Jobs & Openings

Are you a #gamechanger? There's never been a better time to be a part of the inclusion revolution! For more information about the opportunities listed below, please contact Lisa Garnett, Operations Manager. You can also follow our company page on LinkedIn to receive occasional updates and job postings.


Strategic Partnerships Manager (Virginia Beach)

Interested in joining a million dollar team representing one of the world's most trusted charitable brands? Look no further! Special Olympics Virginia currently boasts two million-dollar fundraising properties: Virginia Beach's oceanfront Polar Plunge Fest and the statewide Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia. This is your chance to help take both signature events to the next level while working alongside inspiring athletes, world-class volunteers and stellar colleagues with a passion for sports, community and inclusion.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development & Peer-to-Peer Event Specialist in Virginia Beach, this newly created development role will focus primarily on the recruitment and retention of event partners, teams and participants. Desired qualifications:

  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in Fundraising, Sales or Marketing
  • Strong communication and stewardship skills
  • Goal-oriented with proven ability to convert highly qualified leads and grow event revenue
  • Basic knowledge of online fundraising platforms and trends, including DIY
  • Engaging speaker in front of small and large groups (schools, sports teams, businesses, law enforcement agencies, military groups and other civic-minded organizations)
  • Ability to travel and work nights/weekends as necessary

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. Special Olympics Virginia provides a full benefit package including paid vacation, health, dental and a 401k. We also offer professional training and opportunities for growth including volunteer service at national and global events!

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Lisa Garnett by August 17, 2018.

Strong Minds Clinical Director, Richmond/Statewide (Volunteer Position)

We are currently seeking a volunteer Clinical Director to help us introduce Strong Minds, a new  Healthy Athletes discipline, at Summer Games in 2019. To be considered for this role, volunteers must have a degree and certification in a mental health field (i.e. psychologist, licensed counselor, licensed social worker) and be available to complete either an e-Learning training module or attend an upcoming national Train the Trainer event. Interested individuals should send a CV to Katie. Additional information is provided below.

What is Special Olympics Strong Minds?

Strong Minds is an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills. Competition provides a natural opportunity to develop active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness under stress, such as: thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others.

What Happens at Strong Minds?

Athletes try a few different active coping strategies as they move through the stations. Before exiting, athletes identify the strategies they like best and volunteers provide them with visual reminders to use these tools in competition and in daily life.

Where do the Strong Minds activities come from?

The content is derived from evidence-based models of self-regulation, social-emotional learning and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

How Was Strong Minds Developed?

The activities were created by a team of mental health professionals with experience working with individuals with intellectual. Nine revisions to the activities have occurred since 2014, through a series of pilot events that provided helpful feedback from athletes, coaches, caregivers, volunteers and Clinical Directors.

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