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.

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Public Relations 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 to support sports competitions and fundraising efforts.

- Coordinate statewide media relations program, write and distribute news releases and public service announcements, and organize SOMO staff availability for press at events. Could also include serving as organization’s spokesperson. Act as resource for staff’s public relations needs.
- Build and maintain relationships with media across the state of Missouri.
- Develop quarterly reports on effectiveness of media outreach plan and make adjustments as needed.
- Collect and develop content (feature stories, organization updates, etc.) for various forms of communications that are sent out to athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and donors.
- Manage e-communications program for all events.
- Administer online fundraising efforts and provide support to constituents in friend-to-friend online campaigns via building and maintaining fundraising web pages, including writing coaching emails and providing fundraising tools for participants.
- Provide support to staff and constituents using website
- 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:
- Passion for helping people
- Demonstrated experience working with media
- Strong knowledge of HTML/CSS/JavaScript
- Knowledge of the media landscape and how to pitch stories to media
- Understanding of how to tell a story in a variety of mediums to an array of audiences
- Strong grammar/proofreading skills
- Must be self-motivated
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
- Has 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

- 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: Director of Communications & Athlete Leadership

LOCATION: Jefferson City

You must fill out this online employment application to be considered for the position. 

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





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.

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.