Employment Opportunities & Internships
The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education and advocacy. The Foundation's national office is located in Washington, DC with regional offices in New York and Seattle and a national network of chapters, branches, support groups, local representatives, and activists across the nation.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. provides equal opportunities in employment to all persons, including handicapped applicants and employees. Our policy prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental handicap, or age. Furthermore, it shall be the policy of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. to make reasonable accommodations for the physical handicaps of applicants and employees throughout the personnel process.
To apply for any of the positions below, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Director, Human Resources and Operations at HR@lupus.org or by fax: 202-349-1156. NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE! Click here to jump to internship opportunities.
Development & Fundraising
Education & Research
In conjunction with the Vice President, Development & Fundraising and the strategic direction of the Foundation, the Director of Corporate Engagement’s overall objective and responsibility is to provide strategic leadership and growth to the Foundation’s signature events, research and education projects, advocacy and government relations ventures and to bring creative ideas to enhance and develop new revenue streams.
As a member of the Development & Fundraising team, the position is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of non-vested Corporate Giving. The position is responsible for growing the corporate donor base through cultivation of new corporate sponsorships and corporate responsibility programs, cause-marketing relationships, retail sales program, grants development, creation of corporate alliances and development of relationships with grant-makers aligned with the Lupus Foundation of America’s mission and strategic direction. The position will stay on top of market trends, write proposals, build and maintain relationships with corporate partners, create compelling stewardship and fulfillment collateral and ensure appropriate visibility for the Foundation and its partners in advancing the mission of the organization. The Director will work closely with the CEO, VP of Development & Fundraising, and other staff and leadership volunteers in support of building a donor centric organizational culture through corporate giving.
Roles and responsibilities of the Director of Corporate Engagement include, but are not limited to:
- Develops and oversees the implementation of an annual Corporate Giving program, inclusive of corporate sponsorships and corporate responsibility programs (corporate teams), cause-marketing relationships, retail sales promotions, grants development and creation of corporate alliances to support these activities
- Oversees and coordinates the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate partners, teams and alliances
- Works closely with Development Team to develop corporate opportunities to support the National Walk to End Lupus Now campaigns and Evening of Hope Gala programs.
- Experience managing multiple sponsorship partners from solicitation to implementation for national programs
- Demonstrated ability to develop and address strategic priorities. Attention to detail and ability to organize and manage diverse activities, set priorities, and remain flexible under pressure
- Identification of opportunities for local and national corporate, volunteer and revenue support through participation in prospecting, recruitment, committee development, training, and evaluation to elevate and maximize revenue impact
- Employs best practices in corporate alliance management and grant seeking functions, and leverages Board and staff spheres of influence in the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and steward of corporate and foundation relationships
- Ensures organizational compliance with ethical practices in fund solicitation as defined by the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
- Work with VP of Development & finance to manage income and expenses associated with corporate giving budget and to develop comprehensive financial records and regular evaluations to revenue targets are achieved
- Maintains a working knowledge of the Lupus Foundation of America’s key initiatives that drives the support of the mission. Works across the organization to ensure Foundation mission is integrated throughout fundraising activities to ensure results are directly tied to volunteer engagement
- Perform other development-related duties as assigned by the VP for Development
- An experienced fund-raising professional with a minimum 5-7 years of experience in successfully building and implementing corporate sponsorship, corporate responsibility, cause marketing, retail sales promotions and grants development at a national voluntary healthcare nonprofit
- Experience in developing effective cause-marketing and retail sales relationships with corporate partners
- Demonstrated success in developing and presenting winning corporate proposals and grants of $50,000 or greater with ease in face to face solicitation
- Proven effectiveness in engaging volunteer and staff leadership in the fundraising enterprise
- Ability to establish strong, collaborative relationships and the adaptability to work with a variety of personalities and leadership styles
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt interpersonal and communication style to interact effectively with a wide variety of people
- Proven ability to work well in a fast paced and team-based environment
- Self-starter and able to work independently and under pressure while managing multiple priorities, projects and deadlines
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills with high-level attention to detail
- High functioning with computer software and applications with a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, Blackbaud’s LCRM, Luminate Online, Teamraiser and Salesforce
- Able to make, follow through and document accountability for short and long term plans
- Able to work effectively with colleagues throughout the organization as well as external customers and vendors
- Available for weekend and evening work
- Ability to lift 35+ pounds
- Willingness to travel 35-50% of time
- Minimum – Bachelor’s degree
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Corporate Engagement" in the subject line. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
The Health Writer/ Producer is a key member of the Education and Research Team, responsible for helping the Foundation maintain, create and publish relevant, engaging and actionable health content.
