Employment & Internship Opportunities
Special Olympics Pennsylvania currently has the following volunteer and internship opportunities available to support our Health, Marketing & Communications, Competition, and Training Departments:
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) seeks qualified candidates for the following positions: Director of State Events; Unified Champion School Coordinator – Allegheny County (Part-Time/Temporary), and Regional Executive Director. Applications, unless otherwise noted, will be accepted until the position is filled.
Director of State Events
Special Olympics Pennsylvania is seeking a Director of State Events (DSE) to join its growing Development team. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the DSE will lead and oversee all state event strategy, planning, and execution logistics to maximize revenue generation and fully integrate events into ongoing donor relations efforts. The DSE will provide consultative leadership in the ongoing assessment of both major and minor events and will make recommendations on strategic priorities within the State Event portfolio through collaboration and coordination with other department leadership and regional teams to realize measurable revenue growth, meaningful donor/partner relations and enhanced volunteer engagement.
Unified Champion School Coordinator – Allegheny County
Position Duration & Function: This is a temporary, part-time $6,750 stipend position that will run from October 2019 - May 2020. The anticipated workload on average will be 2-4 hours per week, with an increase to 10 hours during bocce season late January to March and 6-8 hours for track April through early May.
The Unified Champion School (UCS) Coordinator position will play an important role in supporting and managing school-based inclusion programming in 12 high schools within Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. This individual will work directly with teachers, coaches, student leaders, and administrators in high schools and help them manage quality UCS programming. This consists of Unified Sports (interscholastic high school teams composed of students with and without intellectual disabilities who train and compete together as equal peers); collaborative inclusive youth leadership; whole school engagement activities designed to promote awareness, education, and acceptance; and helping activate students to support one fundraiser.)
Regional Executive Director
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) seeks an enthusiastic, experienced leader to serve as Region Director of its newly formed Region 5 area (Berks, Bethlehem, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill). This exciting new leadership opportunity will be accountable for strategically raising the presence and impact of Special Olympics Pennsylvania within this Region by implementing strategies for growth in both school and community based activities, community partnerships for funding, athlete and volunteer recruitment, quality of services, and overall community awareness. An outgoing, seasoned management professional is required and must be flexible and adaptable as this new role and structure are refined. The Region Director will be the primary liaison/representative of Region 5 and its stakeholders, accountable for successful oversight and/or managing all aspects of Region 5’s programming to meet SOPA organizational goals and those goals developed specific to assigned region. In addition to serving as Region Director, this individual will be responsible for duties in an area of focus (Sports, Development, or Community). Region staff will be hired to cover the other areas and will report to the Executive Director. Synopses of these roles are listed below, and professional experience in one or more of these areas is to be included in the resume.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Submit in Word format a letter of interest, resume, salary history, references, AND salary requirements to email@example.com
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 -- nearly 20,000 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.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) seeks a Part-time, unpaid Healthy Communities Intern that can help with event management and project assistance. The internship offers flexible hours, based on the student’s requirements and schedule. View our full internship description.
For more information, or to inquire about this internship opportunity, please contact Chelsea Drob, Director of Programming Projects at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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).
The Sport Director is an expert who serves as an extension of the state sports staff. Individuals serving as a Sport Director need an extensive knowledge of their sport as well as connections with other individuals and organizations throughout the state that can provide assistance with the growth and management of the sport.
Sport Director responsibilities include:
- Serving as the technical liaison to state staff and local programs on sport rules, training techniques and competition management;
- Clinician for or resource for locating clinicians for coach training schools;
- Development of a sports-specific plan to increase training and competition opportunities for SOPA athletes;
- Promote and foster involvement of NGB and their officials at sectional and state-level competitions;
- Assist with the planning and management of sectional and state-level competitions;
- Oversee the Sports Management Team
If you are interested in serving as the Sport Director for any of the above sports, please complete the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Sport Director application and submit to Jennifer Tresp, Training & Unified Sports Director, Special Olympics Pennsylvania at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-234-7905 (fax) or 270 Walker Drive, Suite 101, State College, PA 16801.
A Sport Management Team is a committee of individuals of various backgrounds and expertise in a particular sport who work together to further the growth and development of the sport throughout Pennsylvania.
Positions on a Sports Management Team include Coach Training Coordinator, Competition Director, Official Coordinator, High School/College Representative, Local Program Representative /Special Olympics Certified Coach, Special Olympics Athlete and National Governing Body Liaison.
The responsibilities of the Sport Management Team include:
- Increasing athlete participation in their sport;
- Identifying areas of the state where they can develop an interest in their sport;
- Develop ties to the National Governing Body for their sport as well as other organizations who can assist with the development and growth of their sport;
- Assist in the planning and management of sectional and state-level competitions;
- Counsel SOPA regarding sports rules and potential rules modifications;
- Clinician for or resource for locating clinicians for coach training schools;
Special Olympics Pennsylvania is currently seeking individuals interested in serving on the Sport Management Teams for all the sports in which we offer training and competition to include Alpine Skiing, Aquatics (Swimming), Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Long Distance Running, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Soccer, Softball, Speed Skating, Snowshoeing, Tennis, and Volleyball.
If you are interested in serving on a Sport Management Team please contact Jennifer Tresp, Training & Unified Sports Director, Special Olympics Pennsylvania at email@example.com or 814-234-8750, ext. 245 for more information.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania offers opportunities throughout the year for our coaches to receive additional sports specific training to better prepare them to train their athletes.
To provide the best training possible for our coaches, we recruit individuals with a background and expertise in the sports in which we offer training and competition to serve as clinicians. During the training schools, clinicians work with the Special Olympics coaches to teach them the rules of the sport and show them drills they can use to teach their athletes the skills of the sport. Clinicians also answer questions from coaches on problems they are having teaching a particular skill or on advice on how best to work with a particular athlete who is struggling with a particular skill.
The sports Special Olympics Pennsylvania currently offers training and competition in are Alpine Skiing, Aquatics (Swimming), Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Long Distance Running, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Soccer, Softball, Speed Skating, Snowshoeing, Tennis, and Volleyball.
Veteran Special Olympics Coaches, with a strong background in a sport, are strongly encouraged to apply to become a SOPA Training School Clinician to share their experience and expertise with our newer coaches.
We have opportunities across the state in all our sports for individuals to serve as clinicians. Our goal is to build a strong network of clinicians capable of delivering high quality training for our coaches in all sports.
If you are interested in donating your time and talents, to share your sports experience, with our coaches so they can provide the best training possible for their athletes you should:
- Complete the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Training School Clinician Application and submit along with an overview of what rules and drills you would teach during a training course, the expected length of the training, how you would engage the coaches in the training and if you would utilize Special Olympics athletes during the training (encouraged).
- Submit the application to Jennifer Tresp, Training & Unified Sports Director, Special Olympics Pennsylvania at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-234-7905 (fax) or 270 Walker Drive, Suite 101, State College, PA 16801.