Current Positions

Program Manager

Title: Program Manager

Company: Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities

Location: Chicago

Status: Full-Time

Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities (SOC/SCC) is seeking a full-time Program Manager who is caring, energetic, and has a passion for helping individuals with intellectual disabilities lead fulfilling, independent lives within their communities. This newly created position will lead SOC/SCC efforts in expanding programming through life-enriching activities.

Key Responsibilities:

• Create, manage and administer new and current programs, including: o After 22 transition programs;

o City Cultural Partnerships;

o Cooking Nights with FarmTaste;

o Art Nights;

o And others as created;

• Engage and recruit new participants from the current SOC/SCC programs, as well as new participants from Chicago’s intellectually disabled community;

• Oversee daily operations of the program, including but not limited to: staffing, programming, scheduling, attendance, and communications;

• Work as liaison with Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools liaison;

• Secure program partners and participants, including, but not limited to school districts and employers, meeting clear benchmarks for number and retention of partners and participants;

Source new potential partnerships and programs that will enhance the lives of our athletes;

• Manage lists, databases, and files for all athletes within the program;

• Assist in creating marketing materials to promote the programs as well as aid in securing additional funding;

• Create and monitor SOC/SCC program budget;

• Work with Controller and Grant Coordinator to provide necessary information for the grants for reporting;

• Coordinate training for program partners;

• Assist with other SOC/SCC programs and events as needed.


• Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services, or related field;

• 2-5 years of experience working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities;

• Proven track-record of launching and maintaining programs for people with disabilities;

Experience working with diverse communities;

Understanding of nonprofit organizations management;

Understanding of mandatory reporting/compliance requirements for nonprofits;

Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

Ability to prioritize tasks with strong organizational skills.


About Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities:

Chicago is the birthplace of Special Olympics and is now held in over 170 countries worldwide, with over five million athletes with disabilities. The Special Olympics Chicago Program, is run through the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and various sister agencies. Since 1969, Special Children’s Charities has been the fundraising co-sponsor of Special Olympics Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Special Children’s Charities’ mission statement is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement through athletics, recreational and social activities among youth and adults with disabilities.