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Director of Individual Giving

The Director of Individual Giving is a strategic and accomplished fundraiser with experience in major and annual gifts, stewardship and events. The Director is responsible for the strategy and management of major gift operations, supervision of major gift officers and the cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio of major gift prospects to benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF). Funds raised will support multiple priorities of the MRF which encompasses the research grant program, education initiatives, advocacy efforts and events. The Director will also be responsible for building and growing the MRF’s pipeline of major and annual fund donors through identification, cultivation and solicitation and seeking out new areas of support from individuals and Foundations. The Director will also manage two direct reports.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Raise $1,500,000 through identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and annual fund donors
  • Maintain and develop a donor portfolio (75-100 donors/prospects) through Raisers Edge to optimize fundraising opportunities
  • Develop and manage major fundraising campaigns such as #GivingTuesday, Melanoma Awareness Month, End of Year giving and Direct Mail
  • Collaborate with leadership and board members to develop strategies for solicitation of the Foundation’s endowment campaign
  • Create and manage a revenue and expense budget as approved by the CEO
  • Develop and implement an annual stewardship plan for annual and major donors
  • Attend events to cultivate major donors such Galas, Miles for Melanoma and other signature events
  • Experience with sponsorship solicitation for events
  • Experience with planned giving vehicles and experience with bequest discussions with donors
  • Participate in the Foundation’s strategic planning process
  • Lead and manage fundraising committees and taskforces
  • Review all donor communication related to acknowledgement letters, newsletters, solicitation letters etc.
  • Seek, apply for and manage grant funding
  • Act as primary point of contact for funding and donation inquiries

Additional information and eligibility requirements can be found in the position description. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Development Marketing Coordinator

The Development Marketing Coordinator will support the Communications and Development teams by creating marketing materials for MRF events and various one-off development projects, developing and managing a robust social media schedule for the Miles for Melanoma and Gala programs and fundraising opportunities and providing customer service for MRF constituents. The Development Marketing Coordinator will report to the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer but work closely with multiple members of the MRF fundraising team. The Development Marketing Coordinator contributes to the MRF’s organizational effectiveness by promoting fundraising events and increasing constituency awareness.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and manage, with assistance of program lead, email and social media content plans and copy for all fundraising events
  • Utilize analytical tools such as Google Analytics, Facebook Insights etc. to monitor andevaluate the Foundation’s social media presence and performance
  • Develop all marketing materials (post cards, flyers, event registration pages, social mediaposts, e-blasts) for the Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walk program
  • Develop all marketing materials for the national Gala series including the event program
  • Develop and send e-mail communication for the Gala series and Miles for Melanoma program (including but not limited to save-the-dates, invitations and post-event follow-up)
  • Create and update stewardship reports, corporate opportunities document and external calendars
  • Assist Communications and Development departments with campaigns related to Melanoma Awareness Month, rare melanoma subtypes, #GivingTuesday and year-end giving
  • Attend fundraising events (as needed) such as Miles for Melanoma 5Ks and Galas
  • Create and update the MRF’s fundraising website pages
  • Manage and work with MRF vendors on projects related to development needs

Additional information and eligibility requirements can be found in the position description. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [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].

Education Intern

The MRF is seeking an Education Intern to support programmatic work of the Education Team. This position will be responsible for supporting the overall education efforts of the MRF. This individual will have an opportunity to engage with all melanoma educational programming, including the rare melanoma subtypes , communicate with key stakeholders, collaborate with staff across the Foundation, and assist in producing final deliverables. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, communications and outreach, logistics, program evaluation, mixed-methods data collection and analysis, and other duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will be motivated, energetic and have a strong interest in the non-profit healthcare sector and a passion for helping others.

More information can be found in the internship description. To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Erik Krause, Education Associate at [email protected] with the subject “MRF Education Internship Application – Your Name”.

Development Events Intern

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is seeking a Development Events Intern to support the Development Department with their nationwide fundraising events, Miles for Melanoma 5K run/walk program and Galas. This position will be responsible for assisting the Events Manager with community outreach, engagement and logistics for the Miles for Melanoma and Gala programs. Some support may also be required for CommUNITY Fundraisers. This intern will report to the Development Assistant under the supervision of the Event Logistics Coordinator. The internship is not paid but can be used for class credit and/or employment experience.

More information can be found in the internship description. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Nicole Papathanassiou, Development Assistant, at [email protected] with the subject line “Development Intern Application.”