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: Special Events & Communications Coordinator

Description: The Special Events & Communications Coordinator is a full-time non-exempt position that is a member of the SOKY Development Team.  This position is responsible for providing support to SOKY Special Events and to SOKY’s Communications efforts.  This position is also responsible for providing some support to the day-to-day operations of the Frankfort Office.  There will be some evening and weekend work which will require flexibility in the work schedule at times.  Through the course of the year multiple overnight stays will be required. Event set-up requires heavy lifting.


  • Individual must have a great attitude and strong work ethic
  • Must be a team player with an 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 and word processing
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel and Publisher
  • Strong understanding of social media best practices
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


  1. Work with the SOKY Special Events Team in planning and coordinating Special Events and projects (i.e. Polar Plunges, Truck/Plane Pulls).  Support will include logistics, committee participation, recruitment of event participants, solicitation of auction items/door prizes, sponsor relations, etc.
  2. Responsible for the preparation, design and distribution of Special Events materials and mailings (i.e. posters, flyers, postcards, brochures, etc.).
  3. Attend SOKY Special Events and organize and oversee the Registration process.
  4. Work with the Director of Communications & External Affairs to manage social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat), communications to media outlets and ensure that the SOKY website is current with relevant information.
  5. Responsible for overseeing the process of follow-up correspondence to participants and donors after events and projects, (thank you letters, etc.).
  6. Assist with the management and maintenance of fundraising events, participants and donors via the Sphere on-line fundraising system.
  7. Responsible for some data entry into the fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge).
  8. Attendance at SOKY state-level special events and the SOKY Summer Games that will include weekend and overnight travel.  Some day-time travel will also be required.
  9. Communicate regularly with assigned Directors and perform other duties when assigned.

Please send resume and cover letter to by May 19.

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