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YOUNG ATHLETES COORDINATOR

The Young Athletes Coordinator provides assistance with the development, organization, and implementation of all Young Athletes program delivery models including school, community, and home programs, ensuring maximum growth and the highest quality opportunities for Athletes and Unified Partners ages 2-8.

Reports to: Young Athletes Director

Position Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with YA Director and Data Entry Staff on the collection and input of all community/school based YA registration forms into GMS; tracking school/event/team participation; Collecting/Filing existing school YA rosters; Monitoring/Collect missing forms; Create family follow up system
  • Collecting and submitting YA school/community numbers, stats and results for routine reporting requirements for UCS Grant, SOI Grant, Comfort Dental, Buell and other funding sources
  • Assist with the ongoing development of YA volunteer/coach training, curriculum, online resources, family take home cards and coach/athlete outreach and recruitment plan per region
  • Assist YA Director with all aspects of young athlete registration, organization and participation at regional and state competitions; Summer Sports Camp, Kroenke Sports Day and Pre-school Field Days
  • Assist YA Director with the planning, organizing, and implementation of existing and new YA Special events/Fundraisers etc. PEE WEE PLUNGE, Little Feet Meets, LETR, Telethon, Harvest Festival, etc.
  • Deliver/Pick Up of sports equipment, forms and supplies to and from all YA schools/teams
  • Collaborate with YA Director in creating and distributing transitional program collateral to families/athletes
  • Assist YA Director with site visits, refresher trainings, and routine communication to all YA Preschools through year
  • Assist YA Director with identification, recruitment, retention, and training of new YA Schools
  • Assist YA Director in the recruitment/retention/training of regional Young Athletes coordinators, coaches, and families
  • Assist YA Director with ideas and resources to provide existing YA schools to move into Category 1 status
  • Collaborate with YA Director to establish and sustain community partnerships for ongoing YA programming such as Children’s Hospital, RMDSA, YMCA’s/REC Centers, Colleges/Universities, etc.
  • Assist YA Director in creating and distributing community Young Athletes event flyers to engage families in community
  • Assist YA Director in recruitment/retention of YA Task Force members, meeting facilitation, planning and preparation
  • Assist YA Director with the planning, organizing, and implementation of regional YA coaches, parent and volunteer orientations, etc.
  • Attend and facilitate annual information/resource community and school fairs throughout the year

Position Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Education equivalent to bachelor’s degree.
  • Ability to perform administrative/clerical duties necessary for assigned work tasks.
  • Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships with athletes, families, volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors, visitors and work associates.
  • Demonstrate excellent organization, multi-tasking, attention to detail, planning and adaptation/flexibility skills
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Position requires ability to lift 25 lbs and both standing and sitting work

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and salary history to HR@specialolympicsco.org.


 

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator is responsible for promoting Special Olympics Colorado’s (SOCO) mission and increasing awareness for the organization’s statewide programs through media relations, producing print and electronic publications, coordinating speaking engagements and presentations, and assisting Manager and Director as department admin.

Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director to develop and cultivate statewide media relations to support state competitions, special events and other programs, including writing news releases, pitching the media, developing press kits, coordinating media interviews, initiating media relationships, tracking and reporting placements and coordinating media efforts with necessary committees.
  • Coordinate content with Manager and Director for the SOCO newsletter including planning, writing, photography, layout, editing, and distribution.
  • Assist in maintaining SOCO’s website including planning, writing, coordinating photography, layout, editing, and updating.
  • Assist with SOCO’s Athlete Leadership Global Messenger program as needed.
  • Deliver presentations and speeches on behalf of SOCO to both external and internal audiences when needed.
  • Coordinate the creation of collateral materials as needed, including videos, flyers, graphics, and brochures as needed; research and develop vendor relationships for creating collateral materials in a cost-effective manner.
  • Coordinate public relations functions for statewide competitions and fundraising events, including securing emcees; writing scripts; securing photographers; and producing official programs.
  • Work with media for a variety of marketing and promotional needs as well as to provide quality experiences for athletes.
  • Maintain a media library for simple staff access to videos, newsletters, programs, media placements, and other marketing materials.
  • Adhere to Marketing and Communication budget.
  • Work in tandem with Development for all sponsorship deliverables including updating the spreadsheet and creating activation reports, sponsor lockups, and reports to ensure all marketing-related sponsor deliverables are completed.
  • Manage Marketing and Communication department internship recruiting, hiring, and intern day-to-day management.
  • Assist with social media content creation, creating and implementing SOCO’s social plan, and posting on all SOCO channels.
  • Assist with blog content creation.
  • Stay up to date on the latest marketing trends and best practices for social media and email marketing.
  • Assists Director and Manager with other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preferably in journalism, communications, or marketing, or equivalent work experience in addition to degree.
  • Minimum of two years of public relations or marketing experience in a non-profit, corporate, or newsroom setting.
  • Proven superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks.
  • Computer skills in Adobe applications, Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience in WordPress, Constant Contact, Canva, and Piktochart an added plus.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must hold a valid Colorado driver’s license and have the ability to travel independently throughout the state.
  • High energy and passion for SOCO’s mission are essential.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to be cleared to work for SOCO through background screening process.
  • Position requires working both standing and sitting. Must be able to lift and carry light loads (10-20 pounds) for short distances (approximately one block).
  • All other duties as assigned.

