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.

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Current Openings:

Health Wellness Manager -- Jefferson City
Digital Media Coordinator -- Jefferson City


Health Wellness Manager (Jefferson City)

This is a full-time exempt position responsible for managing the Healthy Community (HC) initiative consistent with the mission, goals and philosophy of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO). The ideal candidate will be comfortable in a role that blends partnership management, collaborative development, and program planning with basic operational and logistical responsibilities required to ensure plans are well executed. This position works closely with the Health-Partnership Manager. The following examples are intended only as illustrations of the duties of this position.

• Manage all activities within the approved operating budgets for HC.
• Ensure all six (6) criteria are met of the 3-year HC grant.
• Develop short term goals and long term goals for HC.
• Establish partnerships for follow-up care to HA screenings and SOMO’s role in such process.
• Develop a plan to incorporate SOMO into the Missouri Managed Care system.
• Formulate funding opportunities based on collected data and researched opportunities for growth.
• Plan and manage future collaborations with existing health care services in Missouri.
• Create awareness within the community to bring programming, education and resources to our Health programs.
• Incorporate Health into the Athlete Input Council and curriculum, by developing courses to teach or by utilizing mentors.
• Develop Athlete, Coaches and Family Health Team programs to fit the HC requirement to sustain beyond the Training for Life Campus.
• Manage volunteers to meet project goals.
• Assist with cultivation and stewardship of sponsors and donors who support health programs.
• Manage and meet the annual budget expectations.
• Ensure assigned annual plan objectives are attained.
• Ensure all activities conform to SOI General Rules / SOMO Policies.
• Ensure on-going demonstration of SOMO Guiding Values and related behaviors.
• Other duties that as assigned by Supervisor.

Work scope:
50% Project Development and Management
25% Development and Management of Stakeholder Relationships
10% Project Reporting and Financial Management
10% Project Sustainability
5% Evaluation & Risk Management

Required Qualifications:
• Degree in Public Health or health-related area
• Sound technical knowledge of health sector service delivery including an understanding of the main health systems challenges for people with intellectual disability
• Demonstrated high-level skills in designing, appraising and evaluating assistance to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations
• Experience creating new outcomes-oriented programing that is tied to clear objectives and performance measures with demonstrated success in achieving those outcomes
• Experience in stewarding partners and successfully engaging them in planning and operations while creating solutions to address competing priorities of various stakeholders
• Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, including a demonstrated ability to build and maintain networks, provide advice and communicate effectively both in writing and verbally on sensitive issues with professionally diverse range of stakeholders
• Ability to travel frequently within the program area and
• Ability to work evenings and weekend to staff healthy communities activities that often do not take place during regular work hours

Desired Qualifications:
• 2-3 years’ experience working in public health
• Proficiency in managing information systems and databases relevant to program development
• Understanding of and/or experience in advocacy issues to do with the rights of people with disabilities
• Experience working with people with disabilities and knowledge of the State network of organizations in the disability and health sectors
• Ability to work independently while integrating and working effectively with the local Special Olympics Teams
• Ability to think laterally, challenge accepted approaches, come up with innovative solutions and implement improved work practices.


  • Employee Medical, Dental, Life, Travel and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Retirement Plan (403B) (3% Employer Contribution & up to 5%
  • Thirteen Paid Holidays/Year
  • Ten Hours/Month Paid Vacation


REPORTS TO: Health - Partnership Manager

LOCATION: Jefferson City

Complete Application for Employment and send along with resume, references, and salary requirements to:



Digital Media Coordinator (Jefferson City)

This is a full-time position responsible for statewide public relations for Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) and for educating the public about SOMO, its purpose and programs, through a variety of means, including website development, media coverage, volunteer recruitment and cultivation, and support to sports competitions and fundraising efforts.

• Ensure mission statement, graphic standards and language guidelines are adhered to throughout statewide organization.
• Design and manage content for Special Olympics Missouri website ( to be used as a public education, marketing and registration tool. Maintain navigation for sponsors, volunteers, contributors, and athletes and oversee area web pages.
• Coordinate statewide media relations program, write and distribute news releases and public service announcements and organizes press facilities at events. Act as resource for area public relations needs. Serve as a spokesperson to the media for the organization.
• Create, manage and execute an integrated social media editorial calendar and posting schedule.
• Identify and capitalize on social media trends working through all SOMO departments to meet organizational goals.
• Oversee look of games plan for state games to include sponsor banner placement.
• Collect website traffic, media impressions and social media data to ensure each medium is reaching maximum exposure.
• Develop, manage and meet annual budget.
• Ensure all activities conform to SOI General Rules/SOMO Policies.
• Ensure assigned annual plan objectives are attained.
• Ensure on-going demonstration of SOMO Guiding Values and related behaviors.
• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Ideal candidate will possess:
- BS/BA degree in journalism, communications, English, PR, corporate communications or equivalent experience
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
- HTML competence
- Strong organization and management skills
- Detail-oriented
- Commitment to travel throughout the state as well as evenings and weekend work

Preferred qualifications include:
- Experience in a newsroom
- Familiarity with social media management tools

- Employee Medical, Dental, Life, Travel and Disability Insurance
- Paid Sick Leave
- Retirement Plan (403B) (3% Employer Contribution & up to 5% Matching)
- Thirteen Paid Holidays/Year
- Ten Hours/Month Paid Vacation

Reports to:
Marketing & Communications Director

Jefferson City

Complete Application for Employment and send along with resume, references and salary requirements to: