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Manager of Unified Champion Schools Middle School Programs

Department: Programs
Reports to: Director of Unified Champion Schools
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Middle School Volunteers, College Interns

JOB SUMMARY

Special Olympics Indiana seeks a qualified person to serve as Manager of UCS Middle School Programs. The manager is responsible for directing the partnership between Special Olympics Indiana (SO Indiana) and the Indiana Middle Level Education Association (IMLEA) known as “Champions Together in the Middle”, including the Unified Champion Schools (UCS) banner program, school assemblies and middle school Unified Sports® programs. This position oversees middle school programs and shares responsibility for providing quality customer service to internal and external customers.

Successful candidates must be highly motivated, goal-oriented self-starters who are passionate about making a difference in their community. Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong communication skills and present a positive image of Special Olympics Indiana to the public at all times. Success also comes with the ability to work independently, manage time effectively to accomplish goals, and be a collaborative team member within the organization’s Unified Champion Schools team.

Candidates must send a cover letter, salary expectation, and resume to SO Indiana at jobresumes@soindiana.org. No phone inquiries. Deadline for applying is Wednesday, July 31.

PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS & TASKS (Time Spent)

Strategic Initiatives (60%)

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of Middle School programs
  • Provide onsite supervision to Middle School administrators, teachers and student leaders during initial incorporation
  • Primarily responsible for communication with Middle School administrators, teachers and IMLEA leadership
  • Provide ongoing supervision and evaluation to Middle School administration and leadership teams
  • Support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all Unified Champion School programs
  • Serve as the contact person to SOI-SONA for Middle Schools and secondary contact person for Unified Champion School programs
  • Support the planning, implementation, and facilitation of UCS programs

Program Funding (20%)

  • Coordinate school-based fundraising projects, including Polar Plunge participation
  • Administer grants in relation to Unified Champion Schools, including participation metrics, school sub-grants, and database management
  • Seek additional funding opportunities related to individual donations, grants, sponsorships, and special events

College Internships (10%)

  • Assist in interviewing and coordinating placement of college interns within office
  • Complete follow-up reports on intern involvement as requested

Organizational Support (10% or as needed)

  • Support administration at selected SO Indiana events (registration, operations, souvenirs) to include Summer Games and EKS Games
  • Assist with background checks, compliancy, annual lists, and other event preparation

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Preferred Experiences: Teacher and/or school administrator, Experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, personnel and office management, sports and volunteer management
  • Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, leadership, planning, networking, supervision, basic computing, organizational
  • Technology: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), willingness to learn new software, basic understanding of social media

SPECIAL DEMANDS/OPPORTUNITIES

  • Team player. Must be able to work independently on diverse projects.
  • Frequent travel in-state and some out-of-state travel. 
  • Evening and weekend work, some physical set-up of venues, networking with Special Olympics organizations across the country. In-service training provided.
  • Job duties associated with this position require the use of a personal portable electronic device, such as a smart phone.  Access to this personal device and any fees incurred during use will be the responsibility of the employee.  See Employee Handbook for full policy information.
  • Final offer of employment is contingent on a successful background and credit check.

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.

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.”

Manager of Special Events

Department: Development
Reports to: Senior Director of Development
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Development Interns

JOB SUMMARY

Special Olympics Indiana seeks a qualified person to serve as Manager of Special Events. The Manager is responsible for coordinating the Charity Golf Classic fundraiser and supporting the organization’s two largest fundraising events, the Polar Plunge and the Plane Pull Challenge. In addition to fundraising events, this position is the lead organizer in production of the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies, the Summer Games Festival of Champions, and the State Conference Recognition program.

Successful candidates must be highly motivated, goal-oriented self-starters who are passionate about making a difference in their community. Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong communication skills and present a positive image of Special Olympics Indiana to the public at all times. Success also comes with the ability to work independently, manage time effectively to accomplish goals, and be a collaborative team member within the organization’s development department.

Candidates must send a cover letter, salary expectation, and resume to SO Indiana at resumes@soindiana.org. No phone inquiries. Deadline for applying is Wednesday, July 31.

PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS & TASKS (Time Spent)

Special Events Fundraising (50%)

  • Support the planning and implementation of signature fundraising events (Polar Plunge and Plane Pull)
  • Manage the planning and implementation of the Bocce Bash, Unified Rivalry Series, the Run Unified Relay at EKS games, and other events as planned.
  • Support all aspects of special events from conception to completion
  • Secure new sources of funding for Special Olympics Indiana including cash and in-kind donations relative to the special events

Charity Golf Classic (10%)

  • Manage the annual Charity Golf Classic, coordinating logistics with the host course, promotions, sponsor and foursome sales, volunteers, activities, meals, auction and mulligan sales, and awards

Productions (30%)

  • Manage planning and implementation of select productions including, script development, audio visual, signage and recognition of key sponsors/donors
  • Summer Games Opening Ceremonies
  • Summer Games Festival of Champions
  • Annual Recognition Luncheon/Dinner during the State Conference

Third-Party Events (10%)

  • Serve as the organization’s liaison for all third-party fundraising activities from interested companies and schools, working with appointed liaison in forming plans and strategies for fundraising benefitting Special Olympics Indiana

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience: Experience in ​event planning is required
  • Skills: Verbal and written communication skills, leadership, planning, networking, customer service orientation, time management; ability to multitask and prioritize assignments; self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Technology: Microsoft Windows – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

SPECIAL DEMANDS/OPPORTUNITIES

  • Travel (in and out of state), evening and weekend work, some physical set-up of venues, networking with Special Olympics organizations across the country. In-service training provided.
  • Job duties associated with this position require the use of a personal portable electronic device, such as a smart phone.  Access to this personal device and any fees incurred during use will be the responsibility of the employee.  See Employee Handbook for full policy information.
  • Final offer of employment is contingent on a successful background and credit check.

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.

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.”

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

Champions Together Intern

Department: Sports & Programs
Reports to: Director of Champions Together, Director of Programs
Status: Part-time seasonal, unpaid
Supervisory Responsibility: None

Champions Together is the partnership between Special Olympics Indiana and the Indiana High School Athletic Association that was launched in 2013-14 and now sponsors 4 Unified Sports® state championships and has more than 300 Indiana high schools engaged in activities that provide opportunities for students both with and without intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this partnership is to encourage IHSAA member high schools to become Unified Champion Schools® that provide opportunities for all students to participate in Unified Sports®; inclusive leadership activities; student led efforts to promote respect, awareness, and inclusion; and fundraising for the benefit of Special Olympics goals through Champions Together.

JOB SUMMARY

We are interested in a wide variety of candidates whether your interests are in sports management, marketing, public relations, journalism, fundraising, media production, web design, social media or just working with high school students who want to change the world. This internship will be individually designed based on input from the successful candidate with the goal being to provide an experience which uniquely reflects the talents, long-term profession goals and schedule of the intern as well as the seasonal needs of the organization. Two former high school athletic directors supervise this intern and with the assistance of other professionals, we will provide a stellar opportunity for you to experience real-world projects and network with professionals in any field of interest.

PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS & TASKS

Sports and Event Management: This might include development, planning, physical set-up of venues, customer service, execution and evaluation of events such as Unified Sports high school tournaments in bocce, bowling, flag football and track & field; IHSAA and NFHS Student Leadership Conferences; and Unified Champion School Games Days (elementary and middle schools); EKS Games; SOIN Summer Games; and the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee Retreat.

Marketing, Public Relations, and Journalism:  This might include research, writing, layout and distribution of newsletters, media releases, blogs, vlogs, pod casts, webinars, human interest stories, case studies, testimonials, social media content, graphic design, survey design and research analysis. Audiences could include Special Olympics athletes and leaders at the school, county, area, regional and national level as well as middle school, high school and college students, educators, coaches, athletic and school administrators.

