We, the staff of Special Olympics Missouri, believe in the following guiding values, which are engrained in the way we think and act:
Accountability * Excellence * Integrity * Optimism * Unity
These beliefs guide our choices and define for us integrity and the right course of action that bond us together as TEAM SOMO.

Special Olympics Missouri is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Chief Development Officer
Special Events Manager


Chief Development Officer

Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) seeks a Chief Development Officer responsible for growing revenue through collaborative partnerships to support individuals with intellectual disabilities served in Missouri. Responsibilities will include leading development efforts of the entire development team. Bachelor’s Degree along with seven years’ fund development experience with proven success. Click for job announcement and application. Send resume, application and salary requirements to

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Special Events Manager

The Special Event Manager is a full-time exempt position responsible for growing revenue to support individuals with intellectual disabilities served in the Kansas City community.  This manager will grow annual revenues by working with staff and volunteers to manage multiple special events in a fast paced fundraising environment. 
  • Collaborate with volunteer committee members to plan and implement several special events throughout the year, raising revenue and awareness of Special Olympics. 
  • Sustain current, renew lapsed and secure new collaborative partnerships within the Kansas City Metro Area, managing benefits to sustain a long term relationship with SOMO. 
  • Work with law enforcement to support them as they raise funds and awareness through their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) campaign.  
  • Enthusiastically articulate the case for support, the mission and vision of SOMO to ensure that partnerships align with SOMO organizational marketing and communication efforts. 
  • Ensure annual plan objectives and personal performance goals are attained.
Ideal Candidate Will Possess: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • At least two years fundraising experience with proven success in event planning
  • A high level of comfort in reaching out to donors and prospects to develop and maintain relationships that result in funding
  • Excellent personal/written communications skills to clearly and effectively articulate the programmatic, fundraising and strategic objectives of SOMO
  • Presentation and public speaking skills with the ability to network
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with attention to detail  
  • Motivation, initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Employee Medical, Dental, Life, Travel and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Retirement Plan (403B) (3% Employer Contribution and up to 5% Matching)
  • Twelve Paid Holidays per year
  • Ten Hours/Month Paid Vacation
Reports to: Regional Development Director 
Location: Kansas City, MO
Interested Candidates: Complete Application for Employment ( and send along with resume, references, and salary requirements to  



Special Olympics Missouri is a highly collaborative organization. We seek to provide a learning environment that will prepare college student interns for the real world job market upon graduation. Our internships offer tangible, resume building skill development in a variety of fields. Internship opportunities are available to current college students each semester and in the summer. Click here for current internship opportunities and application information.


Is Special Olympics Missouri Right for You? We encourage you to apply if:

  • You have experience successfully working alongside a team of diverse and determined individuals
  • You understand the importance of relationships as the secret sauce
  • You're a self-starter and committed to the greater good
  • You drive for results, are bottom-line oriented, and steadfastly push yourself and others for results
  • You are a process-driven leader who gets things done and gets more out of fewer resources
  • You enjoy navigating challenges and being solution oriented.
  • You're an out-of-the-box thinker who thrives on innovation to ensure mission success
  • You're generous with your time and enjoy flexibility
  • You're an exceptional team player with a great work ethic
  • You enjoy giving unwavering attention to detail and possess high levels of organization