Organization: Special Olympics Arkansas
Position Title: Director of Development for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas
Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Reports to: CEO
Salary Range: Competitive Salary and Benefits
The mission of Special Olympics Arkansas (“SOAR”) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. SOAR is supported by individual donations, private and corporate sponsorships, state appropriation, grants and special events. The ultimate objective of SOAR is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.
Who We Serve
Athletes: SOAR was incorporated in 1970 and serves thousands of athletes throughout the state. Anyone may participate in Special Olympics if they meet the eligibility criteria of having an intellectual disability or a similar developmental disability. Activities exist for those of all ability levels, from the highly functioning to the severely challenged. Intellectual disability does not discriminate. Athletes who participate in Special Olympics come in all ages, ethnicities, and economic and social backgrounds. However, a significant number of athletes live in rural areas and come from lower socioeconomic groups. In addition, the vast majority of school-aged children with intellectual disabilities who attend public schools receive free or reduced lunch, placing them in the at-risk demographic.
Parents: Over and over, parents tell of the isolation they felt upon learning that their child had an intellectual disability. Then they explain how SOAR delivered hope, a place to belong, and a sense of community. In Special Olympics, family members gain a support network of people with similar concerns, questions, and life experiences; help finding medical expertise and community resources; and a place of acceptance, respect, and belonging. Through their participation in Special Olympics, athletes form better and stronger core relationships, and parents and siblings see firsthand the unique talents and skills of their loved ones.
Volunteers: Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement, and the program would not exist, succeed, and continue to grow without the efforts of well-trained volunteers. Of the hundreds of competitions and sports training sessions held annually, less than 1% of the people who manage and run these events are paid to do so. Currently, there are thousands of Arkansans who are registered volunteers for SOAR, and many more assist with the management of competitions and training sessions.
Coaches: Coaches have the greatest opportunity to create positive change in Special Olympics athletes because they are the ones who work with the athletes on a consistent basis. Good coaches know that learning to play a sport is more than just mastering athletic skills – it takes teamwork, commitment, sacrifice, and dedication. These are qualities that Special Olympics coaches work to instill in their athletes with the understanding that these lessons can have a positive impact on the athletes’ lives outside of sports. Please visit http://www.specialolympicsarkansas.org for more information on SOAR.
Special Olympics Arkansas Job Description
Director of Development for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas
Primary Purpose: The Director of Development for the SOAR Law Enforcement Torch Run is responsible for the overall strategic planning, goal setting, implementation and evaluation of the AR Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas. This position provides the vision and direction to a full-scale development program in the name of the Torch Run including law enforcement agency recruitment, retention, and renewal, annual major gifts, gift acknowledgements, LETR multi-level sponsorships, special events, and other Torch Run fundraising support operations such as donor relations and stewardship. Also included, but not limited to significant data entry and accounting for LETR fundraising. All while embedding LETR within the SOAR sports programs.
- Manage the assigned aspects of the budget regarding expenses and revenue.
- Identify, cultivate and secure corporate sponsors for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas to meet budget.
- Annually raise a minimum of $500,000.
- Liaise with SOI, SOAR and a volunteer leadership committee of law enforcement personnel to manage the LETR.
- Manage revenue generating special events such as Polar Plunges, Boots and Badges, Tip a Cop and others as assigned.
- Develop and implement effective participant strategies to ensure successful fundraising and awareness.
- Oversee the recruitment, retention, and renewal of law enforcement agency participation including training and education about Special Olympics programs partnership with LETR.
- Manage relationships with appropriate law enforcement groups (e.g. AR Association of Chiefs of Police) that can endorse and positively impact the success of SOAR Law Enforcement Torch Run.
- Research, evaluate, cultivate and coordinate the recruitment of major gifts and corporate sponsorship prospects in the name of Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas.
- Analyze existing and potential LETR revenue sources for cultivation, feasibility and profitability.
- Manage LETR agency contact database.
- Manage all data (entry and analysis) associated with LETR activities and fundraising. Activities would include sports, camps, clinics or other activities with SOAR athletes other than fundraising.
- Steward existing SOAR volunteers and select donors and sponsors.
- Manage and create LETR for Special Olympics Arkansas monthly newsletter, Facebook page as well as other social media through webmaster.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of fundraising experience with an emphasis on securing major revenue sources is preferred. Managerial experience with the ability to delegate effectively and communicate openly. A high level of energy and the ability to make decisions independently while collaborating with organizational leadership is essential. A strong interpersonal skill with the ability to make presentations to senior-level groups as well as build effective relationships with diverse levels of authority is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Required: Fundraising experience, and event management. Strong analytical, organizational, strategic, written and verbal communication skills; Demonstrated knowledge of computers and system/software programs used by SOAR, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point.
Experience with Fundraising, Salesforce, Firstgiving, Constant Contact, Special Olympics, and/or volunteer management and event management.
Commensurate with experience, benefits package as outlined in the SOAR Employee Handbook and annually approved by the SOAR Board of Directors.