Director, Special Giving Programs

Job Type

Full Time




1133 19th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Position Summary

The Director, Special Giving Programs position is a hands-on role managing an expanding centralized integrated fundraising program on behalf of our organization headquarters and US Programs (Chapters). S/He actively leads campaign development and execution, with particular emphasis on telefunding, monthly giving, mid-level, and canvassing initiatives, in conjunction with direct mail and online fundraising. 


Primary Responsibilities


·     Leads telefunding strategy and execution within established production timelines and budgets, and in coordination with external agency and supplier partners, including:

  • Creative review – script and copy, layout, localization
  • Audience segmentation strategy, list planning
  • Testing strategy development

·        Oversees day-to-day relationship with call centers and manages telefunding initiatives to ensure quality growth within centralized telefunding efforts. This includes monitoring and analyzing campaign performance to substantiate strategic direction and course-correct as necessary. 

·        Monitors weekly reporting of calls into dedicated donor services toll-free number to identify and elevate potential issues, and update donor records. 


Mid-Level Giving

·        Oversees outsourced mid-level concierges, including training, strategy, and script review/approval.

·        Develops overall program strategy, including messaging and segmentation.

·        Supports Strategic Gifts in the development and implementation of virtual events to advance donor engagement.

·        Creates business rules and backend processes for gift attribution and the movement of donors across giving levels.

Monthly Giving

·        Grows SOI’s base of monthly giving donors and revenue through mail, phone, canvassing, and digital channels.

·        Manages and implements sustainer acquisition, reactivation, and upgrade campaigns and ensures integration of new and/or current strategies.

·        Retains active monthly donors and minimizes attrition through active follow up and stewardship efforts including database management and effective communication strategies.

·        Devises and implements business rules and back-end processes, including quality controls.

·        Tracks and reports KPIs including revenue, expenses, retention, and cost to acquire.


·        Leads strategy and day-to-day operations of canvassing program, serving as the point person for canvassing partner.

·        Analyzes campaign reporting against established KPIs.

·        Supervises implementation of new tests and on-boarding of additional markets, as needed.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum 7 years of related professional experience, including nonprofit fund development. 
  • Successful experience managing a direct marketing program, with specific experience in telefunding, annual giving, canvassing and monthly giving.
  • Ability to interact and collaborate successfully with people at various levels of the organization, chapters, consultants and vendors.
  • Excellent attention to detail and timelines.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and production process skills.

·        Proven ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working with a chapter-based organization.

·        Proficiency in SOI’s the database systems (Team Approach and Blue State Digital tool).

·        Experience overseeing database conversions is a big plus. 

Special Olympics, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans are welcomed and encouraged.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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