About Miles for Migraine:
Miles for Migraine envisions a world where migraine and its
disability are respected, understood, controlled and eventually
eliminated. The organization’s mission is to empower migraine
patients, their families and caregivers to live full and productive
lives by providing programs, increasing public understanding, and
advancing research, education and treatment.
Miles for Migraine is in the process of launching volunteer
chapters in five cities (Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San
Francisco, and Phoenix) and coordinates fundraising events in 24
event markets. It has more than quadrupled its budget in recent
years and has a strategic goal to expand to additional cities. Its
current budget is $1,188,800 and the revenue mix is: 83%
sponsorships, 10% donations, and 7% event registrations.
The Development Director will work closely with the Executive
Director and one part-time direct report to meet all annual revenue
targets. In particular, the Development Director will develop an
overarching fundraising plan for all revenue sources and new
strategies for converting event attendees and program participants
into donors. The Development Director will not be responsible for
organizing event logistics, however, they will oversee the
implementation of year-round fundraising for 24 event markets,
working in close coordination with volunteers, regional/national
sponsors and race directors in each event market.
Migraine is the second most disabling disease in the world.
Miles for Migraine aspires to rebrand migraine as a neurological
disease and true medical condition worth of research, advocacy, and
treatment. This is an opportunity to for an experienced fundraiser
to help grow the organization to achieve that bold vision,
something Miles for Migraine is well-positioned to do.
Background of Ideal Candidate:
An experienced and dynamic fundraising professional with a
history of accomplishment in fundraising, communications, staff and
board management, and external relationship advancement for an
organization with national (or multi-city) reach. High-energy
person with vision who is able to mobilize staff, board and other
stakeholders toward a common goal, providing them with strategic
and tactical support needed to keep fundraising on track.
Entrepreneurial person capable and comfortable growing and
diversifying an organization’s revenue mix and establishing the
structure of a development department that can support Miles for
Migraine’s growth goals.
- Develop, execute, review and refine the organization’s
fundraising plan, forming both short-and long-term goals to meet
revenue goals, to include annual/individual giving campaign, major
donor frameworks and corporate relationships.
- Ensure that the fundraising plan includes robust strategies and
tactics for converting event attendees and program participants
- Work with Executive Director to secure and manage high dollar
corporate sponsorships and major gifts for events in 24 cities.
Work in collaboration with Executive Director on identifying and
cultivating potential major gift prospects.
- Establish and nurture relationships and communication with key
constituents in each event city, which includes top fundraisers,
top team captains, sponsors, major to mid-level donors and
- Assist in recruiting, training and supervising community
fundraising volunteers and part-time staff in event cities. Keep
participants, volunteers, and staff on track and motivated to
ensure events meet revenue goals.
- Develop and execute strategies to raise the organization’s
visibility among a wide cross-section of potential supporters in
the 24 event cities and beyond.
- Maintain an ongoing pipeline of potential sponsors and
- Ensure donors are apprised of the organization’s achievements
and the impact of their gifts.
- Work with staff and volunteers to execute local market
activation of national partnership programs and cross functionally
with other team members on larger national strategies.
- Serve as the Executive Director’s advisor and partner on all
matters related to fundraising. Prepare the Executive Director and
Board members for meetings with donors and funders.
- Maintain a working knowledge of the Miles for Migraine mission
and programs to promote the field and campaign fundraising
- Participate on regional and enterprise projects and committees
- Track revenue and fundraising trends, using information to
predict future opportunities and predict downtrends.
- Report regularly to the Executive Director regarding
fundraising benchmarks and the organization’s fundraising
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Supervises work of others, including planning, assigning and
scheduling work, reviewing work and ensuring quality standards,
training staff and overseeing their productivity. May offer
recommendations for hiring, pay changes and termination, but does
not have responsibility for making these decisions.
- Minimum of 7 years fundraising experience overseeing at least
$3M+ in revenue, through peer-to-peer fundraising events, major
gifts and sponsorship, preferably for a national organization.
- Demonstrated ability in all key areas of fundraising:
foundations, corporate giving programs, corporate sponsorships,
annual fund gifts, major gifts, and peer-to-peer fundraising
- Track record of converting event participants and program
participants into donors.
- Ability to close face to face sales and sponsorships.
- Demonstrated ability setting strategy.
- Strong volunteer recruitment and management skills and
demonstrated ability to provide a high level of customer service
and motivation to business and social leaders.
- Excellent planning, organizational and follow-up skills.
- Demonstrated professional and mature interaction with other
staff and leadership volunteers, sponsors, donors and others to
engage them toward the achievement of revenue goals.
- Skilled in working in a collaborative manner to build
relationships with multiple external stakeholders, including the
capacity to understand the interests and motivations of
- Proven ability to manage multiple projects with varying
priorities at one time.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to
effectively speak and present to individuals including high net
worth donors, executive corporate management as well as small,
mid-size and large groups.
- Deep appreciation for the mission. Knowledge of issues related
to migraine is a plus, but is not required.
- Ability to travel.
- Bachelor’s Degree: Marketing, Communications, Business
Administration, Nonprofit Management, Social Entrepreneurship;
other equivalencies considered.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter that conveys
why they are well suited for this position and how it fits into
their career, a resume, and two relevant writing samples to
No phone calls/agencies, please.