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 Tour, Challenge Walk MS in Door County and the MS Snowmobile Tour – they generate nearly $4 million to help people affected by multiple sclerosis live their best lives.
We are 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 services to every detail of our special events so that you can provide our constituents 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 will need to hit your revenue numbers. Because when that happens, we fund more research and services for those impacted by MS. And they are at the center of everything we do.
- Bachelor’s degree, or Associate’s Degree with at least two years of demonstrated sales experience
- Excellent oral and written communication skil
- 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
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
Excellent benefits: full health and dental coverage; life
To apply for this position 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
Why not invest in a cause? Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t. The National MS Society helps people with multiple sclerosis live their best lives as we work to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. 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 Intern
As a 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. May require attendance at work events taking place on weeknights along with weekends (Saturdays and/or Sundays). Must have valid driver’s license.
Special Event Intern
As a Special Events Intern, you will lead specific tasks for the chapter’s Walk MS events including municipality permits, in-kind donations, committee support and other projects as assigned; assist with operations and planning of other chapter events and Do it Yourself (DIY) events; and help 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. May require attendance at work events taking place on weeknights along with weekends (Saturdays and/or Sundays). Must have valid driver’s license.
Internship would consist of 10-15 hour per week (flexibility is available).
As a Services Intern you will gain valuable experience working with the chapter’s Services Team to learn about client and community engagement. You will gather and analyze information, conduct phone calls to service providers and clients regarding financial assistance, and make follow up calls to those who have been newly diagnosed.
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.
Internship would consist of 10 hours per week (flexibility is available).
Marketing Communications Writing Intern
Help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter’s marketing communications department raise awareness about MS, available services and fundraising initiatives that help people affected by MS live their best lives. 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. Full- and part-time college students or graduate students who are pursuing a degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related communication field are invited to apply.
Internship would consist of 8-20 hours per week (flexibility is available).
As a Development Intern you will gain valuable experience in 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.
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).
Internship would consist of 10 hours per week (flexibility is available).
Flexible schedules can be accommodated, but all internships are based out of the Hartland office.
If you are interested in any of these great internship opportunities, please send your resume and cover letter to:
National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter
Kristin Raeber, Senior Manager of Volunteer Engagement
1120 James Drive, Suite A
Hartland, WI 53029
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Please call the Wisconsin Chapter at (262) 369-4400 or (800) 242-3358.