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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.

Sports Program Manager

Development Events Coordinator

Local Program Accounting Manager

Position: Sports Program Manager

Position Overview: The Sports Program Manager is a full-time exempt position and a member of the SOKY Program/Sports Team that is responsible for coordinating a quality sports program that includes volunteer management & education and planning and coordinating competitive events.  This is an in-person position that is based in our Frankfort Office and regular attendance is required.  Will be some evening and weekend work with some travel with overnights.

Reports To: Director of Sports & Competition

Skills & Qualifications:

  1. Desire and/or passion for working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  2. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  3. Event Management experience with the ability to manage multiple projects.
  4. Demonstrated experience managing volunteer relationships at all levels.
  5. Engaging personality with excellent interpersonal skills a must.
  6. Strong leadership skills with the proven ability to work effectively with diverse groups.
  7. Proficient time management skills, attention to detail and proven written and verbal communication skills.
  8. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, ability to plan and produce social media, understanding of data bases and desire & ability to learn additional software.
  9. Ability to work flexible hours that include evenings, weekends, and overnights.
  10. Some loading and lifting are required for events.


  • Assist in the planning, preparation and supervision of leagues, local qualifying events, Regional and State-level Games and Tournaments including Summer Games.
  • Support Area-level Track & Field and Bowling Competitions.
  • Work with the Program Team to provide educational materials to coaches and ensure coaches achieve and maintain their certifications.
  • Achieve and maintain a good working knowledge of the Games Management System (GMS) and assist/manage the registration process for Games/Tournaments.
  • Engage Sport Development Teams (SDT) as needed per sport season.
  • Assist in the efforts to maintain SOKY Sport Manuals and online sport certification trainings for coaches ensuring they are up to date on rules, best practices, and relevant program information.
  • Provide sports-related support and technical assistance to local programs.
  • Stay current on rules/updates through NGB’s and SOI as they pertain to SOKY sports. Help to ensure compliance with all SOI rules at all levels of competition.
  • Work with the Sports Program Team and SDT’s to develop training materials for coaches, develop relationships with sports organizations, etc. with goal of improving the quality of coaching in the program.
  • Help maintain data entry files for Coach Education ensuring accurate records for all volunteers in GMS. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Represent SOKY at State and National meetings and conferences where appropriate.
  • Work with the SOKY Director of Sports & Competitions to develop annual budgets.
  • Work with the Sports/Program Team to provide articles/information for the bi-monthly SportsLine e-newsletter.
  • Participate in monthly SOKY staff meetings and as well as regularly scheduled Program Department meetings.
  • Abide by SOI general rules.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with the Director of Sports & Competition and perform other duties when assigned.

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Position: Development Events Coordinator

Description: The Development Events Coordinator is a full-time exempt position in the Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY) Development Team. This fundraising position supports activities overseen by the Development Team in Louisville and in Frankfort. This is an in-person position based in our Louisville Office and regular attendance is required. Evenings, weekends, and overnights require flexibility in work schedule and loading/lifting required for events.

Reports to: VP, Development. Supports All Development Efforts


  • Support includes social media, participant recruitment and communication, committees, logistics, vendors, maintenance of websites, event materials
  • Support sponsor relationships with preparation of proposals, renewals, prospects
  • Support statewide promotions, corporate partner events and outings
  • Provide administrative support including office supplies, expenses, greeting visitors, and assisting with mail.
  • Responsible for data and gift entry – Blackbaud Software: TeamRaiser, Luminate, Raiser’s Edge
  • Support preparations of Annual Report
  • Attendance at SOKY state-level Events and Competitions


  • Excellent communication skills (verbal & written)
  • A people-person – someone who engages easily with others
  • Ability to manage, motivate and lead
  • Positive attitude & work ethic, self-starter, forward thinker
  • Highly organized with demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Experience with community-based events (planning & implementation)
  • Creative and design skills including knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Illustrator; Canva
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, comfortable with databases
  • Comfort with various weather elements – Rain, Sleet or Summer Heat!
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Special Olympics Kentucky, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and respects all individuals. Our personnel processes are merit-based and applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $38,000.00 – $39,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Louisville, KY 40222: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Fundraising: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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Position: Local Program Accounting Manager
FSLA Status: Full Time, Exempt (Salaried)
Location: Frankfort
Reports to:  Director of Finance & Administration

Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY) is looking for a Local Program Accounting Manager who is passionate about our mission and organization.  The ideal candidate is a detailed, accurate, and efficient bookkeeper/accountant and will be responsible for the financial accounting for all local program accounts as well as assisting the Director of Finance & Administration with state level accounting. Additionally, working with volunteers and delivering excellent customer service to local programs is required. This is a new position, and the incumbent will have the opportunity to help develop and recommend processes for local program accounting.

Summary:  The Local Program Accounting Manager is responsible for the management and maintenance of financial records for approximately 70 local program accounts including processing check requests, account reconciliations, and preparing quarterly reports following accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This person will be working with, guiding, and assisting volunteers with local programs. Data entry into Raisers Edge is also required. The position handles confidential material.

Accounting Responsibilities:

  • Process local program requests in a timely manner including paying invoices, deposits, and reimbursements.
  • Support local program volunteers related to financial oversight.
  • Serve as backup to the Director of Finance & Administration as needed.
  • Prepare, analyze, and present quarterly financial statements to local programs.
  • Assist with the annual external audit.

General Responsibilities:

  • Enter data into fundraising software and generate queries/reports.
  • Attend and assist the Director of Finance & Administration at fundraising events with check-in and money collection. This includes weekend and overnight travel.
  • Attend the State Summer Games in Richmond.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance & Administration.


  • 2-3 years accounting/bookkeeping experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and QuickBooks Premier accounting software.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
  • Related bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of SOKY.

Will be required to submit to a background and credit check.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Kathryn Harvey at

Special Olympics Kentucky EEO Statement

Special Olympics Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and respects all individuals and in which personnel processes are merit-based and applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic.