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Specialist, Leadership Events in Phoenix, AZ at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 3/13/2018

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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 Specialist, Leadership Events works to ensure the assigned event portfolio within multiple market areas reaches budgeted revenue goals.

Individual Portfolio:

Phoenix, AZ Women Against MS Luncheon: $90,000 annual goal - April

Phoenix, AZ Cooks & Chords: $75,000 annual goal -- August

Shared Portfolio:

Tacoma, WA Taste of Hope: $50,000 annual goal -- March

  • Responsible for $30,000 (Sponsorship & Table/Ticket Sales)
  • Attend South Sound Council Meetings (remotely) as needed
  • Various Admininstrative tasks as assigned by Event Lead

Seattle Dinner of Champions: $1,000,000 annual goal -- May

  • Assist with admin duties as assigned

Seattle On the Move Luncheon: $300,000 annual goal -- October

  • Responsible for $50,000 (Sponsorship & Table/Ticket Sales)
  • Various Admininstrative tasks as assigned by Event Lead

Portland MS Gala: $290,000 annual goal -- September

  • Responsible for $55,000 (Sponsorship & Table/Ticket Sales)
  • Attend Gala MS Committee Meetings (remotely) as needed
Various Admininstrative tasks as assigned by Event Lead

Essential Function/Responsibility

Generates revenue for the Society through Leadership Events while providing leadership, accountability and direction for volunteer leaders throughout the assigned event markets 

  • 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.

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.

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 and Major Gift 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/major gift 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.


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