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, Director of Human Resources. You can also follow our company page on LinkedIn to receive occasional updates and job postings.

Spring Marketing, Development & Program Intern

Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) is a year round sports program for persons with intellectual disabilities. In addition to assisting with support of our local and regional competitions, the intern will work on several high profile fundraisers such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the NOVA Polar Plunges and other local events and fundraising activities. The position is unpaid but the experience is invaluable. We are willing to work with you to make the experience fit your university needs.

Extremely flexible schedule of a minimum of 15-20 hours/week (More Ideal). Internships typically last a semester but can be extended. The Northern Virginia office of Special Olympics Virginia is located at 11350 Random Hills Rd C-140 Fairfax, VA 22030 and is approximately 10 minutes away from George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.

Duties and Projects can include:Required skills:
  • Marketing relations at Special Olympics competitions and events
  • Assistance at fundraising activities
  • Pre-event planning/event management and organization
  • Assisting with sponsorship proposals and letters
  • Updating social media outlets
  • Sponsorship research
  • Assisting with marketing tasks and developing promotional materials
  • Assisting with media relationships
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Interest and experience in sports, public relations, marketing, and event planning
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Interest or experience with nonprofit work

Starting date: January 2020

Contact Nicole Kratzer, Project Manager, at [email protected] (please attach your current résumé & cover letter) or by phone at (703) 359-4301 ext. 2 if you are interested in the position!

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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