Development Specialist

REPORTS TO: Director of Development
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: Associate or Bachelor Degree from an accredited college/university in marketing, business, communication or related area is preferred. Demonstrated computer skill using data management software is preferred. Experience in sales and/or knowledge of fundraising campaigns, solicitations or special events preferred. Sports marketing, volunteer and event management experience a plus.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively
Computer, clerical and organization skills including Word, Excel, and Power Point. Raiser's Edge knowledge a plus.
Knowledge and experience providing support to people with disabilities is helpful.
Understanding and experience with the mission and function of Special Olympics New York or similar charities is preferred.
Ability to meet people with ease and communicate effectively with tact and diplomacy.
Able to balance multiple priorities and deadlines.
This position is responsible for providing support to the regions development team by assisting and supporting all functions related to state level. Primary responsibilities include management of data, organizational tasks, event support and committee relationships.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND Responsibilities:
Assist the regions development team with all functions including event support, committee development and communications, administrative support and outreach.
Prepare, present and/or participate in public information presentations.
Social Media - updates and communication on Facebook, etc.
Generate revenue and awareness through various methods; cash sponsorship, in-kind, team fundraising and matching gifts.
Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of development strategies and objectives.
Interact with staff, volunteers, vendors etc. as delegated in the development and dissemination of materials and information regarding Special Olympics Regional program and fundraising initiatives to appropriate individuals and agencies.
State Games Support - coordinating leads, cold calls, organization of collateral, PR/Marketing tracking and implementation
Event Support - collateral, cold calls, communication, logistics, social media
Assist with coordinating logistics for fundraising events and programs including the collection and management of pertinent records, data, reports and information.
Grants - assist with community grants and foundations.
Kintera - back end reports and communications
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, approximately one block).
FLEXIBLE HOURS: Occasional travel and weekend/evening duties are required.
Please submit cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements to Special Olympics New York, Inc. at email removed . Please reference job code "GRDS" in subject line. No phone calls please.

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