The Assistant Director – Grants & Foundation Relations is responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated, strategic development plan to cultivate and solicit support from foundations. This position works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new contacts within the foundation and corporate sectors.
Facilitate, review, edit and submit grant proposals and fulfill grant-related requirements; meet or exceed annual revenue goals as collectively established by the Chief Development Officer and Leadership Team
Lead the statewide strategy for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation funders
Research institutional entities, grant opportunities, and high-potential partnerships that will help fund program areas and advance the overall work of Special Olympics Illinois ? Write fundraising materials, including concept notes and proposals, project budgets and financial reports, program updates and narrative reports – writing in a variety of styles, ranging from the highly technical submissions typical for major institutional foundations, to the more personal style appropriate for some family foundations
Research current and prospective foundation partners, analyze grant-making strategies and histories to prepare and/or update partner profile documents and briefing materials
Serve as grant-related organizational liaison and collaborates with internal and external partners, Special Olympics Illinois Board Members and Foundation Board Members ? Routinely develop and review library of asks, program-specific content and stewardship collateral
Actively participate in departmental revenue and expense budget planning, balancing ambitious goals with accurate forecasting of foundation revenue projections
As needed and assigned, conduct presentations to a variety of internal and external constituents for the purpose of educating groups about Special Olympics Illinois
Provide support to entire Special Olympics Illinois Team in transforming ideas into grant proposals
Bachelor’s degree required
3+ years of professional experience in grant writing, managing partnerships, and funding with private foundations
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a diverse range of constituents and build long-term relationships ? Experience as a grant writer with the ability to translate complex issues into fundraising goals and objectives and ability to articulate organization's mission to the funding community
Professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Board members, leadership, across departments and with counterparts, to effectively cultivate donors and prospects
Computer fluency in MS Office and CRM experience (Salesforce preferred); knowledgeable about the role technology plays in fundraising
High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission
Ability to handle confidential information
Additional Salary Information: Excellent medical, dental, vision, and disability benefits; 401(k) retirement plan with organizational matching contributions
Internal Number: 1019
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