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Event Manager

The Event Manager is a creative, detail oriented and well-organized development professional who is responsible for managing, planning, implementing and raising funds for Special Olympics Colorado’s (SOCO) core fundraising events including the Polar Plunge Series, Hall of Fame, Golf Tournament and Plane Pull. In addition to running logistics for events, the Event Manager is also responsible for developing and maintaining key long-term relationships with corporate sponsors, donors and prospects.

Reports to: Vice President of Development

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage logistics for fundraising events, including the Polar Plunge Series, Hall of Fame, Golf Tournament and Plane Pull
  • Recruit participants and donors for events
  • Work with vendors and venues on price quotes, cost saving ideas, event layouts and overall logistics to create a positive experience for participants
  • Provide event support by running registration and check-in, ordering incentive items, maintaining participant databases, updating web pages and online fundraising pages, etc.
  • Promotional item ordering (i.e. event t-shirt, incentive items, etc.)
  • Coordinate post event wrap-ups to include staff, committees and participant feedback to assess success of each event and overall profitability
  • Work with the Communications department on effective digital and visual marketing tactics to maximize event exposure and expand our audiences
  • Provide support for individual and corporate fundraising campaigns
  • Develop and implement marketing campaigns for events in coordination with the marketing department
  • Develop, oversee and maintain event budgets
  • Manage volunteers and committees for all fundraising events
  • Prepare, submit and manage corporate sponsorship proposals
  • Perform prospect research
  • Conduct “Lunch and Learns” at companies to promote
  • Keep donor records updated in Raiser’s Edge
  • Manage and communicate with event participants in an effective and efficient manner
  • Represent SOCO and its programs to the public by developing opportunities to speak to service clubs and other community groups
  • Provide support for local, area, statewide and national fundraising activities
  • Manage fundraising platforms and peer to peer fundraising sites (SOCO uses Donor Classy)
  • Update event information on SOCO’s website
  • All other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  • 3+ years’ experience in event coordination and promotion
  • Effective interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Excellent written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals
  • Demonstrated organization and planning skills
  • Ability to promote and manage volunteer participation
  • Strong work ethic; ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed, particularly surrounding the Polar Plunge Series and other fundraising events.
  • Ability to bring a positive attitude to the workplace
  • Ability to travel independently throughout the state
  • Ability to be cleared to work for SOCO through background screening process
  • Support other departments contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities
  • 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)
  • All other duties as assigned

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to HR@SpecialOlympicsCO.org no later than November 15.


Southeast Regional Manager

The Southeast Regional Manager is responsible for ensuring that quality outreach initiatives are being conducted throughout the Southeast Region of the State. The Regional Manager is responsible for managing and executing outreach, coach recruitment and education, and local program and team development and support in the Southeast Region so they are in compliance with SOCO policies and standards, Special Olympics guidelines, and the SOI General Rules while ensuring a high quality experience for volunteers and athletes. The position will ensure that a comprehensive Coaches Education and Certification System is in place to offer all coaches the opportunity to become educated, certified and compliant with all Special Olympics guidelines. The position will manage the development and implementation of a Regional outreach plan to increase the number of athletes while assisting in the transition of athletes between school-based and community-based programs.

Reports to: Senior Vice President of Regional Services and Competition

Position Responsibilities

Outreach

  • Ensure timely and comprehensive ongoing communication with Local Programs, Schools, Coaches, Volunteers, Donors, Families and the Media.
  • Ensure athlete/family communication is occurring through Local Programs.
  • Recruit, train and support new local programs.
  • Partner with the Director of Competition in establishing Games Organizing Committees (GOC) including the recruitment and training of current and new members.
  • Provide information, support, and direction to all inquiries regarding individual participation for potential athletes and families.
  • Meet annual growth expectations for new athletes as well as retention of current athletes, local programs and schools.
  • Assist in the seamless transition of athletes from school-based to community programs and teams.
  • Identify partnerships within the region and develop and maintain relationships with these groups through volunteer and funding opportunities such as Knight of Columbus and other service organizations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local businesses to impact volunteer force and provide resource development opportunities (both cash and budget relieving in-kind).
  • Support other departments when workload allows contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities.

Coaches Education

  • Assist the Coach Development Manager in developing and execution of Coaches Education Resources that aids in the recruitment of knowledgeable clinicians and sport educational volunteers.
  • Assist in selecting and confirming venues for Coaches Clinics in the region.
  • Execute a comprehensive Coaches Education and Certification program in the Southeast Region.

Administrative Operations

  • Budget development and tracking to ensure all programs are operating within approved budget for both expenses and revenue expectations.
  • Prepare all reports and paperwork accurately and in a timely fashion.
  • Manage vendor relations.
  • Maintain office and games equipment supply and inventory.

Fundraising

  • Work with Development team to meet the fundraising goals of the Southeast Region.
  • Ensure SOCO Risk Management Policies are being adhered.
  • Ensure Local Programs are fundraising and operating within budget.

Position Requirements

  • Based in Colorado Springs office
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • 2-5 years of event management experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Data management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective management of multiple and diverse projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of Special Olympics programs preferred
  • Knowledge of best practices in coaches education
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Ability to be cleared to work for SOCO through background screening process
  • Support other departments contributing to team spirit and sharing of responsibilities
  • 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)
  • All other duties as assigned

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.
Interested

 How to Apply

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and salary history to HR@specialolympicsco.org.