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Development Officer

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is hiring a Development Officer to support the MRF's fundraising activities, reporting to the Director of Individual Giving. 
Core Responsibilities:
The Development Officer's primary responsibility will be to raise funds through the national Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala program. In addition, the Development Officer will be responsible for managing the Direct Mail program, cultivating and soliciting lower level donors, developing an annual giving strategy for donors between the $1,000 and $10,000 giving level and other duties related to aspects of the overall MRF development program.
Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala Program:  
The galas are held in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The Development Officer will be responsible for:
  • Identifying and managing the vendor relationship in each city.
  • Maintaining and tracking the event budget. 
  • Working with MRF leadership and the local planning committee to set specific financial goals and timelines around the event.
  • Working in conjunction with the planning committee, the Director of Individual Giving, and the Executive Director to identify and recruit key honorees and co-chairs. 
  • Working directly with honorees to solicit donations, sponsorships and increase ticket sales.
  • Working with the Director of Corporate Relations to solicit sponsorships from local and national businesses. 
  • Working with the Director of Communications to ensure the events reflect approved MRF branding and messaging.
The Development Officer will develop an annual plan for each event, with an appropriate communications strategy that is coordinated throughout the year. Of particular importance will be identifying the honoree well in advance and announcing the next year’s date and honoree at the previous year’s event. In each case, local vendors will support the logistical aspects of the gala. 
Direct Mail:
The MRF Direct Mail program currently uses a vendor to develop the content of the solicitation letters, oversee the layout and design, coordinate with the print/mail house, and pull appropriate mail lists. The Development Officer will:
  • Work with the Director of Individual Giving and the Executive Director to develop an overall strategy for the Direct Mail program.
  • Work with the vendor to coordinate timing of mailings and work closely with the Director of Communications in regards to the overall communications calendar. 
  • Work with the Director of Individual Giving and the Database Administrator to develop an approach to segment the database to maximize the net income of the program.
Annual Fund:
The Annual Fund program focuses on donors who make contributions between $1,000 and $10,000. The Development Officer will manage communications to these donors and build relationships with Annual Fund donors who have the potential to make larger gifts. 
  • Manage quarterly communications and/or solicitations to Annual Fund donors.
  • Implement benefits associated with various giving levels.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Individual Giving to transition appropriate donors from annual Fund donors to major gift donors.
  • Identify appropriate annual fund donors as candidates for the Diana Ashby Society Planned Giving program.
  • Success in this program will result in a steady number of new donors at these levels, growth in renewed or increased giving in this category, new prospects for the Individual Giving program, and growth in the Planned Giving program.
Other Responsibilities:
From time to time the Development Officer may be asked to assist with other various fundraising activities as needed.
Knowledge and Qualifications:
Three to five years in the non-profit fundraising environment or equivalent experience. Experience in the healthcare field or working with a national organization is preferred but not required. Demonstrated knowledge of events as well as experience cultivating low to mid-level donors. 
Must have outstanding attention to detail, organization skills and people skills. Good communication — written and verbal. The Development Officer must also be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines. Travel is required.  
Bachelor’s degree required
This job description represents a general outline of the position functions and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties and responsibilities associated with this position. As business necessitates, additional responsibilities may be added. 
Salary commensurate with experience. The MRF provides excellent benefits including employer-paid health, dental and life insurance, transportation benefits and a business casual work environment. Metro accessible. This position is based in Washington, DC.
How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements. Please send the documents in a PDF format to with the subject line “Development Officer.” Candidates who do not include all items will not be considered. Individuals who meet the job requirements will be contacted. 


The MRF is looking for bright, enthusiastic interns who have a desire to learn more about melanoma and/or the nonprofit world. Opportunities are available year-round, and may include positions in Education, Events, Communications or Development/Fundraising. For more information, please email