Eunice Kennedy Shriver started the concept of Special Olympics in 1963 as a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities to provide them with the therapeutic effects of physical fitness and sports. In 1968, she organized the first International Special Olympics Games, where 1,000 athletes from the United States, Canada and France competed. That year, Special Olympics was founded as a nonprofit organization.
Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. It is one of 52 Chapters within the United States and part of Special Olympics, Inc., which serves 4.9 million Special Olympics athletes – ages 8 years old and up who come from 172 countries. There is also a young athletes program for children ages 2 to 7.
The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Our vision is to promote acceptance, inclusion, and well-being for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.
Bill Shumard has served as President/CEO of Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) since June 2005, taking over the leadership role of the organization after spending five years as a member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Under Shumard's leadership, SOSC has made numerous strategic changes and improvements designed to position the organization for significant athlete growth.
In 2015 they hosted the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles which was a huge success and most recently they have begun rolling out a new sports plan so that they can offer training and competition year-round. This includes the addition of new sports offerings including flag football and cheerleading as well as a host of their traditional sports. With the support of 17,752 volunteers and 15,814 families or guardians of their athletes, SOSC now serves 34,500 athletes who participate in 207 athletic events.
SOSC is compiled of 9 regional offices across Southern California, fromSan Luis Obispo to San Diego. They are fiscally sound with a strong balance sheet, and a staff of 87, complimented by dedicated volunteers.SOSC continues to build the next generation of leaders, creating programs in schools throughout Southern California where Special Olympics becomes part of the fabric of school and community life and also generates participation that lasts a lifetime.
SOSC is positioned for even greater success. With this enterprise commitment to serve more athletes, SOSC has inspired a dedicated 53 member Board who implement a Board fundraising challenge every year. Over the past few years they have seen 100% commitment and raised an average of $1.3 million through a give-get policy.
SOSC has been strategic in implementing a diverse range of successful fundraising streams. These include their Law Enforcement Torch Run, and an array of special events including their Special Olympics on Parade and “We run the City, USC and UCLA 5k and 10k rivalry run/walk”. They also have a Dream House raffle and a mix of corporate and individual donations, as well as foundation grants and government grants. One of the opportunities for the new Vice President of Development, is to continue to build upon the momentum of success of their current fundraising sources and, also engage the organization with strategies and infrastructure to increase their individual major gifts.
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 Vice President Development’s direct reports are: VP, Major Gifts; Sr. Director, Grants & Foundation Relations; Director, Corporate & LETR Sponsorships; Director, LETR; Manager, Special Events
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.
Portfolio Management & Donor Relations: 20%
Supervisor Duties 20%
Field Fundraising Support: 10%
Budget and Financial Tracking:5%
Board of Directors Liaison:5%
Other - Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
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Skills and/or Abilities:
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SOSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.