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Development Specialist Position
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter is part of a nationwide network of individuals united in our support of people affected by MS. We help them live their best lives as we work to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. 
 
The Development Specialist will work with an amazing group of MS fundraisers located throughout Wisconsin. How amazing, you ask? Each year through participation in our signature events – Walk MS, Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride, the Door County Challenge Walk MS and the MS Snowmobile Tour – they generate nearly $4 million to support the mission.
 
We’re looking for someone with a zest for developing relationships, providing off-the-chart customer service and assisting with special events. 
 
Our ideal candidate will have exceptional communication skills. Email and the telephone will be your primary communication tools, as you interact with your own panel of approximately 200 to 300 clients – so you’ve got to be comfortable talking and writing, a lot. You should also be savvy with computers and all the usual software systems – plus be a fast learner when it comes to maintaining Moves Management Plans. 
 
You’ll need to learn the business – from understanding MS and the Society’s programs and services … to every detail of our special events – so that you can provide our clients with accurate and timely information and resources. And you’ll not only talk about our events and encourage and assist our participants in their fundraising, but you’ll get to experience and help plan the events, too. For this and many other elements of the job, you’ll need to be a creative thinker.
 
Bottom line, you’ll need to work hard and you’ll need to hit your revenue numbers. Because when that happens, we fund more research and programs and services for those impacted by MS. And they are at the center of everything we do.
 
Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree, or Associate’s Degree with at least two years of demonstrated sales experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Track record of achieving revenue goals 
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Ability to multi-task and stay focused on goals
  • Proficiency in computer software programs and ability to learn CRM systems and maintain Moves Management Plans
  • Marketing sensibility and experience or enthusiasm to learn special events 
  • Detail-oriented, strong organizational and planning skills plus ability to work collaboratively
  • Prior experience in fundraising, sales, relationship management, planning, organizing and managing events helpful.
  • Must be available to work events taking place Saturday and/or Sunday along with possible weeknights.
  • Must have valid driver's license
Strongly preferred: 
  • Track record of achieving revenue goals
  • Customer service experience
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
Excellent benefits: full health and dental coverage; life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care coverage; 403(b) with company contribution; flexible spending/benefits plan; holidays and PTO, flexible schedule.
 
How to Apply: 
To apply for this position or to see other employment opportunities with the National MS Society please visit our online Career Center using the web-link below. We no longer accept mailed, faxed, or e-mailed resumes. Please apply for positions directly through our website. Only those candidates deemed most qualified will be contacted to interview. EOE M/F/D/V
 
 
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District Activist Leader
 
Have you met with your elected official and shared how MS affects you? Are you interested in growing this relationship to keep people with MS are front of mind as he or she considers legislation? Lead the way in your community by becoming a volunteer District Activist Leader.
 
As a District Activist Leader, you will build and foster critical relationships with the elected officials in your legislative district. You will serve as a liaison between these officials and the Society, helping to develop a reliable grassroots movement across the state and the country.
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Take a leadership role in engaging with elected officials via multiple avenues to help foster a relationship between MS activists and elected officials.
  • Collaborate with your State’s Government Relations Committee
  • Attend MS State Action Days and/or Public Policy Conference when possible
  • Receive elected official’s email/mail communications
  • Monitor and track the elected official’s district activities and public events
  • Attend town hall meetings and other public forums to engage on issues that impact people affected by MS
  • Help build the MS movement’s profile of elected officials by providing key biographical data and information to Society government relations staff
  • Conduct in-district legislative visits when needed
  • Complete on-going training
  • Raise awareness of MS policy issues by utilizying multiple media strategies
Qualifications:
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Able to communicate respectfully and use good judgment
  • Able to represent MS movement position on local, state and federal issues
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Strong Interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Good note-taking and ablity to follow-up
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel, internet)
  • Interest in growing Social Media skills to connect with elected officials
  • Able to travel to and from district meetings/events
Time Commitment:
This is an ongoing position requiring a time commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per month (some months more and some months less depending on legislative cycles) for a minimum of two years. Regular calls and meetings with Society government relations staff will be required to discuss progress and strategize next steps. (in-person or by phone).
 
Education and Support:
Training and support will be provided by Society staff as well as other volunteer leaders.
 
To volunteer, complete a volunteer registration form. A regional Advocacy staff member will contact you with next steps.
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Internships
Why not invest in a cause? Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t. The National MS Society address the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW, and are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Join the Movement. The National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter has exciting opportunities for unpaid internships in multiple departments:

Volunteer Coordinator Internship
As the Volunteer Coordinator Intern you will gain valuable experience learning about the planning and execution of fundraising events by working closely with the logistics, development, and volunteer management teams. You will assist in coordinating event logistics, finalizing event preparations, researching event venues and providing volunteer trainings. You will have opportunities to research organizations to recruit volunteers, a critical element of event planning and will work to coordinate volunteer schedules. You will also have the opportunity to observe staff and learn how they coordinate with sponsors, participants and donors to plan and execute multiple large-scale events. Timing of the internship will be a fixed duration contingent on the student’s schedule and needs. 
 
The applicant must have excellent customer service skills and be detail-orientated. Strong organizational, time management and planning skills are a must. Prior experience in fundraising, planning, organizing and managing events is helpful. Good oral and written communication skills are requested. Must be available to work events taking place on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  Must have valid driver’s license.
 
