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Events Manager

The Events Manager is an organized, strategic and highly detail oriented professional who communicates effectively and works seamlessly with vendors, staff and Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) constituents and donors. The Events Manager will plan, organize and execute all MRF-sponsored fundraising events and provide programmatic support as needed.
The Events Manager will report to the Miles for Melanoma Development Officer but work with multiple members of the MRF staff. The Events Manager contributes to the MRF’s organizational effectiveness by meeting goals and budgets, building a consistency of “constituent experience” at all events and optimizing vendor relationships to reduce costs across the organization.
Core Responsibilities:

Solicit and secure vendors for each gala and Miles for Melanoma run/walk including obtaining permits in each respective city.

● Work closely with MRF departmental teams to adhere to budget and reconcile the financials after each event.
● Write and solicit RFPs to national vendors to optimize cost/effectiveness across multiple programs.
● Coordinate shipping from events to the next destination.
● Inventory event supplies.
● Advise on a master calendar of events to assist with organizational planning to optimize participation.
● Collaborate with departmental teams to develop the “MRF branded” event and ensure consistency amongst all events.
● Update and manage all event related websites and software platforms.
● Provide on-site logistics support including vendor management, managing volunteers and day-of timeline.
● Organize and execute up to 15 Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walk events.
● Assist with vendor selection for up to 5 special event galas.
● Assist the Education Department with the planning of up to 10 Patient Symposia as budgeted.
● Assist with the planning of the annual Advocacy & Hill Day Program.
● Work with other MRF staff on events as needed.


● 3-5 years direct experience in event planning and logistics or related experience.
● Ability to negotiate contracts.
● Tracking and management of multiple event budgets.
● Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Luminate required.
● High attention to detail and the ability to multi-task multiple projects at one time.
● Team-player with a positive attitude who is able to effectively work with multiple constituents.
● Excellent communication skills.
● Outstanding customer service.
● Able to travel extensively (40%) and work evenings and weekends.
● Position is based in Washington, DC office.

View the full position description here. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to MRF Chief Executive Officer Kyleigh LiPira at


Individual Giving Officer

The Individual Giving (IG) Officer is a strategic and accomplished fundraiser with experience in major donor and annual donor discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The IG will raise funds for the multiple priorities of the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) which encompass the research grant program, education initiatives and advocacy efforts. The IG will also be responsible for building and growing the MRF’s pipeline of donors through the direct mail program. He or she will manage a portfolio of 100+ donors, plan stewardship events and create cultivation opportunities around the MRF’s existing events such as the Wings of Hope gala series and Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walks.

Core Responsibilities:

● Raise $1,000,000+ through identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual donors to include annual fund and major gifts.
● Develop and manage the direct mail program.
● Collaborate with the programmatic staff to identify priorities for individual funding.
● Create and manage a revenue and expense budget as approved by the CEO.
● Work with Development Committee on fundraising campaigns and priorities.
● Provide feedback for a larger development communications calendar specifically focused on fundraising with the MRF’s communications team.
● Develop and implement an annual stewardship plan for major and mid-major donors.
​● Develop a strategy around #GivingTuesday, Melanoma Awareness Month and other fundraising appeals.


● 4 year degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
● 5+ years of fundraising experience.
● Experience soliciting gifts of $10,000+.
● Experience with Raiser’s Edge required.
● Team-player with a positive attitude who is able to effectively work with multiple constituents.
● Excellent communication skills.
● Creative and passionate.
● Outstanding customer service.
● Able to travel extensively.
● Position is based in Washington, DC office.


View the full position description here. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to MRF Chief Executive Officer Kyleigh LiPira at


Database Assistant

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is hiring a Database Assistant to join the Operations team. This position will work under the supervision of the Database Manager, and the primary area of responsibility lies in accurate and timely gift entry and gift acknowledgment. The Database Assistant is also responsible for creating and updating donor contact and demographic information as necessary.
Core Responsibilities:
  • Process and acknowledge gifts and event registrations made on-site, online, by phone, by EFT, and via the mail with a high level of accuracy.
  • Update constituent records by utilizing processes including address changes, contact tracking, & merging duplicate records.
  • Prepare and review acknowledgement letters and disseminate to senior staff and board leadership.
  • File paperwork once donation processing steps are completed.
  • Export mailing lists and run queries.
  • Provide excellent customer service by phone and email.
  • Assist with maintaining and enhancing integrity of database by processing standard assigned data maintenance task.
  • Support Database Manager with various database projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate or associate degree preferred.
  • 2-4 years of experience in non-profit environment or in organizational support and data entry.
  • Mastery of Raiser’s Edge constituent and batch entry, and advanced skills including query, export, and mail merge. Experience with Events, Prospect, and Target Analytics strongly preferred.
  • Team player.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT and Luminate Online required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Equivalent combination of education and work related experience may be considered.
  • Highly detailed oriented with a critical degree of accuracy regarding data entry and the ability to handle confidential information.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and customer service skills with the ability to work courteously and tactfully with colleagues and the public.
  • Possess strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to take initiative; work well as a team member and independently.
  • Capability to organize and prioritize workload and remain productive with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Flexibility to work additional hours during high-volume donation periods to ensure donations are processed in a timely manner.
  • Willingness to engage in ongoing professional development.

View the full position description here. Qualified applicants should email their résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to Alicia Jackson, Database Manager, at Please include Database Assistant in the subject line.


Development Intern

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is seeking a Development Intern to support the Development department. This position would support all aspects of the MRF’s fundraising efforts, including the individual and corporate giving programs, Miles for Melanoma 5K program and Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala program.
This position offers exposure to the full scope of fundraising activities in a fast-paced and rapidly growing national non-profit. The Development Intern will work closely with the Development Coordinator on projects and events. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the non-profit healthcare sector and a passion for helping others.
Core Responsibilities:
General Development Support
  • Coordinate all Year-end mailings to donors
  • Work on special projects related to donor database maintenance
  • Process expense reports
  • Provide proof-reading and editing support for development publications
  • Work on special projects as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned
Special Events
  • Assist the Development Coordinator with event invitations, logistics, marketing, day-of duties and post-event follow up related to the Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala program
  • Assist the development team with special proposals related to the Miles for Melanoma 5K Walk/Run program
Requirements and Qualifications
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Education and Experience
  • Undergraduate Student
FLSA Status: Non-paid position
Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter to MRF Chief Executive Officer Kyleigh LiPira at


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 or Development/Fundraising. For more information, please email