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Senior Manager of Law Enforcement Partnerships

Special Olympics Minnesota seeks a dynamic, organized, effective leader to champion the organization’s partnerships with Law Enforcement through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, generating significant revenue and public awareness for the mission and programs of Special Olympics Minnesota and impacting tens of thousands of people across the State of Minnesota.

This position will collaborate directly with senior organizational leadership to create and implement strategies to leverage Special Olympics’ partnership with Law Enforcement to raise funds and public awareness primarily through fundraising events such as the Torch Run itself, golf tournaments, races, Tip-A-Cop, Cop on Top, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy and the popular Polar Plunges.  Utilizing three direct reports and the resources of corporate giving, individual giving and marketing teams — plus hundreds of volunteer Law Enforcement officers throughout the state, this individual can expect to lead the charge for more than 50 events year-round and be responsible for an annual revenue budget in excess of $4.5 million.

Joining an energetic and cooperative staff of 45, this position frequently collaborates with teammates in both fundraising and mission-delivery to generate new ideas, engage new audiences, cross connect fundraising and program initiatives, and achieve better results.

The success of this position directly supports the programs of Special Olympics Minnesota, which include year-round sports training and competition opportunities in 16 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Unified programs which bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together through a variety of programs for all ages, and health and wellness programs which bring proactive and reactive health and wellness resources to the underserved population of people with intellectual disabilities.  Year-round, Special Olympics Minnesota creates opportunities for all people of all ages to engage in sports, leadership, health and wellness programs that develop skills, form relationships, break down barriers and build happier, healthier, more productive lives.

Special Olympics Minnesota needs a leader with a demonstrated track record of success in fundraising and event coordination.  Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising or marketing, with a preference for individuals with experience organizing and implementing events.  Excellent planning, strategic thinking, problem solving and communication skills are essential.   Proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office Suite required, familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite apps helpful.  Experience with donor database software, such as the Raiser’s Edge, preferred.

Position requires work and travel outside normal business hours, on-site management of events — sometimes in temperature extremes, lifting of heavy items, driving cargo vans and/or commercial trucks, and other duties as assigned. A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required.

Special Olympics Minnesota offers a first-rate compensation and benefits package including generous work-life balance benefits such as 4+ weeks of paid leave accrued during the first year, more than 11 paid holidays and flexible scheduling.  Group medical, dental, vision, life, disability and transportation benefits are combined with an innovative benefits allowance plan enabling individual direction of employer benefit investments to suit each individual’s unique needs.  Tax-advantaged 401(k), HSA and FSA accounts provide beneficial financial planning tools, along with an Employee Assistance Program offering quick, free online resources and assistance with everyday issues and work, family and personal challenges.

Submit application materials via email to greg.vanselow@somn.org (preferred); via fax at 612.333.8782, attention Human Resources, or via delivery to Human Resources, Special Olympics Minnesota, 900 2nd Ave S, Ste 300, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Special Olympics Minnesota is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Internships

Program description
Unified Schools is an inclusive school-based program designed to bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, and disability awareness. This education and sports based strategy aims to develop leadership and advocacy skills for all students in the school community.

Position responsibilities

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to the role
  • Develop and create content to capture and engage schools
  • Collaborate with other Special Olympics staff to advance Unified Schools marketing and programming resources
  • Contribute during brainstorming sessions to develop upcoming programming initiatives
  • Attend Special Olympics events and competitions in an event manager position

This individual will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement with the Unified Schools Program. He or she will leave with an increased understanding of the event planning and the inclusive school programming listed above as well as experience working in a large nonprofit organization.

Qualifications
The Unified Schools internship is open to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling, and must commit to an entire school year. This position will be compensated $1,000 per semester. The Unified Schools internship may count toward course credits.

Some characteristics we are looking for in an intern and that will make them successful in this position:

  • Self-directed and self-motivated to engage in meaningful and impactful work
  • Able to take the initiative and complete intern responsibilities independently
  • Self-aware and is able to serve as an advocate for the Unified Schools program and demonstrate the values associated with Special Olympics Minnesota

Location
The Special Olympics Minnesota office is located in downtown Minneapolis. Candidates applying for this position must be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. The Unified Schools intern will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Nick Cedergren, Schools & Youth Coordinator, at nick.cedergren@somn.org.

Program description
Unified Schools is an inclusive school-based program designed to bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, & disability awareness and advocacy.

