Assistant Director - Region G, Development
Normal, IL Program Services
Job Type

TITLE: Assistant Director – Region G, Development

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to Illinois athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Illinois is dedicated to shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. As a part of the Special Olympics Illinois team, you’ll join an energetic and hard-working group of individuals committed to transforming the lives of those we serve.


Position Overview

The Assistant Director-Region G is primarily responsible for providing support to the Region Director to help ensure that the Region has the proper operational controls and reporting procedures in place to assist Special Olympics Illinois in achieving the Big Three Key Objectives. This Assistant Director position will have a revenue development focus.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Position serves as primary and direct back-up to the Region Director; incumbent is expected to occasionally and as requested carry Director-level responsibility, which includes but is not limited to: Division-wide, Director-level support and leadership; Division as well as Region-wide training and/or mentorship; and continuous cross-training beyond assigned Development Focus
  • In consultation with the Senior Director – Program Services and Region Director, the Assistant Director – Region drives achievement of Region-specific, strategic goals to ensure progress toward the Big Three Key Objectives and to protect the financial integrity of the organization
  • Manages all fundraising and resource development efforts in the Region, including but not limited to: special events and fundraisers, outreach efforts to underserved populations, volunteer recruitment and management, financial recordkeeping, public relations and awareness, education, committee development, sponsorships, in-kind resource development, state-level event and campaign support as well as agency revenue share programs/initiatives
  • Actively works with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Team to support local LETR events and fundraising efforts; serves as a local contact for LETR legs in Region
  • Collaborate with SOILL Development staff to establish new funding sources to support the Region. 
  • Identify, develop and maintain partnerships with service organizations to provide volunteer and funding opportunities.
  • Focus on continued growth capitalizing on using knowledge of technology and social media to identify and employ new avenues to market the organization and its offering
  • Collaborate with community partners to create third party fundraisers and special athlete opportunities
  • Provides support in case of staffing vacancies in assigned Region
  • Manages volunteers as well as part-time, full-time and/or temporary employees as needed 


Qualifications Preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred 
  • 3+ years’ professional experience within Special Olympics or closely related field
  • Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • 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
  • High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission
  • Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer focus
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as receptive (listening) 
  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships

Work Schedule & Requirements

  • Based out of the State Headquarters Office in Normal, IL; position covers the Region G area, which includes Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties
  • Reports to Director – Region G
  • Monday through Friday with frequent evenings and weekends as position demands
  • Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an essential function of position 
  • Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in setup and breakdown at events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles
  • Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; includes sedentary and light work
  • Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles
  • First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required; must be able and willing to effectively administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a background check


This full-time position includes an excellent compensation and benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, voluntary disability insurance, a retirement savings plan with company match, generous paid time off benefits, and more. 

Salary Description
Starting at $55,000