Staff & Leadership

“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.

Have a question, but aren't sure who to ask? Email us!

Headquarters staff

Central Area

305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-635-1660
Area webpage

Kansas City Metro Area

KC Metro Area
9150 E 41st Ter, Suite 213
Kansas City, MO 64133
Phone: 816-535-9610
Fax: 816-535-9611 
Area webpage

North Area

702 Woodbine Road
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-233-6232
Fax: 816-233-0130
Area webpage

Southeast Area

1625 N. Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 573-339-6733
Fax: 573-339-6370
Area webpage

Southwest Area

2702 Richard Joseph Blvd, Suite 114
Joplin, MO 64804
Phone:  417-624-5505
Fax: 417-624-5517
Area webpage

St. Louis Metro Area

2945 S. Brentwood
St. Louis, MO 63144
Phone: 314-961-7755
Fax: 314-961-0660
Area webpage

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.

BOARD EXPECTATIONS:

  • 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.

Kendall Condict
Central Area
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.

Casey And Allen
Riley And Collin

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

 

President & CEO

Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization with over five million athletes in more than 193 countries -- 16,366 of them here in Missouri. We are also a global social movement. With initiatives to activate youth, engage kids and adults with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of our athletes, we're changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it all.

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths, abilities, skills, and much more. Our athletes find joy, confidence, and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

For 50 years, Special Olympics has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.

With training and competitions in 16 Olympic-type sports, our athletes push hard and play harder. They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again. From the local ballfields to the shining stage of the Special Olympics World Games, from swimming to skiing, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This provides athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. For many athletes and their families, Special Olympics is essential to their lives as it connects them to a broader community and to other support, services, health care, education, and fitness-related activities.

Special Olympics Missouri, Inc. (SOMO) is a 501(c)3 Missouri State not-for-profit organization and an accredited program of Special Olympics International. In 2021, SOMO celebrated its 50th year in serving persons with intellectual disabilities in Missouri. SOMO has a dedicated Board of Directors and a full-time staff of nearly 30 who do their best every day to implement SOMO’s mission.

One of the jewels of SOMO is its new Training for Life Campus (TLC) located in Jefferson City, MO. After years of planning and fundraising, SOMO completed the TLC on a 16.5-acre site in 2018. The centerpiece of this world-class campus is a 34,110 sq. ft. facility that features a multipurpose indoor sports arena, outdoor track and field, training and meeting rooms, fitness center, headquarters and Central Area offices, Hall of Inspiration visitor center, and an innovative health clinic to support SOMO’s Healthy Athletes® program. Although a tornado severely damaged the TLC shortly after its opening, the TLC is back in operation after the completion of significant repairs.

SOMO’s financial position is positive with a budget of $6.7 million for 2021 and currently has sufficient reserves.

State-wide programming is accomplished by dividing the State into six areas (North – Area Office in St. Joseph, MO; St. Louis Metro – Area Office in St. Louis, MO; Kansas City Metro – Area Office in Merriam, Kansas; Central – Area Office in the TLC; Southeast – Area Office in Cape Girardeau, MO; and Southwest – Area Office in Joplin, MO). The Area programming is managed by Area Directors out of Area Offices who report to and are supported by Headquarters in Jefferson City. Volunteer Coaches run the teams at the local level.

SOMO KEY FACTS

 Programs We Offer: 

  • Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs)
    Provides training for athletes who wish to expand their role in SOMO to much more than just on the field of competition. Our athletes learn how to achieve success, joy, and acceptance on the field of competition, while ALPs teach them how to achieve those same goals and feel just as empowered while off the field of competition as respected leaders and spokespeople in their communities and where they can make a difference for the organization they love. Includes ALPs University, Athlete Input Council, and Athlete employment. We currently have 105 trained Athlete Leaders.

  • Health & Wellness Programs
    Healthy Athletes® is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings and health education in a fun, welcoming environment at SOMO state events, local competitions, or stand-alone events with a focus on removing the anxiety people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a medical professional. Healthy Athletes® is not only a program for athletes but, through training and hands-on experience at screenings, it is a program for health care students and professionals to increase knowledge of best practices in caring for people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1997, Healthy Athletes has discovered undetected health problems, alleviated pain, and provided health services that otherwise would not be available. We performed 352 health screenings of our athletes.

