The Kelly Brush Foundation, a dynamic and fast-growing national nonprofit organization, located in Burlington, Vermont seeks an experienced and energetic Events & Development Manager. In collaboration with the rest of the team, the Events & Development Manager will work to fulfill fundraising objectives and advance the KBF’s mission of inspiring and empowering people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) to lead active and engaged lives. It is the vision of the Foundation that everyone with an SCI can enjoy the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of an active lifestyle.

Please see the full position description below. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Cheryl Brodowski, Sr. Director, Development & Operations, at .

Events & Development Manager

Kelly Brush Foundation
Burlington, VT

The full-time Events & Development Manager supports the Kelly Brush Foundation (1) by executing large-scale events, including the iconic Kelly Brush Ride, and (2) by managing a portfolio of annual to mid-level donors. In 2022, the goal of the Kelly Brush Foundation is to raise $3 million for our initiatives, $1.7 million of which will be raised through events. The Events & Development Manager reports to and works closely with the Sr. Director, Development & Operations to set strategy, build partnerships, execute world-class events, and be a champion of our mission.


  • Plan and execute the annual Kelly Brush Ride to attract approximately 1,000 participants, both in-person and virtually, and raise $975,000. Collaborate closely with venue contacts, secure and manage 40+ vendors, recruit 115+ volunteers, and organize all logistics to produce a world-class event.
  • Design and execute regional events in Boston, NYC and San Francisco and a nationwide virtual event to meet fundraising objectives. Negotiate contracts and secure venues, vendors, volunteers, attendees, and hosts.
  • Work closely with the KBF marketing department to develop all event assets including invitations, email communications, sponsorship decks, websites, ticket and donation forms, email communications, presentations, signage, etc.
  • Recruit and manage event host committees.
  • Manage all administrative tasks associated with KBF development events, including budgets, data analytics and metrics, supply ordering and inventory, shipping needs, etc.
  • Prepare stewardship communications in collaboration with development team, executive director, and KBF Board members.
  • Manage a portfolio of New England based annual to mid-level donors, with face-to-face visits and strategies to increase gift amounts and improve retention.
  • Expand the KBF monthly-giving program, Trailblazers, to increase participation and annual giving funds.
  • Assist with other development operations, such as appeals, research, database maintenance, gift stewardship, etc.
  • Work with the entire team on mission programs and assist with mission-based events, as needed. Be a team player and assist all staff in areas of greatest need.


  • 4 years of large-scale (500+ attendees) event management experience
  • 2 years of fundraising/development experience
  • Superior project management abilities and communication skills
  • Proven success in developing partnerships and securing sponsorship funds
  • Experience designing and executing virtual events is a plus
  • Experience in recruiting and managing volunteer committees
  • Prior experience managing budgets, preferably $250,000+
  • Ability to manage high-stress situations and be unflappable, especially surrounding pivots related to the pandemic
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • A passionate commitment to our mission
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and typical office technologies

This position includes some national travel as well as evening and weekend events. Setup and teardown at events requires you to be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

About the Kelly Brush Foundation

We are a dynamic and growing Burlington, VT–based non-profit inspiring and empowering people with spinal cord injuries to lead active and engaged lives. We provide direct assistance to individuals with SCI and partner with organizations around the country to help people live their own independent, active lifestyles. We also work closely with the alpine ski racing community to improve safety on the hill. We were founded in 2006 by Kelly and her family after Kelly sustained a spinal cord injury while racing in an NCAA alpine ski race.


To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Cheryl Brodowski, Sr. Director, Development & Operations, at [email protected]org.