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Seasonal Specialist, Leadership Events in Chicago, IL at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 2/21/2018

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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 temporary Leadership Events Specialist will help ensure the assigned revenue portfolio reaches budgeted revenue. Portfolio includes Leadership Events in the Chicago market with events including, but not limited to, Women on the Move Luncheon, Cohn Weil Memorial MS Outing, and Dinner of Champions. The position will assist with these and/or other events with guidance from other event leads. This position is responsible for recruiting, training and partnering with volunteers to meet and exceed event campaign goals in all these areas. This position will also work closely with the logistics team assigned to the territory and supporting vendors to successfully execute events. This position will work 35 hours per week, with occasional overtime as needed. This temporary position will run April - September, 2018.
Essential Function/Responsibility

Generates a defined revenue in Leadership Events revenue while providing leadership, accountability and direction for volunteer team throughout the assigned event revenue portfolio

  • Executing campaign plans, fundraising goals and objectives that support Society strategies; manage the implementation of fundraising plans ensuring that adequate resources are provided to successfully accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Manage a defined budget for assigned Leadership Events ensuring that revenue and expenses are effectively tracked, managed and adjusted throughout the fiscal year as indicated or needed; provide progress reports and revenue/expense projections to supervisor.
  • Use market research, industry and competitive data to analyze to contribute to future direction to increase fundraising.
  • Responsible for establishing, cultivating and securing strong relationships with corporate partners and individual donors.
  • Ensure high-end customer service for the Society's contributors.

Collaborate effectively with all Society departments to achieve development goals as well as broader goals, e.g. Chapter, region, and national goals.

  • Engage with staff and volunteers to keep local strategies and initiatives in line with organizational priorities and to develop personal and team strengths and leverage continuous learning opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the Individual Giving team to ensure a unified approach to major donors who are also event participants or corporate sponsors.
  • In collaboration with the market leadership team, individual giving team, corporate team, assign and cultivate relationships with donors, sponsors and vendors.
  • Work to ensure that proper mechanisms are in place to appropriately receive and account for donations and expenses.
  • Partner with the Marketing department to develop ways to expand the Society's reach and to increase revenue.
  • Work to ensure that all donor records are accurately recorded into the national database and to facilitate donor recognition.

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

  • Increase the number of Society volunteers focused on Leadership Events by recognizing and recruiting talent.
  • Engage volunteers through meaningful and impactful work that is well defined and structured by employing the strategies, tools and resources in their local market. Identify, develop and grow volunteer capacity (skills and talents) to achieve measurable and sustainable results while removing obstacles.
  • Ensure volunteer behaviors are aligned with Society Operating Principles; provide timely feedback and coaching to improve performance and behaviors.
  • Ensure 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 and individual donors) and event experience (the quality of the experience a company and/or individual has from the time they commit through completion of the event) that will be led by the market Leadership Events staff.
  • Cultivate volunteers, seeks and provides feedback and shares opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.