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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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


Health and Wellness Manager
A full-time 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  executed.  This position reports up through the development division of SOMO.   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.
  • Participate in building and executing the strategic plan of SOMO’s statewide partnership with the University of Missouri System and MU Health.
  • 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 Leadership Programs 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 and interns 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.
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
  • Flexibility with travel and schedules.
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
  • Retirement Plan (403B) (3% Employer Contribution & up to 5% Matching)
  • Thirteen Paid Holidays/Year
  • Ten Hours/Month Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Leave 




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.