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Unified Champion Schools Program Internship


 

Position Title: Intern, Unified Champion Schools, Programs

Location: Lombard or Normal, Illinois (Partially Virtual)

Department: Program Services – Unified Champion Schools

Reports to: Jennifer Kelso / Jillian Hosteny , Unified Champion Schools

Hours: Approximately 20 hours per week (some flexibility possible)

Date Range: Approximately May 1 – August 31 (Depending on candidate school schedule)

Position Summary: This position will support the growth of Unified programming with a focus on school environments. This role will primarily support Special Olympics Illinois staff and school staff with project management, implementation, and evaluation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to the role
  • Create and develop programs alongside the UCS Team to capture and engage schools in the unified movement
  • Contribute internal processes related to data, operations, and reporting
  • Assist with resource development to enhance current Unified Sports, Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement programming
  • Assist with volunteer management (in person or virtually) and recruitment when necessary
  • Assist with planning and coordination of unified events related to sports, summits, and meetings.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the UCS Team

Deliverables:

  • This internship will be interest focused to create a mutually beneficial opportunity for the successful candidate and their long term professional goals. One agreed upon project will be researched, complied and presented upon internship completion.
  • Webinar or online training introducing project to Special Olympics staff, youth leaders and educators
  • Recruitment and Outreach Plan to help grow participation through desired project.

Required Qualifications

  • High school graduate
  • Comfortable with leading Zoom calls and meetings
  • Proven computer skills, specifically: Email, Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Excellent verbal communication, accountability and organizational skills
  • Professional Email communication & ability to respond to all emails within 24 hours (during the business week)
  • Self-reliant and ability to work independently

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Special Olympics
  • Passion to reach more athletes and partners, raise more resources and enhance the experience of events and programming.
  • Experience in coordinating events
  • Knowledge of Social Media and it use to advance organizational goals.

How to Apply:

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Manager – Administrative Services


 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

TITLE: Manager – Administrative Services

Position Overview:

The Manager – Administrative Services is primarily responsible for providing support to the
Director –Athlete and Family Initiatives, Central and Southern Region staff and State Championship
and Unified Champion Schools staff to help ensure that the proper procedures are in place to
assist Special Olympics Illinois in achieving the Big Three Key Objectives.

Primary Responsibilities

● Actively works with Directors to achieve strategic goals to ensure progress toward the Big
Three Key Objectives and to protect the financial integrity of the organization

● Assists with driving program initiatives such as Unified Champion Schools, Families, Athlete
Leadership, Young Athletes and Healthy Athletes.

● General support, including but not limited to: producing reports, grant tracking, updating
organizational policy and procedures, processing data entry requirements, Athlete Leader and Family
leadership trainings, updating social media, creating flyers, maintaining data base, website
postings and other duties as assigned.

● Assists in managing volunteers as well as part-time and/or temporary employees as needed.

● Supports State-level events through pre-event preparation, correspondence with families,
event planning and post event follow up including data collection and credential order fulfillment.

● May assist with day of duties at events, providing general event support as needed at State
tournament and athlete leader/family leader workshops

● Manages logistics such as food/beverage, audio-visual and invitations/collateral for
trainings and meetings.

● Promote events and relevant news and information on Families and Athlete Leadership Facebook
pages and newsletters

 

Qualifications/Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

● Bachelor’s degree strongly recommended

● Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products

● Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who productively
engages with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Special Olympics Illinois

● High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission

● Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps
team to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere

● Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

● Customer focus

● Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as receptive (listening)
Essential Functions:

● Monday through Friday with frequent evenings and weekends as position demands

● Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an
essential function of position

● Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in set-up and breakdown at
events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles

● Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; includes sedentary and light work

● Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and
figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving
small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles

● First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required; must be able and willing to effectively
administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events

● Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required

● Based out of Normal office located at 605 East Willow Street, Normal, IL

● To apply, please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Karen Milligan at
kmilligan@soill.org


Manager – Development Region G


 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

TITLE: Manager – Development Region G

Position Overview:

The Manager – Region is primarily responsible for providing support to the Region staff to help
ensure that the Region has the proper procedures in place to assist Special Olympics Illinois in
achieving the Big Three Key Objectives. This manager position will have a development focus.

 

Primary Responsibilities

● Actively work with the Region Director to achieve Region-Specific, strategic goals to ensure
progress toward the Big Three Key Objectives and to protect the financial integrity of the
organization

● Manages all fundraising and resource development efforts in the Region, including but not
limited to sponsorships, special events and fundraisers, in-kind resource development, state-level
event and campaign support

● Actively work with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Team to support local LETR events and
fundraising efforts; serves as a local contact for LETR legs in Region

● Collaborate with community partners to create third party fundraisers and special athlete
opportunities

● Focus on continued growth capitalizing on using knowledge of technology and social media to
identify and employ new avenues to market the organization and its offering

● Recruit and manage volunteers and committee members, as well as part-time, full-time and/or
temporary employees as needed

● Provide support in case of staffing vacancies in assigned Region

 

Qualifications/Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

● Bachelor’s degree strongly recommended

● Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products

● Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who productively
engages with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Special Olympics Illinois

