Special Olympics Vermont

Development Manager | Full Time

Category: Non-profit

Location: 16 Gregory Drive

Development Manager

SUPERVISOR: President and CEO  POSITION: Full Time Exempt


The Development Manager works to raise funds in support of, and consistent with the mission, goals and philosophy of Special Olympics Vermont (SOVT). This person will implement targeted strategies to identify, cultivate, engage and solicit individuals and companies to financially support SOVT, and help plan and coordinate all fund-raising activities for our dynamic, well-respected organization. Primary function includes growing relationships with existing donors and partners, as well as cultivating and creating relationships with new ones. This role also serves as a supportive liaison to local and school programs.

The Development Manager will work proactively, utilizing a comprehensive development plan with integrated strategies and goals. This person will ensure sponsor relationships are optimized and coordinated across multiple opportunities, including Special Olympics Vermont competitive state-wide Games four times a year and our major fundraising events such as Penguin Plunge, and fully leverage sponsors to secure volunteer commitments to bring the SOVT experience to the business community.


This position works at the direction of and very closely with the CEO, and in collaboration with the Advancement Team to:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual and corporate giving, event and Games sponsorships, foundation and government grants, etc.
  • Support the CEO with major gifts and planned giving efforts
  • Draft investment and sponsorship proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach
  • Maintain primary responsibility for all development-related record keeping, including updates to donor database, donor and sponsorship levels/opportunities, philanthropic pledges and agreements, etc.
  • Work directly with President/CEO, and Finance Manager, on annual budget planning and management.
  • Inform and support Special Olympics Vermont Board of Directors, especially the Development Committee
  • Help to create and maintain a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with current and potential individual donors

Collaborate with the Marketing & Communications Manager to:

  • Provide direction and oversight for the SOVT donor database
  • Execute all donor communications and campaigns
  • Leverage Social Media and emerging technology to educate and communicate to existing and future donors
  • Oversee the creation and publication of the organization’s Annual Report

Work with Events Manager to steward and grow current and past special event sponsors while cultivating new sponsorships and partnerships.

Support the Program Team by identifying and submitting grant proposals

Other duties as assigned.



BA/BS in Business Administration or a related field

3+ years in development/fundraising/sales/marketing, some nonprofit sector experience preferred

Team player: Ability to work with diverse groups in a collaborative environment

Demonstrated success with sponsorship solicitation and donor cultivation

Strong budget management

Proficient time management skills, attention to detail and proven verbal and written communication skills

Ability to travel as needed

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Constant Contact (or similar), web analytics, online fundraising tools and basic HTML

Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends

Ability to travel for work, by car, plane, etc., and manage travel arrangements

Valid driver’s license


Excellent communication is required for time spent talking with constituents and for organizing and presenting (operating) SOVT programs.  Exceptional interpersonal skills are necessary for building and maintaining collaborative and successful relationships internally and externally. Good vision is required for reading a variety of documents and for computer work.

Employees are responsible for loading and moving program materials, assorted promotional goods and/or tools into personal vehicles or other vehicles as needed to meet schedule deadlines.

Work schedules fluctuate as needed to meet program management goals and planned schedules.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Missy Siner Shea, President & CEO – mshea@vtso.org


To Apply:

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Missy Siner Shea, President & CEO – mshea@vtso.org