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 Senior Manager, 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.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is the only nationwide voluntary organization exclusively serving the entire lupus community including persons with lupus, their families, physicians, researchers, and the general public. Our mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support individuals and families affected by the disease, increase awareness of lupus among health professionals and the public, and find the causes and cure.
The Health Education Nurse Manager, working on-site at LFA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, supports the mission by responding to constituent inquiries and requests for resources and support, supervises three health educators located across the country who are connected via a database, and coordinates LFA’s online community efforts in conjunction with an external vendor.
The Health Education Nurse Manager serves as the main contact between the health educators, LFA internal teams and external partners, and works with LFA’s data manager to ensure that the health educator database is working in cooperation with the organization’s data collection needs. This individual is a liaison across departments, maintains knowledge of current research, and participates in developing, updating and presenting health education content.
Principal responsibilities include the following:
- Responds to the LFA inquiries through various means of communication with information and referrals to appropriate sources. Responses often require research, and ongoing review of medical journals and other relevant sources.
- Learns and masters the use of the web based data management system (Salesforce platform) and oversees the LFA health educator team to organize and manage the online resource.
- Creates standard operating procedures to ensure consistency in support across the organization and makes recommendations to Vice President, Education and Research for refining operational policies, systems and forms for answering inquiries.
- Remains current on lupus-related research and issues impacting patients and caregivers and works with the National Resource Center on Lupus director to create resource and health education content
- Researches Internet, scientific organization literature, government and legal publications, and appropriate medical information materials for new developments and relevant lupus related medical, financial and disability information for use in referrals and inquiries.
- Collaborates with the Director of Data, Analytics & Operations to ensure coordination, effective interaction and mapping between the health educator database and the organizations constituent management system
- Attends and/or conducts public education programs both in and out of state, as needed. Serves as a health education expert for the organization for web based activities and programs.
- Participates as an active member of the LFA Education Committee and attends other meetings, conferences and training courses as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Must have demonstrated management experience.
- Fluency in English. Fluency in Spanish a PLUS.
- Ability to work effectively in customer service oriented environment.
- Self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team.
- Superior interpersonal skills and ability to respond to inquiries with empathy and understanding.
- Capable of clear and effective communication in both verbal and written form.
- Demonstrated computer skills and knowledge of both Internet and traditional health resources.
- Experience with Qualtics Survey Software, Salesforce and/or Blackbaud products a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field is required.
- RN and or BSN preferred.
- Other medical professional with an advanced degree (NP, PA) will be considered.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage. Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more! Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
The Online Associate, under the direction of the Digital Communications Manager, is responsible for taking an active role in the organization, coordination and execution of the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Resource Center on Lupus (NRCL). This position is an integral member of the Marketing and Communications Department team often times working with various team members and across departments to fulfill organizational goals and milestones with a specific focus on the NRCL tied to a five-year federal grant.
Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Providing support for organizing and posting content to and from the NRCL
- Providing support for migrating content between NRCL and lupus.org
- Coordinate NRCL website requests across departments to ensure all changes and edits are published in a timely manner
- Write copy and schedule social media posts
- Track and provide reports and analytics on web and conversion metrics
- Monitor and track activity tied to the NRCL evaluation plan and provide written reports on progress
- Support the coordination of online engagement and outreach tied the NRCL
- Support the coordination of outbound online communications
- Providing web and online communications support to national network entities
- Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, marketing, communications or related field required
- Relevant experience, preferably in the PR agency or not-for-profit industry
- Experience and interest in with health care communications strongly preferred
- Experience using content management systems and online CRMs required; knowledge of Craft, Expression engine, Salesforce and Luminate Online preferred
- Experience in Google analytics and SEO preferred
- Working knowledge of paid search and social advertising a plus
- Hands-on knowledge of using major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) in a professional setting
- Creative thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities
- Proven ability to work well independently and in a fast paced and team-based environment
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt interpersonal and communication style to interact effectively with a wide variety of people
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage. Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more! If you are someone who is passionate about using his/her skills to make a difference in people’s lives, we would love to hear from you! Please submit your cover letter, including salary requirements, and resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Online Associate" in the subject line. No telephone calls, please.
Do you want to make a difference for the 1.5 million people living with lupus? Do you want to join an energetic team and connect with passionate and dedicated volunteers? Are you a detail-oriented multi-tasker who thrives in a fast- paced environment where no two days are exactly the same? If you answered yes you might be our next Development and Fundraising Manager for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Pacific NW Region.
As a key member of the Pacific NW Region team, the Development Manger will help us grow the region through revenue generation; volunteer recruitment and management; program support; social media and information referrals. You will manage fundraising events including our signature event, Walk to End Lupus Now, provide excellent and timely customer service to our constituents, support programmatic and advocacy efforts all while raising awareness in service to our mission.
Roles and responsibilities of the Development and Fundraising Manager include, but are not limited to:
- Managing designated Walk to End Lupus Now events, including planning, implementation and post-event cultivation of attendees.
- Recruiting, managing and supporting volunteer committees as assigned to reach event goals.
- Achieving revenue goals through solicitation of corporate sponsorship and participant fundraising efforts.
- Managing 3rd party events in region as assigned.
- Maintaining accurate database records and assisting constituents with fundraising software tools.
- In concert with regional staff, developing relationships with key regional volunteer sponsors and fundraising participants to elevate and maximize revenue impact.
- In conjunction with national office team and regional staff, facilitate LFA education and support services in designated areas that are consistent with LFA strategic vision and objectives.
- Developing a current knowledge of lupus health issues, services, and key initiatives that drive the support of the mission. Ensure the Foundation's mission is integrated throughout fundraising activities to ensure results are directly tied to volunteer engagement.
- Performing other related duties as assigned.
We are seeking an experienced fund-raising professional with a minimum 3-5 years of experience in successfully implementing special events, sponsorship sales, volunteer engagement and committee development activities with a proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals. Responsibilities include:
- Experience leading volunteers and volunteer committees.
- 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.
- Demonstrated knowledge and use of digital, social media & emerging online channels.
- 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.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor tracking database programs, and fundraising software.
- 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 25-30% of time within region (car travel).
- Fluency in Spanish is considered a plus.
Prefer that candidate be located in the WA King County region. Office is located in downtown Seattle.
- Minimum – Bachelor's degree.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage. Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more! If you are someone who is passionate about using his/her skills to make a difference in people’s lives, we would love to hear from you! Please submit your cover letter, including salary requirements, and resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Development Manager, PNW" in the subject line. No telephone calls, please.
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
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 is currently seeking a Development Intern to work during the Spring and Summer semesters.
The Development and Fundraising Department is al leadership, finance, operations, board development, fundraising and event planning.
The Development and Fundraising Intern will prospect research including: individuals, corporations and organization, foundation and association partners. Prepare miscellaneous reports and track documents. Draft letters, documents, and occasional writing assignments. Assist with in-house mailings. Some clerical duties, such as filing, photocopying, faxing, etc.
A junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in non-profit, public health or a related field. Ability to work independently while managing multiple priorities and projects. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Computer literate, experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel. This is an unpaid internship, with the opportunity to receive college credit.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or by fax: 202-349-1156. NO telephone calls please.
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.