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Assistant Director-Finance

by Ed Uphoff.

Position Overview
The Assistant Director – Finance is accountable for creating accurate and timely financial records
for the organization and optimizing the organization’s financial position in order to help advance
the Organizational Mission.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Records, monitor and reconcile bank accounts, as well as process monthly and annual closings;
recommend resolution for report discrepancies and problems
• Optimizes the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies
to enhance cash position
• Monitors Cash and transfers from cash institutions to ensure proper payments and cash
availability
• Advises organizational leaders of current budgetary information and work with managers to
create a fiscal strategy that aligns with the goals of the organization and practices appropriate
within the industry
• Establishes, monitor and enforce best practices pertaining to the Finance Policy for the
organization
• Manages all AP Functions and journal entries to evaluate process is accurate and timely manner
and in accordance with departmental procedures (Evaluate efficiency semi-annually)
• Troubleshoots for and communicate with team members, management, donors, vendors and external
constituents in a timely, courteous and professional manner regarding financial inquiries
• Coordinates and prepare pertinent information for external accounting firm and auditors
• Works with the Finance Department in the development and maintenance of Finance-related
policies and procedures, facts and forms, and Finance Policy updates
• Participates in development of department goals and objectives and communicate job-specific
activities to better coordinate department activities
• Manages the entering and tracking of Project UNIFY grant budget
• Review all financial entries for end of month closing and end of year closing
• Provides support on other projects and personnel as needed and assigned

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance or related field
• Five+ years’ related experience, with at least three+ years’ direct accounts
receivable/payable experience
• Excellent computer skills; must be proficient in MS word, Excel, and Power Point software
programs
• Duties require broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with complex
accounting issues
• Ability to learn relational databases and manage records housed within those databases
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; must have good command of English
language
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
• Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Able to work collectively with the Special Olympics Illinois team

Work Schedule
● Based out of Headquarters Office in Normal, IL
● Reports to Senior Director – Finance
● Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends as position demands
● 1-2 event attendance is required annually
● Position is security-sensitive and requires the signature of a Confidential Information and
Nondisclosure Agreement
● Independent in-state travel occasionally required, including some overnight and weekend travel
as an essential function of position
● 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
● Light work required, which involves lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds; requires a good deal of walking, standing,
and/or sitting with some pushing and
pulling of arm or leg controls; includes sedentary 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

Salary
● Commensurate with qualifications and experience
● Excellent medical, dental, vision, and disability benefits; 401(k) retirement plan with matching organizational contributions.

To Apply
● To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume, reference list, along with a cover letter to Nathan Rudge at nrudge@soill.org

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Assistant Director – Grants & Foundation Relations

by Ed Uphoff.

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

by Ed Uphoff.

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

LETR Resources Guide

by Jamie Scovel.

LETR Resources Guide

Each year law enforcement personnel who attend our LETR Kickoff Conference receive our annual LETR Kickoff Book. This book serves as a resource and guide for all active LETR departments and/or agencies.  In an effort to make information more accessible to our volunteers, Special Olympics Illinois will be providing an electronic version of this book. Please click the sections below to access our available resources.

For additional questions please contact Jim Fitzpatrick at 1-800-394-0562.

Section 1 – Torch Run Background & History

  1. What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run
  2. 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run Goals
  3. Where the Money Goes
  4. Torch Run History
  5. Torch Run/Special Olympics Illinois Fact Sheet
  6. 2019 Torch Run Calendar

Section 2 – Special Olympics Background

  1. Special Olympics Illinois Fact Sheet
  2. Special Olympics Illinois Reach Report
  3. Young Athletes Fact Sheet
  4. Unified Champion Schools Fact Sheet
  5. Law Enforcement Family Outreach
  6. 2019 Special Olympics Illinois Spring Games Calendar
  7. Special Olympics Illinois Region List and Map
  8. Tax Exempt Letters (501 C 3)
  9. Certificate of Insurance
  10. Global Messenger Request Form

Section 3 – Torch Run Structure and Recruitment

  1. Torch Run Structure & Job Descriptions
  2. Torch Run State Committee Contact List
  3. Inactive Law Enforcement Agencies

