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(updated Nov 2021)

Director of Development
Richmond, VA
To increase awareness and revenue through cultivation and solicitation of new and existing corporate partners across Virginia, and to manage statewide cause-marketing campaigns, all in order to meet the annual strategic and financial objectives of the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major corporate partners who can provide financial and in-kind support of the overall program mission, signature events and program initiatives.
  • Plan and direct new and existing cause-marketing campaigns to include activation of affiliated national campaigns and special initiatives.
  • Identify, solicit and cultivate foundation support, particularly in the corporate partner space, to include grant writing, tracking and reporting for new and existing corporate foundation partnerships.
  • Work closely with all staff to coordinate sponsorship, marketing, public relations and volunteer opportunities for corporate partners.
  • Create content related to corporate partners and sponsors for use on website, social media channels and annual report. Ensure all content related to major corporate donors is updated regularly.
  • Utilize SOVA tools and databases to develop, maintain and analyze corporate partner prospect list.
  • Collaborate with the Development Team to prepare and manage corporate partner budgets.
  • Attend statewide events as required or appropriate/travel required.

If this opportunity to work for a well-known nonprofit sounds interesting to you, please send cover letter and resume to: Director of Development Search, SOVA, 3212 Skipwith Road Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23294 or email to [email protected].

Strong Minds Clinical Director, Richmond/Statewide (Volunteer Position)
We are currently seeking a volunteer Clinical Director to help us introduce Strong Minds, a new Healthy Athletes discipline, at Summer Games in 2019. To be considered for this role, volunteers must have a degree and certification in a mental health field (i.e. psychologist, licensed counselor, licensed social worker) and be available to complete either an e-Learning training module or attend an upcoming national Train the Trainer event. Interested individuals should send a CV to Dave. Additional information is provided below.

What is Special Olympics Strong Minds?

Strong Minds is an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills. Competition provides a natural opportunity to develop active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness under stress, such as: thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others.

What Happens at Strong Minds?

Athletes try a few different active coping strategies as they move through the stations. Before exiting, athletes identify the strategies they like best and volunteers provide them with visual reminders to use these tools in competition and in daily life.

Where do the Strong Minds activities come from?

The content is derived from evidence-based models of self-regulation, social-emotional learning and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

How Was Strong Minds Developed?

The activities were created by a team of mental health professionals with experience working with individuals with intellectual. Nine revisions to the activities have occurred since 2014, through a series of pilot events that provided helpful feedback from athletes, coaches, caregivers, volunteers and Clinical Directors.