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



Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all around the world—including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to more than 100,000 events a year.


And now we’re coming to Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot.


The Role


Job Title: Partnership Officer

Estimated Hours: 8 hours per month


Role Summary: To support the local Special Olympics programme to create and develop effective partnerships with local organisations.


By working in partnership with local organisations Special Olympics programmes could:

  • Raise awareness of Intellectual Disability across a variety of different sectors

  • Collaborate with other organisations in order to save time, capacity and resources

  • Promote Special Olympics opportunities to the wider community, in turn raising the awareness of the participation, volunteer and fundraising opportunities that are available through the local programme and national/international movement

  • Increase the choice and opportunities people with intellectual disability have to participate in sport and physical activity in their local area



  • Working with the local Special Olympics  programme Steering Group, identify what areas the programme would benefit from working in partnership (i.e. volunteer recruitment, marketing, athlete recruitment, campaigning & awareness raising)

  • Identify and connect with Local Contacts, Networks & Partnerships

  • Compile a database of groups/organisations/individuals that work in the local area from organisations  involved in sport, health, education and/or Intellectual Disability sector that have an interest or role to support PWID?

  • Share information of the local programme and identify any shared aims/priorities (‘The Win-Win’) with key organisations you would like the programme to work with

  • Identify if there is scope to match up resources to meet shared outcomes?

  • Establish clear purpose/outcome in the partnership work you are doing for you, your programme and others involved

  • Regularly review the partnership and adapt if needed 

  • Celebrate and promote the successes.

Person Specification


Essential criteria

The candidate must:

  • fully endorse the mission and philosophy of Special Olympics

  • be committed to supporting a positive experience for all Special Olympics members (athletes, Unified Partners, volunteers) in the Club / Network / Region / Home Country

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

  • have good communication skills

  • be highly organised

  • be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and the ability to foster a spirit of teamwork.

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

  • have the ability to be flexible with the completion of tasks


Desirable criteria

The candidate could have:

  • experience of working with individuals with an intellectual (learning) disability

  • experience of working with volunteers

  • experience of partnership and relationship management

  • experience of working in the sports sector



  • This role does not require completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service check (England and Wales only), though the candidate may be required to provide a reference if requested by Special Olympics GB National Office or the Club / Network / Region

  • This is a voluntary, unpaid role. The Club / Network / Region / Home Country 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 are required to vote and elect new Steering Group members at least every two years, including the Volunteer Coordinator


Posted on: 16 September 2019
Closed date: 15 December 2019
Job ref: SOSNPT-PO-2019
Tags: Management, Business Development