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Walk MS Coordinator


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The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Upper Midwest Chapter seeks a Walk MS Coordinator for Hastings, Minn., to coordinate event logistics, event marketing, secure sponsorships and direct day-of-event activities for Walk MS 2014.

The Walk MS Coordinator plays a vital role at the Upper Midwest Chapter by building relationships in the community. A stipened of $600 or more will be awarded for each location.


Special Events

Primary Duties
Design a safe, accessible and scenic route between three and 10 miles long.

  • Locate and secure a start/finish site and rest stops along the route.
  • Complete accessibility report for the route, start/finish site and rest stops.
  • Obtain all necessary permits and/or contracts.
  • Ensure route safety by obtaining radios, support vehicles, intersection safety and marking the route with arrows.


  • Organize donated or reduced-cost rentals of port-a-potties, trash bins, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Secure in-kind media, entertainment and food.


  • Promote the Walk MS by distributing brochures in local businesses.
  • Work with local media to create publicity and promotion in the community.
  • Brainstorm and implement ideas to attain and surpass your site's fundraising and walker goals.


  • Secure food sponsors, including a lunch sponsor, rest stop sponsors and breakfast sponsors.
  • Secure media sponsors in TV, print and radio.
  • Secure cash and in-kind (donations of product or service) sponsors.

Volunteer recruitment

  • Secure volunteer committee and delegate projects.
  • Recruit volunteers for brochure distribution.
  • Create a volunteer schedule for day of the event.
  • Recruit, assign and train volunteers for the day of the event.

Day-of implementation

  • Set up and tear down the start/finish site, rest stops, lunch and finish line.
  • Arrange training for volunteers an hour or two before start time.
  • Execute event and troubleshoot as issues arise.
  • Thank participants, volunteers and sponsors.


  • Attend MS Walk Coordinator summit in the fall, plus two to three conference calls throughout the year.
  • Promptly answer phone calls and weekly emails.

Two to three years' event planning or relevant experience preferred. The position requires strong oral communication skills, leadership abilities and interpersonal skills. Knowledge is required in the areas of marketing, planning, logistics, risk management, organization, training, volunteer supervision, fundraising, cost control, time management, multi-tasking and public speaking. This position requires the ability to be creative, set priorities, make quick and sound decisions, problem solve, work toward goals, work independently and as a team member, motivate others and act professionally in dealing with staff and the public.

If you have questions or are interested in filling a Walk MS Coordinator position, email cassandra.linkenmeyer@nmss.org.

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