Director of Communications

Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc.

The mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Position Details

Director of Communications
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

The Director of Communications works closely with the Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Marketing team members and staff throughout the organization to promote program highlights and success stories, sporting and fundraising events and, of course, our athletes.

The Director of Communications is responsible for stewarding Special Olympics Wisconsin’s brand awareness, perception and support through strategic, targeted communications to internal and external audiences. The Director is responsible for managing statewide media relations efforts and community-facing communications to include monthly e-newsletter(s) with evaluation of results, email campaigns and blogs. Experience producing compelling videos is a plus!

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, Business/Marketing, or related field. 
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in the communications field. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent writing and editing skill set, proven ability to develop communications across multiple channels and to a variety of audiences. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing positive media relations including crisis communications. 
  • Experience with website CMS, email solutions software (MailChimp) and Adobe Suite. 
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills. 
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Professional self-starter; and results focused. 
  • Strong presentation skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and organize work to meet established deadlines; solve problems using good judgment; understand when to seek assistance or guidance from others. 
  • Proficiency with MS Office including Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher. 
  • Valid Driver’s License. 
  • Effective time management skills. Some weekends, evenings and overnights, will be required.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, exempt position. Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. offers a robust benefit package that includes paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time; health, dental, life & long term disabiltiy, flexible spending accounts (FSA) and a 403B retirement plan. 

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