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and salary history/salary requirements to HR@specialolympicsco.org.


ATHLETE LEADERSHIP AND FAMILY SERVICES COORDINATOR

The Athlete Leadership and Family Services Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Athlete Leadership Program which includes the development and implementation of this program, with the end goal of giving Special Olympics Colorado athletes leadership opportunities. This position will also have primary responsibility for increasing family involvement and improving the quality of the families’ experience in SOCO.

Reports to:     Vice President of Competition and Regional Services

Position Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement the Athlete Leadership Program in its entirety, which includes the Athlete Leadership Programs University (ALPs U).
  • Recruit athletes, mentors, instructors, guest speakers, and volunteers to be a part of ALPs U.
  • Work with ALPs U planning committee to ensure all facets of event run smoothly.
  • Engage community and corporate partners to develop relationships and work in collaboration with ALPs U.
  • Work with Grants Director and Development team for potential underwriting and sponsorship opportunities with ALPs U and ALPs in general.
  • Create new and relevant curriculum and content for all ALPs U courses.
  • Create enrichment opportunities for athletes as needed.
  • Maintain contact with athlete leaders throughout the year to inform and recruit for SOCO events such as Hall of Fame, Tip a Cop, speaking engagements, LETR events, etc.
  • Facilitate Athlete Input Council quarterly, in advance of State Board meetings.
  • Serve as mentor for Board of Directors athlete representative by assisting with quarterly report to share with Board, as well as with any speaking engagements.
  • Work in collaboration with Database Team to create Athlete Leadership Database.
  • Serve as liaison with SOI & SONA for Athlete Leadership webinars and events as needed.
  • Mentor athletes as needed for leadership events, summits, and board of directors.
  • Manage the planning and implementation of events for family members of athletes throughout the year.
  • Manage Family Member Database to accurately track family involvement.
  • Accurately portray family involvement for Special Olympics International Census.
  • When schedule allows, attend weekend events to meet family members and assist with family hospitality and registration at events and competition.
  • Communicate regularly with family members to ensure they have information on upcoming events and opportunities to get involved, including creating & distributing quarterly Family Newsletter.
  • Update Family Resources section of Special Olympics website.
  • Run family reception at State Winter Games and State Summer Games.
  • Compile community resources for families and build relationships with local organizations who support individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Skill in teaching and mediating disputes and solving problems.
  • Demonstrated program management knowledge to include budgeting principals and procedures, skill in developing training materials.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of responsibility within SOCO.
  • High energy and passion for SOCO’s mission is essential.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to organize and conduct training sessions.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to learn relational databases and manage records housed within those databases.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Ability to travel extensively and independently throughout the state.
  • Ability to be cleared to work for SOCO through background screening process.
  • Support other departments contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities.
  • Position requires working both standing and sitting. Must be able to lift and carry light loads (10-40 pounds) for short distances (approximately one block).
  • All other duties as assigned.

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and salary history/salary requirements to HR@specialolympicsco.org.


VICE PRESIDENT OF COMPETITION AND REGIONAL SERVICES

The Vice President of Competition and Regional Services is responsible for the overall management of State Games, Regional Services, Coaches Training, Health Fitness, and Wellness and the delivery of the mission of Special Olympics Colorado to the athletes, coaches, volunteers, family members, and sponsors.

