Development Director, Special Events
Job Details
Main Office - Pleasant Hill, CA
Full Time Salary Exempt
$70,000.00 - $80,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%

Special Olympics Northern California & Nevadas (SONC/NV) vision is an inclusive world for all, driven by the power of sport through which people with intellectual disabilities (ID) live active, healthy, and fulfilling lives. By providing high quality sports opportunities, improving health outcomes, and providing leadership training, we create opportunities for people with and without ID to interact through and beyond sports, resulting in more inclusive communities, and inspiring others to open their hearts and minds to people with intellectual disabilities.

Position Summary:

The Director of Events is a detail oriented, well-organized development professional who is able to demonstrate leadership with a collaborative and results-oriented approach to drive the production of high quality fundraising events, including donor involvement, cultivation and stewardship.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Conduct the full range of activities required to create, manage and implement fundraising events and logistics (Bike the Bridges, Polar Plunge, Golf Tournament, Bocce, third-party events, and more).
  • Responsible for managing revenue streams and achieving event revenue goals, to include overall event management: budgets, event logistics, volunteer management.
  • Responsible for peer-to-peer revenue generation in colloboartion with the Marketing and Development teams to include: recruitment, retention, cultivation and management of teams, team captains and participants.
  • Lead the day of efforts for our corporate events, High Tech Challenge and Silcon Valley Bocce and manage live and silent auctions, including research, solicitation and implementation.
  • Conduct postevent debriefings to evaluate successful elements and challenges encountered, incorporating that information into the planning and execution of subsequent events.
  • Maintain high professional standards and procedures for production of events.
  • Collaborate with the SONC Development to prepare, submit and manage proposals for corporate sponsorships, in-kind sponsorships and vendor partnerships.
  • Develop, manage and execute fundraising and marketing strategies and content to recruit participation and promote awareness for events in collaboration with the Marketing Department.
  • Recruit, manage and provide support to volunteer event committees.
  • Collaborate with the development team, program staff and marketing team at Special Olympics Northern California to develop innovative fundraising and engagement opportunities and to deliver great experiences for our supporters.
  • Represent Special Olympics Northern California and its programs to the public by developing opportunities to speak to service clubs and other community groups.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

This position requires specific skills to be successful and to complement our existing team, including, but not limited to:

  • A passion for the Special Olympics mission.
  • A proven track record in developing and administering fundraising programs.
  • Minimum three years of specific event management experience and minimum three years successful fundraising experience with peer-to-peer fundraising preferred.
  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write persuasively and strong presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational/priority management skills, including excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills, specifically the Microsoft Suite, including Teams, and excellent internet research skills.
  • Ability to successfully exercise independent judgment and discretion to reach your goals; able to effectively manage sometimes conflicting priorities in a multi-faceted, time-sensitive environment.
  • Computer proficiency including: Asana, Microsoft Office Suite and relational databases (Salesforce) as well as experience with fundraising platforms such as OneCause and BidPal.

We offer an inclusive, casual work environment. To protect the health of our staff, we are currently working remotely.  We are headquartered in Pleasant Hill. This position requires occasional local travel on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.

Salary Range: $70K-$80K/year, DOE. This position is also eligible for an incentive bonus based on meeting fundraising goals for 2022.

Benefits include, but are not limited to:  Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) retirement plan, life and long-term disability insurance, vacation, sick and personal days, federal holidays, and a paid winter break.


Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disabilities. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities; please let us know if you need accommodations for the interview process. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including those with diverse backgrounds.

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Special Olympics Northern CA athletes at our Summer Games competition were featured in theis video created fro the 2015 ESPYs on ESPN.
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