Director of National Programs and Volunteer Engagemenmt

Beyond Celiac - Ambler, PA


Beyond Celiac, a national nonprofit organization, seeks a qualified candidate for a full-time position as Director of National Programs and Volunteer Engagement at its Ambler, PA office. This director will support planning and administration of 5K Run/Walk events and other events hosted by Beyond Celiac, serving as a key leader and innovator in the organization.

The Director of National Programs and Volunteer Engagement is accountable for building a nationwide program of successful 5K Run/Walk fundraising events and for establishing an engaged, aligned and productive network of volunteer leaders representing Beyond Celiac in key regions across the country.

The ideal candidate will effectively lead and motivate teams of staff, donors, volunteers, sponsors and other constituencies in executing effective national programs and volunteer engagement for Beyond Celiac and assist in growing the impact and influence of the organization.

The 5K walks will be increased from 3 markets to 6 markets in fiscal 2020 and will rapidly move to additional markets in future years, with the person in this role leading the entire effort and identifying new markets to pursue. Each event must be exceptionally well led – including location selection, organization, promotion and sponsorship – to produce the maximum net dollar benefit to Beyond Celiac and the best possible participant and sponsor engagement.

In conjunction with expanding the national run/walk program, the person in this role will be responsible for leading, organizing and engaging a network of volunteer champions in strategic markets, both in cities where we host 5K Run/Walk events and in other geographic areas. The leaders of this grassroots network will take a lead role in fundraising (working as appropriate with the Director of Corporate Relations), coordination of other volunteer activities, and increasing participation in our patient database, events and campaigns.

Reporting to this role will be a Field Manager of Events to assist with the 5K events work. In addition, the Director of Administration and a Manager of Administration – both of whom will support the incumbent and all other operations of Beyond Celiac – will report to the Director of National Programs and Volunteer Engagement in order to centralize all project management for the organization.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Expertly lead and expand a profitable schedule of 5K run/walks across the country, increasing the number of successful markets on the calendar each year, continuing to increase participation and engagement in recurring events and maximizing net profit to Beyond Celiac.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Corporate Relations to maximize 5K event sponsorships, both at the national and local market level, through effectively leveraging the volunteer network, other organizational connections and new, creative approaches to attract ongoing sponsorships at high dollar levels.
  • Establish and lead a nationwide network of engaged volunteer champions in run/walk site cities and in other strategic areas, overseeing their activities and creating a structure to ensure good communication flow and ongoing engagement in Beyond Celiac activities.
  • Leverage the network for the benefit of 5K event execution, fundraising leadership briefings, social media outreach, grassroots campaigns and increased brand awareness for the organization.
  • Organize, direct and oversee administrative and project support for Beyond Celiac, working through the shared administrative staff.
  • Prepare, submit and manage results to budgets for the department aligned with the organization’s mission.
  • Coordinate with staff to support management, as needed, of other Beyond Celiac events: the annual Gala, Research Summit, Research Symposium, Leadership Briefings, Board meetings
  • Contribute strategic planning insights to the Beyond Celiac management
  • Some travel, weekend and evening work will be required to effectively serve in this role

Education: **

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree
  • Project management or event management certifications a plus


  • Strong experience in successfully managing a national walk or events program
  • Experience working with vendors, sponsors, event forums and volunteers
  • Experience in project management and oversight of complex, multiple initiatives moving simultaneously
  • Experience generating and executing on novel ideas to grow organizations
  • Experience in social media and other forms of volunteer engagement
  • Experience setting up, managing and enhancing nationwide volunteer networks
  • Experience helping solicit and retain corporate event sponsorships a plus

Submission: When submitting your resume and cover letter, please list the job title on the subject line of your email.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's (Required)