Development Specialist, Walk MS (NAT2813)

Job Type

Full Time




101 1st Avenue
United States


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, Walk MS is responsible for the implementation and success in assigned portfolio of events and will provide support and is accountable for reaching fundraising goals by overseeing all aspects of events, including individual participant fundraising, team fundraising, top fundraising clubs, volunteer management, and participant recognition while operating within a budget. 

The Development Specialist acts as an ambassador for the National MS Society, always striving to engage participants and donors with the mission by providing exceptional customer service and exceeding expectations. This position works closely with the market development team to implement the operational plan for the assigned revenue channel to meet or exceed revenue and engagement goals. 

This position reports to the Director, Walk 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 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.
  • Will 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

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.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science
  • Six years of directly related business experience will be considered in lieu of degree.

Minimum Experience:

  • Three years of related work experience in event planning/management or fundraising is required
  • Non profit experience preferred
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Shows initiative and can manage multiple priorities
  • Team player with strong verbal and written communication


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • The ability to extract and analyze data
  • Social media savvy
  • Knowledgeable in e-procurement process
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, cultural values, and expectations of the National MS Society
  • This position will be required to drive/travel on Society business. Candidate must possess a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation. The Society does run motor vehicle checks for all positions which require driving and the applicant must meet the Society guidelines.
  •  Availability to work occasional nights and weekends to support events, committee meetings, etc

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides a highly competitive, comprehensive benefit package to employees. These benefits include a considerable Paid Time Off Plan; Paid Holidays; 401k Retirement Savings Plan with Society match; Educational Reimbursement Plan; Professional Development Assistance; Commuter Benefit Plan; Comprehensive Health & Welfare benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Flex Spending Accounts, Life Insurance, Disability Coverage, Life Assistance Plan as well as additional voluntary benefit offerings.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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