The ideal candidate must have experience creating and editing health content for a wide range of channels and audiences, knowledge of content and production workflows, and the ability to apply style guides, health literacy principles, and health education/ communication best practices to the development of high-quality materials, tools and products. The Health Writer/ Producer will report to the Vice President, Education and Research, but will work on a daily basis and receive assignments and supervision from the Director of the National Research Center on Lupus and the Senior Director of Education and Research.
The Health Writer/ Producer shall be responsible for the creation and review of health content and the completion of tasks integral to the Foundation’s content and production workflow processes. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Write and produce health content for different audiences, including consumers, patients, caregivers, policy makers, advocates, and health care professionals.
- Create content of different formats and types, including website content, feature articles, social media copy, videos, infographics, slideshows, news, blogs, copywriting, fact sheets, animations, scripts, patient education information, program information, newsletters, op-eds, and marketing and donor appeals.
- Edit and review content to ensure it adheres to the Foundation’s style and brand guidelines, plain language and clear communication standards, and health education and communication best practices.
- Complete, track and coordinate tasks to support all phases of the Foundation’s content and production workflow processes—from idea generation, to editorial and production planning, to dissemination of final product.
- Coordinate content reviews with medical, research, and health experts, Foundation committee and board members, and senior-level staff internal to the Foundation.
- Inventory, audit and evaluate health education content, resources and tools for readability, usability, heath literacy, and accessibility.
- Support the development of education and research programming.
- Support the development or refinement of style guides and standard operating procedures.
- Attend and prepare materials for the Foundation’s major events.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Minimum Required Education: Bachelor's Degree. Desired fields of study: Journalism, English, Communications, Public Health, and Health Communication.
- Required Experience: 2-4 years. Minimum 2 years of professional writing experience is required. Experience writing in the health care field is preferred.
- Knowledge of health promotion, health communication, health literacy, usability, and digital communication best practices.
- Ability to demonstrate understanding of lupus and effectively communicate issues of concern to constituents.
- Ability to produce content in multiple formats (e.g., video, text, infographics, slideshows) and to determine the most appropriate format for different messages, channels and audiences.
- Ability to grasp complex issues and communicate about them in understandable ways.
- Ability to interview and connect with people and tell their stories in creative and impactful ways.
- Ability to ensure the consistent quality, style and tone of health content and advance Foundation objectives through clear, crisp and compelling communication.
- Ability to find solutions and work collaboratively in a changing priority environment.
- Ability to prioritize, monitor, track and evaluate multiple tasks, projects, goals and performance measures.
- Ability to build trust and influence others.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to take initiative, and turn raw concepts into award-winning communication products.
- Ability to receive and provide constructive feedback.
- Ability to conduct research and fact-check materials.
- Ability to learn new technology.
- Mastery of AP Stylebook and plain language and clear communication guidelines.
- Mastery of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint).
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Health Writer" in the subject line. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
The Research Manager, under the supervision of the VP of Research, is responsible for managing and administering all aspects of the LFA’s (peer review) grant program, professional awards, research partnerships, and supporting activities related to the LFA’s national research program.
The Research Manager will be responsibile for (but are not limited to):
- Coordinate all yearly peer review program activities which includes drafting RFAs, managing all aspects of information distribution and program awareness to review, from LOI submission through awarding and tracking.
- Serve as one of the key staff liaisons for the Medical Scientific Advisory Council (MSAC); maintaining ongoing communications, facilitating staff requests and planning for MSAC meetings.
