Community Development Manager

Columbus, Ohio (remote option for the right candidate)
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. Benefits Included
May 15, 2018
Jun 09, 2018
Focus Areas
Diseases & Disorders
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level


Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day is more than just a walk. It highlights movement and exercise as symbols of hope and progress because of their essential role in treating Parkinson’s disease. Each event features our unique Movement Pavilion, with stations such as yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, dance and much more. Whether you take part on a team or join as an individual, you’ll get a chance to move with thousands of supporters who share a common goal–to help beat Parkinson’s.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Community Development Manager who will be responsible for planning and successfully executing Moving Day Columbus, adding a new Moving Day event in a location to be determined, and evaluating current fundraising events to make recommendations on continuation for the Parkinson’s community in Ohio.


The position encompasses three main areas of focus and responsibility - Recruitment & Fundraising, Community Engagement, and Logistics.

Recruitment & Fundraising - 80%

  • Achieve fundraising and recruitment goals for the Walks and fundraising events
  • Research and secure local corporate sponsorships
  • Develop Committees for Moving Day Walks and other special events to help with planning and execution of events. Oversee committee, delegate tasks and motivate them to succeed
  • Proactively leverage local contacts and knowledge of local resources to identify Walk participants and develop tactics to make the public aware of this event
  • Work diligently, using in-person, phone and email contact to obtain and convert leads to participants and attendees
  • Conduct meetings and presentations to various groups, including corporate employee groups, civic groups, churches, colleges and universities, etc. for the purpose of recruiting participants and to assist participants with fundraising
  • Direct the cultivation, solicitation, follow-up and recognition communications for participation and donations related to Moving Day and special events
  • Prepare routine reports to share with leadership through analysis of event metrics
  • Work closely with National Signature Events team providing frequent status updates
  • Evaluate current Chapter fundraising events for effectiveness and make recommendations for continuation
  • Engage communities to support our fundraising efforts through the third party community fundraising program

Community Engagement - 10%

  • Provide leadership, vision and support to volunteers, volunteer committees, and corporate partners
  • Serve as local representative for Parkinson’s Foundation, acting as spokesperson when necessary and appropriate
  • Maintain relationships with existing Parkinson’s Foundation partners and allied team professionals (corporate, medical, individual)
  • Seek out and build new relationships to grow Parkinson’s Foundation’s community of supporters
  • Manage Chapter Facebook page and monthly newsletter process

Logistics - 10%

  • Scout and secure event venues, including all necessary permits
  • Plan Walk routes, event site layout, and all necessary elements of successful events and positive participant experience
  • Onsite management of all event-day activities
  • Manage Moving Day walks and special events budget by tracking all income and expenses, and making projection adjustments as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 2 years of experience in management of special events fundraising, preferably within a health-related organization
  • Proven experience with peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Ability to close face-to-face sales and sponsorships
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service and motivation to participants as well as business and social leaders
  • Capable of building and sustaining relationships with a variety of individuals and organizations
  • Strong volunteer recruitment and management skills
  • Proven and significant skills in planning, budgeting, and volunteer development
  • Outgoing, energetic, with strong written, verbal and problem-solving skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, able to adhere to timelines and prioritize
  • Strong computer skills, proficient with MS Office suite
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge and Convio preferred
  • Proficiency in WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Ability to work a variety of hours including days, nights, and weekends
  • Must be able to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Must have reliable mode of transportation and valid drivers licence


Please email resume and cover letter to Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate, “Community Development Manager, Ohio” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson's Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.