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EVENT COORDINATOR The MRF is seeking an Event Coordinator  to co-manage the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk events with the Events Department team; assist the National Director of Events with other event planning and logistics management for the entire Miles for Melanoma program, Grassroots program and other events as needed. This position requires event logistics experience and provides an opportunity for personal growth and development in event fundraising. The willingness to learn and the desire to grow and expand one’s breadth of knowledge is highly desirable.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Manage all logistics planning, sometimes with Host Committees, for all Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk events.
  • With Events Department, schedule and execute all planning needs for each MRF organized event including permitting, hiring vendors and coordinating volunteers.
  • Coordinate all administrative needs for each event, including calendars, billing, and expenses.
  • Work closely with administrative and data entry staff for accurate reporting and registration tracking.
  • Maintain accurate data and reporting on the status of the events and their revenue and expenses.
  • Maintain documents that outline MRF’s Policies and Procedures for all funded events.
  • Work closely with the National Director of Events to ensure that all event guidelines and requirements are met.
  • Make recommendations to achieve significant growth and efficiency of our overall Miles for Melanoma and Event fundraising programs.
  • Assist the National Director on an ongoing basis for general development, event management responsibilities, and strategic planning as needed.
  • Travel will be required, not to exceed 50% time.
  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to maintain a friendly, helpful tone on the phone and in emails.
  • An eagerness to learn more about non-profit development and supporting melanoma awareness and advocacy.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Previous experience in Raisers Edge and Kintera/Sphere/Friends Asking Friends software will receive greater consideration.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, manage time and multi-task.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Availability to respond to participant inquiries during and outside normal business hours; providing superior customer service at all times.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • Willingness to travel for MRF events.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor degree required, with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a non-profit environment preferred.
  • Experience with peer-to-peer fundraising a plus.
  • Equivalent combination of education and work related experience may be considered.
  • Commitment to the MRF’s mission and the ability to communicate that commitment to event participants.
Salary commensurate with experience. Interested individuals should email their resume, cover letter, salary requirement and references to Please include Event Coordinator in the subject line. Submissions missing any of this criteria will not be considered. We will reply by email to individuals that meet the requirements and with whom we are interested in interviewing.
Application closing date: December 31, 2014 or until a superior candidate is found. Start date: January 1 or earlier.
This position is slated to work in our DC office. Remote work may be considered for exceptional candidates.
The MRF provides excellent benefits including employer paid health, dental and life insurance, transportation benefits and a business casual work environment. Metro accessible. 
If you are interested in working with the MRF but don't see a position available, please feel free to contact and check back here often.


VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR INTERN The MRF is looking for an intern to work with our Miles for Melanoma program team to coordinate event volunteers. This intern will learn the fundamentals of volunteer management and community event planning by assisting the Miles for Melanoma Event Coordinator and through hands-on experience supporting 100+ volunteers. This is an unpaid internship located in our Washington, D.C. office.


  • Recruit volunteers for Miles for Melanoma events through social media and local volunteer bulletin boards and sites
  • Support planning committee in assessing event needs (water station volunteers, set-up/break-down, registration, etc.)
  • Work with planning committee to leverage their contacts and recruit volunteers
  • Act as liaison between event volunteers and Event Coordinator
  • Respond to volunteer phone calls and e-mails in a timely manner
  • Enter data to provide timely and accurate tracking of volunteer information
  • Assist with the organization of volunteer information


This is a part-time internship that could potentially evolve into full-time. The internship length is ongoing.


  • Experience and desire to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong inter-personal communication skills (written and oral)
  • Community service/volunteering experience 
  • Strong organization skills
  • Ability to work well independently and on a team
  • Availability, dependability, and willingness to be flexible
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and think strategically
  • Non-profit Management and Event Planning majors encouraged to apply

To apply, send resume or CV to with "Volunteer Coordinator" in the subject line. Please include a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and telling us why you are interested in this position. 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN The MRF seeks a part-time Communications Intern to work closely with and support the Director of Communications. The MRF Communications department spearheads all outreach to key constituents (patients, caregivers, volunteers, donors, physicians, researchers and more) in addition to providing marketing and promotional support to all program directors. 
The Communications Intern will participate in a variety of activities including writing/content development, research, editing and social media policy development. This is a great opportunity for a graduate student who would like to gain experience in the health and patient communications field while honing their professional skills.
This is a part-time position and the schedule is flexible. The internship length is determined by project need and has the potential to extend into the fall.
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and work well independently
  • Detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral
  • Strong understanding of social media engagement
  • Advanced word processing skills, including proficiency with Excel and Word
  • Prior experience in the public relations/communications industry
  • A Master’s degree in Health Communications or a similar focus is preferred but not required (either in progress or completed)
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to with “Communications Intern Application” as the email subject line. A stipend is available.
OTHER 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