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Assistant Director – Grants & Foundation Relations


 

Position Overview

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.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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

Work Schedule

  • Based in the Northern Regional Office in Lombard, IL (flexibility to work remotely in Chicagoland)
  • Ability to travel statewide as position demands
  • Monday through Friday; position requires work and travel outside normal business hours
  • Frequent on-site management or attendance required at events, both outdoor and indoor
  • Reports to Chief Development Officer

To Apply

  • To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Matt Johnson at mjohnson@soill.org by 11/12/18

Director – Giving Initiatives


 

Position Overview

Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) seeks a dynamic, organized, and effective fundraiser to champion the organization’s individual giving initiatives.  The successful candidate must have the ability to establish and nurture relationships with major donors, interact with community leaders, key partners, all levels of staff, volunteers and Board members.  This individual will possess a demonstrated ability to think strategically about relationships with donors/prospects and communicate the organizational mission in ways that are exciting and enticing to supporters.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Actively work with the Chief Development Officer and Chief Executive Officer to develop and implement a comprehensive Major Gifts strategy to include individual annual giving, major gifts and planned/estate gifts
  • Meet or exceed annual financial goals as collectively established by the Chief Development Officer and Leadership Team
  • Develop the process and strategy in identifying high net worth prospects from a variety of sources (present donation data, existing relationships, knowledge held at the local level, etc.) in order to establish a prioritized pool of new individuals capable of making a significant gift to the Special Olympics movement
  • Play a lead role in creating opportunities to more deeply engage and educate potential donors in the work of Special Olympics Illinois
  • Provide regular reporting on outreach efforts to assigned donors/prospects to continually monitor progress, adjust plans, and capitalize on new stewardship/cultivation opportunities
  • Pitch and execute cultivation events in key donor markets to attract new prospects and further engage individuals within the movement
  • Expand and diversify Special Olympics Illinois donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives
  • Develop, implement, and educate organization on Major Gifts Program
  • Implement a Moves Management Program, building a portfolio of 150 prospective donors, and averaging 15-20 significant personal visits or calls per month

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
  • 5+ years of professional experience in fundraising, individual giving, and/or major gifts cultivation, with demonstrated results in meeting and/or exceeding revenue goals
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Board members, leadership, across departments and with counterparts to effectively cultivate donors and prospects
  • High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic Major Gifts plan
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a diverse range of constituents and build long-term relationships
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time
  • Professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • Computer fluency in MS Office and CRM experience (Salesforce preferred); knowledgeable about the role technology plays in fundraising

 

Work Schedule

  • Based in the Northern Regional Office in Lombard, IL (flexibility to work remotely in Chicagoland)
  • Ability to travel both in state and out of state as position demands
  • Monday through Friday; position requires work and travel outside normal business hours
  • Frequent on-site management or attendance required at events, both outdoor and indoor
  • Reports to Chief Development Officer

 

To Apply

  • To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Matt Johnson at mjohnson@soill.org by 11/12/18

Manager – Digital & Social Media Marketing


 

Position Overview

The Manager – Digital & Social Media Marketing will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of Special Olympics Illinois digital and social media marketing strategies in order to drive brand goals and objectives. The Manager – Digital & Social Media Marketing must be able to create consistent, meaningful content on all digital and social media platforms and onsite at our events. The Manager – Digital & Social Media Marketing will be working closely with all Special Olympics Illinois teams, board members, athletes, volunteers and sponsors.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build, execute, and manage our social media strategy through research, benchmarking, messaging, and audience identification.
  • Develop, maintain, and own responsibility for all company social media pages and profiles.
  • Develop and implement marketing plan and calendar to drive traffic to all digital/social channels.
  • Create and publish content daily. Includes copywriting, designing, and creation of all assets for digital and social marketing programs, including email marketing and social media ads.
  • Write articles covering organization activities, programs and partnership
    announcements – must feel comfortable interviewing by phone and in-person.
  • Cover events. Writes web posts about the event and support social media posts
    about the event.
  • Develop digital marketing programs including email marketing, influencer/blogger outreach, SEM & Google for Nonprofits.
  • Support Special Olympics, Inc. with digital and social media programs and events.
  • Build meaningful connections and encourage community members through dialog and messaging both online and offline.
  • Collaborate with other departments such as marketing, Law Enforcement Torch Run and product development to manage company reputation, coordinate promotions, and increase reach.
  • Contribute to thought leadership for digital communications strategy.
  • Communicate with industry professionals and influencers via social media to create a strong network.
  • Define most important social media KPIs and deliver timely, insightful and actionable analyses for all social media activity. Utilize this information to positively affect future outcomes. This includes tracking and analyzing followers, traffic, demographics, and campaign effectiveness.
  • Moderate user-generated content and messages appropriately, based on company and community policies.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or other related field.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. Experience with writing articles and blog post or similar types of long formats
  • Conducting web-based research.
  • 1 – 3+ years Communications experience, preferably in a non-profit environment
  • Ability to assist the Director – Sports and Integrated Marketing in making recommendations to staff on existing communications strategies and methods to be implemented
  • Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to work independently with some close oversight, but also a team player who productively engages with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Special Olympics Illinois
  • High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission
  • Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer focus
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as receptive (listening)
  • Professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required
  • Writing social posts and conducting interviews.
  • Experience with people with intellectual disabilities preferred.
  • Experience with photography and videography

Work Schedule

  • Based in the Northern Office in Lombard, IL
  • Monday through Friday with frequent evenings and weekends as position/events demands
  • Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an essential function of position
  • Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles
  • Medium work requires, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time frequent listing of carrying of objects weighing 25 pounds; includes medium, light, and sedentary work
  • First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required; must be able and willing to effectively administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events
  • Reports to Director – Sports & Integrated Marketing

 

To Apply

  • To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Teresa Crudele at tcrudele@soill.org by 11/11/2018

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IDOC Torch of Cash Form


 

IDOC Torch of Cash Raffle and Form

The Illinois Department of Corrections is partnering with Special Olympics Illinois to host Law Enforcement Torch Run Torch of Cash Raffles at their various facilities. Illinois Department of Correction facilities interested in hosting a Torch of Cash Raffle must apply for a raffle license at their local city hall. The License should be secured under the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois name, NOT IDOC. Please contact your local government to determine the steps to acquire a raffle license in your municipality.
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