Associate Executive Director | Fort Worth, TX

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Full Time | Exempt | Remote 

POSITION SUMMARY (Basic purpose or primary function of job)

The Associate Executive Director is the business unit leader responsible for the growth and profitability of the Market’s Special Events (Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, Mardi Gras Ball) through successful management of staff, volunteers, corporate partners and the execution of strategies and best practices.



Within the Foundation

Reports to the market’s Executive Director. Collaborates with Executive Director, region/national development peers and National Special Events and Corporate Development Departments.

Outside the Foundation

Represents the Arthritis Foundation to the community. Interacts with donors, volunteers, community and business leaders at all levels as a local ambassador of the Arthritis Foundation. Directly manages relationships with local Special Event committees and Chairs.  


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (Principal responsibilities or job duties)

  1. Recruits, manages and retains a high-performing Leadership Board in Ft. Worth.
  2. Strengthens engagement between the Arthritis Foundation and Special Event volunteers, deepening their affinity for the organization and activating them locally. Proactively manages volunteer relationships and effectively drives alignment and full engagement. Mentors staff in how to build and manage successful volunteer relationships and committees.
  3. Analyzes opportunities and risks to move Special Events forward and formulates effective strategic plans consistent with Arthritis Foundation practices and market goals. Manages multiple event timelines, staff, and revenue/expenses to effectively reach revenue goals.
  4. Builds and maintains a robust pipeline of volunteer talent and ensures all key Special Event leadership roles and committee positions are filled.
  5. Ensures the productivity of key relationships, including the Special Event Honoree and Chair positions, as well as top corporate partners/sponsors.
  6. All Other Duties as assigned by the Executive Director 


          • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline.
          • Minimum of 5 (five) years of non-profit experience directing staff and partnering with volunteer committees.
          • Distinguished track record of donor and volunteer stewardship, formulation of high-impact corporate partnerships and consistency in exceeding established goals.
          • Proficiency in applying sales technique to a non-profit setting.
          • Ability to relate and leverage the Arthritis Foundation’s mission into effective, sustained relationships and successful fundraising projects.
          • Experience providing strategic direction and practical oversight to a full range of special event fundraising activities such as pledge-based and ticketed events.


          • Awareness, understanding and accountability for financial performance including planning, budgeting and forecasting.
          • Mission-driven and empathetic.
          • Balance and calm amidst complexity, competing demands and expectations.
          • Tactfulness with the ability to anticipate reactions and respond well to challenges.
          • Prompt in decision-making, including managing performance and addressing difficult situations.
          • Able and willing to influence powerful personalities, and professionally and candidly communicate points of view to authority.
          • Models and builds coalitions through collaboration, diversity and teamwork.
          • Skilled communicator, effectively sharing and receiving key messages and content through multiple mediums as befits a remote colleague and leader.
          • Comfort operating within a matrixed environment and with being “part of the whole”.


          Staff Development


          Volunteer Committee Development


          Donor and Corporate Partner Development


          Special Events Management 





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          Equal Employment Opportunity