Development Manager, Great Lakes

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Columbus, Ohio
Oct 20, 2019
Nov 19, 2019
Focus Areas
Diseases & Disorders
Position Type
Full Time

The Parkinson's Foundation (PF) makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson's community.


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.

The Development Manager will be responsible for planning and successfully executing Moving Day Walks and other fundraising activities in the Columbus and Dayton markets. The manager will evaluate events and make recommendations for growth opportunities aligning with our mission and initiatives.


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

Recruitment & Fundraising - 70%

  • 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. Manage, coach, and empower committee members to share ownership of key planning and execution components.
  • Proactively leverage local contacts and resources to identify Walk participants and develop marketing and outreach tactics to make the public aware of the event.
  • Utilize in-person, phone and email contact to steward leads into 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.
  • Engage communities to support our fundraising efforts through the third-party community fundraising program.
  • Help walk participants navigate the fundraising website.
  • Maintain relationships with participants year-round to support team retention and stewardship.

Community Engagement - 20%

  • 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.
  • Secure and manage vendors needed for events such as equipment, photographers, DJs, etc.
  • Onsite management of all event-day activities.
  • Manage Moving Day walks and special events budget by tracking all income and expenses and make projection adjustments as needed. Submit invoices for processing in a timely and accurate manner.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 2 years of experience in management of special events fundraising, preferably within a non-profit 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 Luminate is a plus.
  • 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 transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel throughout Columbus and Dayton and the Great Lakes Chapter service areas which includes Ohio, Michigan and Western, PA along with other states as required. Out of State travel around 5%.


Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.



Please email curriculum vitae and cover letter to  Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate, “Development Manager, Great Lakes” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.


The Parkinson's Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.