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Donor Relation/Advocacy Internship
As a Donor Relation/Advocacy Intern you will gain valuable experience learning about donor identification, cultivation and stewardship while working closely with the VP Donor Relations. The intern will play an active role in the preparation of special, high-level donor events, mailings and other activities that build relationships with the Chapter’s donors. The intern will also assist in researching and identifying donor opportunities and drafting reports, as necessary. This internship will provide direct mentoring, practical development application experience and hands-on special event planning.
 
The applicant must have excellent customer service skills and be detail-orientated. Strong organizational, time management and planning skills are a must. Good oral and written communication skills are requested.  
 
Internship would consist of at least 10 hours per week.  
 
This is an unpaid internship focused on providing real-world experience in a non-profit setting that students can use to advance their career development.
 
Qualifications:
  • Excellent writing, oral communication and phone skills
  • Interest in learning about donor development
  • Comfortable speaking to others and working with a variety of people
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking and computer skills 
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Special Event Internships
The National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter has an exciting opportunity for an unpaid intern in the Event Operation Department. Job functions to include but not limited to  serving as lead on specific Walk MS tasks including municipality permits, in-kind donations, committee support and other Walk MS tasks; assist with operations and planning of Chapter events; assist Development Coordinator-Volunteers and Outreach with Do it Yourself (DIY) events; and assist in soliciting in-kind donations to support Chapter events.

The applicant must have excellent customer service skills and be detail-orientated. Strong organizational and planning skills are a must. Prior experience in fundraising, planning, organizing and managing events is helpful. Good oral and written communication skills are requested. Must be available to work events taking place on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Must have valid driver’s license.

Internship would consist of 20-25 hour per week (flexibility is available).

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Mission Delivery Intern
Help the Mission Delivery Intern Department. Among signed duties the intern will compile data, produce reports and assist with the planning and execution of programs and services offered by the Mission Delivery Department.

Job functions include but are not limited to: identify and recruit community resources to enhance the Chapter’s current service provider database, assist in gathering data and conducting data analysis, support various aspects of client programs and services.

The applicant must have excellent writing, oral communication and phone skills. Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, as well as computer skills, are required. The ability to work independently and take initiative is essential. The applicant must possess the interest in learning about non-profit communication and public relations.

Minimum of 8 hours per week required.

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Marketing Communications Writing Intern
Help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter’s marketing communications department raise awareness about MS, the Chapter’s programs and services, and fundraising initiatives that support the mission to find a cure. Experiences may include organizing, researching, proofreading, editing and/or writing content for the Chapter’s quarterly magazine, various electronic communications, press releases, miscellaneous print pieces and website content; gathering data to support Chapter communication efforts; maintaining community calendar listings and/or media contacts lists; and completing other projects as assigned. Qualified candidates will possess strong writing skills, experience with Word and Excel, excellent interpersonal communication and phone skills, the ability to work independently and take initiative, and an interest in learning about non-profit communication, marketing and/or public relations. Knowledge of AP Style and print or electronic design is a plus. This is an unpaid internship focused on providing real-world experience in a non-profit setting that can be used to advance career development. Full- and part-time college students or graduate students who are pursing a degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related communication field are invited to apply. Commitment of one semester (or 8 to 12 weeks in summer), minimum 8 hours per week (may be spread across multiple days), on site at the Chapter office in Hartland is required.

This is an unpaid internship focused on providing real-world experience in a non-profit setting that students can use to advance their career development.

Essential Job Functions and Related Duties:

  1. Organize, research, proofread, edit and/or write content for Chapter’s quarterly magazine, various electronic communications, press releases, miscellaneous print pieces and website content. (35%)
  2. Gather data to support Chapter communication efforts. (35%)
  3. Maintain community calendar listings and/or media contacts lists to promote Chapter events. (15%)
  4. Other projects in support of the Chapter’s communication efforts as assigned. (15%)

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and phone skills
  • Interest in learning about non-profit communication, marketing and/or public relations
  • Comfort in speaking with others and working with a variety of people
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative, especially on research projects
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Word and Excel
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience with desktop publishing, graphic design or HTML a plus

Requirements
Full- or part-time college student or graduate student pursing a degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related communication field, or business or non-profit management. Commitment of one semester (or 8 to 12 weeks in summer), minimum 8 hours per week (may be spread across multiple days), on site at the Chapter office in Hartland with some flexibility to work off-site on a per-project basis.

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Development Internship
As Development Intern you will gain valuable experience learning about the planning and execution of fundraising events by working closely with the logistics, development, and volunteer management teams. You will assist in communicating with event participants and identify opportunities to market Chapter events and encourage event registration.  You will work with the Society’s internal database and participant management systems throughout the internship to provide reporting and data management learning opportunities. You will research organizations and fundraising events, a critical element of development planning, to help the Chapter better understand the market. You will also have the opportunity to observe staff and learn how they coordinate with sponsors, participants and donors to plan and execute successful special events. Timing of the internship will be a fixed duration contingent on the student’s schedule and needs.

The applicant must have excellent customer service skills and be detail-orientated. Strong interpersonal, time management and team work skills are a must. Prior experience in fundraising, planning, organizing and managing events is helpful. Good oral and written communication skills are requested. May require attendance at work events taking place on weeknights along with weekends (Saturdays and/or Sundays).  

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If you are interested in any of these great internship opportunities, please send your resume and cover letter to:

National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter
Lisa Turnacliff, Office Manager
1120 James Drive, Suite A
Hartland, WI 53029
or email Lisa.Turnacliff@nmss.org

Questions? Please call the Wisconsin Chapter at (262) 369-4400 or (800) 242-3358. 

 

 

 

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