Special Olympics Vermont
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Organization Description
Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year-round to foster inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. Special Olympics Vermont is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. ​Special Olympics Vermont contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities. Through successful experiences in sports, our athletes gain confidence and build positive self-images, which follow with them into their homes, classrooms, jobs, and communities.
Organization's Approach to Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion

Special Olympics Vermont Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy Framework
Special Olympics Vermont Vision Statement
Driven by the power of sport, inclusion is at the heart of all that we do at Special Olympics Vermont. We strive to celebrate and promote unity and create a world where everyone belongs.
We value and respect differences, backgrounds, and perspectives, and understand that greater diversity, equity, and inclusion make us stronger and more innovative to deliver better results as we work together in all communities.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy
Special Olympics Vermont strives to create an organization that reflects our communities and where everyone feels empowered to do their best work.
SOVT will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or bullying. Anyone who does not comply with this policy and/or is found to have engaged in discrimination, harassment, or bullying will be subject to appropriate action, up to and including separation from the organization.
Workplace: Staff and Board
● Hiring Statement: SOVT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, culture, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, neurodiversity, age, parental status, socio-economic background, military service, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable law.
● Work Environment
○ All employees and directors are treated fairly, equitably, and with respect.
○ The work environment is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment,
bullying, or workplace violence.
○ Establish outreach programs to increase the pool of applicants for staff and
board from under-represented backgrounds.
○ All employees have equal access to promotions and employment opportunities.
○ There is a clear, fair, confidential process for employees to submit complaints of
discrimination or harassment, without negative consequences to the
○ Reasonable accommodation is provided for individuals with disabilities, special
needs, or needs related to religious and/or cultural observances or practices.
● Community Engagement
○ Every person participating in Special Olympics Vermont activities has a
responsibility to respect the dignity of all people and to help foster an inclusive culture that is free from discrimination.
○ Together we work to reach out to underrepresented communities to increase their participation in all levels of the organization, including but not limited to athletes, volunteers, coaches, donors, staff, directors, and corporate partners.
○ All events recognize and include the needs and interests of a diverse community.
● Assessment
○ Special Olympics Vermont will collect and review available, relevant data on an annual basis to assess progress with respect to meeting the Objectives under this SOVT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy.

Board Terms and Term Limits
3 year terms, eligible for reelection twice.
Frequency & Duration of Board Meetings
The full board meets quarterly, ideally in person. Board committees generally meet monthly, usually via conference call or zoom.
Stipends for Board Membership
SOVT does not offer director stipends.
If Interested, Send Letter of Interest to the Following Point of Contact:
Missy Siner Shea, CEO and President
Point of Contact Email