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Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the injustice, isolation intolerance and inactivity they face.

Director of Major Gifts

The Director of Major Gifts serves as a principal fund raiser responsible for identifying, cultivating and securing donations from individuals.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, individual giving, and/or major gifts cultivation.
  • Proficiency in working with donor management software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to project a positive, professional image.
  • Proficiency with Windows and Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • Ability to work independently and organize work to meet established deadlines; solve problems using good judgment; understand when to seek assistance or guidance from others.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must be able to travel throughout the Regions and State.
  • Some weekends, evenings and overnights will be required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Abide by SOWI Guiding Values and Mission.
  • Analyze past giving to identify prospects in the gift range of $2,500 or more.
  • Build a portfolio of prospective donors.
  • Organize portfolio according to Moves Management – identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and manage contacts with individual prospects.
  • Responsible for professional correspondence and communication.
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with individuals with the capacity to make major, leadership gifts to Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. and to secure these gifts.
  • Implement a Moves Management Program averaging 15-20 significant personal visits or calls per month with some travel involved.
  • Prepare presentations for prospects and donors, on behalf of the mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Work with the Vice President of Development and Marketing Department to coordinate outreach and messaging.
  • Assist with creation of plan for annual end of year donor appeal by mail, electronic and social media.
  • Works in coordination with other departments to meet the organization’s appeal objectives.
  • Promote the Special Olympics mission
  • Other duties as assigned by Vice President of Development

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to jobs@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

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Internships

Administrative Assistant Intern – Madison

Special Olympics Wisconsin is currently accepting resumes for an Administrative Assistant Intern to work 20+ hours per week.  This position is responsible for administrative and clerical support of the organization’s operations; including Development, Marketing, Finance and Executive staff. Projects may include:

  • Draft and update documents and reports
  • Send email and mail communications
  • Code incoming revenue checks for the organization
  • Assist with special events and projects
  • Receive and direct visitors
  • Answer, screen and transfer incoming phone calls
  • Process incoming and outgoing mail and UPS
  • Mail accounts payable checks on a weekly basis
  • Assist in setting up staff meetings/retreats
  • Order office supplies weekly and approve invoices
  • Contact for equipment maintenance (copiers, postage meter and phones)
  • Serve as liaison to Leasing Management Company for maintenance and meeting room reservations
  • Manage and distribute SOWI update bi-weekly to staff
  • Perform other administrative duties as needed

This is an unpaid internship which will be located at Special Olympics Wisconsin’s headquarters on Madison’s east side. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Wisconsin will work with you to provide support for that credit. Please submit your resume, cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) and writing samples to jobs@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

Marketing Intern  – Madison

Special Olympics Wisconsin is currently accepting resumes for a Marketing Intern to work 15+ hours per week.  This position is responsible for assisting with marketing to staff, athletes, families, volunteers, donors and communities across Wisconsin. Projects may include:

  • Content development: various e-newsletters, targeted e-marketing, website content, video development, help to maintain editorial calendar
  • Event marketing: planning, logistics, information sheets, event banners, day-of support
  • Media relations: news releases, media advisories, media pitches
  • Advertising & Promotions: write, edit and design deliverables; partner with promotional product vendors
  • Social Media: creating content for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Measure: analyze data to report measures of success; experience with Google Analytics a plus
  • Perform administrative duties as needed

This is an unpaid internship which will be located at Special Olympics Wisconsin’s headquarters on Madison’s east side. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Wisconsin will work with you to provide support for that credit. Please submit your resume, cover letter (include number of hours you would be available per week) and writing samples to jwagner@specialolympicswisconsin.org.


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