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Associate Executive Director

Company: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Date Posted: February 26, 2018


At MDA, we are fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

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:

An Associate Executive Director (AED) dynamic and creative leader who assists in driving fundraising and relationship building of sponsors and families. You will be part of the District Leadership Team tasked with leading several of MDA’s core fundraising programs, providing coaching and accountability to members of the staff and working with the Executive Director to maintain our standard of excellence. The AED reports to the Executive Director and works closely with all levels of the MDA Team. The AED may have supervisory responsibilities as assigned. You may have supervisory duties over the Director of Business Development, Fundraising Coordinator and/or and Administrative staff.


  • Maintain existing and build new sponsor relationships through effective communication.
  • Transform new sponsors into committed supporters through identification of shared goals and values.
  • Lead major fundraising programs such as MDA’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy, Muscle Walk, Lock-Ups, Fill the Boot, Golf Tournaments, Social Events and other community based fundraising.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Fundraising Team to develop and implement plans, timelines and goals for core fundraising programs and events.
  • Assure deadlines are met and goals are achieved, following the District Business Plan.
  • Drive new income opportunities by engaging and recruiting MDA sponsors, volunteers and community members.
  • Handle fiscal accountability for significant income requirements.
  • Provide accurate monthly projections to Executive Director.
  • Build a dynamic positive office culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse team of top quality employees and volunteers.
  • Participate in hiring, training and development of the staff through mentoring and feedback.
  • Providing coaching and accountability to members of the staff.
  • All other duties as assigned.


Leadership: Proven ability to provide vision and inspiration, develop workable plans, set expectations, monitor delegated activities and provide recognition for results.

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. Demonstrates the ability to work independently and harmoniously 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.

Integrity: Work well in a rapidly changing 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 thrive in a changing work environment. Handle competing demands and unexpected events. Willing to change approach to best fit the situation.


  • Bachelor's degree(Business or Non-Profit Management preferred) and/or two+ years of direct management and demonstrated sales and business development experience with a track record of successfully meeting fundraising goals and exceeding expectations or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial planning/reporting and budgetary oversight.
  • Experience providing guidance and support to help others achieve their goals.
  • Ability to travel within territory and work flexible hours. Use of personal vehicle in the course of employment to travel throughout the district. Significant local travel is required for this position; including visiting local businesses, health care facilities, and events in public places.
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours and attend meetings beyond the framework of the normal working schedule.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite products

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.