Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance - Part-time, Remote, Development Director Position

Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance (LBCA): a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE)
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 19, 2021
Feb 17, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time


LBCA is on the brink of going from being a small, all volunteer group to becoming a high-impact, independent charitable organization focusing on educating and advocating about invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) and the need for ILC research, and attaining our vision of eradicating ILC permanently. We seek an experienced, entrepreneurial individual to be our half-time Development Director to help us achieve this bold endeavor. Our ideal candidate is a seasoned professional who is familiar with and relishes the challenge of launching small non-profit start-ups, who is committed to LBCA’s mission, and who is interested in understanding the science of breast cancer.

Background ON LBCA

The Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance (LBCA) engages patients, clinicians, and researchers to increase knowledge of lobular breast disease and promote lobular breast cancer research. Working with the guidance of an international, expert scientific advisory board of breast cancer researchers and clinicians, and through growing collaborations with other breast cancer advocacy organizations in the US and internationally, LBCA provides a platform for ILC research, maintains a library of current lobular breast cancer studies, and identifies clinical trials and research advocacy opportunities with a focus on lobular breast disease.

LBCA provides and disseminates widely basic, current educational information about ILC including early stage and metastatic lobular breast cancer, to enhance understanding about how lobular is different from other breast cancer sub-types, and share any new knowledge gleaned from recent research. LBCA aims to empower patients to be more informed partners in their self-care and treatment and help clinicians to be more informed and confident in the treatment plans they promote. LBCA also fosters dialogue among clinicians and researchers to address challenges of detecting and treating ILC, discuss groundbreaking findings, and identify new ILC research priorities and opportunities for collaboration.

Until recently LBCA was all volunteer-run but now has a small paid staff who work remotely, and a handful of volunteers who are patients with ILC or their loved ones, and others who have volunteered with LBCA to support our mission and vision.

LBCA is not yet an independent, charitable organization but is a fiscally sponsored organization with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a registered public charity. All support and funding for LBCA’s operations comes from generous donors, including patients with lobular breast disease and their loved ones, grants, foundations, and contributions from other 501(c)(3) not for profit organizations. LBCA seeks to become a 501c3 in 2021 and to raise at least $1M in the next 12-18 months to enable attainment of this goal.

LBCA has a growing donor base of individuals who are predominantly persons whose lives have been touched by ILC. LBCA also has over 3100 e-newsletter subscribers, and new subscribers and volunteers are signing up every day from all over the US and the world. LBCA maintains a website, two Facebook pages, a twitter account, and a LinkedIn account. LBCA’s staff all work from their own homes and meet virtually.

LBCA Mission and Vision

As the only organization in the US dedicated to Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer (ILC), LBCA’s mission is:

to make all who are touched by ILC aware of its unique characteristics and the critical need for more ILC research, to be the go-to source for information on ILC studies, clinical trials and educational tools, to foster partnerships among patients, scientists, clinicians and breast cancer organizations to increase dialogue about ILC and research advocacy, and to fund vital ILC research.

LBCA’s Vision is: a world in which lobular breast cancer is found early, treated effectively, and eradicated permanently.

Development Director Position Summary

Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Committee, the Chief Operating Officer (COO), and the Communication Director (CD), the Development Director (DD) will create a development plan to help us launch our non-profit. The Development Director will work with the ED to determine the funding needed for our operations and to enable us to start making small ILC research grants and to assess our current donor capacity to grow our organization.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The DD will specifically have responsibility for the following duties and responsibilities, which will be prioritized in conjunction with the ED:

Development Director will:

  1. Provide expert guidance on the conduct of electronic and mail fundraising appeals and campaigns.
  2. In partnership with the ED, execute LBCA’s annual development plan, annual report, and annual development goal setting.
  3. Manage the donor database (Bloomerang) including uploading new and updating existing donor information.
  4. Develop and lead a strategy for implementing a major gifts program that includes planned giving and legacy gifts, building a pipeline of new donors, including industry donors, developing a stewardship plan, including gift acknowledgement procedures and donor recognition, and identification of, and help implementing different vehicles for generating revenue such as Jeffersonian dinners.
  5. Work with the ED on a portfolio of prospective major donors and supporters including arranging and attending meetings in-person and virtually with donors to establish effective communications and relationships with them.
  6. Assist ED in working with LBCA’s scientific advisory board to develop and implement special “meet the experts” and other conversations with major and potential major donors.
  7. Help design and implement a strategy for an ongoing process for identifying grant support including research, proposal writing, and tracking and developing documents in compliance with reporting requirements.
  8. Help establish a process for outreach to pharmaceutical companies.
  9. Assist the ED and COO working with LBCA volunteers seeking to conduct fundraising events, peer-to-peer fundraisers and other fundraising activities on behalf of LBCA. It will be important to be able to have sufficient and effective fundraising strategies without live events.
  10. Convene and oversee the LBCA volunteer development committee with support from the COO.
  11. The Development Director will participate in LBCA staff meetings and speak with the ED at least once/week on a 1:1 basis, and more often, as necessary.


The ideal development director candidate:

  • Must embrace the mission of LBCA and have great interest in understanding the science of breast cancer
  • Must be entrepreneurial, highly self-motivated, energetic, a good listener and enjoy developing relationships
  • Has knowledge and extensive experience in fundraising techniques, including initiating donor emails, visits, and fundraising calls, particularly with major gift fundraising, and experience with large electronic and postal fundraising appeals and working with electronic donor databases, (ideally with Bloomerang)
  • Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, demonstrates presence, self-confidence, and common sense
  • Must possess strong interpersonal and writing skills and the skills to work with and motivate staff, committee members, and other volunteers
  • Is organized and exhibits “follow through” on tasks and goals
  • Ideal candidates have had experience in fundraising for a non-profit health care or cancer care organization
  • Ideal candidates have had experience helping to launch one or more new non-profit organizations
  • A bachelor’s degree (MA a plus)
  • 15 years+ experience in professional fundraising, individuals with experience in launching non-profits preferred


Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Mason Mitchell-Daniels at  mason@lobularbreastcancer.org.


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