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Senior Director of Development

Special Olympics New York, Inc. in East Syracuse, NY, USA


$65,000 to $85,000 Annually

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“Great team, community involvement and rewarding experiences!”

POSITION TITLE: Senior Director of Development

REPORTS TO: Vice President of Development

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: Bachelor Degree from an accredited college/university in a related field or equivalent, planning, marketing, and management is preferred. Minimum of four to six years of experience including knowledge of fundraising campaigns and special events with statewide authority and jurisdiction and managing staff. Experience in a not-for-profit organization is recommended.


  • Ability to effectively manage staff in multiple markets
  • Proven experience selling and managing corporate partnerships including cause marketing and sponsorship
  • Effective use of moves management with both prospects and staff
  • Ability to interact effectively with people and communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Must possess excellent writing skills and public presentation capabilities for both small and large groups.
  • Proven performer in administration, management, aptitude for working independently and cooperatively and be able to motivate staff, volunteers and professionals from all disciplines.
  • Operating knowledge of the budgeting process, fund-raising and public relations operations are essential.
  • Able to work under pressure and meet multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the mission and function of Special Olympics New York, including sports training and athletic competition programs are required.

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for overseeing and assisting with implementation of the Development Plan for the Upstate markets, including but not limited to Buffalo, Rochester Syracuse and the Capital District and/or goals and objectives as assigned. Develop and nurture relationships with individuals and corporations to assist Special Olympics New York in achieving fund raising goals and objectives.


Development Responsibilities:

· Prepare, present and/or participate in public presentations to staff, volunteers, sponsors and organizations.

· Prospect, cultivate and steward corporate partnerships to secure funding.

· Ability to cultivate and grow strategic partnerships.

· Manage team of Development and and administrative staff in Upstate regional markets with the ability to track, assess and implement fundraising plans to achieve overall success.

· Manage assigned fund-raising, development and special events projects in conjunction with other staff members and volunteers. Major events include but are not limited to the Polar Plunge series (peer to peer),

· Strong working knowledge of social media and peer to peer fundraising software.

· Responsible for achieving overall Upstate fund raising goal of approximately $2.5 million.

· Cultivate and maintain a positive rapport and open lines of communication with individuals who can assist Special Olympics New York, Inc. in reaching our fund raising goals and objectives.

· Develop cause-related sports marketing proposals for commercial enterprises.

· Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite as well as Blackbaud products such as Raiser's Edge and Luminate.

· Recruit and provide training workshops for volunteers for specific fund-raising events/projects.

· Must be able to travel and attend events in all Upstate markets.

· Provide regular and/or special reports as directed by the Vice President, Development.

· Inclusion, Unified Sports and the Unified Champion School programming are present and prioritized in the foundation of our core elemental movement, found embedded in our seasonal and annual calendar, and activity. All staff members hold responsibilities collaterally and fundamentally for inclusive mission and the Unified programming.

In addition to the responsibilities identified above, may be requested or required to perform other duties and/or responsibilities, by management on a non regular basis.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Position requires working both standing and sitting. Must be able to lift and carry light loads (5-30 pounds for short distances)

WORK HOURS: Regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Travel assignments may be assigned. Weekend/evening duties required.

Please submit cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements to Special Olympics New York, Inc. at Please reference job code “CRSDD” in subject line. No phone calls please.

Special Olympics New York, Inc.

About Special Olympics New York, Inc.:

Special Olympics New York, Inc. provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including mental retardation giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community.

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Company address: East Syracuse, NY 13057

Posted date: 2 days ago

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