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Discover a fulfilling career that makes an impact! Your work with Special Olympics Southern California will touch the lives of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, from San Luis Obispo and Kern counties in the north to the U.S./Mexico border. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented, diverse workforce where all employees can contribute to their highest potential. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified individuals to apply for open positions regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, qualified disability, marital, veteran or any other legally protected status.

What We Do

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 29,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.

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Benefits

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a comprehensive, competitive benefits package. And we do. It’s part of our commitment to providing a work environment where every employee can thrive — personally and professionally.

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Application Process

Please email your cover letter and resume as a PDF attachment to the email address specified with each job listed. Upon successful electronic submittal of your cover letter and resume, you will get an automated reply letting you know we have received your documents. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for our positions.

Application Information

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A valid California driver’s license and ability to meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements and successful passing of background screening are required for each position.

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Volunteer Engagement Administrator is responsible creating and maintaining databases for athletes and volunteers in addition to ensuring the proper onboarding of volunteers.

Location: Los Angeles

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Individual Goals (20%)

Volunteer Management (30%)

  • Register, orient and train Class B, Day-of competition volunteers for LA/SGV events and competitions.
  • Recruit volunteers and volunteer groups for LA/SGV competitions.
  • Provide on-site support to GMT volunteers for LA/SGV events and competitions.
  • Sends communication to volunteers regarding required training opportunities.
  • Ensures all volunteers complete appropriate registration and training procedures according to SOSC Volunteer Registration Policy.
  • Recruits volunteers as requested for competitions, special events, fundraising events, office projects (e.g., telephone, receptionist duties, special projects), and on an as-needed basis.
  • Manage volunteer recognition initiatives.

Database Management (25%)

  • Acts as primary user for day-of event volunteer platform in MyTRS for all of Central Division and volunteer inquiry process.
  • Manages ongoing volunteer onboarding system.
    • Manages renewal of volunteer/coaches applications.
  • Manages the updating of the regional information on the SOSC website.
  • Manage and maintains donor database in Raiser's Edge; Processes donor acknowledgements; generates queries, reports and exports for mailings and tracking fundraising results.  Prepares and makes bank deposits, runs credit card contributions, make copies and ensure they are turned into Chapter Finance Department, weekly.
  • Provides GMS data entry support for all regional competitions as well as Chapter Championships.
  • Uses GMS system to handle all athlete medical renewal and updates to ensure all participating athletes have current medicals.
  • Assist with social media.

Office Administration (20%)

  • Provide general administrative support to the Central Division including copying, mailing, supplies, ordering, preparing invoices for processing.
  • Develop collateral material/graphics for various regional needs (flyers, banners, etc.).
  • Manage central division office equipment maintenance and mail.  
  • Provide general administrative support to sport and development staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Fundraising Support (5%)

  • Supports fundraising events as assigned
  • May coordinate interns and other volunteers for events, help with event task. May be required to work some events.
  • Assist with raffles and auctions for fundraising events.
  • Assist with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) activities, including Tip-A-Cops and other events.

Job Level Responsibilities:
Under supervision, perform work that is varied and may require prioritizing and multi-tasking. Work may include some originality in close collaboration with supervisor. Has limited decision making authority on behalf of the organization outside of established policies. Enforces company policies.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university or related professional experience.
  • 4 years of experience in diversified administration, including data entry and responsibility for data base management and accuracy. 
  • Experience with use of social media (ideally Facebook and Twitter) a plus.
  • 1- 2 years of experience in volunteer development / engagement.
Skills and/or Abilities:
  • Proficiency is using commuter equipment, accessing the internet and using software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.  Excellent data entry skills and experience.
  • Detail oriented and with excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality in how work is conducted.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to be a self-motivated and to work independently.
  • Strong customer service skill and friendly demeanor.
  • Spanish language skills helpful, not required
  • Have a valid California driver license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements.
  • Ability to pass background screen in regards to criminal and driving history.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, lift or carry up to 24 pounds, and lift overhead up to 24 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.  