- Manage the impact evaluation of our research program and work in partnership with other departments to promote the findings of our research program to the public.
- Review and stay current with advances in lupus research and lupus related research news
- Translating science writing into basic language to be used for promotional or educational purposes.
- Work with other departments to draft supporting materials and research related marketing materials.
- Ability to complete tasks that require independent judgment and a high level of professionalism, accuracy, sensitivity, discretion, and diplomacy.
- The work involves using well-developed skills in written and verbal communications, technical computer applications and administrative support.
- Must work well and be productive working independently and as part of a team.
- Responsible for collaborating with both staff and local LFA chapter representatives.
- This individual must also be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
- Bachelor’s degree in a science/public health discipline, at least 2 years of related work experience demonstrating a thorough understanding of program/project management techniques and methods, the ability to manage and coordinate multiple concurrent deadlines and strong science writing skills.
- Prior experience in research /grants administration and management is preferred.
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Research Manager" in the subject line. No telephone calls please.
The Regional Director is responsible for overseeing the strategic growth and successful operation of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Southern California Region. The Regional Director plays a critical role in the development of the Region and will be responsible for the overall regional growth strategies including revenue generation, development of a comprehensive donor development strategy, identification, cultivation and engagement of volunteer leadership, and enhanced constituent education and awareness. This position is responsible for leading all fundraising and development activities to ensure growth, impact and successful achievement of Region success metrics.
The Regional Director is directly accountable to the LFA VP, Network Development, but will collaborate and consult with all members of the Lupus Foundation of America Management Team when relevant.
Roles and responsibilities of the Regional Director, Network Development, include, but are not limited to:
- Accountable for achieving assigned regional budget, creating outcomes that will enable the region to meet/exceed budget goals.
- Develop a Major Donor program within the region and maintain a portfolio of top major donors and prospects; Partner with the LFA Development Department as needed for support and guidance.
- Develop and grow network of volunteer leadership with a focus on creation of a high-impact volunteer Leadership Council.
- Establish a culture of high performance and accountability while serving and engaging LFA constituents and stakeholders with a special emphasis on donor and leadership development; corporate engagement; volunteer partnership, and accountability.
- In consultation with the LFA Development Department ensure highly effective, branded national events within the region with post analysis to determine ROI and opportunities for future growth.
- Identify and foster high-impact corporate relationships both local and national in scope.
- In consultation with the LFA Network Development and Education & Research Departments, provide appropriate constituent education and community engagement opportunities.
- In partnership with all LFA departments, ensure the region staff and volunteer leadership integrate government relations, marketing, public relations, community outreach, communication, and media relation programs within their market’s overall development activities.
- Monitor P&L and partner with the national office to assess the region's annual and monthly budgets, cash flow, and to ensure accurate financial forecasts.
- Identify market potential and high potential growth areas. Provide assessment of market areas including income trends, demographics, ROI (return on investment) and potential for income, and volunteer development.
- Ensure that sound budgetary, financial management, and other systems and procedures are efficient and reflect the region's overall development operation.
- Serve as an integral member of the Network Development Team.
- An experienced fund-raising professional with a minimum 10 years of experience in successful revenue generation and volunteer engagement with a proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals.
- Broad based fundraising knowledge, experience and skill in nonprofit management with emphasis on strategic planning, financial management, and market development.
- Superior relationship development skills.
- Ability to motivate staff and volunteers.
- Experience managing staff and volunteers and comfortable communicating performance expectations and holding staff accountable to performance objectives.
- Exceptional management, leadership, and team-building skills, especially in financial and donor management.
- Effectively multi-task, establishes priorities, and work in a fast paced environment. Highly efficient in time management and can meet deadlines under pressure.
- Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills. Demonstrate competency when handling diversified assignments.
- Team player that has the ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers. Must develop, maintain, and utilize relationships. Strong capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements.
- Excellent written, oral, and communication skills. Ability for presentation delivery, conveying ideas, and instructing effectively.
- Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills.
- Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative.
- Well-disciplined and a self-starter that is extremely resourceful.
