Regional Development Officer

The National Office of The ALS Association is recruiting a Regional Development Officer (RDO). Reporting to the Director, National Signature Events, the successful candidate will primarily be responsible for assisting chapters in expanding their fundraising efforts locally by providing leadership, support, and direction for the Walk Acceleration Program. Additionally, the RDO will help assigned chapters identify funding diversification opportunities focused around corporate partnerships and board and development staff planning efforts. The RDO will also provide support for chapters with a strong focus on meeting financial goals and building a foundation for future growth.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Work with chapter staff to implement all core components and standards for the chapter walk program with a strong emphasis on growing corporate support and maximizing the family team foundation.
  • Host weekly or bi-weekly meetings with walk staff and chapter leadership.
  • Provide guidance to assigned chapters on targeting, recruiting, training and managing effective event chairpersons, committee members, and board members.
  • Conduct face to face chapter visits with a focus on revenue generating activities which may include annual walk program strategic planning, regional trainings, corporate recruitment efforts, sponsorship asks, board meetings.
  • Consulting with senior-level national development staff, provide counsel and leadership to assigned chapters in the areas of major gifts and planned giving, including strategy development and execution, donor visits, and solicitations, as needed.
  • Build collaborative relationships with chapter Executive Directors and Board of Directors. Together, create a work plan that addresses specific market/chapter characteristics and opportunities to add value and increase revenue.
  • Demonstrate behaviors in concert with The Association’s mission, vision, values, policies, and procedures.
  • Travel up to 50% of the time to assigned chapters and for Association business.
  • Other responsibilities as required or requested.



  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three to five years development experience including experience in non-profit event management and fundraising experience.
  • Strong practical foundation in volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, stewardship and motivation, detail-oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Proven track record of planning and executing walk events that have raised six figures or more.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and successful experience using the Convio platform is a plus.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to: E-mail:


AA/EOE September 2013

How to apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to: E-mail:

Chicago,, Illinois
The National Office of The ALS Association

220 W. Huron Street, Suite 4001, Chicago, Illinois, 60654, United States