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Job Title:                     Head of Development

Org. Type:                   Cancer Research Foundation

Location:                     New York, NY

Salary:                        $170k - $200k

Reporting to the Executive Chairman of the Board, the Head of Development will have primary responsibility for identifying new revenue sources, developing partnerships with other cancer research-oriented organizations, and establishing sustainable fundraising strategies to cultivate and leverage existing funding to extend outreach and impact. Collaborate with the foundation team and leadership to steward new prospects and top-level gifts, working in conjunction with existing and new grant programs.


Primary duties include:


  • Build and steward a portfolio of existing donors and manage associated benefits/recognition

  • Lead the effort to identify, cultivate and solicit a new portfolio of prospects with the goal of converting to active donors.

  • Collaboratively develop annual and long-term plans for fund development to solicit and increase contributions at all giving levels.

  • Foster and maintain relationships with donors by meeting and communicating with those donors regularly and executing outlined strategies.

  • Collaborate with the communications team to develop and implement messaging, marketing, and branding efforts to elevate recognition

  • Work with the Board of Directors to identify and facilitate fundraising opportunities.



Bachelor’s Degree or higher required (advanced degree preferred) with 10-15 years equivalent experience and a proven track record in donor relations and gift solicitation in a non-profit environment. Requires an understanding of the principles of scientific research in a biological field (cancer preferred). Strong leadership skills with entrepreneurial qualities; self-starter with impeccable interpersonal and people skills. Willingness and ability to work independently with staff, board members, funders, donors, and volunteers. Excellent management and organizational skills, ability to work on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously with the capacity to generate innovative solutions and strategies to cultivate donor relationships and fundraising initiatives. Ability to develop and conceptualize development goals and strategies. Excellent oral and written communication skills that consistently communicate critical messaging and mission. Thorough understanding of fundraising management, communication, and annual financial planning. Must exercise discretion in handling confidential information & materials, and a willingness to cooperate with diverse donors and community groups.


Willingness to travel up to 25%, including international travel (must hold a valid US passport).




Nick Samuels

The Philanthropic Staffing Group

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