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Organization Name:
National MS Society
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Los Angeles, California
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Development Manager, Walk MS (NAT2984)


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 movetheir 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.

Job Summary

The Development Manager, Walk MS will manage an event portfolio of particpants and teams for Walk MS in order to achieve fundraising goals and ensure a positive event experience. The Manager will cultivate positive relationships with event participants, teams, volunteer committees, and corporate and community supporters.

The Manager, Walk MS is responsible for the implementation of the local operational plan to meet or exceed fundraising and engagement goals for market Walk MS events.

The Manager acts as an ambassador for the National MS Society, always striving to engage participants and their donors with the mission. This position works closely with local development staff to foster participant engagement, exceed participant and donor expectations with the Society, and drive revenue and participation. Strong relationship building skills, a positive, can-do attitude, and a commitment to working as a team are essential for success in this role.

This position reports to the Director, Walk MS and works closely with the market Walk MS staff to implement the fundraising, recruitment and cultivation strategies for Walk MS events. This position will also work closely with the local logistics team supporting events.



Implement campaign strategies to retain, grow and recruit participants for assigned events

  • Working with Development leadership executes operational plans that focus on acquisition, retention and cultivation of top fundraisers, teams, participants, sponsors, etc.
  • Manages mid-level portfolios that include teams, top fundraisers, participants, sponsors, volunteers, etc.
  • When applicable; coaches, develops and supervises market staff
  • Collaborating with the Development team accelerates revenue growth by ensuring each Walk MS market has a strong event experience, including all VIP level recognition. Works in collaboration with the logistics team (in-house or outsourced).
  • Collaborate with the market staff to implement successful team fundraising and recruitment weeks to maximize these efforts.
  • Regularly monitor the performance of fundraising portfolio to ensure timely responsiveness to new registrants, to recognize fundraising and recruitment milestones and to maximize retention.
  • Leverage mission related resource to engage participants during the year and motivate increased fundraising.
  • Steward top fundraisers and team captains year-round with mission focus and gratitude.
  • Other duties as assigned.


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

  • Cultivates volunteers, seeks and provides feedback and shares opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.
  • Collaborates with key staff to maximize engagement and results of committees to increase outreach, acquisition and awareness
  • Encourage volunteer involvement on the part of teams and participant's connections to enhance the efforts and expand team/participant engagement with the Society.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science preferably in non-profit management, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing and/or Business
  • 8 years in event management and building relationships will be accepted in lieu of degree.

Minimum Experience:

  • At least 5 years of related experience, preferably in non-profit fundraising, events, or volunteer management
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and build strong relationships.
  • Must be a strong team player
  • Professional demeanor; excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, cultural values, and expectations of the National MS Society



  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Competency to work with multiple data systems and tools
  • 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


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; Flexible Work Arrangement Options; 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.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and/or cover letter by applying directly to the job posting located on our company website: 

National MS Society