The Vice President of Competition and Regional Services position exists to ensure that the mission of Special Olympics Colorado is delivered through a coordinated effort at all levels of the organization while utilizing volunteer and staff resources

Reports to: President/CEO

Position Responsibilities:

  • Fully participate as a member of the Senior Management Team in supporting and implementing the strategic direction of the organization
  • Coach, manage and support a high performance team including four Regional Managers, Director of Competition, Coach Development Manager, Health and Wellness Manager, Fitness Manager, and a Program Manager.
  • Provide leadership and management in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating Regional and State competitions and fundraising.
  • Collaborate with Senior Vice President of School Programs to successfully implement a school sports transition plan for athletes and unified partners.
  • Ensure competitions and coaches trainings are administered in accordance with approved SOI/SOCO policies, procedures and General Rules
  • Develop and implement an evaluation process and evaluation team to assess and ensure the highest quality competitions at the State and Regional level
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the Competition and Regional Services team and communicate effectively with CEO to develop solutions and execute appropriate strategies
  • Direct the coordination of projects, understanding capacity, demand, resources, and key risks, and how these are communicated internally and externally
  • Develop an annual work plan and budget to achieve strategic initiatives and organizational objectives
  • Ensure that all reporting to SONA/SOI/Senior management is completed accurately and on time from all staff. Collaborate with Senior VP of School Programs on SONA/SOI reporting and gain CEO approval before submission
  • Develop and monitor new program initiatives on an ongoing basis.
  • Support team in meeting/exceeding fund raising goals
  • Work in collaboration with VP of Development in developing grant proposals. Ensure outcomes are met, funds are expended appropriately and final reports are completed and submitted to VP of Development to ensure timely submission to funder
  • Assist Regional Managers and Director of Competition in the recruitment, training, support and recognition of all volunteers including Games Organizing Committees, Regional Management Teams, Games Organizing committees and event volunteers
  • Develop and implement standards and best practices in conducting sports competitions
  • Create a Desk Manual for team positions. Keep all manuals up to date.
  • Provide training and oversight of utilization of GMS, Raiser’s Edge and other software
  • Assist CEO in relationship building with professional sports associations
  • Assist CEO in the selection and training of athletes for World and USA Games
  • Develop review and implementation process for adding or eliminating sports and/or making changes in the delivery of programs.
  • Oversee the inventory of sports and competition equipment and ensure it’s in good working order and repair
  • Oversee the management of the safety and repair of SOCO vehicles
  • Serve as a resource to President/CEO on all aspects of Competition and Regional Development

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrated commitment and understanding of the mission of Special Olympics
  • Experience working with, and appreciation and respect for, individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in the management and administration of a team within a complex organization preferably with multiple offices
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, and show good judgment.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluations
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in sports, fiscal management, event management, volunteer management and fundraising
  • Computer literacy a must, and experience with databases preferred
  • Possess a valid Colorado driver’s license, with driving record that allows employee to be covered by agency auto insurance and drive agency vehicles
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Ability to travel independently throughout the state
  • Ability to be cleared to work for SOCO through background screening process
  • Support other departments contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities
  • Position requires working both standing and sitting. Must be able to lift and carry light loads (5-50 pounds) for short distances (approximately one block)
  • All other duties as assigned

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and salary history/salary requirements to HR@specialolympicsco.org.


DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, INDIVIDUAL GIVING  

The Director of Development is a primary front line development officer responsible for successfully engaging constituents and soliciting their philanthropic support in a way that is both exceptionally donor centered and that impacts the strategic vision of Special Olympics Colorado.

The position requires a minimum of 4 years’ front line face-to-face fundraising, sales, public relations, or transferable relationship management experience. The Director will be focused on growing an existing portfolio of relationships capable of making commitments of $1,000 or more. This position handles early and mid-level, donor and prospective donor relationships, with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing their engagement and investment. Significant discovery and qualification opportunities exist, and should be an important and expected part of this role. The successful candidate will help develop new relationships to build SOCO’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director of Development is responsible for expanding and diversifying SOCO’s donor base and working closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives.

