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Development Specialist, Bike MS in Tulsa, OK at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 3/6/2018

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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 have an exciting opportunity to join our national Development team as a Development Specialist, Bike MS.

he Development Specialist, Bike MS is responsible for the implementation and success of Bike MS events in the assigned territory. This position is responsible for the recruitment, cultivation, and retention of participants, teams, and sponsors for Bike MS and will oversee a fundraising portfolio. This position will foster participant engagement, exceed participant and donor expectations with the Society and drive revenue and participation.

The Development Specialist acts as an ambassador for the National MS Society, always striving to engage participants and their donors with the mission by providing exceptional customer service. In addition, this position is part of a Bike MS team who implements the fundraising, recruitment and cultivation strategies for Bike MS and will work closely with the logistics team assigned to the territory.

Essential Function/Responsibility

Responsible for leading the retention, acquisition and cultivation of Top Fundraisers, teams and individual participants for assigned portfolio of events.

  • Recruit, orient, train, and monitor performance of volunteers to organize events that meet or exceed the established fundraising goals.
  • Implement and evaluate the plan for Bike MS/Walk MS and other assigned events in alignment with the Society's operational plan.
  • Develop event campaign and operational plans in conjunction with Society strategies. Oversee the implementation and evaluation of fundraising strategies and tactics.
  • Implement a successful business plan using the organization's core business tactics to reach this goal.
  • Develop strong networks within the local community, cold call or develop and grow prospects for potential revenue streams, and volunteer opportunities, and to increase Bike MS/Walk MS and other assigned event visibility and brand awareness.
  • Assist by providing leadership to volunteer committees to ensure that committee members are fully supported and accomplish tasks required for successful events.
  • Maintain accurate records/ data to evaluate effectiveness and public awareness of events activities and results. Work alongside supervisor to remain under budget for events
  • Develop and implement events to recognize, reward, and motivate successful volunteers and fundraisers to ensure ongoing commitment.
  • Adhere to the approved budget for Bike MS/Walk MS and other assigned events for any and all purchase orders and check requests
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and communication with: New Teams, Participants, , Clients, Client Services and Programs Department and Volunteers
  • Involved in the following year round:
  • Assist in the assessment of prizes and t-shirts for walkers, team captains and other ancillary efforts
  • Plan Awards / Recognition Dinner for participants, teams, sponsors and top fundraisers
  • Other administrative duties may be assigned based on local staff structure and resources
  • Logistics (Pre and Post Event)
    • Awards Party- Lead Staff
    • Kickoffs (including Internal Kickoffs)
    • Fundraising Clinics
  • Recruitment
    • Coordinate and implement recruitment strategy of participants and people living With MS
    • Build and strengthen relationships with New Team Captains and participants and provide excellent customer service to returning participants
  • Fundraising
    • Work with supervisor to keep fundraising ideas, contests, challenges and rewards fresh and exciting
    • Build and strengthen relationship with all fundraisers
  • Committees
    • Assist supervisor and participate in Committee meetings and planning as necessary

Collaborate effectively with cross-functional departments to achieve fundraising goals

  • Partner with development team members and cross-functional teams to identify and cultivate corporate relationships that promote corporate team fundraising
  • Serve as a member of the development team to identify, assess, and implement best practices

Volunteer Engagement

  • Increase the number of Society volunteers, recognizing and recruiting talent.
  • Engage volunteers, effectively communicating and facilitating meaningful opportunities across all functions.
  • Partner with volunteers to accomplish work.
  • Cultivate volunteers, seeking and providing feedback and sharing opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.


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