  • Special Olympics Unified Sports®
    Unified Sports are designed to bring together equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team with others of similar skill levels. Special Olympics Unified Sports® could include bocce, bowling, basketball, flag football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Unified Partners must be at least 8 years old to participate and there is no age maximum. Unified Champion Schools promote social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without intellectual disabilities on sports teams (Special Olympics Unified Sports) through inclusive student clubs, together in school or community-wide initiatives, and by fostering youth leadership. At its core, this Unified strategy is about unifying all students— with and without disabilities—using sports as a catalyst for social inclusion and attitude and behavioral change. We have 333 Unified Champion Schools.

  • Young Athletes ProgramTM
    Special Olympics Young Athletes Program is an early childhood play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking, and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers, and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

STRATEGIC PLAN

SOMO is in the process of developing a new three-year strategic plan. The current three-year strategic plan can be found at https://somo.org/wp- content/uploads/2021/02/SOMO-Annual-Plan-2021-Annual-Plan-for-BOD-approved- 1.28.21.pdf

POSITION DESCRIPTION

We are looking for a strong people leader who is an excellent communicator, strategic and forward thinker, and. visionary, and who can inspire team members to be engaged and achieve their best in performing SOMO’s mission.

The new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, revenue generation, financial objectives, and programs. The President & CEO will enable future growth and success by leading all aspects of strategy and operational performance in order to:

  • Facilitate growth of the organization
  • Improve the quality and reach of programming
  • Increase strategic partnerships with private industry, community leaders, healthcare leaders, and sports organizations
  • Implement policies and programs statewide
  • Provide leadership for operational excellence and revenue growth of the

The President & CEO will be instrumental in setting new direction for and maximizing the $16.5M investment in the new campus. The President & CEO will work with the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee to implement SOMO’s three-year strategic plan (2022-2024) and develop a future agenda that continues to establish an inclusive and unified perspective across the organization, athletes and their families, and key partners.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to: Board of Directors, Chair

Staff: ~30 FTE’s

Other key relationships: Board of Directors – SOMO & SOMO Endowment Fund (SEF), Special Olympics International, Board Executive Committee, Statewide Business Partners & Sponsors Donors, Government Officials School Officials, Athletes and their Families, Coaches and Volunteers

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • With the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders, set the organizational direction and strategy to advance the organization’s mission and
  • Identify and drive changes needed and build new relationships required for advancing SOMO’s mission and implementing SOMO’s three-year strategic
  • Perform regular reviews to proactively assess future business needs and
  • Maintain and implement the overall policies and administrative procedures for SOMO & SOMO’s Endowment Fund (SEF) as authorized by their Boards of
  • Set direction and ensure the TLC facilities are maximized in revenue growth, operational efficiency, and program
  • Oversee and meet fundraising goals for supporting operations, development of certain outdoor facilities for the TLC, and growing an
  • Ensure implementation of strategies and formulation of policies to support strategies by delegating appropriate authority levels to key managers and monitoring
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support to staff and volunteers sufficient to develop, inspire, and motivate those individuals to achieve success and strive for excellence in their SOMO
  • Oversee all staffing development and Develop and maintain a high- performance team, and regularly evaluate performance.
  • Regularly assess and communicate guiding values and lead by example in organizational ethics and
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning policy, procedures, and strategic plan initiatives, ensuring the best interest of the overall
  • Ensure administration of SOMO’s programs including Area
  • Develop, manage, and meet the overall SOMO & SEF annual
  • Serve as official spokesperson for SOMO & SEF statewide.
  • Provide leadership in the development, planning, and implementation of means for securing needed financial resources for current and future
  • Serve as the ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of both the SOMO and SEF Boards.
  • Initiate appropriate responses to directives from
  • Ensure all activities align to SOI general rules and SOMO
  • Ensure the organization complies with relevant legal requirements and meets principles of sound governance and accepted environmental, health, safety, and quality
  • Advance SOMO’s diversity, equity, and inclusion vision throughout the operation of the organization.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer activities, and direct and transferable skills. SOMO seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in the following areas:

15+ years of progressive leadership experience at a senior management level Prior experience within an organization, or a large department or division of an organization, in the non-profit, for-profit, or public sector that is known for their best-in- class strategies and operations. Ideally, the candidate has had responsibility for multi- site leadership.

Relevant scale and scope

Prior experience serving as a President, CEO, or senior manager of an organization equivalent in scale or complexity to SOMO. Familiarity with leading large facilities, driving revenue growth, and a successful track record of applying that knowledge.

Experience working with a Board of Directors and its committees.

