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CONTACT:
Shelley Chenoweth
630-942-5619


Senior Director – Finance


 

Position Overview

This position is responsible for providing the leadership, direct oversight, management and vision
necessary to ensure that the Finance Team has the proper operational controls and reporting
procedures in place to assist Special Olympics Illinois in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles for the purpose of achieving the Organizational Mission and Big Three Key
Objectives. This position is responsible for managing financial oversight over the entire
organization. Other responsibilities include: evaluating and advising on the impact of current
financial strategies and controls, long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and
regulatory interaction; managing the financial database and applications; and delivering effective
feedback in order to improve the performance of direct reports.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

● Duties require broad conceptual judgement, initiative and ability to deal with complex
accounting, finance and database issues and provide innovative solutions

● Identifies, develops, supervises and mentors staff, including but not limited to: making
recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer regarding employment and compensation of personnel;
establishing and approving goals, objectives and priorities for each direct and indirect report;
conducting ongoing and annual evaluations of direct reports and overseeing process for indirect
reports; and identifying ongoing professional development needs and opportunities for department
personnel

● Provides leadership in case of staffing vacancies in Finance Department

● Develops and manages Budget for Organization including driving improvements in the budgeting
process and educating department managers on financial issues impacting their budgets

● Provides leadership to ensure progress toward all organization and department goals

● Manages and supervises assigned staff and their reports so that organizational policies and
procedures are adhered to and standards of excellence are maintained

● Manages the distribution of monthly budget analysis and financial reporting to staff, board and
Leadership team

● Enhances and/or develops, implement and enforce financial policies and procedures that will
improve the overall organizational operation and effectiveness

● Manages the finance team to provide leadership in developing reports and custom requests for
users and assist with application and user support

● Ensures continual improvement of the timeliness and accuracy of the organization’s cash flow
and management of the billing process

● Manages the end of month and end of year closing. Insuring compliance with GAAP, FASB and IRS
regulations.

● Reviews and evaluates internal controls for Finance department and organization annually

● Maintains relationship with financial institutions & Audit Firm to analyze use of services
purchased annually

● Meet all team deadlines and responsibilities, listen to others and value opinions, help team to
meet goals, welcome newcomers and able to work collectively with SOILL team

● Actively works with the Chief Financial Officer to monitor, drive and achieve
departmental-specific, strategic goals to ensure progress toward the Big Three Key Objectives and
to protect the financial integrity of the organization

● Manages all accounting for Illinois S.O. Foundation, including entries, reconciliations,
quarterly reporting and board reporting for the entity

 

Qualifications

● Master’s degree with 5+ years’ direct experience in a financial leadership capacity; or,
Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years’ experience

● Certified Public Accountant preferred

● Supervisory Experience Required

● Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office Products, and knowledge
of Business information systems

● Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

● Excellent business communication skills, both written and oral; must have good command of
English language

● Must have strong interpersonal and customer service skills

● Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines

● 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

● High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission

● Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

● Ability to articulate and implement the Strategic Plan

● Professional and resourceful style; must possess the ability to take initiative and manage
multiple tasks and projects at a time

Work Schedule

• Based out of Headquarters Office in Normal, IL

• Reports to CFO

• Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends as position demands

• Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an
essential function of position

• 1-2 event attendance is required annually to become familiar with SOILL events and
infrastructure

• Position is security-sensitive and requires the signature of a Confidential Information and
Nondisclosure Agreement

• Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in setup and breakdown at
events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles

• Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; requires a good deal of walking, standing,
and/or sitting with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls; includes sedentary and light
work

• 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

• Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required

• Other duties as assigned

To Apply

• To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Cindy
Villafuerte at cvillafuerte@soill.org


Assistant Director – Social & Digital Media Marketing


 

The Assistant Director – Social & Digital Media Marketing is primarily responsible for
co-developing and executing overall strategy for social media and digital (website) marketing
efforts in order to assist Special Olympics Illinois in achieving the Big Three Key Objectives.
Helping to lead in the development and implementation of Special Olympics Illinois digital and
social media marketing strategies in order to drive brand as well as individual event goals and
objectives. The Assistant Director – Social & Digital Media Marketing must be able to create
consistent, meaningful content on all digital and social media platforms tied to marketing and
communications strategies that they helped create as well as onsite at our events. The Assistant
Director – Social & Digital Media Marketing will be working closely with all Special Olympics
Illinois employees, board members, athletes, volunteers and sponsors.

Assistant Director Core Roles:

• Scope of Responsibility: This position category has either shared or partial
responsibility over a specified function or project within a department of the organization,
including some or all elements having to do with that specified function or project. This position
category has a moderate to high level of responsibility for elements of this specified function or
project within a department of the organization. This position category has direct oversight from
the departmental Director or another second-level supervisor.

• Conduct: Asst. Directors must demonstrate the mission, vision and values of Special
Olympics Illinois through consistent adherence to Special Olympics Illinois Values & Behaviors and
Working Together Competencies; by exercising a high level of cooperative, friendly, and effective
teamwork skills; by resolving conflict directly, effectively, and professionally; and by committing
to support and be helpful to other team members and departments within the organization.

• Performance: Satisfactory work performance requires consistently strong work product
output, including the successful execution and completion of all job duties and goals; autonomy, ownership,
competence and excellence of work product; innovation and process improvement; effective resource
management; professional development; and compliance with accepted organizational and legal rules,
regulations, and policies.

Primary Duties and 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.

• Work closely with Assistant Director – Technology on website marketing, design, navigational
ease and growth.

• Align Marketing and Social to conceptualize, produce and distribute digital content for SOILL
website.

• 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 and distribute monthly e-news to Special Olympics Illinois constituents.

• 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 (growing database as well),
each, 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.

• Contribute to thought leadership for social & 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.

• Actively monitor performance across social and digital channels on a daily basis,
ensuring campaigns are executed flawlessly and performance is in line with expectations

• Be a key component, involving the brainstorming and implementation of ideas based on the
needs, objectives & feedback of key organizational stakeholders, to overall SOILL branding as well
as major events

• Manage social media communities across platforms for our brand

• Manage marketing strategy for SOILL across all social and digital channels.

• Establish best practices on how to optimize content (video, imagery, GIF, etc.) across
all channels.

• Stay abreast of evolving landscape and industry trends and bring forth ideas to stay
competitive in the social & digital universe.

• Track and monitor the success of online digital marketing initiatives, including e-mail
marketing as well as how it affects website traffic and conversions

Qualifications/Skills and Knowledge Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or other related field.

• Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. Experience with written
articles and blog post or similar types of ling formats.

• 3 – 5+ years’ professional experience in Social Media and Digital Marketing

• Understanding of web metrics, digital media testing methodology and optimization
strategies

• Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products

• 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

• 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

• Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships

• Professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative and to manage
multiple tasks and projects

• Based in Lombard, Illinois office

Essential Functions

• Monday through Friday with frequent evenings and weekends as position demands

• Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an
essential function of position

• Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with
frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; includes sedentary and light work

• 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

• First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required; must be able and willing to
effectively administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events

• Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required

HOW TO APPLY:
Send cover letter, resume, and references to cwinston@soill.org


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