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Region F Internship


 

General Responsibilities

  • Assist Region Director and Assistant Region Director 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, marketing and fundraising will be primary responsibilities for this position to assist with Polar Plunges.
  • Design and creation of regional newsletter.
  • 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 have completed at least two semesters of college or community college coursework
  • Must be able to lift over 40 lbs
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and Publisher

Work Schedule

  • Can be based out of Monmouth, IL or Rock Island, IL offices. 5-10 hours per week with evenings and weekends as the position demands. Most work may be completed on campus.

How to Apply

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


Manager – Development Region J


 

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 Highland office located at 1318 Mercantile Dr, Highland, IL
  • To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to Linda Wunder at lwunder@soill.org

Duck Internship


 

General Responsibilities

Promotional Events

  • Assist in development of promotional schedule (concerts, festivals, sporting events, corporate events, etc.)
  • Ability to interact with event attendees, visitors, corporate staff, etc.
  • Must be comfortable handling sales function at promotional events
  • Establish communication with event volunteers if needed
  • Confirm all event details (date, time, contact information, etc.) in writing with volunteers and event staff
  • Complete event recap report
  • Prepare and send acknowledgements to volunteers and event staff
  • Serve as “Splash”, our duck mascot, at promotional events. This involves wearing branded costume and interacting with guests.

Financial Protocols

  • Prepare financial reconciliations for all duck adoptions generated by mail as well as at promotional events
  • Deposit funds as directed and transmit reports to finance department in the Normal office
  • Maintain accurate financial records in both paper and electronic formats
  • Track all personal expenses and receipts and submit expense report every other week

Other Duties

  • Data entry, mailings, mascot recruitment, costume maintenance
  • Track and report souvenir sales, keep updated inventory of merchandise and fulfill souvenir orders on a regular basis
  • Support Marketing & Development staff on an as-needed basis in other responsibilities as assigned
  • Set up sales opportunities for duck teams.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong multi-tasking and time management skills , detail oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be comfortable handling sales function at promotional events
  • Outgoing personality, interact effectively with staff, volunteers, event attendees
  • Experience in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Must have your own car and possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record; There will be use of company car/van at times
  • Must be comfortable driving/parking in downtown Chicago
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs comfortably
  • Must be available some nights, weekends and for overtime if necessary

Work Schedule

  • Based out of Lombard, IL with evenings, weekends and overtime as the position demands.

How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to Shelley Chenoweth Director, Corporate Partnerships, via email at schenoweth@soill.org, or mail to 500 Waters Edge, Suite 100, Lombard, IL.  No phone calls please.


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”.


Diversity and Inclusion Intern


 

This learning opportunity is intended to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in the management of non-profit organizations.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Special Olympics Illinois program with driving diversity and inclusion initiatives through the achievement of specified goals
  • Follow Special Olympics Illinois established policies and procedures
  • Recruit eligible individuals for participation in Special Olympics as athletes and volunteers
  • Promote awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their achievements through public forums

INTERNSHIP GOALS

(one – two selected by intern and intern supervisor)

  • Research, secure meetings, and cultivate at least three minority volunteer groups for long-term participation
  • Research and recommend curriculum around best advertising practices targeting diverse populations
  • Research at least three potential speakers, three potential coaches, and at least three diverse athletes to lead a training on the subject of diversity and inclusion
  • Manage a training with above-mentioned speaker(s) at the July 25 – 27, 2017 Organizational Meeting in Normal, IL

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have completed at least four semesters of college or community college courses
  • Experience with Special Olympics and/or therapeutic recreation, parks and recreation, sports management, marketing, event management, publication relations or other closely related field(s)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in set-up and breakdown at events, stand and/or sit for long periods of time, lift items weighing up to 25 pounds, climb stairs to move equipment and load and unload vehicles
  • Extensive computer knowledge with Microsoft operating system and Microsoft applications
  • Ability to commute within Chicago city limits

WORK SCHEDULE

  • Based in Chicago, IL
  • Approximately 9 hours per week with evenings and weekends as the position demands; overnight and travel required for July meeting in Normal, IL
  • Position may require intern to use school-issued materials, such as computers, library resources and copiers
  • Reports to Assistant Director – Area 3

SALARY

  • Internship must be taken for a course credit
  • $11/hour
  • Non-exempt, part-time, temporary position with a culminating project and presentation

HOW TO APPLY

  • Send cover letter, resume, and references to careers@soill.org by February 15, 2017; subject line should include your last name followed by “Diversity and Inclusion Internship Application”
  • Minority applicants are encouraged to apply