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  • Full Time
  • Illinois
  • Salary: 42,000-48,000
  • Organization Type: Human/Social Services

Big Brother Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois

Title: Special Events and Fundraising Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Employment Status : Full-Time Exempt

Salary Range: $42,000- $48,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (BBBSIL) is an affiliate of the oldest, most respected mentoring organization in the US. We are a mission driven, performance based organization that is professionally managed and provides high quality and safe 1:1 mentoring serving the most at-risk children and their families across four counties in southern Illinois: Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair.descriptio

As the largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSIL makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) between the ages of 7 and 14.  Private, corporate, foundation and individual contributions provide 88% of our revenue base upon which we build programming that meets the needs of each child individually, whether he/she comes from a disadvantaged or single-parent home, lives in foster care, has been abused or neglected, is involved in the juvenile justice system or simply needs a consistent friendship. Our programs are proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble and on the path to post-graduate success.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.

Key Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Special Event Management:
Oversee annual and third-party events, including budgeting, vendor negotiations, and day-of coverage.
Develop promotional plans and ensure proper corporate sponsorship stewardship.
Coordinate with the CEO on donor events and incorporate stakeholder feedback.
Facilitate volunteer committees, manage event volunteers, and supervise interns.
Act as a liaison to community groups, vendors, and provide promotional support.

Raffle Fundraiser Management:
Oversee raffle fundraisers (House Raffle, Cash Raffle) including budgeting, goal achievement, and results analysis.
Collaborate with content marketer to develop and implement promotional plans.
Ensure efficient raffle transaction systems and accurate records.
Handle customer inquiries and train staff for ticket sales.
Execute raffle drawings with the Executive Director.

Manage the agency communications calendar.
Develop and distribute marketing content across various media (social, email, ads, direct mail).
Produce graphic designs aligned with brand standards for diverse projects.
Collaborate with local media to promote agency campaigns and events.
Maintain email databases and prepare mailers.
Gather client and partner stories for various uses.
Create engaging donor stewardship reports, and work with the Executive Director on the Annual Report.

Website Management:
Ensure the website aligns with brand, strategy, and standards.
Audit and update content, links, and information.
Develop strategies to improve traffic and user experience.
Ensure legal compliance and implement security measures.
Manage Google Analytics, PPC, SEO campaigns, and website performance.
Maintain domain and hosting registrations, monitor and respond to security breaches and website issues with the help of the agency IT representative.

Customer Service:
Respond promptly to queries via email, chat, video, phone, and social media.
Escalate serious issues to management immediately.
Maintain a polite, professional demeanor.
Share stakeholder feedback with colleagues to improve services.
Always respect client confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Human Services, or related field
Two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
Ability to work well in a team environment and create a team work environment by communicating effectively between departments
Proficient user of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Experience with Adobe Illustrator and Sales Force, or similar CRM a plus
All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
Short Term Disability
Long Term Disability
401(k) Retirement Savings Opportunity
8 paid holidays
5 paid leave days, accrued vacation days
Private office located in Belleville, IL
Hybrid and flexible schedule
Professional development opportunities
Bonus Opportunities

Be a part of something Big! To apply, please email resume and letter of interest to Executive Director, Brianna Anderson at