About Special Olympics Minnesota

Now in its 50th year, SOMN (Special Olympics Minnesota) is a chapter of the world’s largest organization advocating for the advancement and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, and through current sports, health, and leadership programs engaging people with and without disabilities, provides a positive impact for Minnesotans of every age and every ability.

Position summary

The Leadership and Delegation Services Coordinator for SOMN will have the unique and rewarding opportunity to bring their passion for providing support, customer service and leadership to athletes and volunteers who are organizing and delivering programs to local communities throughout the state. They will assist in building departmental and organizational culture through effective communication, conflict resolution and relationship management. This person will also help to set the appropriate tone in relationships, lead by example, and motivate, inspire and empower others. If you like working directly with others to provide effective coaching and development that maximizes employee engagement, satisfaction and the delivery of the Special Olympics mission, this is the job for you.

Reports to Senior Program Manager

Position responsibilities

  • Provide Athlete Leadership management, track participation and satisfaction, and facilitate opportunities to engage athletes, coaches and communities in programs furthering SOMN’s mission.
  • Communicate with volunteer team leaders and track information regarding delegations’ sports training programs and capacities.
  • Create monthly newsletters to help volunteer leaders stay current regarding SOMN missions and guide their communication with others, both verbally and in written formats.
  • Provide support for additional organizational events, competitions, trainings and activities as assigned. Duties may include logistics implementation, volunteer engagement, coordination with other staff, documentation, on-site support and other functions.
  • Collaborate with Development and Marketing staff to support the successful participation of delegations in fundraisers and fundraising events such as Polar Plunges, Move for Inclusion, t-shirt sales and other campaigns as appropriate.
  • Match newly-registered athletes with opportunities for sports training and competition that connect their interests and geographic location and provide follow-up as necessary to ensure successful placement as needed.
  • Collaborate with sports staff, Program administration staff, vendors, volunteers and others as appropriate to identify venues and event schedules.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work environment

  • Work location: Hybrid — In-office and non-office settings will vary week to week depending on schedule and events, typically not to exceed 50% of most weeks.
  • Outdoor events — May include work in cold or warm temperatures, which may require appropriate clothing and/or other protection to maintain health and safety. Some work may occur in winter conditions and will require accommodation for cold, snow and ice.
  • Noise — Music and/or other entertainment at some events; sports events with large crowds; school events with the full student body (e.g. pep rallies); etc.
  • Travel — Required for meetings and events, typically 5-10% of total time in a week, with 0-5% being more common. Travel may be statewide, but more commonly will be within the Twin Cities metro area.
  • Physical demands — Sitting; standing; transporting supplies, materials and equipment by use of carts, etc.

Competencies

  •  Detail oriented
  • Multitasking
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Empowers others
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Supportive
  • Prospecting
  • Diversity and inclusion

Required qualifications

Education: GED, high school diploma or equivalent work experience

Experience and/or training

  • 1 or more years of experience in a customer service position or equivalent experience
  • 1 or more years of experience effectively managing multiple priorities and tasks in a fast-paced environment

Preferred qualifications

  • Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office
  • Experience organizing small- to mid-size meetings and/or trainings
  • Client-facing position providing support, facilitating positive experiences and cultivating constructive relationships while upholding quality standards and rules
  • Experience with Special Olympics events and competitions

Benefits

Our comprehensive benefits package includes health, dental and vision insurance; life, AD&D and long-term disability insurance; Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, 401K plan, flexible time off and paid holidays.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Special Olympics Minnesota is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics,
disability, age or veteran status.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to [email protected] (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 will work with candidates to schedule interviews at locations or using video conferencing technology which promote every person’s continued health and safety.

About Special Olympics Minnesota

Now in its 50th year, SOMN (Special Olympics Minnesota) is a chapter of the world’s largest organization advocating for the advancement and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, and through current sports, health, and leadership programs engaging people with and without disabilities, provides a positive impact for Minnesotans of every age and every ability.

Position summary

As a Young Athletes Manager for SOMN, you will find yourself embarking on a fulfilling journey that promises personal growth and professional advancement. This role offers more than just the chance to expand your skills; it presents an opportunity to cultivate new talents while making a positive impact within the community.

