Development Specalist

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Industry: FUND RAISING Job Number: JW610952730

Job Description

Foundation Development Specialist 
How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help fund cures for children with an exceptionally rare disease.” At the United MSD Foundation, our team takes our mission seriously. We work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure MSD.
We are looking for a Development Specialist to join our non-profit Foundation to actively engage in daily outreach to existing and potential donors.  We have ambitious goals to raise the millions of dollars needed to fund research and develop a cure to save children with Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD).  We are looking for experienced professionals with a successful track record of identifying potential donors, building relationships, and ultimately securing financial gifts.  Experience with health or disease related fundraising a plus.  Position can be virtual.  Some travel may be required (post COVID).  Position includes development of individual giving plans, cultivating major donor programs and gifts, corporate development / grant funding identification.  We are a small but mighty team! 
What We are Looking For
The Development Specialist will spearhead development efforts as The United MSD Foundation continues to grow and support research to #CureMSD. The Development Specialist will have the opportunity to continue to build the development function working as a part of a dynamic team. This position is responsible for all fundraising and stewardship activities which support our strategic plan and is accountable to the CEO and the Board of Directors.  
  • Accountable for the immediate (1 year) and long-range (2 to 5-year) implementation of strategies and achievement of goals as described in The United MSD Foundation’s fundraising strategies
  • Utilize and implement current development plan and calendar to achieve fundraising goals within targeted dates. Successfully reach quarterly and annual financial development goals 
  • Plan and implement regular appeals to solicit private charitable support from a broad base of individuals.
  • Coordinate activities with Development Committee Chair and CEO to leverage board and volunteer relationships for successful cultivation and solicitation of donors and prospects.
  • Partner with marketing team to include development communications in emails, newsletters and other outreach efforts.
  • Prepare for donor meetings, make compelling presentations and pitches, and lead all cultivation and solicitation for prospects.
  • Maintain excellent records of activities and manage weekly and monthly reporting to CEO of activities and achievements.
  • Oversee all donor communications including, but not limited to donor messaging in newsletters, gift acknowledgement and tax receipt letters, and solicitation messaging.
  •  Ensure that gifts are correctly documented and acknowledged in a timely manner.
  • Manage donor stewardship plan to communicate updates, engage volunteers, and grow donations.
  • Responsible for development reporting including, but not limited to monthly donation reporting, grant activities reporting, and board and development committee communications.
  • Oversee database management, monthly reconciliation of donations with accounting, and setting up reporting scheduling and layout.
  • Work with the Development Committee Chair to coordinate committee meetings and communications, schedule meetings, and manage goals and activities.
  • Strictly manage and adhere to development budget as approved by Board of Directors.
  • Able to become fluent on MSD and the work of The United MSD Foundation and to convey compelling personal stories as well as scientific analysis to external stakeholders.
  • Proven and consistent track record in identifying, cultivating, stewarding donors, resulting in funding.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to convey compelling information leveraging data where required.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills in developing and managing external relationships, building trust with high-level stakeholders, and conveying compelling opportunities through public speaking engagements, networking events, and other opportunities for relationship development. 
  • Self-motivated, innovative, and able to work independently within the context of an overall strategy, team environment, and organizational mission. 
  • Conveys a professional demeanor and high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances; able to represent the organization to the public in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to manage a variety of projects in a fast-paced environment while maintaining accuracy and timely completion.
  • Collaborative mindset with the ability to work in a close environment, a desire to help others while maintaining focus on his/her own work, and the ability to be flexible and open to advice from others.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience preferred.  
  • 5 to 7 years of experience in development / fund raising in a non-profit environment.  Experience raising funds in a scientific or medical related organization preferred. 
  • Note:   This position may either be based within a commutable distance to Ocean Springs, Mississippi or the individual may work remotely if they reside elsewhere in the country.  
How to Apply
Applicants should provide a thoughtful cover letter describing why this position is of interest to you as well as how your education and experience qualify you for this position. You should also include your resume. E-mail all materials to
About the United MSD Foundation
The United MSD Foundation was established in 2016 by Amber Olsen after her daughter, Willow, was diagnosed with the progressive disease. This collaboration with scientists, doctors and parents connected by the disease led her to start the first ever foundation for MSD in the United States and the only organization in Mississippi registered with the National Organization of Rare Disease. Since 2016, the Foundation and international partners have supported and furthered research towards finding a cure for MSD. We foresee finding a cure in our lifetime.  For more information on MSD, please visit our website:

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