Communications Specialist, Urban Programming

Washington
Full Time

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools ® is an education-based strategy for schools’ Pre-K through university that intentionally promotes social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities to create accepting school environments. The foundation of the strategy employs three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement.

The Communications Specialist will be a key member of the Communications strategic pillar. 

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Organization Summary:

Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries -- and over a million volunteers.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools ® is an education-based strategy for schools’ Pre-K through university that intentionally promotes social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities to create accepting school environments. The foundation of the strategy employs three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement.

The Communications Specialist will be a key member of the Communications strategic pillar. This position is part of the SONA Unified Champion Schools team and will work closely with U.S. state Programs and SONA to support the sustainable growth and quality implementation of urban development, including the Unified Champion City Schools (UCCS) initiative, in the U.S. through promoting the work and bringing awareness to the mission.

What We Are Looking For:

For this role, we are looking for a goal-oriented and motivated team member who is eager to work and to grow within the Movement. The ideal candidate must have strong organization, time management, and relationship building skills. Additionally, this individual should feel comfortable analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and have the adaptability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Act as the main point of contact for all urban communications, including UCCS, U.S. state Programs communications needs.
  • Identify opportunities to share state Program stories around urban development externally or through related SONA functional areas.
  • Support and provide resources for UCCS U.S. state Programs as they navigate the implementation of the UCCS initiative and 12-point integrated strategy.
  • Coordinate crossover opportunities with Professional Development and Technical Assistance pillars.
  • Assist with projects in other SONA functional areas that tie into the UCCS initiative and/or 12-point integrated strategy (i.e., University Engagement team and HBCU strategy point).
  • Act as the primary liaison between the Urban core team and SONA communications team.
  • Facilitate meetings between Urban Development team and other necessary SONA functional areas.
  • Maintain regular correspondence with Programs implementing the UCCS initiative to help identify current/upcoming stories and events to promote.
  • Assist in the planning of UCCS related events and activations (I.e., Banner school presentations in UCCS cities, UCCS Youth Summit at the Unified Cup, etc.).

Required Qualifications:

  • 1+ years related experience with Special Olympics, or a similar non-profit organization
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency with Smartsheet
  • Working knowledge of project management processes
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from a range of cultures and professional backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently, in project teams and in remote work environments
  • Must represent the organization in a professional manner
  • Interest in disability, inclusion, and education and knowledge Unified Champion Schools

Status: Full-Time / Permanent

Location: DC Based/Remote consideration depending on location

Reports to: Director, Communications

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