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Gala Development Officer

The Melanoma Research Foundation seeks a Gala Development Officer to engage in a variety of fundraising activities to support the overall revenue goals of the organization. The Officer is responsible for raising $1,500,000 through the MRF’s national gala program (Denver and New York) and develop new markets for consideration and expansion. The Officer will be responsible for building and managing host committees, cultivating and soliciting donors and managing sponsor benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manage and steward donors, committee members and event volunteers for deeper engagement within the Foundation
  • Cultivate, solicit and steward past and new sponsors (individual and corporate)
  • Identify and recruit co-chairs and committee members
  • Identify and lead fundraising efforts with honorees to increase revenue
  • Partner with the Director of Corporate Relations to solicit national and local sponsorships
  • Partner with the Individual Giving Officer to transition event donors to annual fund donors to major gift donors
  • Recruit revenue producing vendors for participation in the event
  • Create annual stewardship plan for Gala donors and sponsors

Event Planning:

  • Set event timelines
  • Coordinate and plan the needs of each event with the Event Logistics Coordinator
  • Manage silent and live auction process including outreach for donated and consignment items
  • Host monthly committee meetings (conference calls)
  • Develop the script and run of show
  • Develop, maintain and track each gala budget
  • Create and manage the floor plan and seating chart
  • Manage event platform provider and export reports as needed
  • Reconcile each event with Raiser’s Edge NXT


  • Oversee the execution of sponsorship and marketing benefits and decks
  • Work with the communications and design teams to market the event, including the website content and annual design concepts

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]

Programmatic Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) seeks an organized, creative, customer service focused and highly detail-oriented professional who is able to communicate and work seamlessly with Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) constituents, donors, staff and partners. The Coordinator will support the Communications and Program teams (Research, Education and Advocacy) by developing and distributing marketing materials for different programs, campaigns and events, while providing outstanding customer service for MRF constituents.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Communications Officer and program teams to create marketing strategies, print materials and multimedia assets
  • Provide customer service for MRF constituents in-person, through social media and over the phone
  • Create and manage the communications social media and email calendars for program events and campaigns
  • Post on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok) via the platforms themselves as well scheduling through Buffer
  • Have a working knowledge of social media paid ads and Google Ads
  • Create and execute both one-off and campaign emails for programs team to be sent through Luminate and Phone2Action platforms
  • Track monthly social media analytics using Buffer analytics
  • Assist melanoma survivors, caregivers, doctors, etc. with the creation of blogs and vlogs when appropriate
  • Work with graphic design vendor to create social media assets for campaigns
  • Create one-off graphics for social media posts and emails that relate to program events and resources using InDesign and/or Canva
  • Develop program materials to promote (invitations, event registration pages, etc.) and facilitate (agendas, programs, signage, etc.) programmatic events
  • Help maintain and update the website content that pertains to programmatic content
  • Support program departments through the creation and execution of prevention and awareness campaigns and report post-campaign analytics
  • Attend symposia and other programmatic events as needed to assist with marketing and PR

Additional details and position requirements can be found in the official position description. Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Ivis Alfaro at ialfaro[email protected]

Director of Corporate Relations

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) seeks a Director of Corporate Relations to manage its portfolio of corporate donors to include both pharmaceutical and private corporations. They will focus their efforts on the discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of each company and secure over $2,000,000 annually in restricted revenue to support the MRF’s programs. In addition, they will solicit unrestricted revenue of $250,000+ to support the MRF’s events. The Director of Corporate Relations should be able to thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment that may require more than 40 hours every week and will report to the Chief Development Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research and perform outreach to new companies to grow the corporate portfolio
  • Cultivate and steward existing relationships with 30+ corporate contacts
  • Strategize with development and programmatic colleagues on funding opportunities.
  • Draft and submit proposals both online (through portals) and independently to potential funders
  • Develop annual stewardship plans for each industry partner
  • Collaborate with the MRF’s communications department to ensure marketing benefits are activated
  • Manage the organization’s involvement with corporate contacts at major scientific meetings such as ASCO, AAD, SMR, AACR, SITC and others
  • Develop collateral material to share with corporate contacts
  • Work with the CEO on an annual plan in terms of corporate goals and strategy
  • Work with the CDO and Development Committee to help develop non-pharma contacts
  • Present to the Board of Trustees on corporate progress and successes
  • Track proposals and actions in Raiser’s Edge
  • Manage the MRF’s cause marketing program and direct the strategy for this program including identifying and securing financial or in-kind support, cultivating ongoing relationships and activating benefits for partners.

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].

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 and the MRF Gala program. 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 Chief Development Officer and the non-paid internship can be taken for class credit and/or employment experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Solicit donations (gift cards, products, etc.) from vendors/businesses in the community and nationwide
  • Conduct community outreach of past event participants and explore new recruitment channels and strategies
  • Support the Development Department with Miles for Melanoma and Gala post-event stewardship to sponsors, vendors and top fundraisers
  • Collaborate with the Development Department on unique concepts for driving participation and event engagement
  • Aid the Development Department in projects related to Raiser’s Edge donor management software
  • Assist with organizing and preparing event materials for Miles for Melanoma and Gala program including but not limited to event toolkits and marketing materials
  • Create marketing collateral relating to events such as social media graphics, flyers and save the date postcards
  • Aid the Event Logistics Coordinator by conducting research of event locations for local partnership with food and beverage businesses, event vendors, future event locations etc.
  • Support the Development Assistant with inquiries in the Miles for Melanoma email inbox. Ensure timely and professional customer service for all messaging

Additional details and position requirements can be found here. Qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter to MRF Development Assistant Brianna Day at [email protected]