Reports to: Vice President of Development

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work to cultivate existing and new donor relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing donor engagement and support.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure gift commitments (at least $1,000).
  • Aggressively strive to meet and exceed measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g., personal visits, stewardship activities, solicitations).
  • Build solid working relationships with staff and other key personnel to achieve successful fundraising; nurtures culture of philanthropic support. Work to further the goals of the organization by effectively motivating and engaging volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Work daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements. Document prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluate new prospects and generate stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Represent Special Olympics Colorado at events in order to support the organization, and cultivate donors.
  • Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position SOCO ahead of major funding changes or trends.
  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to senior leaders.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating lasting relationships with donors.
  • Analyze and maximize telemarketing and direct mail donations within the parameters set-forth in existing contracts for these revenue sources.
    Support and partner with the Vice President of Development on all major fundraising initiatives.

Performance Contributions Will Be Measured By:

  • Annual revenue generated
  • Achievement of strategic plan goals related to development and marketing
  • Cost effectiveness (revenue generated per staff and/or cost ratio)
  • Number of new donors
  • Growth in existing relationships
  • Cultivation statistics (number of calls and meetings with prospects, number of proposals submitted)

Position Requirements:

  • An overall total of 5 or more years of nonprofit fundraising experience is required, with a record of successfully creating relationships with individual donors.
  • Experience working with donor management systems (preferably RaisersEdge)
  • Education equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Data management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Ability to be cleared to work for SOCO through background screening process
  • Support other departments contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities
  • Position requires working both standing and sitting. Must be able to lift and carry light loads (5-30 pounds) for short distances (approximately one block)
  • All other duties as assigned

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and salary history/salary requirements to HR@specialolympicsco.org.


SOUTHEAST REGIONAL MANAGER

The Southeast Regional Manager is responsible for supporting athletes, coaches, and local program coordinators in the Denver Region and ensuring that quality outreach initiatives are being conducted. He/she is responsible for managing team development in the Southeast Region so they are in compliance with Special Olympics Colorado policies and standards, and Special Olympics International general rules. The Regional Manager will conduct and oversee regional events in 22 sports as well as conduct fundraising events to support the region.

Reports to: Senior Vice President of Regional Services and Competition

Position Responsibilities:

Outreach

  • Ensure timely and comprehensive ongoing communication with Local Programs, Schools, Coaches, Volunteers, Donors, Families and the Media.
  • Ensure athlete/family communication is occurring through Local Programs.
  • Recruit, train and support new local programs and school teams.
  • Partner with the Director of Competition in establishing Games Organizing Committees (GOC) including the recruitment and training of current and new members.
  • Provide information, support, and direction to all inquiries regarding individual participation for potential athletes and families.
  • Meet annual growth expectations for new athletes as well as retention of current athletes, local programs and schools.
  • Assist in the seamless transition of athletes from school-based to community programs and teams
  • Assist the Coach Development Manager in developing and execution of Coaches Education Resources that aids in the recruitment of knowledgeable clinicians and sport educational volunteers
  • Assist in selecting and confirming venues.
  • Identify partnerships within the region and develop and maintain relationships with these groups through volunteer and funding opportunities such as Knight of Columbus and other service organizations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local businesses to impact volunteer force and provide resource development opportunities (both cash and budget relieving in-kind).
  • Support other departments when workload allows contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities.
  • Support the mission and program services of SOCO.

Administrative Operations

  • Manage and oversee the Southeast Region Coordinator.
  • Budget development and tracking to ensure all programs are operating within approved budget for both revenue and expense expectations.
  • Prepare all reports and paperwork accurately and in a timely fashion.
  • Manage vendor relations.
  • Maintain office and games equipment supply and inventory.

Fundraising

  • Organize the Colorado Springs Polar Plunge.
  • Work with Development team to meet the fundraising goals of the Southeast Region.
  • Ensure SOCO Risk Management Policies are being adhered.
  • Ensure Local Programs are operating within budget and assist with fundraising ideas when needed.

Position Requirements:

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • 2-5 years of event management experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Data management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective management of multiple and diverse projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of Special Olympics programs preferred
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Ability to be cleared to work for SOCO through background screening process
  • Support other departments contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities
  • Position requires working both standing and sitting. Must be able to lift and carry light loads (5-30 pounds) for short distances (approximately one block)
  • All other duties as assigned

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and salary history to HR@specialolympicsco.org.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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