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Special Olympics Tennessee

Chief Development Officer

Special Olympics Tennessee


Job Summary

We are looking for a strong leader who is an excellent communicator, strategic/forward thinker, visionary, and who can inspire team members to be engaged and achieve their best in performing Special Olympics Tennessee’s mission. The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of fundraising for Special Olympics Tennessee, including the supervision of a statewide fundraising team. The position directs fund raising and development operations for Special Olympics Tennessee; provides leadership for fund raising; develops strategies to grow and diversify revenue; develops new revenue streams and corporate support; responsible for managing major and individual donor and planned giving fundraising activities throughout the state. This position is exempt.

Job Responsibilities

  • Promote the mission of Special Olympics Tennessee
  • Set and achieves development goals to assure growth in revenue and alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Develop, implement, and manage annual fundraising plan for Special Olympics to include: a strong major gifts program, corporate sponsorship giving/sales, annual and planned giving programs, integrated direct marketing programs, direct mail, telemarketing and on-line giving, grants and foundations, civic partnerships and special event fund raising programs. Special events can include Polar Plunges, the Music City Blitz (Flag Football event with the TN Titans), Music City Corporate Challenge, and other fund-raising programs. Civic partners can include but are not limited to; Knights of Columbus and other service clubs, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run®.
  • Responsible for development and achievement of the state revenue budget and development expense budgets.
  • Prepare quarterly progress reports including an end of year report.
  • Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with the CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Prepare reports and communications for the Development and Marketing Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Ensure compliance with national, state, and local laws and regulations and Special Olympics International rules regarding logo and branding, fund raising procedures, sponsor contracts and agreements.
  • Direct corporate marketing fulfillment including development and updating of the program sponsorship/development materials.
  • Oversee and direct use of donor database to identify, research, cultivate, track, and solicit prospective individuals for major gifts.
  • Provide oversight of stewardship of all donors.
  • Develop annual goals and objectives for all supervised staff and conduct annual performance reviews.
  • Manage corporate partnerships as well as potential sponsors/supporters.
  • Manage individual, corporate, government relations, civic and foundation programs.
  • Develop and maintain professional/community affiliations.
  • Serve as the staff liaison for any collaborative fundraising initiatives with Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics Inc.
  • Responsible for coaching, management, evaluation, and supervision of all development team members.
  • Assist with developing the bid packet for Nashville to host the 2030 Special Olympics USA Games.
  • Other duties as assigned by President/CEO.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of ten (10) to fifteen (15) years’ experience of increasing responsibility and leadership positions in fundraising and/or sales.
  • Experience in developing strategic, mutually benefitting fundraising partnerships.
  • Proven record of individually raising $300,000+, on an annual basis.
  • Established success in supervision and mentoring skills in developing the capacities of the fundraising team.
  • Experience with donor software to manage donor relationships, preferred.
  • Event management experience.
  • Experience in proposal and budget development, financial analysis, and corporate relations.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to travel statewide to meet with partners, donors and attend state events.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Some weekends, evenings, and overnights will be required.

Additional Information


Special Olympics Tennessee provides health insurance, life insurance policy, paid time off, 401K match, and Friday’s off in June and July.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are at the heart of all that we do at Special Olympics Tennessee as we strive to promote unity and create a community where everyone belongs. We value, celebrate, and support all differences, backgrounds and viewpoints and understand that a focus on greater diversity and inclusion will enrich our organization and our world.

Special Olympics Tennessee is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on sexual orientation, marital status, disability, neurodiversity, age, parental status, socio-economic background, military service, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable law.

How to Apply

Serious applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Experience working in fundraising, sponsorships or corporate sales is required.

Please email all materials to Adam Germek, If you have questions, you may direct them via email to


  • Date Posted: January 13, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 02/21/2022
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk M-F, some weekends