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Development Officer, Community Engagement in Atlanta, GA at Muscular Dystrophy Association

Date Posted: 4/8/2018

Job Snapshot

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    Atlanta, GA
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Job Description


Our Values are our strength:  We believe in MUSCLE:        

Mission:  We’re driven to accelerate progress for families and muscle health.

Understanding:  We’re attentive to our constituent’s needs and each other’s.

Stewardship:  By investing precious resources wisely, we drive the best possible outcomes.

Collaboration:  We foster win-win partnerships and build communities.

Learning:  Knowledge powers our success and empowers our people.

Excellence:  We strive to do our best and exceed constituents’ expectations.


Position Description:

The Development Officer of Community Engagement is a dynamic and creative fundraiser responsible for securing existing fundraising business and growing new income, developing relationships with major sponsors, and working to expand MDA’s business including but not limited to MDA’s core Community Engagement programs such as Muscle Walks, Team Momentum programs and Distinguished Events etc. The Development Officer of Community Engagement will work with the Executive Director to ensure income growth in the market. The Development Officer of Community Engagement will report to the Executive Director and works closely with all levels of the MDA Team. S/he is expected to collaborate with and take direction from the National Vice Presidents to ensure best practices are being followed.  The Development Officer of Community Engagement may have supervisory responsibilities.


  • Responsible for effectively and efficiently completing activities and meeting target deadlines in order to meet financial goals and execute successful Community Engagement events, such as Muscle Walks, galas and other related activities within the district business plan.
  • Execute individual business plan to exceed revenue goals and quotas specifically related to growth and new income sources.
  • Identify and execute best practices that result in growth of event revenue in alignment with income plans; drives best practices and encourages innovation in community programs.
  • Work closely with volunteers and volunteer committees that oversee the planning of community programming
  • Create fundraising opportunities through various development techniques including prospecting, targeted follow-up, and new lead generation.
  • Deliver organized, structured, and persuasive presentations, to current/former/potential partners using effective written and verbal communication.
  • Represent MDA throughout the community and actively engage in networking events and business development groups.
  • Collaborate with NVP, Executive Director, and Fundraising Team to develop a district wide fundraising strategy, timelines and goals with concentrated focus on Community Engagement programs such as Muscle Walks, Lock Up’s, and innovative community events, including distinguished events, such as galas and golf tournaments.
  • Develop innovative programs that engage community leaders and key influencers in raising revenue for MDA.
  • Manage fiscal accountability, following the district business plan, including providing accurate monthly projections to Executive Director.
  • Build relationships and accountability systems to ensure supporters are engaged and our mission is clearly articulated.
  • Oversee and participate in the execution of major fundraising programs such as MDA’s Muscle Walk, Lock-Ups, Golf Tournaments, Social Events and other community based fundraising activities. 
  • Manage expenses tied to Community Engagement events, seeking to grow efficiencies and economy, wherever possible.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as needed.



  • Drive: Motivated to meet and exceed fundraising goals and quotas. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with sponsors to meet business objectives.
  • Initiative: Measure self against a standard of excellence. Undertake self-development activities and learn new skills, seek increased responsibilities and ask for and offer help when needed. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of personalities and leadership styles.
  • Communication Skills: Clearly and persuasively communicate, including public speaking; listen and seek clarifications; participate in meetings; write clearly and informatively.
  • Professionalism: Work well in a fast-paced environment; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for own actions. Understand business implications of decisions, align work with strategic goals, complete administrative tasks and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Flexibility: Able to multitask in a changing work environment. Manage competing demands and unexpected events. Willing to change approach to best fit the situation.
  • Dependability: Follows instructions, takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Business or Non-Profit Management preferred) and 4+ years of demonstrated fundraising, sales and business development experience with a track record of successfully meeting quotas and surpassing expectations or equivalent combination of education and work experience in sales and/or fundraising.
  • Ability to work independently and have high personal expectations of work product.
  • Ability to travel throughout District’s territory as well as work evenings/weekends as necessary. Use of personal vehicle in the course of employment is needed to travel throughout the district. Significant local travel is required for this position; including visiting local business, sponsors, health care facilities, and events in public places. Valid drivers license required.
  • Ability to manage budgets closely, both in income and expense.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results

MDA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.