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December 2022

Director of Advancement

Purpose: To plan, direct and manage the major gifts program of Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) to include identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors and prospects.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of at least 100 existing and potential major gift donors statewide. 
  • Identify, research, and steward relationships with existing donors leading to leadership and major gift solicitations; qualify, cultivate, and solicit appropriate prospects.  
  • Manage and create personalized, full cycle strategies around potential gifts of $10,000+ annually. 
  • Collaborate with President, Development Staff and Board of Directors to identify, inform, cultivate, involve and solicit prospective individual donors statewide. 
  • Motivate and support volunteer leadership for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship calls. 
  • Develop and maintain a system to coordinate all aspects of the SOVA major gifts program (planning, strategizing, researching, budgeting, etc.). 
  • Develop and maintain prospect/donor information in SOVA’s CRM, Salesforce.   
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of SOVA’s mission, priorities, impact and goals. 
  • Prepare proposals, stewardship plans, and other correspondence for prospects and donors. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Minimal level of relevant experience:  At least 3 years of experience in a position with similar responsibilities. 
  • Excellent organizational, critical thinking, analytical, written and oral skills. 
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple diverse groups of people. 
  • This position is exempt. 

Supervisor: President 11/22