Greater Delaware Valley Chapter President, National MS Society

Posted by National Multiple Sclerosis Society on October 12, 2015

Position Announcement
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Greater Delaware Valley Chapter President
Philadelphia, PA

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is seeking a chapter president for its Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. This position is responsible for providing leadership in key areas of chapter operations including fund development, client services, community involvement, board engagement and staff development.

The National MS Society is the oldest and largest nonprofit MS organization. The Society serves people with MS and their families, caregivers and healthcare providers and supports more MS research and serves more people with MS than any other organization in the world. The Society’s mission is that “People with MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.” We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

The chapter is chartered by the National MS Society’s National Board of Directors, with a territory that covers 11 counties in Pennsylvania, 7 counties in New Jersey, and 3 counties in Delaware, and serves 15,000 people with MS and their families. The chapter has a budget of $12 million in revenue in FY2016. There are 50 professionals on staff and 43 members of the chapter’s Board of Trustees. For more information about the National MS Society and the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, please visit our website at

We are seeking a leader to inspire staff, board, community members, and volunteers in support of our mission. Key performance outcomes expected of the chapter president are:
• Drive revenue growth in core special events (Walk MS and Bike MS) and develop and implement strategies resulting in growth in individual and corporate donations. Enhancing revenue is a critical priority.
• Maintain a strong sense of teamwork and foster a positive working environment. Empower staff while ensuring individual goals are aligned to Society priorities and staff is held accountable for their performance.
• Build and sustain strong and effective relationships with donors, fundraisers, volunteers, corporate sponsors and those we serve; enhance awareness of the Society’s mission throughout the chapter territory.
• Ensure the continued delivery of services to people with MS. Be a leader in advocating for people with MS at the state and local level.
• Develop a strong relationship with the Board of Trustees and various community leaders and groups. Effectively engage individual members and partner with the board to attract new members.
• Participate in Society decision-making as a member of the Society Leadership and Management Team and Region Management Team. Ensure support for Society initiatives.
• Participate actively in centralizing certain functions including human resources, finance, advocacy, marketing and services. Move toward a single Society budget approved by the national board. Provide leadership for Society initiatives and ensure that chapter operations are consistent with the National MS Society’s Strategic Plan.
• Provide strong and decisive leadership during a period of transition.

Ideal candidates for the position will share our passion for serving people with MS and will demonstrate the following experiences, skills, and personal attributes:
• Significant successful leadership experience with a history of job growth and advancement;
• Successful experience in overseeing large-scale special events. Demonstrated ability in securing gifts and contributions from individuals and corporations;
• Experience in managing a branch office of a national organization where many functions and services are centralized.
• Track record in building high performing teams, creating positive work environments and managing staff from a distance;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an active listener;
• Professional with absolute integrity, confidence and passion for our work;
• Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum five years’ experience working with nonprofit organization.

• Personal and Interpersonal skills: work attitude, self-management, managing relationships, learning and being open and receptive.
• Operational skills: keeping on point, getting organized, getting work done through others, managing work processes, and communication.
• Strategic skills: understanding the business, making complex decisions, innovation management, and energy and drive.
• Leadership skills: inspiring others, people management, and overcoming obstacles.
• Accountability: goal oriented with personal accountability for results. Identifies critical goals that will drive success and measures milestone progress against established metrics. Ability to nimbly shift course and execute contingencies when milestones are not being met.

Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:
Dennis Linden
Vice President Human Resource Department
303-698-6100 x15133

EOE / M / F / D / V

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is an equal opportunity employer
and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of applicants for this position.

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