Communication and Media:  This might include multimedia production, photography and videography, preparing Power Point presentations. This could also include making presentations to assist middle school, high school and college students with their planning and implementation of activities to promote inclusion, awareness and respect for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Fundraising and Development:  This might include development, planning, set-up, and execution of school fundraising events such as Polar Plunge, Plane Pull, Track or Treat, Trivia Nights, Roll/Walk/Run events, etc.

Technology: This might include web site development and management, digital content management, search engine optimization, data base management, file and media management, social media management, etc.

Administration and Support:  Assist as needed with Champions Together and Special Olympics Indiana projects. This could include learning and using computer software, calendar management, project management, loading and unloading, data entry, participating in staff meetings (generally Wednesday mornings) and other office, administrative and clerical tasks.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Basic computer knowledge (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be hard working, self-motivated, conscientious, flexible, detail-oriented, and passionate about the mission of Special Olympics Indiana and Champions Together
  • The ideal candidate would be a highly motivated, creative, over achiever who is tenacious in their pursuit of excellence, who has exhibited recognized leadership skills and has an unwavering commitment to excellence. They would have a proven record of not being satisfied with anything less than their best effort; they have the ability to see the big picture while exhibiting and sharing enthusiasm for the work it takes to produce a “job well done!”

SPECIAL DEMANDS/OPPORTUNITIES

  • Some weekend and evening work
  • Occasional off-site work and in-state travel
  • Must complete online trainings in VMS (Application, Background Check, Coach/Volunteer Orientation(CVO), Online Protective Behaviors(OPB), and Concussion Awareness)
  • 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:

Kevin Aders
Manager of Volunteer Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 235

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Health & Fitness Intern

Department: Sports & Programs
Reports to: Manager of Health & Fitness
Status: Part-time seasonal, unpaid
Supervisory Responsibility: None

JOB SUMMARY

The Health & Fitness Intern will assist with the planning and implementation of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes events and Unified Fitness Club Events, and will work with local fitness programs (i.e. Unified Fitness Clubs) to promote health and wellness.

PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS & TASKS

Event Management:Participate in development, planning, and execution of events. Coordinate communication with Area and County Programs. 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 Indiana.

Project Assistance: Assist as needed with other Special Olympics Indiana projects. This could include learning and using computer software, office/administrative tasks, loading and unloading, physical set-up of venues, and customer service.

Administration/Budgets: Participate in staff meetings (generally Wednesday mornings), Special Olympics Indiana training, and other activities associated with the general operation of Special Olympics Indiana.

Communications & Marketing: In collaboration with Special Olympics Indiana staff, use social media and other means to increase visibility for Healthy Athletes programs and initiatives and to promote improved health and wellness for all Special Olympics athletes.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Major Focus: Public Health, Health Care Management, Nursing, Nutrition Science, Kinesiology, Health Promotion, Fitness Development, etc.
  • 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 Online Trainings in Volunteer Management System (Application, Background Check, Coach/Volunteer Orientation(CVO), Online Protective Behaviors(OPB), and Concussion Awareness)
  • 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:

Kevin Aders
Manager of Volunteer Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 235

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Marketing & Public Relations Intern

Reports to: Manager of Grants & Communication
Department:
Development
Status:
Part-time, unpaid
Supervisory Responsibility: None

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 Grants & Communication.

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

 

For more information contact:

Kevin Aders
Manager of Volunteer Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 235

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Special Events Intern

Department: Development
Reports to: Sr. 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:

Kevin Aders
Manager of Volunteer Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 235

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Sports & Programs Intern

Department: Sports & Programs
Reports to: Director of Sports & Competition
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 Indiana.

Project Assistance

Assist as needed with other Special Olympics Indiana projects. This could include learning and using the 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 Wednesday mornings), Special Olympics Indiana training, and other activities associated with the general operation of Special Olympics Indiana.

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 online trainings in VMS (Application, Background Check, Coach/Volunteer Orientation(CVO), Online Protective Behaviors(OPB), and Concussion Awareness)
  • 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:

Kevin Aders
Manager of Volunteer Services
Special Olympics Indiana
6200 Technology Center Drive, Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN 46278

(317) 328-2000 ext. 235

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