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May work from home on a limited basis with prior supervisory approval. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  This job requires occasional driving.

COMPENSATION: Position is full-time, benefit eligible; salary range is $16.00 - $18.00/hour depending on directly related experience.

Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to lajobs@sosc.org.

Job Description PDF

JOB SUMMARY:

The Manager, Development is responsible for the management and implementation of fundraising programs in Santa Barbara and Ventura County that includes corporate, service group and event giving as assigned by the Regional Director. The manager is also responsible for managing and growing volunteer committees and working with chairs of those committees; providing donor database management and overseeing regional office operations. The Manager, Development will devote 60 percent of their time to Santa Barbara County and 40 percent of their time to Ventura County focusing on fundraising and development.

Location: Santa Barbara/Ventura

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Fundraising/Events (30%)

  • Develops and manages regional fundraising events
  • Provides donor tracking, acknowledgement, event management and reporting for all fundraising events
  • Maintains efficient donor record keeping within Raiser’s Edge
  • Oversees the development of fundraising collateral materials such as program books, corporate sponsorship packages, event invitations, flyers, signs and presentations
  • Responsible for all aspects of Risk Management of assigned events to ensure compliance with SOSC policies, including but not limited to volunteer screening and registration, contract review process, event facility and logistics set-up
  • Recruits/supervises volunteers in performance of these duties and responsibilities.

Individual Goals (20%)

Strategic Planning (16%)

  • Manages regional donor stewardship strategies including the regional games sponsorships.

Communications Plan (12%)

  • Implement a year-round communications plan in conjunction with the Regional Director.
  • Writes news articles, press releases as needed, radio spots, social media.
  • Develops relationships with local media.
  • Prepares event flyers as needed.
  • Develops and produces variety of collateral materials.
  • Updates intranet and website as needed.
  • Designs, produces and distributes invitations, manages responses and post-event acknowledgements.

Administrative Duties (6%)

  • Oversees regional office operations, equipment maintenance, purchasing and weekly finance and banking.

Other Duties

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Level Responsibilities:
Usually works under minimum supervision, conferring with superior on unusual matters. May be assisted by lower level personnel. Assignments are broad in nature, requiring originality and ingenuity. Has appreciable latitude for unreviewed action or decision.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • Three to five years of development experience.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Possesses and applies a broad knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to the completion of difficult assignments.
Skills and/or Abilities:
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and initiative.
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in using relevant technology, including Microsoft software including Word, Office, Excel and ability to learn additional software programs. Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements
  • Have valid California driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements
  • Ability to pass background screen check of drivers' license and criminal history.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, lift or carry up to 24 pounds, and lift overhead up to 24 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May work from home with prior supervisory approval.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job requires occasional driving.

COMPENSATION: Position is full-time, salaried, benefits eligible, salary range is $45,760 - $48,000/year depending on experience.

Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to sbjobs@sosc.org.

Job Description PDF

JOB SUMMARY:

The Special Events Manager is responsible for raising funds and generating support through events, sponsorships, planning, management and implementation of events within assigned regions. The Manager is also responsible for assisting officers in the overall success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Possesses and applies a broad knowledge of principles, practices and procedures.

Location: Los Angeles

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Individual Goals (20%)

Fundraising / Events  (20%)

  • Develops and manages regional fundraising events.
  • Develops and adds new events, as needed.
  • Oversees the development of fundraising collateral materials such as program books, corporate sponsorship packages, event invitations, flyers, signs and presentations.
  • Recruits/supervises volunteers in performance of event duties and responsibilities.

Event Committees (10%)

  • Ensure that each event has a volunteer committee of 5 -10 volunteers.
  • Works as the lead staff person with event committee.
  • Works with event chairs to develop committee meeting agendas and to manage the work of the committee.
  • Works with regional staff and event chairs to grow committee membership, as needed.

Event Budget and Financial Tracking (10%)

  • Creates, manages and oversees special events within the LETR portfolio.
  • Tracks and processes all event related invoices. Identifies, secures, coordinates and tracks budget relieving in-kind donations of both goods and services.

