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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.

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Benefits

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.

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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.

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Administrator, Public Relations & Social Media is responsible for implementing the public relations, media relations, and social media strategies for Special Olympics Southern California. The incumbent will build relationships with media to promote Special Olympics, write press releases, pitch media, lead media relations during events and campaigns, and implement the annual social media strategy. The incumbent will assist with developing the publicity strategy. The incumbent must maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality in all aspects of the position.

Location: Long Beach

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Social Media (30%)

  • Responsible for implementing the social media strategy on behalf of Special Olympics Southern California. Manages the content calendar and day-to-day postings. Writes and edits content and creates graphics for social media. Assists in developing the annual social media strategy, including campaigns for events and promotions. Ensures brand guidelines are met on social media. Tracks and monitors analytics and online trends and makes improvements as needed. Works closely with staff to maintain consistent messaging and brand guidelines on social media. Builds and supervises a social media volunteer team to assist with strategy and day-to-day tasks, including posting. Trains SOSC staff on social media best practices and SOSC policies.

Public Relations (20%)

  • Responsible for implementing the public and media relations strategy on behalf of Special Olympics Southern California. This includes but is not limited to building relationships with media, writing press releases, creating media kits, coordinating media interviews, recruiting and preparing spokespeople, pitching media, and building media lists. Manages media operations and media days for a variety of events and campaigns, including developing segment ideas, identifying locations, gathering and creating props, recruiting spokespeople, setting up and organizing at the media day, and more. Builds and supervises a media volunteer team to assist with day-to-day tasks. Monitors, captures, and analyzes media impressions.

Writing (15%)

  • Manages the SOSC blog, including design, layout, stories, imagery, and content calendar.
  • Writes and edits copy for press releases, features, articles, bulk emails, websites, training materials, presentations, flyers, programs, brochures, web banners, advertisements, ceremony scripts, radio and video PSAs, social media posts, and more.
  • Curates mission moments, including stories on athletes and supporters, quotes, photos, videos, measureable stats, and more.
  • Edits and provides a second set of eyes on marketing materials as needed. Editing includes but is not limited to ensuring brand consistency, identifying typos and grammatical mistakes, reviewing event and campaign details (dates, times, locations, and so on), and assessing for flow and reader comprehension.

Events (15%)

  • Manages social media and media at SOSC events. Assists on marketing and communications tasks at SOSC events as needed.

Individual Goals (20%)

Other

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

JOB LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under supervision, performs work that is varied and may require prioritizing and multi-tasking. Work may include some originality in close collaboration with supervisor. Has limited decision making authority on behalf of the organization. Enforces company policies.

QUALIFICATIONS:

An individual must be able to perform each primary job 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:

  • 4-6 years of work in social media, public relations, and/or media relations and college degree or equivalent in related area
  • 3-5 years writing experience
  • Prior copy editing experience preferred
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop
  • Experience with developing and maintaining key relationships, including leadership volunteers, news media, photographers, and video production crews
  • Prior experience in content management software, responsive design, HTML5, and CSS3 preferred
  • Strong marketing and internal customer service experience
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously
  • Demonstrated comfort with technology and the ability to quickly learn new software and programs
  • Prior photography and videography experience preferred
  • Prior supervisor and team leader experience preferred

Skills and/or Abilities:

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all data and information related to position
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with media, all levels of staff, supporters, and volunteers
  • A good eye for photography
  • Basic graphics design skills
  • Ability to train staff on social media and public relations best practices
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements
  • Have a valid California driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements
  • Ability to successful pass background screen of criminal and driving 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 50 pounds, and lift overhead up to 50 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.

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

May work from home on a limited basis with prior supervisory approval.

COMPENSATION: Full-time, salaried non-exempt manager, 40 hours per week, benefit eligible; salary range is $18.00 - $21.00 per hour, depending on directly related experience.

Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to lbjobs@sosc.org.

Job Description PDF

JOB SUMMARY:

The Coordinator, Graphic Design and Marketing serves as one of the design experts for Special Olympics Southern California. The incumbent will design graphics, collateral, digital materials, merchandise, and emails. The incumbent manages in-house marketing materials and signage. The incumbent also assists with updating SOSC’s photo library and creating websites and emails. The incumbent must maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality in all aspects of the position. Knows and applies the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of graphic design and marketing. Works on complex assignments under close guidance.

Location: Long Beach

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Graphic Design (45%)

  • Works closely with SOSC staff to create marketing materials to promote events and campaigns. Designs flyers, web banners and graphics, email banners and graphics, social media graphics, brochures, souvenir booklets, posters, merchandise, signage, toolkits, invitations, ads, awards, forms, and other materials required to publicize SOSC.
  • Works with vendors to print/create marketing materials, including developing RFPs, bidding for projects, print and delivery specs, and obtaining pro bono work and non-profit discounts.
  • Ensures brand guidelines are met on all graphic projects, including maintaining consistency within all SOSC graphics. Tracks and monitors graphics created and provides guidance as needed.
  • Helps maintain the SOSC photo library, which includes adding, sorting, and editing photos. Participates in image editing and optimizing images for print and web.

Signage (15%)

  • Leads signage at Southern California championships and other events. This includes managing inventory, designing and ordering signage, hanging and taking down signage, managing a volunteer committee, and developing wayfinding plans.

Merchandising (10%)

  • Manages in-house marketing materials for the organization. This includes educating staff on caring for the items, managing inventory and the storage PODs, designing and ordering new materials, and researching new materials to improve promotions of campaigns and programs. Designs merchandise as needed.
  • Represents the Marketing and Communications team on inventory and storage days.

Marketing (10%)

  • Provides support to the Senior Manager, Digital Media in developing emails and updating SOSC’s websites as needed. This includes writing and editing copy, creating graphics, developing ads, updating websites, and more. Ensures brand guidelines are met on all websites and web pages.

Individual Goals (20%)

Other

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

JOB LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under supervision, performs work that is varied and may require prioritizing and multi-tasking. Work may include some originality in close collaboration with supervisor. Has limited decision making authority on behalf of the organization. Enforces company policies.

QUALIFICATIONS:

An individual must be able to perform each primary job 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:

  • 2-4 years of experience in graphic design and marketing and AA degree
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver
  • Knowledge of content management software, HTML5, CSS3, and responsive design
  • Strong marketing and internal customer service experience
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously
  • Experience with managing a photography library
  • Demonstrated comfort with technology and the ability to learn new software and programs
  • Prior writing and copy editing experience preferred
  • Prior photography and videography experience preferred
  • Prior supervisor and team leader experience preferred

Skills and/or Abilities:

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all data and information related to position
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff, supporters, and volunteers
  • A good eye for photography
  • Ability to utilize information technology effectively as a communication tool
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements
  • Have a valid California driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements
  • Ability to successful pass background screen of criminal and driving 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 50 pounds, and lift overhead up to 50 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.

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

May work from home on a limited basis with prior supervisory approval.

COMPENSATION: Full-time, non-exempt (hourly), 40 hours per week, benefit eligible; salary range is $17.00 - $20.00 per hour, depending on directly related experience.

Apply:

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and sample portfolio to lbjobs@sosc.org.

Job Description PDF

JOB SUMMARY:

The Director, Development is responsible for generating revenue to advance the mission of Special Olympics Southern California. The Director will develop and implement strategies to secure donor and corporate partner support through the moves management process (qualification, cultivation, ask, stewardship) within the Central Division. The Director will create and implement a development strategy, in collaboration with Division and Headquarter leadership, that creates a team-based approach to revenue generation across the Central Division. The Director will ensure all team members carrying Development responsibilities are trained and equipped to successfully deliver on Development goals.

Location: Los Angeles

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Prospect Management (35%)

  • Support the Central Division in achieving overall annual fundraising goals.
  • Maintain a rigorous moves management process (qualification, cultivation, ask, stewardship), advancing relationships with current and prospective donors and corporate partner representatives.
  • Follow prospect management expectations including the regular and consistent utilization of Raiser’s Edge NXT.
  • Secure individual contributions and sponsorship for Central Division beyond events.

Event Management (30%)

  • • Direct Development team efforts around supporting all Division special events, including Plane Pull, Pier del Sol, Golf Tournament, and more.
  • Direct strategy for developing committees and securing volunteers.
  • Secure lead volunteers to host Cultivation Mixers.

Budget & Financial Tracking (5%)

  • Create, manage and oversee budgets within portfolio.
  • Tracks and processes all event related invoices. Identifies, secures, coordinates and tracks budget relieving in-kind donations of both goods and services.

Strategic Planning (5%)

  • Develop a division fundraising plan in collaboration with Division Leadership and HQ Development.

Supervisor Duties (5%)

  • Maintains and develops staff by recruiting, staffing, orienting, onboarding, coaching, providing feedback and training employees. Supports professional development. Explains, guides, and enforces systems, policies and procedures. Counsels as needed.
  • Maintains safe and healthy work environment through observation and coaching and training. Develops schedules, provides resources, assigns and monitors work. Controls expenses by gathering and submitting budget information, monitoring variances and implementing corrective actions.
  • Maintains own professional and technical knowledge and that of team members. Contributes to team morale and motivation. Schedules regular team meetings for each team member to share information, challenges and successes. Keeps team informed of organization happenings. Responsible for team meeting their goals and overall achievements of department.

Individual Goals (20%)

JOB LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Develops goals and plans that align with the organization’s strategic plan. Works with direct reports or collaborators on developing goals and plans. Has authority and flexibility in day-to-day work towards accomplishing goals. Has decision making authority around issues related to their team, and is responsible for the results and success of their team. May have access to executive level confidential information. Has authority to speak publicly on behalf of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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:

  • 10-12 years development experience or equivalent and college degree or equivalent and supervisory experience of professional employees
  • 5+ years of major gifts, corporate partnership, and/or sales experience
  • Experience managing projects to completion
  • Experience with training and managing staff
  • Special Olympics experience preferred

Supervision Responsibilities:
Will supervise salaried level employees, volunteers and/or manage relationships with top tier donors. Prior experience successfully supervising others, including hiring/coaching.

Knowledge:
Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of particular field of specialization to the completion of complex assignments. Has well-developed leadership qualities. May work across departments.

Skills and/or Abilities:

  • Strong relationship building expertise
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional negotiation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Budgeting and accounting skills
  • Strong sales, public relations and presentation skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to build consensus across diverse groups of people
  • Ability to effectively recruit and manage large numbers of volunteers
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with law enforcement personnel and staff members at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate people
  • Strong team orientation
  • Proficiency in the use of computer and MS Office applications
  • 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 in regards to criminal and driving 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.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job requires occasional driving. Working from home with prior supervisory permission is allowed for this position.

COMPENSATION: Position is full-time and benefit eligible; salary range is $55,000 to $70,000/year depending on directly related experience.

Apply:

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and sample portfolio to lajobs@sosc.org.

Job Description PDF

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