● High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission

● Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps
team to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere

● Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

● Customer focus

● Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as receptive (listening)

Essential Functions:

● Monday through Friday with frequent evenings and weekends as position demands

● Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an
essential function of position

● Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in set-up and breakdown at
events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles

● Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; includes sedentary and light work

● Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and
figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving
small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles

● First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required; must be able and willing to effectively
administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events

● Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required

● Based out of State Headquarters Office (605 E Willow St. Normal IL)

● To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to Bailey Brenner at
bbrenner@soill.org


Assistant Director – Development Region G


 

POSITION ANNCOUNCEMENT

TITLE: Assistant Director – Development Region G

Position Overview:

The Assistant Director – Region is primarily responsible for providing support to the Region
Director to help ensure that the Region has the proper operational controls and reporting
procedures in place to assist Special Olympics Illinois in achieving the Big Three Key Objectives.
This Assistant Director will have a Development Focus.

 

Assistant Director Core Roles:

• Classification Criteria and Scope of Responsibility: Competent professional in particular
field of specialization (3 – 6 years); Bachelor’s degree is usually required. Team Member knows and
applies the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of particular field of specialization.
Team Member is responsible for keeping all relevant operations running smoothly and has authority
to make improvements and changes as necessary. Team Member usually works with minimum supervision,
conferring with supervisor on unusual matters. Team Member may be assisted by Support or
Manager-level personnel. Assignments are broad in nature, usually requiring originality and
ingenuity. Position classification is expected to serve in a junior successor capacity to
departmental Director Role.

● Conduct: Assistant Director-level Team Members must demonstrate the mission, vision and values
of Special Olympics Illinois through consistent adherence to Special Olympics Illinois’ Values &
Behaviors; by exercising a high level of cooperative, friendly and effective teamwork skills; by
resolving conflict directly, effectively and professionally; and by committing to support and be
helpful to other Team Members and departments within the organization.

● Performance: Satisfactory work performance requires consistently strong work product output,
including the successful execution and completion of all job duties and goals; autonomy, ownership,
competence and excellence of work product; innovation and process improvement; effective resource
management; professional development; and compliance with accepted organizational and legal rules,
regulations and policies.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

● Position serves as primary and direct back-up to the Region Director; incumbent is expected to
occasionally and as requested carry Director-level responsibility, which includes but is not
limited to: Division-wide, Director-level support and leadership; Division as well as Region-wide
training and/or mentorship; and continuous cross-training beyond assigned Development Focus

● In consultation with the Senior Director – Program Services and Region Director, the Assistant
Director – Region drives achievement of Region-specific, strategic goals to ensure progress toward
the Big Three Key Objectives and to protect the financial integrity of the organization

● Assists with driving program initiatives such as Young Athletes, Unified Champion Schools,
Families, Athlete Leadership Programs, Healthy Athletes and Coaches Education

● Provides support in case of staffing vacancies in assigned Region

● Manages volunteers as well as part-time, full-time and/or temporary employees as needed

● Development Focus:

● Manages all fundraising and resource development efforts in the Region, including but not
limited to: special events and fundraisers, outreach efforts to underserved populations, volunteer
recruitment and management, financial recordkeeping, public relations and awareness, education,
committee development, sponsorships, in-kind resource development, state-level event and campaign
support as well as agency revenue share programs/initiatives

● Actively works with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Team to support local LETR events and

fundraising efforts; serves as a local contact for LETR legs in Region

 

Qualifications/Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

● Bachelor’s degree preferred

● 3+ years’ professional experience within Special Olympics or closely related field

● Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products

● Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who productively
engages with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Special Olympics Illinois

● High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission

● Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps
team to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere

● Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

● Customer focus

● Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as receptive (listening)

● Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships

Essential Functions:

● Monday through Friday with frequent evenings and weekends as position demands

● Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an
essential function of position

● Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in setup and breakdown at
events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles

● Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; includes sedentary and light work

● Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and
figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving
small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles

● First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required; must be able and willing to effectively
administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events

● Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required

● Based out of Bloomington/Peoria area

● To apply for this position, please send resume, 3 current references and cover letter to
Bailey Brenner at bbrenner@soill.org. Position open until filled.


Region B Internship


 

General Responsibilities

  • Assist Region Staff to plan and execute events ranging from sporting events to fundraisers. Customer service and flexibility required to promote events, assist with outreach, finance, games management and communicate with Special Olympics Illinois constituents
  • Event Management and Fundraising will be primary responsibilities for this position to assist with all sporting and fundraising events
  • Help with day-to-day office work such as filing, data entry and inventory

Required Qualifications

  • Internship must be taken for college credit
  • No experience necessary, but must be currently enrolled in or completing college or community college coursework
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to lift over 40 lbs
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and Publisher

Work Schedule

  • Start date in January through May. Full time frame is negotiable to fit hours needed for college course(s)
  • Based out of Lincolnshire, IL
  • Hours vary per week, with evenings and weekends as the position demands along with travel

How to Apply

Fill out the online application at http://www.soill.org/careers/internship-studentworker-application-form/ and select “Region B Internship” when asked about “Applying for a Specific Position”.