Tip-A-Cop (15%)

  • Assists in the activation of all Tip-A-Cops.
  • With the goal of having every agency/station host a minimum of one TAC, yearly.
  • Assist agencies with logistics for all Tip-A-Cops.
  • Recruit and train LETR Street Teams to assist with Tip-A-Cops.

LETR Leadership (10%)

  • Provides ongoing leadership support to the Torch Run coordinators with in the region.
  • Yearly review Torch Run Final Leg route with agencies involved.
  • Provides logistical support before and during the run; including volunteer and athletes' participation.
  • Serves as LETR liaison for region/division.
  • Connects Law Enforcement agencies to local competitions and programs.
  • Recruit and train Torch Run volunteers to assist the day of with route coverage.
  • Oversee Honored Guest tent at Regional Games.
  • Recruit Law Enforcement to present medals at regional competitions.   

Donor and Sponsor Management (10%)

  • Assists in cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition of donors, sponsors and volunteers supporting LETR and Special Events.
  • Updates and maintains the database of donors and prospects as it relates to special events;
  • Maintains efficient record-keeping systems within Raiser’s Edge.

Risk Management (5%)

  • Oversees all aspects of Risk Management of assigned events to ensure compliance with SOSC policies, including but not limited to volunteer screening and registration, contract review process, event facility and logistics set-up.

Job Level Responsibilities:
Works with supervisor on agreed  upon goals and plans. Uses discression and independent judgement within specific areas of expertise. May supervise hourly employees and/or volunteers. Recognized expert in all areas of responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • B.A. degree preferred5 years’ experience in special event management
  • Experience in the development of special event resources and marketing collateral
  • Experience in a leadership role with volunteers in a committee structured environment
  • Experience working with Law Enforcement preferred
  • Possesses and applies a broad knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to the completion of difficult assignments.

Skills and/or Abilities:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word and Outlook and data base
  • Strong team orientation
  • Ability to effectively recruit, train, and groups of volunteers
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate people
  • Strong event project management skills
  • Understanding of Marketing and Design
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements
  • Valid driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements
  • Ability to pass background screen check of drivers' license and criminal history.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, lift or carry up to 50 pounds, and lift overhead up to 24 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May work from home with prior supervisory approval.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job requires occasional to regular driving.

COMPENSATION: Position is full-time, benefit eligible; salary range is $45,760 - $49,000/year depending on directly related experience.

Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to lajobs@sosc.org.

Job Description PDF

JOB SUMMARY:

The Vice President, Development is responsible for strategically planning and directing the revenue-generating efforts for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC). As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President shares responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the organization and for providing general leadership to ensure the successful achievement of SOSC’s mission and goals.

He/she will lead a strong Philanthropy Team to cultivate and solicit gifts to benefit SOSC’s current and future programs. Will design and implement a comprehensive plan for expanding and diversifying SOSC’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding through major gifts, special events, corporate and foundation support, and new initiatives. The successful candidate displays a high level of professionalism, excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrates strength in leading and developing team members to accomplish a shared goal and vision. In addition, must have the ability to establish and nurture relationships with major donors, interact with community leaders, key partners, and all levels of staff, volunteers and Board members. The ideal candidate is actively involved on community boards and highly visible at community events to cultivate new relationships and represent SOSC as a viable, highly impactful non-profit organization. The VP will work strategically with the Board of Directors and volunteer leadership committees to help reach the philanthropic goals of the organization.

Location: Long Beach

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategic Planning (10%)

  • Collaborates with Board of Directors, Senior Leadership, Development team, and Field staff to create strategic fundraising plan for SOSC and develop organization-wide growth strategy.
  • Develops and communicates clear long- and short-term strategic plans, leads development staff to implement and maintain structured fundraising program, and builds and maintains a strong volunteer structure for development.
  • Monitors and reports regularly on the progress of the Development program.

