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Development Specialist, Walk MS in Rochester, NY at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 6/3/2018

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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.

The National MS Society is seeking a highly motivated, results-driven individual to join our Development Team as a Walk Specialist.

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

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. This position reports to Sr Manager, Walk MS will work closely with the logistics team assigned to the territory.  

Essential Function/Responsibility

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

  • Support the implementation and execution of Walk MS by recruiting, cultivating, and fostering relationships with participants, teams, team captains, top fundraisers, and sponsors.
  • Develop strong networks within the local community, cold call, and grow prospects for potential revenue and volunteer opportunities; increase Walk MS visibility and brand awareness.
  • May work with volunteer committees to ensure that committee members are fully supported and accomplish tasks required for successful events.
  • Maintains accurate records/ data to evaluate effectiveness and public awareness of events activities and results.
  • Develop and implement events to recognize, reward, and motivate successful volunteers and fundraisers to ensure ongoing commitment and engagement.
  • Adhere to the approved MS Walk budget for any and all purchase orders and check requests
  • Assist in the assessment of prizes and t-shirts for walkers, team captains and other ancillary efforts
  • Other administrative duties may be assigned based on local staff structure and resources
  • 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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