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Sr. Development Manager, Walk MS in Houston, TX at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 1/25/2019

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Job Description

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a national non-profit that exists because there are people with MS. Our vision is a world free of MS. Everything we do is focused so that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

We are more than an organization. We are a movement. United in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. At the National MS Society you have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of those living with MS and their families.

As a member of the Society team, you'll work in an environment that values collaboration, innovation, diverse perspectives, and most of all a relentless resolve so people with MS can live their best lives.

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated, goal-driven fundraiser to lead our Walk MS team in the Houston market. 

The Senior Manager, Walk MS is responsible for fundraising activation, retention, cultivation and stewardship of participants, particularly teams and top fundraisers of Walk MS in the Houston Market. This position is responsible for relationship building and revenue growth through active management of a teams, corporate sponsors, and top fundraiser portfolio. The Senior Manager is responsible for the implementation of the operational plan of Walk MS to meet or exceed revenue and engagement goals.  

Implement campaign strategies to retain, grow and recruit participants for assigned events

  • Implements operational plans that focus on acquisition, retention and cultivation of top fundraisers, teams, participants, sponsors, etc.
  • Manages a strong and balanced participant portfolio that will include teams, top fundraisers, participants, sponsors, volunteers, etc.
  • Ensures participant relationships and corporate partnerships result in growth in registrations and revenue.
  • Working with relationship management teams to engage all staff in revenue growth assessment and the planning process.
  • Coaches, develops and supervises market staff responsible for executing the plan (Teams, Logistics, Corporate Relations, and Top Fundraisers).
  • Identifies, develops and grows staff capacity (skills and talents) to achieve measurable and sustainable results while removing obstacles.
  • Ensures staff behaviors are aligned with Society Operating Principles; provides timely feedback and coaching when applicable to improve performance and behaviors.
  • Accelerates revenue growth by ensuring the Wisconsin Walk MS market has a strong event experience, including all VIP/top fundraiser related recognition. Works in collaboration with the logistics team (in-house or outsourced).
  • Collaborate with the market staff to implement successful team fundraising and recruitment weeks to maximize these efforts.
  • Regularly monitor the performance of fundraising portfolios to ensure timely responsiveness to new registrants, to recognize fundraising and recruitment milestones and to maximize retention.
  • Leverage mission related resource to engage participants during the year and motivate increased fundraising.
  • Steward top fundraisers and team captains year-round with mission focus and gratitude.

Facilitates Volunteer Engagement for fundraising and event experience in the assigned event revenue portfolio

  • Engages volunteers through meaningful and impactful work that is well defined and structured by employing the strategies, tools and resources in their local market. Identifies, develops and grows volunteer capacity (skills and talents) to achieve measurable and sustainable results while removing obstacles.
  • Ensures volunteer behaviors are aligned with Society Operating Principles; provide timely feedback and coaching to improve performance and behaviors.
  • Ensures that volunteers are fueling the success and expanding the capacity by coaching to and assisting staff with building action-oriented volunteer leadership committees for fundraising (acquisition of sponsors, teams and participants) and event experience (the quality of the experience a participant has from the time they register through completion of the event) that will be led by the market Walk MS staff.
  • Cultivates volunteers, seeks and provides feedback and shares opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.
  • Partner with key staff to maximize engagement and results of committees to increase outreach, acquisition and awareness
  • Encourage volunteer involvement on the part of teams and participant's connections to enhance the efforts and expand team/participant engagement with the Society.
  • Other duties as assigned


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