Development Manager, Walk MS (NAT3338)

The National MS Society is seeking a highly motivated, results-driven individual to join our Development Team as a Walk Manager.

The Development Manager, Walk MS is responsible for the implementation and success of Walk MS events in the Southern California market. This position is responsible for the recruitment, cultivation, and retention of participants, teams, and sponsors for Walk MS and will oversee a fundraising portfolio of teams and participants. The Manager will foster participant engagement, drive revenue and participation, and exceed participant and donor expectations with the Society.

The Development Manager, Walk MS acts as an ambassador for the National MS Society, always striving to engage participants and their donors with the mission by providing exceptional customer service. This position reports to the Director, Walk MS will work closely with the logistics team assigned to the territory.  


Responsible for leading the retention, acquisition and cultivation of Top Fundraisers, teams and individual participants for assigned Walk events.

  • Lead the implementation and execution of Walk MS by recruiting, cultivating, and fostering relationships with participants, teams, team captains, top fundraisers, and sponsors.
  • Develop strong networks within the local community, cold call, and grow prospects for potential revenue and volunteer opportunities; increase Walk MS visibility and brand awareness.
  • Work with volunteer committees to ensure that committee members are fully supported and accomplish tasks required for successful events.
  • Maintains accurate records/ data to evaluate effectiveness and public awareness of events activities and results.
  • Develop and implement events to recognize, reward, and motivate successful volunteers and fundraisers to ensure ongoing commitment and engagement.
  • Adhere to the approved MS Walk budget for any and all purchase orders and check requests
  • Assist in the assessment of prizes and t-shirts for walkers, team captains and other ancillary efforts
  • Other administrative duties may be assigned based on local staff structure and resources
  • Serve as a member of the development team to identify, assess, and implement best practices

Volunteer Engagement

  • Increase the number of Society volunteers, recognizing and recruiting talent.
  • Engage volunteers, effectively communicating and facilitating meaningful opportunities across all functions.
  • Partner with volunteers to accomplish work.
  • Cultivate volunteers, seeking and providing feedback and sharing opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.


Minimum Education: 

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science
  • Some college plus 7 years of related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree

Minimum Experience: 

  • Four years of related work experience in event planning/management, volunteer engagement, or fundraising is required.
  • Knowledge of industry standards, current trends and best practices.
  • Ability to build and strengthen relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Great team player; enjoys collaboration
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, cultural values, and expectations of the National MS Society



  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • The ability to extract and Analyze Data
  • The ability to budget and forecast with accuracy
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, cultural values, and expectations of the National MS Society
  • 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.
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends to support events, committee meetings, etc 

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;  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 cover letter by applying directly to the job posting located on our company website: 

National MS Society