Sr. Director – Development, Law Enforcement Torch Run


Position Overview

Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) seeks a dynamic, organized, effective leader to champion the organizations Partnership with Law Enforcement through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, generating significant revenue and public awareness for the mission and programs of SOILL.

The Senior Director – Development, Law Enforcement Torch Run will collaborate directly with senior organizational leadership to create and implement strategies to leverage Special Olympics’ partnership with Law Enforcement to raise funds and public awareness through fundraising events such as the Torch Run itself, Cop on a Rooftop, Plane Pull, golf tournaments, Tip a Cops and the Polar Plunge. Utilizing three direct reports, plus thousands of volunteer Law Enforcement officers throughout the state, this individual can expect to lead the charge for a wide variety of events year-round and be responsible for an annual revenue budget in excess of $4.4 million.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Meet or exceed annual financial goals as collectively established by the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer and Law Enforcement Torch Run leadership
  • Responsible for planning, coordinating, executing and evaluating all aspects of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), the single largest fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics Illinois
  • Oversee the recruitment, training and support of LETR agency/department coordinators and facilitate their orientation to the organization
  • Direct and collaborate with law enforcement representatives on local and statewide LETR fundraising events to increase revenue and participation
  • Lead efforts for a variety of revenue generating special events, including but not limited to: Plane Pull, Dunkin’ Donuts Cop on Rooftop, SUPER Plunge, Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle
  • Coordinate and direct a variety of aspects for the LETR Polar Plunge, including marketing new initiatives, online registration and fundraising functionality, e-communications, and incentive fulfillment
  • Develop communications and collateral materials (event playbooks, toolkits, ) to support the various LETR fundraising events and initiatives
  • Collaborate with Chief Development Officer to identify, cultivate and secure new corporate sponsors for LETR and SOILL
  • Research, create and conduct presentations, as well as distribute e-communications, to a variety of internal and external groups for the purpose of educating constituents about Special Olympics Illinois and/or LETR, recruiting volunteers and new LETR departments, soliciting sponsors, conducting outreach initiatives and other assigned purposes


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
  • 5+ years of professional experience in marketing, special events or non-profit fundraising, with demonstrated results in meeting and/or exceeding revenue goals
  • Strong background in event and volunteer management
  • 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, leads 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
  • Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products; experience with Raiser’s Edge or other CRM platform preferred
  • High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission

Work Schedule

  • Based in the State Headquarters office in Normal, 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 Chief Development Officer

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