Section 4 – Risk Management

  1. Risk Management and Safety Issues
  2. Special Event Notification Form
  3. Incident Report Form and Instructions

Section 5 – Special Events/Fundraising Ideas

  1. Formula For a Successful Torch Year
  2. Fundraising Ideas
  3. Coca Cola
  4. Dunkin’ Cop on a Rooftop
  5. Torch Run License Plate Information
  6. Torch Run Sponsorship Matrix
  7. Torch Run Budget Relieving In-Kind Needs
  8. Sample Donation Request Letter
  9. 2019 Spring Games LETR Volunteer Information

Section 6 – Public Relations

  1. Law Enforcement Torch Run Q&A
  2. Sample – Statewide Press Release
  3. Language Guidelines

Section 7 – Administration

  1. Revenue Collection Procedures
  2. 2017 Torch Run Top Department List ($5,000 and above)
  3. Where do we rank internationally?
  4. 2018 Revenue Report
  5. 2018 Torch Run Totals by Department
  6. Torch Run Money 5 Year Historical Department Report

Section 8 – Materials

  1. Torch Run Donor Form
  2. Torch Run Runner/Volunteer Registration Form
  3. Torch Run Merchandise Order Form
  4. Torch Run Merchandise Return Form
  5. Flame of Hope Award Form (Coming Soon)
  6. 2019 LETR Incentive Order Form (Coming Soon)
  7. 2019  Run Shirt Order Form
  8. Special Olympics IL Logo guidelines
  9. Torch Run Logo Guidelines

Location for Skating Championships Has Room for Growth of Sports

by Jamie Scovel.

Speed skaters and figure skaters were enthralling their audiences in February – not only in Sochi, but at the inaugural Special Olympics Illinois Skating Championships Feb. 19-20 at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville.  

SkatingChampionships-RH-HR34It was a change for the seasoned Illinois skaters who were used to competing in Dubuque, Iowa, as part of the annual State Winter Games in Galena. “Canlan is closer to home and we don’t have to worry as much about cancellations due to bad weather,” said one coach.

Special Olympics Illinois is hoping those are a few reasons why more athletes will participate in the state skating competition in the future, according to Tracy Hilliard, Vice President of Sports Training & Competition for SOILL. “Most of our athletes who train in figure skating and speed skating live in the greater Chicago area. We felt by bringing the state event closer to them, we would increase participation and improve the quality of competition,” she said. “We hope this also encourages more athletes – young and old – to begin skating.”

Athlete Judith Rich-Smith of Pekin interviewed her fellow skaters about their thoughts of the new facility. Read her report.

SkatingChampionships-RH-HR72Canlan Ice Sports has three rinks at its facility which enabled the speed skaters to compete on one rink at the same time the figure skaters were competing on a second rink. Figure skaters like Erin Hart, who traveled the furthest, from Pleasant Hill near Quincy, performed a short program on Wednesday and a longer freestyle program on Thursday, with judges calculating the scores. Speed skaters were able to compete in races ranging from 111 meters to 1,000 meters. Medals and ribbons were presented on Thursday, following the competition.

On Wednesday night, athletes enjoyed dinner and a dance at the Holiday Inn in Bolingbrook.  At the same time, family members and coaches provided feedback in a sports forum about the event and about how to grow participation in both sports.  It was an opportunity for them to express what they liked and didn’t like about the change in venue and for brainstorming about viable methods to promote skating.  “We also had a chance to hear some great ideas about how the non-competitive aspects of the two-day event could be changed or improved for next year,  so athletes have the best possible experience both on and off the ice,” said Hilliard.

Posters Celebrate Skaters

When Alyssa Dunn, 12, a student at Crone Middle School in Naperville and a figure skater, learned that the Skating Championships would be held on her home ice, she began encouraging others to make posters to cheer on the Special Olympics skaters.

SkatingChampionships-RH-HR127“I talked to my brother’s fourth-grade class and the teacher loved the Fans in the Stands idea. She thought it would be a great field trip,” said Alyssa. “I explained to them how hard of a sport skating is and that we all share the same ice every day. It’s a sport we all fall in, and fall hard, and we all share the love of it even though it is hard to do. People were really happy to make posters.

An art studio donated space and art equipment so the students could make posters. “One of our friends has autism and when he was making the posters, he was stimming more than he usually does but it was super cool that he kept making posters,” said Alyssa. “All the stuff that I don’t think about every day can be hard for others. And that’s why I did it. To let them (the Special Olympics athletes) know they are awesome.  I wanted to make sure they knew other people are proud of them and that even though people couldn’t all be there to cheer them on we were there in heart.”

Alyssa hopes to cheer on the athletes next year with more posters and would encourage more students to attend the championships as Fans in the Stands.