Senior Director - Development, Law Enforcement Torch Run
Special Olympics Illinois
May 3, 2018
We offer a competitive salary
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) seeks a dynamic, organized, effective leader to champion the organization’s partnership with Law Enforcement through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, generating significant revenue and public awareness for the mission and programs of SOILL. The Senior Director – Development, Law Enforcement Torch Run will collaborate directly with senior organizational leadership to create and implement strategies to leverage Special Olympics’ partnership with Law Enforcement to raise funds and public awareness through fundraising events such as the Torch Run itself, Cop on a Rooftop, Plane Pull, golf tournaments, Tip a Cops and the Polar Plunge. Utilizing three direct reports, plus thousands of volunteer Law Enforcement officers throughout the state, this individual can expect to lead the charge for a wide variety of events year-round and be responsible for an annual revenue budget in excess of $4.4 million.
- Meet or exceed annual financial goals as collectively established by the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer and Law Enforcement Torch Run leadership - Responsible for planning, coordinating, executing and evaluating all aspects of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), the single largest fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics Illinois - Oversee the recruitment, training and support of LETR agency/department coordinators and facilitate their orientation to the organization - Direct and collaborate with law enforcement representatives on local and statewide LETR fundraising events to increase revenue and participation - Lead efforts for a variety of revenue generating special events, including but not limited to: Plane Pull, Dunkin’ Donuts Cop on Rooftop, SUPER Plunge, Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle - Coordinate and direct a variety of aspects for the LETR Polar Plunge, including marketing new initiatives, online registration and fundraising functionality, e-communications, and incentive fulfillment - Develop communications and collateral materials (event playbooks, toolkits, etc.) to support the various LETR fundraising events and initiatives - Collaborate with Chief Development Officer to identify, cultivate and secure new corporate sponsors for LETR and SOILL - Research, create and conduct presentations, as well as distribute e-communications, to a variety of internal and external groups for the purpose of educating constituents about Special Olympics Illinois and/or LETR, recruiting volunteers and new LETR departments, soliciting sponsors, conducting outreach initiatives and other assigned purposes
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred - 5+ years of professional experience in marketing, special events or non-profit fundraising, with demonstrated results in meeting and/or exceeding revenue goals - Strong background in event and volunteer management - Excellent planning, strategic thinking, problem solving and communications skills are essential - Ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituents and build long-term relationships - Experience managing budgets, tracking sponsor and event revenue, managing expenses and guiding event development - Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, leads a team to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere - Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who productively engages with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Special Olympics Illinois - Professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time - Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products; experience with Raiser’s Edge or other CRM platform preferred - High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefit package includes: 26 Vacation days annually, 12 Sick days annually, 401(k) employer matching, Medical, dental, vision, LTD, Life Insurance, Voluntary short term disability and voluntary additional life insurance options.
Internal Number: 1011
About Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 23,000 athletes, 48,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 11 Regional programs in all 102 counties of the state.
Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.
Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intell...ectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
23,083 athletes (children and adults) with intellectual disabilities
19,631 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities
48,300 volunteers and coaches
201 competitions each year
18 Olympic-type sports
Programs in 11 Regions, each supported with a team of staff and a volunteer committee
Dynamic sports and corporate partnerships
REAL SPORTS: Deliver high-quality training and competition in an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates achievement.
ATHLETE HEALTH: Promote the overall well-being of people with intellectual disabilities via programs that ensure ongoing access to quality, community-based health care services, highlighted by free health screenings at Special Olympics competitions, games and other venues.
TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION: Equip young people and adult influencers with effective tools and training to create sports, classrooms and community actions that produce friendships and acceptance, driving positive attitude and behavioral change.
BUILD COMMUNITIES: Marshal resources, implement diverse programming and act as a convening power of stakeholders to drive positive attitudinal and behavioral change toward people with intellectual disabilities in communities statewide, strengthening the fabric of society