How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for cancer." At LLS, employees take our mission seriously. Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center, you work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancer. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches to blood cancer treatment.
This is an extremely exciting time in the organization’s history, with decades of investment in scientific research coming to fruition. Thanks in large part to LLS funding, the FDA has approved more than 50 new treatments for blood cancers in the last three years, vastly outpacing previous years. In enabling daily medical advancements, LLS is saving lives and realizing the vision for a world free of blood cancer.
LLS has had enduring success with campaign-driven fundraising incorporating large-scale, professionally produced events. Multiple campaigns take place in markets throughout the country and leverage nationally defined best practices to achieve outstanding success year-over-year. The Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area (SVMB) chapter conducts several of these nationally recognized campaigns each year with an existing track record of success.
Based in San Jose, the Director, Special Events plays a critical role in the success of the chapter by leading a team of campaign specialists who in turn oversee all aspects of their respective campaigns. In total, the campaigns under the leadership of the Director, Special Events represent annual revenue in excess of $1.7 million for the chapter. Multiple campaigns are experiencing double-digit year over year growth.
Reports to: Executive DirectorSupervises: May supervise assigned staff, including Campaign Manager or Campaign Assistant
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Implement a comprehensive strategic plan for assigned fundraising campaigns to include revenue and expense budgets, 2) volunteer recruitment and management, 3) effective event logistics, and 4) overall organizational best practices for successful campaign management
- Identify target audiences and build appropriate recruitment and fundraising strategies to successfully recruit, acknowledge, retain, and upgrade event donors / participants
- Utilize effective supervisory and training practices for campaign and support staff to deliver superior special events experiences for our donors / participants
- Develop and deliver compelling engagement practices for volunteer campaign leaders and participants utilizing effective recruiting, mentoring, and on-going support strategies while focusing on the mission of LLS
- Utilize proven promotional activities to ensure the success of events and to enhance public awareness of LLS and its mission
- Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of the campaigns, including fundraising efficiency (revenue/cost), community engagement, event satisfaction, and overall campaign success
- Ensure media, material, in-kind and cash sponsorships are secured through a coordinated plan that includes proposal development, prospect identification, cultivation, retention, and recognition
- Effectively manage campaign materials required for the successful implementation of assigned special events, including recruitment/promotional brochures, event invitations, training materials, pledge retrieval, and motivational materials
- Assist as needed in developing and implementing strategies in support of other chapter activities
- Maintain a working knowledge of LLS’s mission and programs to promote the Society’s fundraising, research and patient initiatives
- Perform other related duties as needed
QualificationsEducation & Experience Requirements:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 5 – 7 years fundraising or sales experience; event planning, marketing, communications experience desired
- Previous experience as a Campaign Manager preferred
- Strong background in volunteer recruitment, cultivation, and management
- Demonstrated knowledge and use of digital, social media, and emerging online channels
- Collaborative approach to working cross-functionally in a complex organizational structure
- Highly proficient in verbal and written communication activities
- Capable working effectively with a variety of personalities and leadership styles
- Highly organized and capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively
- Resourceful, enthusiastic, with a problem solving acumen
- Proficient with MS Office Suite
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
- Physical demands are minimum and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations
- May be required to lift and move campaign materials weighing up to 15 pounds for various events
- Role requires frequent travel within the Chapter’s geography and occasional travel to national conferences and meetings
- Required to work some evenings and weekends in support of campaign activities