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Development Manager, Walk MS in Minneapolis, MN at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 5/17/2018

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Job Description

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. We partner with volunteers to accomplish our work. Staff members engage volunteers through effective and timely communications, facilitating meaningful opportunities, and continually seeking and providing feedback for reciprocal growth and learning.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Development team as a Development Manager, Walk MS.

The Development Manager, Walk MS will manage an event portfolio of particpants and teams for Walk MS in order to achieve fundraising goals and ensure a positive event experience. The Manager will cultivate positive relationships with event participants, teams, volunteer committees, and corporate and community supporters.

The Manager, Walk  MS is responsible for the implementation of the local operational plan to meet or exceed fundraising and engagement goals for market Walk MS events. 

The Manager acts as an ambassador for the National MS Society, always striving to engage participants and their donors with the mission. This position works closely with local development staff to foster participant engagement, exceed participant and donor expectations with the Society, and drive revenue and participation. Strong relationship building skills, a positive, can-do attitude, and a commitment to working as a team are essential for success in this role.

This position reports to the Director, Walk MS and works closely with the market Walk MS staff to implement the fundraising, recruitment and cultivation strategies for Walk MS events. This position will also work closely with the local logistics team supporting events.

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

  • Working with Development leadership executes operational plans that focus on acquisition, retention and cultivation of top fundraisers, teams, participants, sponsors, etc.
  • Manages mid-level portfolios that include teams, top fundraisers, participants, sponsors, volunteers, etc.
  • When applicable; coaches, develops and supervises market staff
  • Collaborating with the Development team accelerates revenue growth by ensuring each Walk MS market has a strong event experience, including all VIP level 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 portfolio 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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

  • Cultivates volunteers, seeks and provides feedback and shares opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.
  • Collaborates 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.