• Minimum – Bachelor’s degree required
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Regional Director, LA" in the subject line. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
An internship at the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is a pre-arranged, structured learning experience scheduled within a specific time frame. The experience must be relevant to the intern's academic and professional goals, and to the programs and activities of the Foundation. An internship is performed under the direct supervision of a LFA staff member.
Positions are available during throughout the year, based on the projected workload of the host department. Information regarding various internship opportunities may be obtained by contacting the Foundation at HR@lupus.org. Please reference "Internship Opportunity" in your email.
- Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students.
- Most positions are unpaid, but a small stipend may be offered for some positions.
- Full-time and part-time positions may be offered.
- All LFA interns must be at least 16 years old.
Marketing and Communications
- Copywriter Intern
- Marketing and Communications Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- Online/Social Media Intern
Fundraising and Development
The Strategic Operations Intern supports the Executive Department in a wide range of capacities. This person should be comfortable with managing a work portfolio that extends across departments and functions. This individual should be a utility player, with excellent organization skills, and strong interpersonal communication abilities.
The role is ideal for any person interested in nonprofit leadership. Because this individual will be reporting to our executive office, the experience will provide the candidate with broad exposure to the organization’s operations. This means that the work streams for which the candidate will be responsible will evolve, allowing for greater exposure to the processes behind organizational objective-setting – leaving the candidate with highly transferrable skillsets.
The candidate should be a highly motivated individual who finds an evolving position to be appealing, and wants a truly immersive look at non-profit operations. The position requires a dynamic individual with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.
Provide support to the executive department in:
- Strategic operations
- Moves management
- Meeting planning
- Drafting materials
- Other projects as assigned
- A Bachelor or Master’s degree, or currently enrolled in a degree program.
- A degree in health, political science, communications, or business is preferred but not required.
- Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofits and health organizations.
- Excellent research, oral, and written communication skills.
- Superior planning and organizational skills.
- Candidate must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and have the ability to work independently.
- Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.
This is an unpaid internship, if used for course credit. If not being used for course credit, a stipend may be given. A minimum of 15 work hours per week is required.
If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or fax to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Strategic Operations Intern” in the subject line.
Marketing and Communications Department
The Marketing and Communications department is seeking a Copywriter Intern to join our team! Our team is responsible for writing a substantial amount of content: newsletter articles, fliers, ads, engaging social media messages, video copy, blog posts, press releases, and compelling website copy. The ideal internship candidate should have strong writing skills, be able to write with creative flare as needed, and have the ability to integrate the Lupus Foundation of America’s brand tone and voice in all communications. We are looking for someone who wants a challenge, has the passion for helping a great cause, and the drive for success.
Responsibilities will include: Researching, developing, writing, and proofreading content (newsletter articles, copywriting for awareness campaigns, etc.); generating original copy ideas which grab the attention of the Lupus Foundation of America’s target audience. Creating tagline, slogans, body copy, scripts, etc.; contributing to social media campaigns; assisting with website copy, email copy, marketing materials, press releases, and blog posts; updating brand guidelines; and assisting with metrics and tracking.
An English, Journalism, or Communications major is preferred. Must have a basic understanding of SEO and social media copywriting needs. Exceptional writing and editing skills required. Familiarity with AP Stylebook. Familiarity with submitting press releases. Highly creative, imaginative, and have superior interpersonal skills. Must be detail-oriented, have the ability to multi-task, prioritize and work independently or in a team-oriented and entrepreneurial environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be self-motivated, have the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. An interest in popular culture, new advertising trends and techniques is a plus! Previous intern and/or copywriting experience is preferred. A strong interest in marketing and willingness to learn. Ability to work hard and have fun!
This internship position will remain open until filled. We offer a flexible start date and work schedule. A minimum of 15 – 20 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship, college credit may be provided.
If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or fax to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Copywriter Intern” in the subject line.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is seeking a Marketing and Communications Intern with an interest in the nonprofit field to assist with all aspects of communications and marketing. Support departmental staff with the development and implementation of public awareness campaigns. Based on experience level, assist with communications strategy development and program management. Draft fact sheets, press releases, and other materials. Create weekly media clip report. Assist with the development of media lists and distribution of media releases. Assist with social media planning and website support depending on applicant’s and skill and background. Other projects as assigned.
A junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in communications, marketing, or public relations is preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher. Strong writing and editing skills are essential. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, self-starter, equipped with strong organizational and multi-tasking skills. Must have the ability to meet deadlines. Previous intern or communications experience is a plus! This is an unpaid position, however, a travel allowance and college credit may be provided. This position will remain open until filled, with a flexible start date and work schedule – minimum 10-15 hours per week.
If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Communications Intern” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is seeking a Graphic Design Intern with an interest in the nonprofit field to assist with the design of LFA materials-flyers, brochures, and advertisements.
Design LFA educational and public awareness materials, i.e. brochures, flyers, posters, and advertisements. Design materials specific to certain LFA campaigns, i.e. Walk to End Lupus Now or Lupus Awareness Month. Based on experience, may also assist with the design of LFA website. Other projects as assigned.
A junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in graphic design preferred. Familiarity with desktop publishing software-Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, or InDesign. Previous graphic design experience. A self-starter who is self-motivated and equipped with strong organizational and multi-tasking skills. Must have the ability to meet deadlines. Previous intern or graphic design experience is preferred. A minimum of 15 work hours per week is required.
This is an unpaid position, however, a travel allowance and college credit will be provided. This position will remain open until filled, with an immediate start date. If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter, resume, and two work samples to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is seeking an Online Social Media Intern with an interest in the nonprofit field to assist with the management of the LFA website (www.lupus.org) and social media.
Responsibilities include making regular content updates to LFA website and blog. Assist with the management of LFA online/social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Assist with monitoring and reporting on performance of LFA website and online advertising campaign. Other projects as assigned.
A junior, senior, or graduate student in graphic/web design preferred. Previous intern or web design experience is preferred. Familiarity with HTML, Flash, Dreamweaver, and web-based content management software. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is self-motivated and equipped with strong organizational and multi-tasking skills. Must have the ability to meet deadlines. Access to high-speed internet connection and computer capable of running Windows software. Flexible scheduling and start date, with the potential to work remotely. A minimum of 10-15 hours is preferred.
This position will remain open until filled. Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Online Social Media Intern” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.
Fundraising and Development Department
The Lupus Foundation of America is currently seeking an Intern for the Development and Fundraising department. The Walk intern will work closely with the National Walk Manager and National Walk Coordinator to provide support in order to ensure smoothly functioning and successful Walk to End Lupus Now events. The Intern will assist in the growth development of the Walk to End Lupus Now program by working with media in select markets to promote the Lupus Foundation of America Walk; distributing Press Releases, Media Alerts, and PSA’s to local radio and television stations; creating and posting Walk information on media’s Calendar Listings; conducting research of prospects for sponsorship and participation; and assisting the Development Team with other assignments as needed.
A Bachelor or Master’s degree, or currently enrolled in a degree program, with a major in Marketing, Communications, or related field. Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofits and health organizations. Excellent research, oral, and written communication skills. Superior planning and organizational skills. Candidate must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and have the ability to work independently. Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.
This is an unpaid internship, offering a dynamic work environment, for applicants interested in events, fundraising, and media. The internship is available during the spring and/or summer and a minimum of 15 work hours is required.
If interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, resume, and include "Development/Walk Intern (National Office)" in the subject line to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. NO telephone calls, please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (National Office) is seeking a Corporate Development Intern to work closely with the Vice President of Development and Fundraising.
The Corporate Development Intern will assist in the growth of corporate development to conduct research for the development of Corporate Prospect Lists – Corporate Partnerships, and Corporate Donation opportunities. Assist in developing the Lupus Foundation of America inventory – benefits packages. Other duties related to corporate development as assigned.
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or currently enrolled in a degree program. Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofits and health organizations. Excellent research, oral, and written communication skills. Attention to detail with excellent planning and organizational skills. Candidate will be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org (please include “Corporate Development Intern” in the subject line) or FAX to: 202-349-1156. NO telephone calls, please.