Position responsibilities
This individual is tasked with helping develop and maintain the Special Olympics Minnesota Unified Schools marketing and communication strategy, assisting with the coordination and implementation of school related social media; developing inclusive school programming marketing materials; and other projects as assigned.

The Unified Schools intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • Develop creative content to capture and engage schools, and
  • Attend events and competitions in a public relations position.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the unified school intern. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of the event planning and inclusive school programming listed above as well as experience working as part of a non-profit program team.

Qualifications
Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling, and must commit to an entire school year. This position will be compensated $1000 per semester. The unified schools internship may count toward course credits.

Location
The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. Interns will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, writing samples, and resume to Nick Cedergren, Schools & Youth Coordinator, nick.cedergren@somn.org.

Special Olympics Minnesota is looking for an innovative and strategic thinker to join our Unified Schools team as the Social Strategy Intern. This individual will be responsible for creating a strategic social media marketing plan and promoting it across the various Unified Schools platforms. Additionally, this individual will maintain the program’s social media accounts by creating and posting content, managing audience engagement, and attending various Unified Schools events to offer live social media coverage to followers.

Program description
Unified Schools is an inclusive school-based program designed to bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, and disability awareness. This education and sports based strategy aims to develop leadership and advocacy skills for all students in the school community.

This intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a comprehensive portfolio of social media content
  • Identify and research effective social media strategies used by other state programs
  • Lead the Unified Schools team in taking a fresh, innovative approach to social media

Qualifications
This position is open to college juniors and seniors pursuing a degree in a related field such as journalism, public relations, marketing or communications. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week at the Minneapolis office location and attend Unified Schools events as needed.

Some characteristics and skills that will make an intern successful in this position include:

  • Self-motivation
  • Efficiency
  • Time management

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement in the Unified Schools Program. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of social media strategy and market research, as well as valuable experience working for a large nonprofit organization.

Location
The Special Olympics Minnesota office is located in downtown Minneapolis. Candidates applying for this position should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. The Social Strategy intern will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, writing samples, and resume to Nick Cedergren, Schools & Youth Coordinator, nick.cedergren@somn.org.

Work Schedule
20 hours per week, September 2017 through May 2018

Special Olympics Minnesota is seeking a motivated individual to fulfill a 2017-2018 Young Athletes Internship.

Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program that introduces children ages two to seven years old, with and without intellectual disabilities to the world of sports. Programs are offered both in the community (i.e. YMCAs, Community Education) and schools (PreK-1st grade).

Candidates should possess excellent communication and organization skills. This internship is a volunteer unpaid position based in our Minnesota office located in downtown Minneapolis. The position will work closely with Special Olympics Minnesota staff in coordinating Young Athletes programming including communication with locations, development of training materials, attendance of various events, etc. The Young Athletes intern will assist in all programs across the state of Minnesota.

Young Athletes Internship responsibilities include:
Assist with planning and implementation of Young Athletes

  • Update and track progress of Young Athlete programs
  • Assist in the development of training materials
  • Data entry into Games Management Software, GMS
  • Attendance at various Young Athletes events
  • Recruitment of Young Athlete participants and volunteers
  • Projects as assigned

Program Description
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health, and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world

This internship is based in our Minnesota office located in downtown Minneapolis. There is only paid parking on site. The position will work closely with Special Olympics Minnesota staff to fulfill the Young Athletes program goals. This internship is considered a non-employee position and will not be subject to employee/employer taxes.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Hansen at jennifer.hansen@somn.org. Interviews for this position will take place in the month of April.

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Program Department currently seeks a community outreach intern in the Bemidji area. The community outreach intern is tasked with helping to develop and maintain relationships between colleges and universities in the Bemidji area and the Special Olympics Minnesota program, recruiting student and faculty volunteers, piloting Special Olympics Minnesota initiative programs, and assisting with local team administration as needed.

The community outreach intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop relationships with local colleges, students, faculty, and administrators
  • Establish new programming for the Bemidji Community Special Olympics team
  • Participate in local leadership team meetings and assist in volunteer management

In the course of the internship, individuals will gain experience:

  • working in a collaborative team environment to accomplish shared goals,
  • recruiting and managing volunteers, and
  • communicating and marketing to internal and external audiences

The community outreach intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the community outreach intern. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of, as well as experience, working as part of a non-profit program team.

