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Special Olympics Southern California

Vice President, Major Gifts


Special Olympics Southern California 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 3 million athletes in 180 countries worldwide.


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.


To provide sports and training programs for any individual with intellectual disabilities who chooses to participate, thereby improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch.

Position Summary:

The Vice President, Major Gifts, organizes, staffs, and directs Major Gift activities to fund annual operations, sustainability and growth of Special Olympics Southern California programs and services. The Vice President, Major Gifts is responsible for oversight of prospect pool research and segmentation, data management, donor constituency management including: the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship cycle, donor acknowledgement and oversight of performance metrics. The incumbent will ultimately supervise two geographically focused major gift professionals and be responsible for training other development personnel in this area of expertise. The Vice President, Major Gifts will concentrate on the major gifts Focus Priorities of SOSC’s strategic plan.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assures the Major Gifts program reaches its annual fundraising goal.
  • Hire, train and supervise two additional Major Gifts staff members in the future. 
  • Oversee a performance – based portfolio management process to guide and challenge the Major Gifts team to its greatest potential of performance.
  • Serve as a primary donor relationship manager with a prospect portfolio at an identified, perceived giving capacity and annual goal.
  • Assure Major Gifts department operates within budgeted guidelines.
  • Train Major Gift staff on procedures for maintaining records one each prospective donor, and donor’s family, friends, achievements, giving interests and involvement with organization and secondary relationship managers via Raiser’s Edge software.
  • Manages planned giving donor prospects, solicitations, and stewardship.
  • Report results according to established metrics monthly, quarterly and annually.
  • Continue to build knowledge of industry trends, network with other fundraising groups and grant making, major gifts, planned giving and online processes. 
  • Participates as member of SOSC’s Senior Leadership Team.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Reporting Relationship:

The Vice President, Major Gifts reports to the Executive Vice President, Development and Communications.


  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Special Olympics Southern California.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in managing relationships with high-level donors.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, experience in public speaking, business writing and formal presentations.
  • Strong time, project management and presentation skills.
  • Current understanding of tax/legal implications, including IRS regulations, governing major gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple conflicting deadlines and maintain disciplined adherence to program goals.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationship with colleagues and external constituents.
  • Poise, initiative and flexibility; ability to address complex situations and sensitivity to handle confidential information with personal and professional integrity.
  • Proficiency in using computers and software, including Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to think conceptually and work independently as well as with a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with executives as well as employees to help drive business results.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends to meet job requirements.
  • Have valid California driver’s license and meet minimum California vehicle insurance requirements.
  • Ability to pass background screen in regards to criminal and driving history.


  • Minimum 10 years of development experience with five years of demonstrated, progressive experience in individual major gifts.
  • Proven track record in developing a $2M -$5M major gifts performance based portfolio management process
  • Results driven management skills and experience in development.
  • Experience with donor database required; thorough understanding of information management and demonstrated competence with database systems (Blackbaud/Raiser’s Edge preferred).
  • Competence in Internet research.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, CFRE or advance degree preferred.

Compensation & Benefits:

Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes excellent benefits.

For more information about SOSC please visit: www.sosc.org

Please e-mail cover letter and résumé to:
Paul M. “Chip” Netzel
Vice President & CFO
Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.
E-mail: soscmgo@netzelgrigsby.com
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Vice President, Major Gifts

Date Posted:  03/27/2015
Experience Level:  Experienced
Career Group:  Development/Fundraising
Cause Type:  Human Services
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

6730 East Carson Street
Long Beach, CA 90808

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