A group of Special Olympics Minnesota athletes and volunteers walk across a track

Marketing & Communications Associate

Posted February 11, 2019

Special Olympics Minnesota (“SOMN”) seeks a creative, motivated and highly organized person for its marketing and communications team to help support and promote the mission and operations of Special Olympics Minnesota.

This position will contribute to many areas of marketing and communications and is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge or experience in design, project management, event management and/or marketing.  Key contributions will include creating written and visual content for social media, web, print and other channels; collection and cataloging of design assets, recruiting and managing volunteer photographers, managing and updating website content, tracking and reporting on key metrics, and getting out into the field to support logistics at SOMN events.  The Marketing & Communications Associate will collaborate with an established department of three full-time positions plus interns, as well as with staff from all departments and SOMN’s leadership to establish and implement marketing & communications strategies.

The success of this position directly supports the programs of Special Olympics Minnesota, which include year-round sports training and competition opportunities in 15 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.

This position requires a creative, motivated and highly-organized person with excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated follow-through, an ability to multi-task and an eagerness to learn. 

Required: At least 1-3 years’ of experience with Adobe Creative Suite apps, at least 1-3 years’ of experience with Microsoft Office core apps (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), at least 1-3 years’ of experience creating print and electronic collateral (candidates selected for interviews will be asked to provide work samples).

Preferred: Formal training in graphic design, marketing or a related field of study; copywriting experience; experience creating content for social media accounts; experience staffing meetings or events; work experience (including internships and other training experiences) in a team setting.

A Plus!  Experience managing social media accounts, experience with photography or filming, experience recruiting and/or managing volunteers.

Position requires occasional work and travel outside normal business hours, on-site management of events — sometimes in temperature extremes, lifting of heavy items, and other duties as assigned. Workloads and event schedules are seasonal.  A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle helpful.

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. SOMN’s offices are located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, with access to a fitness center that’s free for tenant use, indoor bicycle storage, and multiple retailers.  Optional, company-paid MetroPass cards, allowing unlimited rides on most Metro Transit routes, are available.

Submit application materials 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 is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Internships

Unified Schools Program Management Internship – 2019/2020 School Year

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-ware 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, writing samples, and resume to [email protected].

Unified Schools Marketing & Communications Internship – 2019/2020 School Year

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 [email protected].

Social Media Internship

Description

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Marketing Department currently seeks a Social Media Intern. The social media intern is tasked with assisting marketing staff with content creation, strategy, and analytical reporting for all brand social media accounts.

Position responsibilities

Office

  • Create and edit copy, graphics, and photos
  • Assist in the strategy and scheduling of content
  • Create and manage analytical reports for all channels

Event

  • Capture content during key events
  • Maintain communication and conversations for events
  • Assist with additional marketing needs during events

These individuals will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the Marketing Intern. They will leave with a comprehensive portfolio as well as experience working in a nonprofit organization.

Qualifications

Internships are open to any college student or recent graduate majoring in marketing, digital media, advertising or any appropriate field. This internship is paid and may count toward course credit.

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

  • Strong writing skills and competency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong understanding of social media channels
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite

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.

Apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Sami Caswell, Creative + Engagement Strategist, at [email protected].

Event Management Internship

September-December 2018
Approximately 150-200 hours

Special Olympics Minnesota is seeking a motivated individual to fulfill a 2018 Event Management Internship.

Special Olympics Minnesota 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.

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 school/college events and state competitions through State Summer Games, June 22-24. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as events are scheduled.

The Event Management Internship Responsibilities include:

  • Volunteer outreach
  • Assisting with the coordination and planning of local/regional/state competitions
  • Creating Unified sports experiences
  • Attendance at various events and state competitions
  • Data entry into Games Management Software, GMS
  • Projects as assigned

Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Job Coaching Internship

Special Olympics Minnesota (“SOMN”) is offering an internship with our staff to work directly with and support SOMN’s receptionists, who are people with intellectual disabilities. This internship is a great opportunity for hands-on experience working with SOMN’s athlete population in a business setting, and a great resume-builder for those training in social work, occupational therapy, job coaching and related fields.

The internship will feature:

  • Opportunities to earn real-world experience working directly with people who have intellectual disabilities, coaching them to accept, prioritize and complete tasks. Primary tasks will include general reception duties, but receptionists also assist all other staff through a variety of other projects. Interns will gain experience across a wide range of administrative tasks and standard Microsoft Office software.
  • Opportunities to gain experience working in an office setting on a variety of administrative tasks as part of coaching and supporting SOMN’s staff members.
  • Opportunities to evaluate and communicate strengths to better support receptionists by coaching other staff as to what type of tasks they’re best suited for.  Gain experience collaborating with staff to identify skill-level-appropriate projects.

The internship:

  • Is a volunteer opportunity open to college juniors and above.
  • Requires a minimum of 12 hours per week. SOMN must first fill a Monday-Wednesday-Friday internship from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. before other time slots can be considered.
  • Most work will occur at SOMN’s offices in downtown Minneapolis, nearby many Metro Transit bus and light rail lines. SOMN’s office in Oracle Centre is skyway connected for easy access to all the restaurants and retail outlets in downtown.

SOMN offers year-round sports training, competition, leadership, health, wellness and inclusion programs to all Minnesotans regardless of age or intellectual ability. In addition to work with SOMN’s marketing team, interns have the opportunity to volunteer additional time for other SOMN events, if interested, to increase the training and experience afforded by their internship.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Community Outreach Internship – Bemidji

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.

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 [email protected].