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Discover a fulfilling career that makes an impact! Your work with Special Olympics Southern California will touch the lives of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, from San Luis Obispo and Kern counties in the north to the U.S./Mexico border. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented, diverse workforce where all employees can contribute to their highest potential. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified individuals to apply for open positions regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, qualified disability, marital, veteran or any other legally protected status.

What We Do

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 29,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.



Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a comprehensive, competitive benefits package. And we do. It’s part of our commitment to providing a work environment where every employee can thrive — personally and professionally.



Application Process

Please email your cover letter and resume as a PDF attachment to the email address specified with each job listed. Upon successful electronic submittal of your cover letter and resume, you will get an automated reply letting you know we have received your documents. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for our positions.

Application Information

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A valid California driver’s license and ability to meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements and successful passing of background screening are required for each position.

Please respond only if you have the required experience and are already living in the stated region (relocation costs will not be paid).

Upon successful electronic submittal of your email of interest, a receipt confirmation will be automatically sent to you. You may have to check your spam or junk folder for this email.


The Program Specialist is responsible for the growth of the program in the identified Region. The Program Specialist oversees community outreach and is responsible for achieving annual growth goals of number of athletes served through the development of new programs and partnerships. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary by Region.

Location: San Diego


Program Development (36%)

Develops the resources and partnerships needed to serve athletes from 2 years and older in communities throughout the Region. These programs include community-based local programs, School Partnerships, Unified Sports programs, Young Athlete Programs, and Wellness Initiatives.

Individual Goals (20%)

Leadership Volunteers (14%):

Recruits and trains individuals with the capacity to fulfill management roles within programs that will expand capacity to serve more athletes.

Strategic Planning/Outreach: (10%)

  • Manages the development and implementation of a Regional outreach plan to increase the number of athletes
  • Gives speeches to interested community organizations
  • Plans and executes recruitment events and/or SOSC participation in other community outreach events

Community Resources and Partnerships (10%):

  • Enlists community resources such as service and civic clubs, recreation departments, colleges & universities, high schools and local businesses to support new program and outreach needs
  • Maintains strong relationships with related organizations and groups who serve individuals with intellectual disabilities including the Regional Centers and ARCs.

Communication (6%):

  • Assist with year-round communications plan in conjunction with the Regional Director
  • Ensures to social media is current and relevant to what is going on in the region. Post a minimum of 3 times per week on social media
  • Assist with news articles for monthly electronic newsletter

Youth Leadership (4%):

May conduct youth activation activities including Partners Clubs, End the R Word campaigns, school and youth fundraising and regional Youth Activation Committee.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Level Responsibilities:
Usually works under minimum supervision, conferring with superior on unusual matters. May be assisted by lower level personnel. Assignments are broad in nature, requiring originality and ingenuity. Has appreciable latitude for unreviewed action or decision.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience to include combination of specifics listed below
  • Four years of experience in recreation, sports administration and program development
  • Two years of experience in volunteer/staff management
  • Paid or volunteer experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred
  • Two years of Special Olympics experience preferred
  • Possesses and applies a broad knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to the completion of difficult assignments
Skills and/or Abilities:
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to multi-task effectively
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and in stressful situations
  • Proficiency in using relevant technology, including Microsoft Office and database systems
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements
  • Have valid California driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements
  • Ability to pass background screen check of drivers' license and criminal history.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, lift or carry up to 24 pounds, and lift overhead up to 24 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May work from home with prior supervisory approval.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job requires occasional driving.

COMPENSATION: Position is full-time, benefit eligible and salary range is $43,680 - $48,000 per year, depending on experience.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Job Description PDF


Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is another way to get involved. Whatever your interests, talents, background and availability, there are volunteer opportunities for you.


Become an Intern

We offer internships to students throughout the year. Internships are available across many departments in the regional offices as well as our headquarters in Long Beach.