“The right to play on any playing field? You have earned it. The right to study In any school? You have earned it. The right to hold a job? You have earned it. The right to be anyone’s neighbor. You have earned it.”
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder, Special Olympics.
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.
If you are looking to contact a specific staff member or a specific area,
select the "Staff" tab below to find who you are looking for.
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The Special Olympics Missouri Board of Directors is responsible for setting the direction of the organization. They formulate and establish policies and oversee the President/CEO of the organization.
The Board also protects the assets and resources of the organization and develops goals to meet our financial needs to ensure the long-range financial stability of the organization. The Board members are independent voting members serving for a two-year term and can serve for four full consecutive terms.
Are you interested in joining the board of directors? Let us know!
Special Olympics Missouri Young Professionals Board
The Special Olympics Missouri Young Professionals Board (SOMO YPB) is a career and volunteer development opportunity geared toward integrating the time, talents and interests of young professionals (ages 21-40) to help further the mission of Special Olympics Missouri.
BENEFITS OF BEING ON THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BOARD:
- Expand your professional network.
- Gain valuable leadership experience.
- Receive recognition on SOMO website, newsletter, and annual report.
- Make strategic professional connections through networking events with SOMO’s Board of Directors.
- Make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics Missouri athletes.
- Serve at least a two-year term on the SOMO YPB.
- Attend a majority of SOMO YPB meetings.
- Participate in SOMO YPB committees as needed.
- Collaborate and leverage members’ professional and social networks to advance SOMO’s mission.
- Act as ambassadors of SOMO, increasing awareness of its mission and building community engagement.
- Provide support for special events, fundraising campaigns and volunteer-related activities.
- Increase SOMO’s volunteer and coaching network.
- Plan fundraising events and recruit new members.
- Be well informed and prepared for meetings.
- Listen respectfully to all viewpoints.
SOMO is currently accepting nominations for our inaugural membership to the SOMO YPB. If you are interested in joining, please read through the charter and fill out the online SOMO YPB Self-Nomination Form.
I graduated from the University of Missouri with my BHS in Health Sciences in 2020 and currently pursuing my Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. During my time as an undergrad I enjoyed working as an Intern and volunteer for SOMO. I currently work as a Registered Behavior Technician at the Thompson Center in Columbia.
Senior Director of Programs
Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is a growing and vibrant organization with a statewide footprint. We are a sports organization and so much more, transforming lives through the power and joy of sport, every day, everywhere. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization with nearly 4 million individuals with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 countries – over 16,000 athletes, here in Missouri. We are a global social movement with initiatives to activate youth, build communities, and improve the overall health of our athletes. We are changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it.
This is a full-time exempt position responsible for leading the Program Team in delivering the mission of SOMO. Responsibilities include providing strategic oversight to ensure that quality sports training and competition programs are in place, executed, publicized and made available to all current and eligible participants at all levels. As a member of the Executive team, this individual will enthusiastically articulate the case for support and the mission and vision of SOMO to foster engaged volunteers and fellow teammates.
- Supervise the headquarters sports team and area program staff who plan over 350 events per year ensuring all activities conform to SOI General Rules/SOMO Policies.
- Oversee games bid process and multi-year rotation. Secure contractual relationships with facilities statewide for hosting each regional and state level tournament. The relationships should include, when applicable, games management teams and be multi-year commitments.
- Ensure that Athlete Eligibility requirements are communicated and adhered to across the organization.
- Oversee the team who manages Training for Life Campus programming, coach recruitment and training, Athlete Leadership Programs and the Missouri Association of Student Councils partnership to name a few priority projects.
- Provide oversight to achieve all annual goals for the Unified Champion Schools grant program serving over 330 schools and expanding to reach even more.
- Ensure management of all Code of Conduct infractions per the board approved SOMO Disciplinary Action Procedure.
- Assist in identifying and supporting volunteer leadership.
- Attain assigned Strategic Plan annual objectives.
- Develop, manage and meet annual budget.
- Select, employ, train and apply corrective or enhancement actions to maintain staff positions.
- Provide leadership, assistance, guidance and support to staff and volunteers sufficient to inspire and motivate those individuals to achieve success and strive for excellence in their Special Olympics Missouri activities.
- Bachelor degree or higher.
- Three to five years’ experience with proven success in leading projects; including experience managing a diverse team.
- Clearly and effectively, articulate the programmatic, fundraising and strategic objectives of SOMO, with superior personal/written communication skills and demonstrated presentation and public speaking skills.
- A proven ability to think and act strategically about relationships with volunteers and partners; and ability to network and collaborate on multiple projects at once.
- Strong planning and organizational skills with attention to detail.
- Employee Medical, Dental, Life, Travel and
- Disability Insurance
- Paid Sick Leave
- Retirement Plan (403B) (Up to 5% Matching)
- Thirteen Paid Holidays/Year
- Ten Hours/Month Paid Vacation
Reports to: President & CEO
Location: Jefferson City’s Training for Life Campus
SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
If these job openings don't interest you, please check back in the future. You can also fill out our online employment application and we will contact you if any jobs open up that we feel line up with your experience.
Questions about the job application process? Email us!
Is Special Olympics Right for You?
We encourage you to apply if:
- You have experience successfully working alongside determined individuals
- You understand the importance of relationships as the secret sauce
- You’re a self-starter and committed to the greater good
- You’re results driven, bottom-line oriented and steadfastly push yourself to achieve goals
- 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
Special Olympics Missouri loves interns! Applications are accepted throughout the year for a variety of positions within our non-profit organization. Internships are available in public relations and communications, event planning and development, sports management, health and wellness, or youth engagement. If you’re an enthusiastic leader who works independently and you have excellent organizational and communication skills, please consider Special Olympics.
While most interns are unpaid, they can receive school credit, depending on their school’s requirements. We are looking for self-starters with excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.
With six different offices around the state, we have internships near you. They also range in subject matter from operations, to fundraising, to event planning, to public relations, to health, and much more.
There are currently no internships available. Check back again later!
We also have volunteer opportunities available for everyone. The time commitment for Special Olympics volunteers varies from a few hours per year at specific events to working several hours a week year-round. For more information on volunteering, please visit our Volunteers page.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume that highlights your experience and career goals to the e-mail address below that is specified with each internship.