Work at SOKY

While most Special Olympics services are provided by a dedicated group of volunteer coaches, fundraisers and event workers, Special Olympics Kentucky does employ a small staff to help organize competitions fundraising events and handle day-to-day operations of our statewide program. This offers opportunities for work in a challenging and rewarding environment that helps to change the lives of the athletes we serve and their families.

POSITION:  Development & Programs Events Manager

Description: The Development & Programs Events Manager is a full-time non-exempt position that is a member of the SOKY Development & Programs Teams.  This position is responsible for providing support to SOKY’s fundraising events and program events produced from the Louisville office.  This position is also responsible for managing the administrative operations of the Louisville Office.  Some evening, weekend work and overnight stays will be required.  Event set-up requires some heavy lifting.


  • Team player with great attitude, enthusiasm and work ethic
  • Individual needs to have great people-skills with the ability to engage easily with others
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Be computer literate, have good knowledge and appreciation of database management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel and Publisher – basic creative and design skills desired
  • Strong communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Someone who can be flexible with their work schedule


  1. Work with the SOKY Development Team in planning and coordinating fundraising events/projects (Polar Plunges, Truck/Plane Pulls) to include managing logistics, committees, recruitment of and communication with event participants, data management, sponsor relations, etc.
  2. Manage various components of SOKY fundraising events, including event registration (pre-event and day-of event), vendor solicitation and management, and post-event wrap-up.
  3. Responsible for the preparation, design and distribution of fundraising event materials and mailings (i.e. posters, flyers, postcards, sponsor packets, etc.).
  4. Oversee the process of corresponding to participants and donors of events and projects.
  5. Assist with the management and maintenance of on-line fundraising event sites and data including participants and donors via TeamRaiser.
  6. Responsible for some data and gift entry using Blackbaud products; Raiser’s Edge and TeamRaiser/Luminate.
  1. Support components of the SOKY Unified Champion Schools program.
  2. Help plan and execute Program events such as; Area Bowling Tournament, Area Track Meet and State Bowling Tournament held in Louisville
  3. Support SOKY state-level fundraising events and sports programs such as; Summer Games, that will include weekend and overnight travel.
  4. Work with Volunteer Services Manager in recruitment, training and management of Louisville-area volunteers.
  5. Manage Louisville Office administration duties such as; bank deposits, mail, ordering/stocking office supplies, vehicle maintenance, greet and serve visitors.
  6. Communicate regularly with assigned Directors and perform other duties when assigned.



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