Regional Fundraising Coordinator (Connaught) - Special Olympics Ireland

Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability. Our Vision is to drive and support a quality year-round sports programme that is embedded in local communities, resourced by vibrant and strong leaders, and offers health and well-being opportunities to athletes with an intellectual disability from 4 years of age upwards.

Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to changing lives of people with an intellectual disability through Sport. Special Olympics Ireland has one of the strongest Special Olympic Programmes worldwide and we are looking for a motivated individual to join our dedicated team to help build upon our success.


As one of a team of five Coordinators working to achieve the organisation’s revenue targets year on year, the Regional Fundraising Coordinator will plan and manage the fundraising and income generating initiatives in the Connaught Region. The Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator will assist in the development of the Special Olympics All Island Fundraising Programme and implement the programme locally in their region.  Working out of the regional office, the successful candidate will report centrally to the Fundraising & Sponsorship Manager but work very closely with the relevant Regional Director on a day-to-day operational basis.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Plan and manage the Fundraising Programme for the specific region

  • Communicate and consult regularly with regional staff members, the Regional Committee and other relevant key volunteers and stakeholders so as to achieve a cohesive and coordinated, supported approach to all activities

  • Establish and nurture strong working relationships and communication lines with Special Olympics Clubs in the region in conjunction and cooperation with other regional staff and volunteers

  • Motivate and engage regional volunteers to help plan and manage the fundraising initiatives

  • Establish regular Special Olympics  fundraising initiatives in the region

  • As a member of the Marketing, Communications & Fundraising (MCF) Department, contribute and assist with the planning and development of the Special Olympics’ All Island Fundraising Programme initiatives to achieve the organisation’s income target

  • Be responsible for implementation of the income generation initiatives and achievement of the income targets within the assigned region in conjunction with the Regional Director 

  • Plan and implement the Special Olympics Ireland Annual Collection Day in the region

  • Provide assistance and guidance to companies who express interest and/or give a commitment to fundraise for the organisation   

  • Record regularly and accurately financial and fundraising data

  • Apply high standards of organisation and planning in all fundraising and other events so as to maintain and protect the organisation’s reputation and to ensure the opportunity to maximise income is created

  • Foster and develop regional and/or local corporate sponsor relationships and agreements in line with the organisation’s overall Sponsorship Programme

  • Work with the MCF department and Regional Director to promote and maintain brand awareness of Special Olympics  Ireland

  • Participate in cross-functional training as required from time to time

Skills & Experience:

Minimum 2 years Fundraising and or Sales experience and a proven ability to successfully reach targets for organisations preferably in the not-for-profit sector.

Excellent organisational and creative skills with ability to work on own initiative but also as part of the team

Proven track record in Event Management and Business Development

Strong communication skills with ability to persuade and negotiate with various groups

Established corporate and social working relationships and contacts in the relevant region that may provide avenues of or access to support for Special Olympics.

A current full clean driving licence and access to a form of transport that enables them to meet the requirements of the post in full is essential. It is also essential to be able to meet a requirement to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends & to be prepared to travel frequently as part of the role.

Location: Sligo
Terms: Permanent / Full-time

Please send your CV along with a cover note and your answers to the following questions to

  1. Are you legally resident in Ireland?

  2. Are you committed to taking this vacancy for more than one year?

  3. Do you have a full, clean driving licence?

  4. What is your level of English (Native, Fluent, Very Good, Good, Medium or Poor)?

  • Closing Date for Applications
    Wednesday 22 May 2019