Development Operations (10%)

  • Responsible for creating and/or maintaining organization-wide Development guidelines and practices.  Ensures SOSC’s Development practices are in compliance with all laws, regulations and the Special Olympics accreditation.
  • Works with colleagues to ensure SOSC maintains positive image and high ratings with industry leaders such as Charity Navigator.
  • Oversees maintenance of donor services database, including the donor acknowledgement process.
  • Explores and utilizes opportunities to use technology and innovative fundraising tools to increase revenue and enhance the donor experience. Uses or develops systems to drive revenue, track performance, improve quality, and increase efficiency.

Portfolio Management & Donor Relations (20%)

  • Personally solicits large, individual, corporate and when possible foundation gifts. Seeks new corporate and individual funding sources, and maintains and builds relationships with current and past donors both personally and as part of an organizational effort. Implements stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.
  • Participates in cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition of donors and sponsors. Maintains efficient record-keeping of his/her donor or prospect activity within Raiser’s Edge, and enforces overall database maintenance among the Development staff. Responsible for partnering with colleagues to execute Dream House Raffle, Integrated Direct Marketing Program and School and Youth Fundraising. Serves as primary lead for all Special Olympics Incorporated (SOI) /Special Olympics North America (SONA) development initiatives.

Supervisor Duties (20%)

  • Maintains and develops staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, on-boarding, coaching, providing feedback and training employees. Supports professional development. Explains, guides, and enforces systems, policies and procedures. Counsels as needed.
  • Maintains safe and healthy work environment through observation, coaching and training. Develops schedules, provides resources, assigns and monitors work. Controls expenses by gathering and submitting budget information, monitoring variances and implementing corrective actions.
  • Maintains own professional and technical knowledge and that of team members. Contributes to team morale and motivation. Schedules regular team meetings for each team member to share information, challenges and successes. Keeps team informed of organization happenings. Responsible for team meeting their goals, and overall achievements of department.

Field Fundraising Support (10%)

  • Develops field fundraising strategies in collaboration with Division AVP’s and/or Field Development staff to maximize revenue opportunity
  • Works with Development staff to create toolkits and templates that support priority fundraising initiatives
  • Leverages existing relationships to assist Field in growing network of support
  • Work collaboratively across functions to execute plans and build internal relationships.

Budget and Financial Tracking (5%)

  • Working with Development Team, creates, manages and oversees Development budgets, and oversees the identification, coordination and tracking of budget relieving in-kind donations of both goods and services.
  • Assists the Development Team in achieving overall annual fundraising goals.

Board of Directors Liaison (5%)

  • Provides leadership to Development-related Committees of Board of Directors and serves as relationship manager for select board members.

Individual Goals (20%)

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum 15 years of development experience, with at least five years at a senior level supervising both paid staff and volunteer leadership committees.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, CFRE or advanced degree preferred.
Skills and/or Abilities:
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in budget management, staff supervision, and staff development. Able to inspire and motivate others, and provide strong and innovative leadership in developing and implementing programs.
  • Demonstrated skill and success in strategic planning for development, including annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving and major gifts.
  • Experience with high revenue generating events and the ability to determine key success factors, identify growth strategies, and maximize ROI.
  • Extensive knowledge of the corporate and foundation community, and a proven track record of fundraising success with corporations and individuals, and with developing successful partnerships with companies and organizations.
  • Ability to work successfully in a nonprofit structure by fostering cooperation and communication among Chapter, Region and Area staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to think conceptually.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with executives as well as employees to help drive business results.
  • Proficiency in using computer equipment and software, including Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM system.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements.
  • Have valid California driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements.
  • Ability to pass background screen in regards to criminal and driving history.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, lift or carry up to 24 pounds, and lift overhead up to 24 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May work from home with prior supervisory approval.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job requires occasional driving.

COMPENSATION: Position is full-time salaried, with benefits; salary range is $100,000 – $130,000, depending on level of related executive leadership experience.

Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to lbjobs@sosc.org.

Job Description PDF

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