Expertise across a broad spectrum of disciplines and tools

This includes detailed understanding of budgeting and financial management, business acumen (a head for business with a heart for the mission), thoughtful decision-making skills, in-depth understanding of core business principles, good understanding of relevant fundraising and donor relationships, passion for mission-driven work, strong communication skills including public-speaking and media appearances, marketing/public relations/government relations, basic knowledge of sports competitions, working with and advocating for people with intellectual disabilities, and facility management.

CRITICAL LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES

 PEOPLE LEADERSHIP

With organizational changes at the senior staff level, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong people skills necessary to galvanize staff to work together to achieve common goals, move beyond the status quo, and strive for organizational excellence. These skills include the ability to: lead by example; communicate effectively, openly and respectfully; build strong teams; recruit, develop and retain top talent; motivate and inspire outstanding performance in others; willingness to collaborate with others evidenced by the ability to receive input/suggestions and respond positively and respectfully, and to seek advice from internal and external resources; and be solution-oriented by being able to prioritize, recognize reasonable expectations, and make decisions.

STRATEGIC MINDSET – FORWARD THINKING - INNOVATIVE

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who is strategic and forward thinking and able to effectively communicate that vision to staff, Board, and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will need to provide evidence of their ability to be progressive and innovative in managing the overall organization, and to work with a board and/or other key stakeholders on growing needs and long- term vision and strategy. The selected President & CEO will be expected to provide key input and assistance to the Board in the creation and development of SOMO’s strategic plan.

TLC USE OPTIMIZATION

With the TLC, the President & CEO will play a key role in optimizing the TLC’s use, including realigning where activities are held, ensuring rental income is generated to budget, and the facility build-out continues.

OTHER PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Excellent communication skills. Can effectively communicate ideas and information through both their writing and speech; listens with empathy; encourages others to convey their thoughts and
  • Very strong leadership skills. Sets high standards, communicates expectations, and gets exceptional results; drives change; and develops, empowers, and retains a high-talent Creates a sense of urgency and is a role model to the organization. Is a dynamic, visible, and charismatic leader of people with high emotional intelligence.
  • An individual of the highest principles, ethics, and integrity who models appropriate behavior and is beyond Adheres to an appropriate set of core values during both good times and bad.
  • Highly intelligent and a very quick study. Is a critical thinker being able to act rationally, reasonably, and Brings intellectual resourcefulness and sound judgment.
  • Self-aware; understands one’s own strengths and weaknesses; is resilient and a continuous learner
  • Blends strong operational leadership skills with good business acumen and financial savvy.
  • Relationship oriented, given the inherent nature and importance of the athlete and all key stakeholders in SOMO’s initiatives.
  • Embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion; understands importance of diversity in the workplace and how the differences of individuals can contribute to a more productive organization where everyone feels welcome and can be their best

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

 This is a full time, exempt position with a starting salary commensurate with experience. In addition, there is the opportunity for performance-based incentive pay. The organization offers a benefit package that includes an employer contribution toward medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403b retirement plan, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

TO BE CONSIDERED

The position is open until filled. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin in early to mid-November.

Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter specifically tied to the experience, capabilities, and personal characteristics outlined in this position profile as soon as possible addressed to Dr. Larry Ewing, Selection Committee Chair, at drleewing@me.com. Upload the resume and cover letter as a single WORD or PDF document. You may direct questions to Dr. Ewing at drleewing@me.com. Thank you for your interest in SOMO and the position of President & CEO.

Special Olympics Missouri is an Affirmative Action and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with Special Olympics Missouri is “at will.” Final offer of employment is contingent on a successful background and credit check.


 

Program & Events Support (part time)

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 part-time position providing support to program and event staff with hours not to exceed 29 hours/week. The following examples are intended only as illustrations of the duties of this position. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude these tasks from the position if the work is similar, related to or a logical assignment of the position.

  • Be active and interact with athletes through programming.
  • Will be on duty staff for program and events on nights and weekends at the campus.
  • Provide support with program and event preparation/break down.
  • Help grow program and event outreach, development, growth.
  • Provide administrative support for Headquarters as determined by Supervisor.
  • Promote awareness of Special Olympics through improved or enhanced social media content at program events.
  • Ensure on-going demonstration of SOMO Guiding Values and related behaviors.
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Ideal Candidate Will:

  • Have experience or knowledge in the fields of recreation or sport management
  • Can commit to time requirements of the position including some nights and weekend
  • Able to prioritize, organize and juggle multiple tasks while meeting deadlines
  • Critical thinker with self-initiatives
  • Service oriented and works well in a team environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products

Reports to: TLC Program & Outreach Director

Location: Jefferson City’s Training for Life Campus

Complete Application for Employment and send along with resume and references to hammann@somo.org

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.