Program description
Special Olympics Minnesota is an inclusive program designed to bring individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, & disability awareness and advocacy.

Qualifications
Internships are open to college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling.  The community outreach internship may count toward course credits and will run from September 2017 through December 2017.

Location
The position is located in Bemidji with some potential for remote work.  Interns will be asked to travel as needed within 10 miles of Bemidji.

To apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Shannon Murray, Community Outreach Specialist – Bemidji, at shannon.murray@somn.org.

The Marketing and Communications Department currently seeks a public relations intern. The PR intern is tasked with writing, distributing and following-up on press releases; writing articles and features for the website, publications and marketing collateral; monitoring media coverage; and assisting with marketing campaigns as needed.

The PR intern will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • hone and learn Associated Press (AP) style writing, and
  • attend events and competitions in a PR capacity.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the PR intern. The intern will leave with a comprehensive portfolio.

Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Previous experience with AP style is preferred. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. All internships are unpaid. The PR internship may count toward course credits. The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Taylor Dale, Marketing & Communications Specialists, at taylor.dale@somn.org. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.

The Marketing and Communications Department currently seeks a social media intern. The social media intern is tasked with helping to develop and maintain the Special Olympics Minnesota social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and Pinterest; monitoring the social media editorial calendar; researching new and creative ways to leverage social media activities; and tracking the various platforms.

The social media intern will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • develop creative content to capture and engage our social media audience, and
  • attend events and competitions in a social media capacity.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the social media intern. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of the social media properties listed above as well as experience working as part of a non-profit marketing team.

Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Previous experience with social media is required; photography experience is preferred. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. All internships are unpaid. The social media internship may count toward course credits. The position is located in downtown Minneapolis as well as at various event sites throughout the Twin Cities. Candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or provide their own vehicle and pay for parking.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and links to any of your (public) social media accounts to Ann Forstie, Manager of Social Media & Web, at ann.forstie@somn.org.

The Marketing and Communications Department currently seeks a graphic design intern. The graphic design intern is tasked with creating original and reworking existing designs for Special Olympics Minnesota and the Polar Plunge, including posters, billboards, flyers, information packets, and other branding, informational and marketing materials; and supporting the management of branding and logos.

The graphic design intern will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • conceptualize and create various forms of design, and
  • flex their creative muscles in a fun, open and engaging environment.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the graphic design intern. The intern will leave with a comprehensive portfolio.

Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. All internships are unpaid. The graphic design internship may count toward course credits. The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and design samples to Taylor Dale, Marketing & Communications Specialist, at taylor.dale@somn.org. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.

If you’re interested in this internship, please contact Hillary Tyler, Health Programs Manager, at hillary.tyler@somn.org.

Special Olympics Minnesota currently seeks an internship with our Operations Team, focused on event management, retail marketing and writing. The intern will be tasked with assisting in overall event management for Special Olympics Minnesota’s Summer Games, Fall Games and Distinguished Service Awards; planning, organizing and staffing Special Olympics Minnesota’s FANstop merchandise store; and assisting with marketing and writing relating to these areas.

In the course of the internship, individuals will gain experience:

  • working in a collaborative team environment to accomplish shared goals,
  • managing large events,
  • planning and ordering branded merchandise inventory,
  • recruiting and managing volunteers,
  • crafting messaging to internal and external audiences, and
  • speech writing.

Program description
The Summer and Fall Games are two of Special Olympics Minnesota’s state competitions, offering competition to more than 3,500 people utilizing the combined support of 1,100 volunteers.  The FANstop merchandise store offers branded Special Olympics Minnesota wearables and collectible souvenirs at these events, providing participants with high-quality products to show their Special Olympics pride!

The Distinguished Service Awards is Special Olympics Minnesota’s annual celebration of the people and partners who exemplify the spirit of Special Olympics.  Held annually at The Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, the event includes the presentation of awards to approximately 15 individuals and organizations in an Oscar-style ceremony hosted by FOX-9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard.

Qualifications
Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling available.  Participation at events outside normal business hours required Saturday, June 24, Saturday Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20.  Interns must commit to a minimum internship term of June 1-Aug.  25, 2017.  Interns may optionally continue their internship through Sept. 15.

Location
Except for on-site work at event locations, the internship is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. Interns will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, writing samples and resume to Amy Albrecht, Operations & Logistics Associate, at amy.albrecht@somn.org.