Director of Communications

May 19, 2022

Email resume to Sue Maner at [email protected]NO PHONE CALLS

Reports To: Executive Vice President
FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: Oversee internal and external public education, public relations, communications, day-to-day digital communications, and video assignments for the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

    • Advise the President and key staff members on public relations issues, policies and procedures to ensure maximum understanding and acceptance of Special Olympics by its various publics.
    • Recommend and direct the development of and implement short- and long- term public relations plans, programs and activities, including health and wellness and Unified Champion Schools initiatives.
    • Work with the President to craft SOSC’s image to ensure relevance in the community and within the field of intellectual disabilities,
    • Carry out organization’s social media strategy, including content cultivation and analytics.
    • Manage video production using in-house equipment and relationships with video production companies.
    • Write, design and manage portions of organization website.
    • Manage organization’s external communication channels, including email marketing.
    • Manage the Special Olympics South Carolina brand, specifically logo usage, and ensuring all materials are created in accordance with our brand guidelines.
    • Design posters, brochures, newsletters, proposals, reports, collages and logos using Adobe Creative Cloud products.
    • Write and edit material for SOSC internal and external publications and website as needed.
    • Manage writers, graphic designers, printers, and other consultants recruited to assist SOSC.
    • Write news releases, media kits, social media sheets, fact sheets and other materials as assigned.
    • Maintain relationships with the media and public relations executives of SOSC sponsors and community organizations
    • Supervise volunteer photographers; organize photo library for the organization.
    • Assist in management of SOSC Global Messengers Program.
    • Develop and manage an annual budget for the department.
    • Perform other tasks as assigned. The key accountabilities are not the exclusive requirements of this position.


Bachelor’s degree and three to five years’ experience in communications, public relations, and digital media to include website management, social media platforms, and video composition is preferred; strong analytical, written, and verbal communication skills; non-profit experience is preferred; ability to delegate effectively and communicate openly. A high level of energy and the ability to make decisions independently while collaborating with organizational leadership is essential. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to make presentations to groups as well as build one-on-one relationships within the community are desirable. Excellent knowledge of language, grammar, punctuation, and style. Ability to prioritize, organize and meet deadlines; working knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML, Word Press, Excel, Publisher, Final Cut Pro and common social media platforms; Ability to possess/maintain valid SC driver’s license; Ability to travel as needed; Attend work regularly; Represent the Organization in a professional manner; Attend Special Olympics
competitions and related functions as assigned; Some night and weekend work and travel is required.

Commensurate with experience, benefits package as outlined in the SOSC Employee Handbook.

Physical Demands:
The employee is occasionally required to lift 50 pounds or more.

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform other related duties as may be required by their supervisor.

Email resume to Sue Maner at [email protected]NO PHONE CALLS


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