Development Coordinator


Position Overview

Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) seeks a dynamic, organized, and motivated independent worker to support signature events generating revenue and public awareness for the mission and programs of SOILL.

The Development Coordinator will support and implement strategies to generate growth for a variety of Special Olympics Illinois signature events, such as the Chicago Duck Derby, First Look for Charity and Inspire Greatness Gala.

Primary Responsibilities

Promotional Events:

  • Assist the Development department with all events and event related activities
  • Research and create sponsor prospect lists
  • Assist in development of promotional schedule for Duck Derby (concerts, festivals, sporting events, corporate events, etc.)
  • Ability to interact with event attendees, visitors, corporate staff, etc.
  • Must be comfortable handling sales function at promotional events
  • Establish communication with consultants, event volunteers, athletes and their families
  • Confirm all event details (date, time, contact information, etc.) in writing with volunteers and event staff and create RSVP lists for all events
  • Prepare and send acknowledgements to donors
  • Escort athletes and families while at promotional and celebrity events

Financial Protocols:

  • Prepare financial reconciliations for all events.
  • Process accounts receivable and payable
  • Deposit funds as directed and transmit reports to SOILL Finance department
  • Maintain accurate financial records in both paper and electronic formats

Other Duties:

  • Data entry, mailings, and ordering supplies for the Northern Regional Office
  • Support Development staff in other responsibilities as assigned

Core Competencies

  • Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products; experience with Raiser’s Edge or other CRM platform a plus
  • Independent worker
  • Strong multi-tasking and time management skills, detail oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be comfortable handling sales function at promotional events
  • Outgoing personality, interact effectively with staff, volunteers, event attendees


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1+ years of professional experience in marketing, special events or non-profit fundraising
  • Customer service and strong communication skills required, including the ability to resolve complaints and problems, work with internal and external customers in a consistently positive and friendly manner, assist others with miscellaneous jobs and serve as a resource to multiple departments within the organization
  • 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, works within 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
  • High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission

Work Schedule & Other Requirements

  • Based in the Northern Regional Office in Lombard, IL
  • Must have 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 Director – Corporate Development, Special Events
  • Must have your own car and possess a valid driver’s license with good driving record; there will be use of company car/van at times
  • Must be comfortable driving/parking in downtown Chicago
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs comfortably

To Apply

  • To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Shelley Chenoweth at by 5/29/2018