engage existing participants and recruiting new ones
  • Learn about producing effective nonprofit marketing campaign strategies by: developing marketing materials, preparing material for presentations with top donors, creating prospect lists

Public and Media Relations

  • Writing news releases and media alerts, creating press kits
  • Follow up calls with media
  • Learn to coordinate an effective media campaign by: learning how to pitch the media and understanding the importance of maintaining an up-to-date media contact list, researching new media opportunities
  • Managing the internal photo library
  • Coordinating/scheduling athletes or coaches for live television interview

Writing

  • Develop writing skills by: learning how to interview SOIN athletes, coaches, county coordinators, volunteers, donors that support the mission
  • Writing powerful e-newsletters, news releases, e-blasts, fundraising campaigns, along with various publications
  • Writing powerful feature stories (developing fresh story ideas)
  • Assist with after-action reports for selected special events related to marketing and public relations functions
  • Write website copy and work alongside the organization’s webmaster

Administration

  • Making calls on behalf of SOIN
  • Maintaining all files electronically and other duties when needed

Qualifications

  • Basic computer knowledge (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Expertise in Adobe Software: Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator; design experience is a must)
  • Prior experience with social media, creating/editing video is very helpful.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills, along with a strict attention to detail.
  • Outstanding organizational and followthrough skills.
  • Candidates pursing a degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, business or related degree.

Special Demands / Opportunities

  • Must complete Coach/ Volunteer Orientation training (1 hour), Coach/Volunteer Application and Protective Behaviors
  • Flexible hours, based on student’s requirements and schedule
  • Assignments can be tailored to meet the student’s personal interests or specific educational requirements

Timeframe

Rolling applications accepted

For more information contact:

Tracy Mortensen
Director of Support Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 247

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Sports & Programs Intern

Department: Programs
Reports to: Event Director
Status: Part-time seasonal, unpaid
Supervisory Responsibility: None

Job Summary

The Sports & Programs Intern will assist with the planning and implementation of Special Olympics training and competition events. Appropriate assignments can be developed for students majoring in: sports management, sports marketing, event management, physical education, adaptive physical education, non-profit management, special education, and recreation.

Performance Dimensions and Tasks

Event Management

Participate in development, planning, and execution of events. Coordinate communication with Area and County Programs regarding the event. Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers needed for implementation. Collect and process entry data. Complete event evaluation with staff, volunteers, and participants. Events that interns coordinate will vary based on time of year, intern’s interest, and the needs of Special Olympics.

Project Assistance

Assist as needed with other Special Olympics projects. This could include learning and using Games Management System (computer software used for divisioning athletes in competitions) office/administrative tasks, loading and unloading, physical set-up of venues, and customer service.

Administration/Budgets

Participate in staff meetings (generally Tuesday mornings), Special Olympics training, and other activities associated with the general operation of Special Olympics.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge: Basic computer knowledge (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.; knowledge of Publisher not required but helpful)
  • Skills: Written communication, detail-oriented, interpersonal skills, flexible

Special Demands / Opportunities

  • Some weekend and evening work
  • Occasional travel in-state
  • Must complete Coach/ Volunteer Orientation training (1 hour), Coach/Volunteer Application, and Online Protective Behaviors.
  • Flexible hours, based on student’s requirements and schedule
  • Assignments can be tailored to meet the student’s personal interests or specific educational requirements

For more information contact:

Tracy Mortensen
Director of Support Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 247

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Champions Together Intern

For more information contact:

Tracy Mortensen
Director of Support Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 247

Administration & Data Entry Volunteer

For more information contact:

Tracy Mortensen
Director of Support Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 247