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 Manager (SOKY Louisville Office)

Description: The Development Manager is a full-time non-exempt position that is part of the SOKY Development Team responsible for managing and coordinating fundraising events from our Louisville Office.  The position is responsible for event management/logistics, committee development, participant recruitment, sponsor support and strategic development of the events.  Moderate travel (including evenings and weekends) and regular attendance is required.

Responsible To: Development Director


  • Experience with community-based events (planning & implementation)
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (verbal & written)
  • A people-person – someone who engages easily with others
  • Ability to manage, motivate and lead
  • Positive attitude & work ethic
  • Enthusiastic and eager to work, learn and grow with SOKY
  • Computer literate, have good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite


  • Manage and implement plans for signature fundraising events such as Polar Plunges, Truck/Plane Pulls and Sneaker Ball. Actively develop and manage events timeline and task calendar to ensure timely execution of plan
  • Build network of community organizations to recruit team captains and participants to reach event revenue goals. Actively pursue opportunities to present SOKY fundraising events to businesses, organizations and schools.
  • Work to further develop volunteer fundraising committees and oversee committee activities/meetings, etc. Provide agendas, meeting notes and direction to members to enable them to serve in leadership roles.
  • Work with the SOKY Development Staff to support efforts to secure new sponsorships and manage current relationships.
  • Work to build relationships with vendors, facilities and service providers to manage and reduce event expenses as well as to increase in-kind contributions.
  • Support efforts by the team to cultivate community support for projects and events.
  • Establish and maintain regular communication and project input with the Special Events Director to implement budgets, timelines, goals and best practices for events.
  • Represent SOKY at meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Attendance at SOKY state-level special events that will include weekend and some overnight travel.

To apply for this position, send resume and cover letter to Jennifer McMahon at


POSITION: Special Events Coordinator (SOKY Frankfort Office)

Description: The Special Events 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’s Special Events efforts.  This position is also responsible for providing some support SOKY’s Communications efforts and 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
  • Highly organized with a demonstrated 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 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. Manage the back-of-house components of SOKY Special Events, including event registration set-up, day-of management, and volunteer solicitation and management.
  3. Responsible for the preparation, design and distribution of Special Events materials and mailings (i.e. posters, flyers, postcards, brochures, etc.).
  4. Attend SOKY Special Events and organize and oversee the Registration process.
  5. Work with the Director of Communications & External Affairs to manage social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat).
  6. Responsible for overseeing the process of follow-up correspondence to participants and donors after events and projects, (thank you letters, etc.).
  7. Assist with the management and maintenance of fundraising events, participants and donors via the Sphere on-line fundraising system.
  8. Responsible for some data entry into the fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge).
  9. 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.
  10. Communicate regularly with assigned Directors and perform other duties when assigned.

If you are interested in this position and feel you meet the above requirements, please send a resume and cover letter to Taylor Ballinger, Special Olympics Kentucky, at

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