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: 

Employment Opportunities

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.

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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.)

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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.

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Submit in Word format a letter of interest, resume, salary history, references, AND salary requirements to careers@specialolympicspa.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 -- 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.

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