Reports to Director of Unified Champion Schools

Position responsibilities

  • Manage implementation of the Young Athletes Program. Coordinate administrative processes such as registration forms.
  • Develop project plans and budgets.
  • Recruit key individual and organizational partners to implement and sustain Young Athletes programming. Coordinate with marketing and communications staff to develop and implement marketing plans.
  • Provide effective support resources, troubleshooting and customer service.
  • Ensure standards are met and protocols are followed.
  • For hosted events: Work with staff and vendors to develop site/venue layouts; procure supplies, equipment, signage and other necessary materials; manage and oversee logistical and organizational details before, during and after events; provide effective on-site event management, including volunteer training and support.
  • Coordinate event tie-off and follow-up, including data entry, data tracking and other tasks as needed.
  • For non-hosted programs: May include development of guidebooks, practice plans and other resources materials to support facilitation.
  • Collaborate, communicate and cooperate with other staff, leadership, volunteers and other SOMN activities or programs.
  • Participate in shared department tasks such as keeping storage areas organized, maintaining supply and equipment inventories, and material procurement; preparing and distributing routine communications to internal and external stakeholders; attending team, department and staff meetings, and other duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge, experience, and/or enthusiasm for improving lives through health and fitness.
  • Experience working with children ages 2-7 years.
  • Effectively manage mid- to large-scale projects or events with multiple components (for example: schedules, vendors, staff, volunteers, supplies, equipment)

Position requirements

  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, and high level of comfort communicating with new people
  • Ability to manage time, prioritize tasks, and organize data and logistics effectively
  • Must pass background check
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Computer hardware running Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS, or Google Android software (desktop, laptops, tablet computers, etc.)
  • Microsoft 365 apps and systems (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint)
  • Enterprise telephone system
  • CRM database software (Blackbaud’s the Raiser’s Edge, Special Olympics Games Management System, CERVIS Volunteer Management System)
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Physical requirements

  • This job requires consistent, sometimes constant, use of a computer and other office equipment such as the telephone and copiers.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for 1-2 hours at a time to complete work or participate in meetings. Adjustable-height desks are provided at all employee workstations in SOMN’s Minneapolis office.
  • Must be able to move to different locations within the office to perform tasks or attend meetings and to other locations as required by meetings or events.
  • Position requires frequent communication with others through in-person conversations, written communication, telephone conversations and video meetings.
  • Must be able to work in environments with loud noise.
  • Job may require transportation of supplies, materials and equipment to meetings or events. Wheeled carts and similar resources are available at all times, and large events with greater amounts of equipment are typically coordinated amongst two or more staff members working together.

Work environment

  • Office work will vary week to week depending on schedule; up to 100% of many weeks.
  • Working indoors in a non-office setting will vary week to week depending on external meetings and events schedules, typically not exceeding 50% of time in a single week but up to 100% of time in limited instances.
  • Working outdoors to support events such as sports competitions. The number of events per year will vary and may change seasonally. In heavier event season, typically would not exceed 50% of time in a single week but could be up to 100% of time in limited instances.
  • Working where there are hazards – Work at outdoor events may include cool or warm temperatures, which may require appropriate clothing or other protection to maintain health and safety. Some work may occur in winter conditions and will require accommodation for cold, snow and ice.
  • Extreme temperatures – Some outdoor events in summer and winter.
  • Loud and distracting noises – Music or other entertainment at some events; sports events with large crowds; school events with the full student body.
  • Travel will be required for meetings and events, typically 5-10% of the total time in a week with 0-5% being common. Travel may be statewide, but more commonly within the Twin Cities metro area. Rental vehicles may be provided depending on circumstances and the employee’s preference. Reimbursement for mileage, use of public transportation, or car services typically available within budget guidelines.

Benefits

Our comprehensive benefits package includes health, dental and vision insurance; life, AD&D and long-term disability insurance; flexible spending accounts, 401K plan, flexible time off and paid holidays.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Special Olympics Minnesota is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics,
disability, age or veteran status.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to [email protected] (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 will work with candidates to schedule interviews at locations or using video conferencing technology which promote every person’s continued health and safety.