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Senior Coordinator, Development - Medicine Hat

(Full-time, 35 hours a week)


Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, making MS Canada’s disease. The MS Society of Canada is the country’s leading MS advocate, funding leading research in MS and programs & services that help people live well with the disease.

The Senior Coordinator, Development is an integral member of the Alberta & NWT Division development team that strives to carry out the mission statement of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Working with the Manager, Corporate & Community Development, the Senior Coordinator, Development will be primarily responsible for developing, executing, evaluating and growing the revenue and engagement in the Jayman BUILT MS Walks in Medicine Hat and Brooks. The Senior Coordinator, Development will also support other fundraising initiatives within the Southeastern Chapter as required, including third-party (IChallenge) events.

The Senior Coordinator, Development will work closely with the Southeastern Chapter Council to engage volunteers in delivering on community-facing activities in the areas of fundraising, government relations & advocacy, research programs & services and public awareness.

As an active team player, the Senior Coordinator, Development will also work closely with the Southeastern Chapter’s Coordinator, Programs & Services to deliver on the Chapter’s priorities, to raise awareness about MS and the MS Society, to foster strong relationships with key community stakeholders and to ensure ongoing effective operation of the local office. The Senior Coordinator, Development will also collaborate closely with Alberta & NWT Division and Chapter counterparts to share best practices, maintain ongoing communication and receive support as needed.

This position is a position of trust. The successful incumbent will be required to complete the screening process including completion of appropriate background checks in compliance with the National Screening Measures Policy as a condition of hire.


  • Serves as expert and stewardship lead for MS Walks in the Chapter and other fundraising activities.
  • Responsible for the development, coordination and maximization of revenue and participant engagement initiatives for MS Walk events in Southeastern Chapter; drives provincial strategy as directed by management within assigned events
  • In conjunction with the fundraising and communications teams, develop and implement the MS Walk timeline, marketing, and media plans
  • Manages and develops strong relationships between the MS Society and event fundraisers, sponsors, volunteers and community groups
  • Participates in and supports the Society’s core fundraising events and third-party (IChallenge) events

Specific Responsibilities

Participant Engagement and Stewardship:

  • Manages and develops strong relationships between the MS Society and event fundraisers, sponsors, volunteers and community groups.
  • Maximizes new team and participant recruitment through a variety of recruitment initiatives for MS Walk in Medicine Hat and Brooks
  • Maximizes participant retention with relationship building activities throughout the year
  • Stewards high-value participants and teams on a regular basis to increase revenue and long-term value, encourage engagement and connection to the Society.
  • Communicates with participants and teams on a regular basis to encourage engagement and connection to the Society
  • Identifies and cultivates strong relationships with community event leads across the division, participating in training and consultation as needed.

Committee Work:

  • Works with the Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement to recruit MS Walk Organizing Committee members
  • Attends MS Walk Organizing Committee meetings
  • Assumes any portfolio roles which are not filled by committee members


  • Works with the Director, Development to secure past sponsorship and cultivate new sponsorship opportunities within the established sponsorship framework for MS Walk
  • Works with the Organizing Committees to generate leads and build relationships in the community
  • Ensures benefits of sponsorship outlined in the agreements are delivered
  • Works to help sponsors activate their engagement in the event

Media/Public Relations:

  • Works in close conjunction with the Director, Communications and Marketing:
    • in the production of marketing, promotional, participant retention and pledge enhancement materials
    • on direct promotion campaigns - print, PSA’s (local and site specific)
    • on the strategy and production of web marketing materials
  • Works with the Organizing Committees to coordinate external promotions


  • Works collaboratively with the Director, Development, Manager, Corporate & Community Development, and other key development staff to ensure appropriate planning of, but not limited to:
  • Site plans, routes, equipment, signage, entertainment, food, event agendas
  • Safety and emergency protocols
  • Volunteer requirements

Responsible for post-event logistics including but not limited to:

  • Develops post event stewardship and acknowledgement plans for sponsors, team captains, participants, suppliers and event supporters
  • Distributes thank-you letters to volunteers
  • Coordinates post event equipment/supplies inventory
  • Organizes Event Committee wrap up meetings for event evaluation
  • Creates final event reports


  • Manages the MS Walk and Chapter budgets in conjunction with Manager, Corporate & Community Development, and Director, South-Central Region
  • Works with the Administration Department to ensure database and event accounting procedures are followed
  • Attends Regional and Division meetings as required

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers and committee members for various events.


  • College diploma with at least 3-5 years’ experience in event management, participant stewardship, fundraising and sponsorship within a not-for-profit environment, or the equivalent education and experience.
  • A valid driver’s license is required and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Able to work as part of a team in a fast paced, high pressure, professional environment
  • Strong customer service and relationship building skills with diverse groups – individuals, corporate, volunteer groups
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to a diverse work load
  • Good organizational ability, attention to detail and ability to prioritize effectively
  • Ability to solve problems and practice good decision-making
  • Demonstrated budget and financial management skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Comfortable interacting with individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrates initiative, is goal oriented, and a self-starter
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs and experience working in a database system

Special Considerations:

  • Evening and weekend work will be required as necessary to ensure the success of the events.
  • Physical demands of special events include packing, lifting carrying and loading
  • Constraints of weather elements at sites during special events
  • Travel primarily throughout the Medicine Hat area with occasional travel to Brooks and other parts of the province for professional development opportunities as appropriate.

Additional Notes:

Location: Medicine Hat, AB

We are working on a world free of MS, where improving people’s quality of life is a part of our everyday life. If you too are passionate about our mission, we invite your expression of interest and resume submission to:

Charlotte Howe
Manager, Corporate & Community Development
MS Society of Canada
E-mail: Charlotte.Howe@mssociety.ca

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019

Please note:

  • Applicants must include a cover letter and state salary expectations within their application in order to be considered
  • Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada to be considered for this position

The MS Society has a bold vision for the future. We have a team of dedicated professionals who share a common goal to end MS and to improve the lives of those affected by MS. We strive to be an employer of choice and provide a working environment that values diversity, team work, and professional development.

The MS Society of Canada embraces diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

More information about the MS Society is available at www.mssociety.ca.

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