Marketing & Communications Director

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 – 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’re 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 statewide marketing and communications for Special Olympics Missouri and for educating the public about SOMO, its purpose and programs, through a variety of means, including electronic communications, publication writing, public information assistance to the areas, and support to sports competitions and fundraising efforts. In addition, the position will use the integration of web, email communication and social media to build relationships with constituents and drive online revenue. The following examples are intended only as illustrations of the duties of this position. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude these tasks from the position if the work is similar, related to or a logical assignment of the position.

DUTIES:

  • Ensure mission statement, graphic standards and language guidelines are adhered to throughout statewide organization.
  • Direct SOMO’s presence on the internet to include online fundraising, website management, and email communication.
  • Manage e-communications system.
  • Administer online fundraising efforts and provide support to constituents in friend-to-friend online campaigns.
  • Identify and capitalize on online giving trends and strategic planning, working through all SOMO departments to meet organizational goals.
  • Manage Leadership Conference Committee to plan networking and training opportunities for constituents and recognize annual award winners.
  • Support all staff with their communication and marketing needs.
  • Plan and execute the Opening Ceremony at all state events, including entertainment, local celebrities and highlighted athletes and coaches.
  • Select, employ, train and apply corrective or enhancement actions to maintain the paid 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.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience working with media
  • Strong knowledge of HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Knowledge of the media landscape and how to pitch stories to media
  • Strong grammar/proofreading skills
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Big, strategic ideas and goals
  • Willing to step outside comfort zone and try new things
  • Ability to see things from different perspectives
  • Ability to adapt and problem solve

Skills that aren’t necessary, but could help set you apart from other applicants:

  • Prior Special Olympics experience
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Event or sports photography
  • Video filming/editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Experience with donor databases (Raiser’s Edge, TeamRaiser, etc.)
  • Knowledge of developing and executing a marketing plan

Benefits:

  • Employee Medical (10% cost to employee), Dental, Life, Travel and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Retirement Plan (403B) (up to 5% Matching)
  • Thirteen Paid Holidays per year
  • Ten Hours/Month Paid Vacation

Reports to: Chief Development & Marketing Officer

Location: Jefferson City

Complete Application for Employment and send along with resume and references to hammann@somo.org

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Program Coordinator

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 – 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’re changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it all.

This is a full-time exempt position responsible for quality SOMO sports training programs and athletic competitions available to all eligible individuals in the North Area. This position will also support KC Metro programming. Candidate will possess skills and experience in supervising volunteers and engaging the community to provide services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The following examples are intended only as illustrations of the duties of this position. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude these tasks from the position if the work is similar, related to or a logical assignment of the position.

  • Plan and implement all Area competitions, which include offering all levels of competition working with the respective volunteer planning committee.
  • Ensure all activities conform to SOI General Rules/SOMO Policies.
  • Work in cooperation with SOMO Sports Department to ensure that the appropriate numbers of training schools for the Area’s needs are provided.
  • Manage and maintain appropriate paperwork and database in relationship to area athletes.
  • Recruit and retain athletes through public awareness.
  • Represent or send a responsible representative to state competition where Area athletes are participating.
  • Coordinate volunteer acquisition, day of training and management for all program events to include managing appropriate paperwork as outlined in the Volunteer Policy.
  • Maintain the Area calendar of events and web presence to include details of sports/volunteer opportunities and maintain online volunteer registration system.
  • Coordinate Outreach efforts through Global Messengers and athlete appearances in the community.
  • Coordinate Young Athlete Program.
  • Develop, manage and meet annual budget.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 1 -3 years’ experience in the fields of event planning or recreation or sport management (employment or internship)
  • Be passionate about mission and experience for advocating for a not for profit’s mission.
  • Excellent personal/written communications skills to clearly and effectively articulate the programmatic and strategic objectives of SOMO
  • Presentation and public speaking skills with the ability to network
  • Can commit to time requirements of the position including some nights and weekend
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Motivation, initiative and the ability to work independently

Benefits:

  • Employee Medical (10% cost to employee), Dental, Life, Travel and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Retirement Plan (403B) (up to 5% Matching)
  • Twelve Paid Holidays per year
  • Ten Hours/Month Paid Vacation

Reports to: Program & Training Director

Location: St. Joseph, MO

Complete Application for Employment and send along with resume and references to hammann@somo.org

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.

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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.