Neath, Neath Port Talbot Principle Area
Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot Principle Area
Swansea, Swansea
Job description



Special Olympics Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot (SO SNPT) is a Accredited Programme of Special Olympics Wales and we are led by a voluntary Steering Group. These groups of individuals represent stakeholders from within the programme and regularly meet to discuss activity and developments, but who also vote to agree on how resources are allocated to our Special Olympics activity. These groups are responsible for discussing, agreeing (by vote) and co-ordinating a variety of matters depending on their accreditation type, including:

  • The Sport Coaching Programme

  • The Sport Competition Programme

  • Regular Meetings and Communication

  • Administration and Membership of the Steering Group 

  • Finance & Income Generation

  • Branding & Marketing

  • Relationships & Partnerships

  • Involvement in Competition activity for all sports delivered

  • Membership Registration

  • Policies and Governance Agreements

  • Accreditation


The Role


The communications officer has a key role to play in planning and delivering communications to key groups, such as supporters, general public, volunteers or staff. The post holder will write, edit, co-ordinate and publish content across various channels, including the website, social media, print and online marketing materials. They will also plan and implement communications and marketing campaigns to raise awareness for funds, while progressively improving organisational understanding of what works for different audiences.


The purpose of the post is to increase awareness about the organisation and the region among the different charity’s audiences through:


  • Planning and executing social media activities

  • Brand management

  • Managing the production of printed and online communications materials  

  • Public Relations

  • Liaison with SOGB Head Office Communications Team




  • Press- 

    • Field Enquiries from journalists and service users Build, leverage and maintain media and stakeholder relationships (across TV, Radio, Print, Wire and Digital channels)

    • Create press releases

  • Digital

    • Develop, manage and update content for website 

    • Maintain social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

    • Plan and create multi-media communication materials

  • Communications

    • Produce, edit and distribute updates and materials for external and internal audiences

    • Help market and communicate events

    • Maintain library for press cuttings and reports and sharing with SOGB head office

    • Create leaflets, flyers, posters and communication materials required

  • Brand

    • Ensuring ongoing alignment of Special Olympics brand with overall brand and guidelines

    • Manage all usage of logo

    • Help maintain and build reputation

    • Manage brand standards to ensure consistent and professional positioning brand portfolio


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Knowledge of social media channels

  • Confident taking photos

  • Confident writing stories

  • Effective and appropriate communication skills 

  • Strong administrative and organisational skills

  • Fully endorse the mission and philosophy of Special Olympics

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age and be able to complete the Special Olympics GB volunteer registration process in full

  • Have experience of working within both short and long term timescales, often without supervision


Desirable Criteria 

  • Experience helping people with intellectual disabilities

  • Experience within the sports sector

  • Media Contacts 


  • This role does not require completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service check, though the candidate will be required to provide a reference.

  • This is a voluntary, unpaid role. Accredited Programmes or Special Olympics GB do not usually pay for volunteer travel expenses, though this may be considered in exceptional circumstances

  • Unless appointed by Special Olympics GB National Office, the Steering Group is  required to vote and elect new Steering Group members at least every two years, including the Communications Officer

Posted on: 16 September 2019
Closed date: 15 December 2019
Job ref: SOSNPT-CO-2019
Tags: Communications, PR, Marketing