Employment & Internship Opportunities
Special Olympics Pennsylvania currently has the following employment opportunities available, as well as volunteer and internship opportunities available to support our Marketing & Communications, Competition, and Training Departments:
Senior Director of Athlete and Volunteer Experiences
SOPA seeks an enthusiastic, experienced leader who will be responsible for developing and executing on an end-to-end athlete and volunteer experience blueprint. This exciting leadership opportunity will lead the development and management of business systems responsible for recruitment, training, retention and recognition of athletes and volunteers throughout the state and at all levels (local, regional and state). The Senior Director of Athlete and Volunteer Experiences plays a vital role as SOPA continues to enhance its quality, reach and impact.
Director of Program Data Administration
Serves as the organization’s database administrator for both the registration and management of volunteer and athlete data, ensuring efficient and effective operations and establishing both standard and best practices in system architecture, data entry/processing/recording, account management, compliance, marketing integration and overall system effectiveness.
Unified Champions School Manager - Southcentral PA
The Unified Champion Schools (UCS) Manager position will play an important role in supporting and managing school-based inclusion programming in the southcentral region of Pennsylvania and supporting community integration. Additionally, this position will assist with meeting overall Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) strategy goals and objectives. This individual will work directly with teachers, coaches, student leaders, and administrators in assigned schools and help them manage quality UCS programming. This consists of Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS), interscholastic school teams composed of students with and without intellectual disabilities who train and compete together as equal peers; collaborative inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement activities designed to promote awareness, education, and acceptance.
Unified Champions School Manager - Northeastern PA
The Unified Champion Schools (UCS) Manager position will play an important role in supporting and managing school-based inclusion programming in the northeastern region of Pennsylvania and supporting community integration. Additionally, this position will assist with meeting overall Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) strategy goals and objectives. This individual will work directly with teachers, coaches, student leaders, and administrators in assigned schools and help them manage quality UCS programming. This consists of Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS), interscholastic school teams composed of students with and without intellectual disabilities who train and compete together as equal peers; collaborative inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement activities designed to promote awareness, education, and acceptance.
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Special Olympics PA is seeking its next Vice President of Marketing & Communications. The successful candidate will be a positive, dynamic leader with solid marketing skills and extensive experience who embraces change and the opportunity to join a leadership team that is transforming our organization and elevating the revered Special Olympics brand. This role will lead and drive the development and execution of a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to strengthen and deepen public perception across multiple media markets in a complex environment. Join our winning team as we seek to expand our impact across Pennsylvania through 9 distinct regions with 54 legacy programs and 13,000 athletes. Join our growing team that is leading the ‘Inclusion Revolution’ throughout the state of PA!
Marketing & Development Coordinator
Special Olympics Pennsylvania seeks an enthusiastic and eager marketing and fundraising professional for the Marketing & Development Coordinator role, to join a growing professional team. This exciting opportunity, based in Pittsburgh, PA, will require the Coordinator to assist numerous fundraising events and initiatives, in both marketing and operational roles, in support of Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s strategic goals.
Philadelphia Unified Champion Schools Director
The Philadelphia Unified Champion Schools (UCS) Director oversees the development, operational success and strategic growth of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) UCS positive school climate program which activates youth, engages educators and promotes school communities of acceptance and inclusion for people with and without intellectual disabilities in Philadelphia. The Director will lead initiatives that seek to drive expansion of the UCS program in Philadelphia by creating a continuum of connection to UCS programming throughout the K-12 educational experience for ALL students, ultimately establishing the UCS program within all School District of Philadelphia schools with Special Education (ID/DD/Autism) and general education student populations. In this newly established role, the UCS Director will ensure overall UCS program quality control and evaluation, lead SOPA Philadelphia UCS staff and manage key relationships with priority on SOPA’s collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia.
Regional Development Director
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) has recently embarked on an exciting reorganization and seeks an enthusiastic leader to oversee all geographic area fundraising activities within the Greater Lehigh Valley Pocono Region to include Berks, Bethlehem City, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill Counties. In conjunction with regional staff, state staff and local volunteers the Regional Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies that align with SOPA’s Strategic Plan and ensuring the Region is meeting stated revenue goals.
Accounting Assistant: Part-Time
Our people are our greatest resource! We are seeking an Accounting Assistant – Part Time to perform a variety of bookkeeping and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to our existing accounting staff by completing weekly/monthly recurring steps in support of our monthly close. The ideal candidate is trustworthy, a quick learner and experienced with working in Excel. A working knowledge of accounts payable systems is required, along with general accounting experience, including familiarity with departmental and project coding as well as intercompany transactions. Must possess attention to detail and problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task.
The daily work schedule is flexible and requires 20 hours per week during normal business hours.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Submit in Word format a letter of interest, resume, salary history, references, AND salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls will be accepted. Resumes sent for positions other than this posting will not receive a response.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults (age 8-80) with intellectual disabilities. All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to athletes, enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field. The athletes of Special Olympics -- 16,000 strong in Pennsylvania -- are constant reminders of all that is right with the human spirit. Pennsylvania is the 7th largest program and one of the strongest Special Olympics programs in the United States. For more information about how SOPA inspires greatness, visit www.specialolympicspa.org.
Communications & Social Media Marketing Intern
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) seeks a Communications and Social Media Marketing Intern that can commit to 15 - 20 hours (spread out) per week of work either remotely and in the Norristown office location. View our full internship description.
The Marketing and Development Intern will assist both the Special Events and Marketing Communications Managers in the implementation of various marketing strategies for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The right individual is self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented and exhibits pro-active communication.
Western Development Internship
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) seeks a Western Development Intern that can commit to 15 - 20 hours (spread out) per week of work either remotely and in the Pittsburgh office location. View our full internship description.
The Fundraising and Events Intern will assist the Special Events Directors & Managers in the implementation and execution of Special Olympics Pennsylvania fundraising events throughout the state.
Sports Interns work with Competition Directors and assist in the planning for and implementation of sectional and state-wide competitions as well as general office/job-related duties as assigned. Depending upon the time of year these interns may also assist with the planning for and implementation of Coach Training Schools and the SOPA/SOYO Multi-Sport Training Camp.
Sports Internships are unpaid and can be structured to meet the requirements of the program/degree of the student applying. The number of internship opportunities each semester (Spring, Summer or Fall) is determined in part by the number of hours each intern is required to complete, but is generally limited to 1 per section (East, Central, West) of the state.
Apply today for the role of Sports/Event Management Intern!
Applications for the Sports Internships are accepted throughout the year. To apply please contact email@example.com or 610-630-9456 (fax) or 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403. Please indicate in your cover letter the term during which you’d like to do your internship, the number of hours you need to complete, and desired location (Eastern, Western or Central PA).