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Major and Annual Gift Development Officer

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) seeks a strategic and accomplished fundraiser with experience in major and annual gifts, direct mail, stewardship and events. The Major and Annual Gift Development Officer will raise funds for the multiple priorities of the MRF which encompass the research grant program, education initiatives and advocacy efforts. The Officer will be responsible for building and growing the MRF’s pipeline of major and annual fund donors through identification, cultivation and solicitation. The Officer will also manage the Foundation’ s direct mail community fundraising programs and special fundraising campaigns/events.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Raise $1,000,000 through identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and annual fund donors
  • Develop and manage the internal and external direct mail program raising over $250,000 per year
  • Manage vendors relative to special projects and fundraising campaigns
  • Manage high-level ($5,000+) CommUNITY fundraising events/donors and meet goal of raising over $500,000 annually
  • Collaborate with senior leadership and board members to solicit donors for the Foundation’s endowment campaign
  • Create and manage a revenue and expense budget as approved by the CEO
  • Collaborate with the Development Assistant on a strategy for the MRF online Merchandise Store to generate additional revenue for the organization and support various campaigns
  • Develop and implement an annual stewardship plan for annual and major donors
  • Develop and lead the fundraising strategy for specialty campaigns including but not limited to: #GivingTuesday, Melanoma Awareness Month etc.

Additional details and position requirements can be found in the official position description. Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to MRF CEO Kyleigh LiPira at [email protected]

Director of Communications, PR and Event Marketing

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) seeks a mission-focused, experienced communications professional to lead its communications, digital marketing and public relations efforts. The Director of Communications will position the MRF in the digital and media space to increase exposure for the Foundation while deploying strategies to educate and inform the public about melanoma. The position provides a unique opportunity to think creatively and activate tactics that reach more individuals impacted by melanoma for awareness and the need for a cure.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the MRF’s strategic priorities by working with fellow Executive Team stakeholders to proactively identify the key issues related to melanoma and develop communications to fully utilize the brand’s voice.
  • Develop the organization’s value proposition and tone to implement and leverage current and new communication channels, including emerging digital media platforms.
  • Create pre-prepared core messages in the brand’s voice that can be quickly and consistently applied.
  • Actively monitor the external environment for critical or emerging issues where the MRF will want to be visible and proactively define the organization’s position, craft core communication messages, socialize the MRF response with key stakeholders and present a recommendation for CEO approval.
  • Create an internal communications strategy that will advance MRF’s mission and vision, complete with robust implementation considerations such as: decision-making criteria, roles and responsibilities, channel strategy, key supporting elements, participants in the process, and potential partner organizations.
  • Co-create a fully integrated annual communications plan between the organization’s key functional teams (Development, Programmatic, Education, Advocacy, Research & Science), and external stakeholders as applicable.
  • Publish and maintain the annual communications calendar, with clear roles and responsibilities, including archiving any unexpected events for future consideration.
  • Develop annual campaigns to help create awareness around melanoma as well as fundraising, utilizing
    media outlets and leveraging external relationships to make a deeper impact. Issue press releases where appropriate.
  • Improve social media impact through up front strategic set-up, monitoring and measurement, and recommendations to evolve delivery to improve outcomes or impressions.
  • Manage multiple vendor relationships to support the MRF’s digital and graphic design needs.
  • Manage a communications team, creating a feedback loop on both short- and long-term communication strategies and career development.

Additional details and position requirements can be found in the official position description. Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to MRF CEO Kyleigh LiPira at [email protected].


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 [email protected].