This is a remote role
Pancreatic cancer doesn’t stop or slow down, and neither do we. At
PanCAN, we accelerate critical progress for pancreatic cancer
patients. We take bold action by funding life-saving
research, providing personalized patient services free of charge,
and creating a community of supporters and volunteers who will stop
at nothing to create a world in which all pancreatic cancer
We’re looking for people who, like us, will stop at nothing to
make progress for patients. Our work is critical, and meaningful,
and it changes lives every day. Join us and be a part of it!
This new, fully remote position will join PanCAN at an
exciting new phase of growth and serve as an integral member of the
Development team to help shape the foundation fundraising program.
This seasoned professional will be central to advancing a robust
foundation relations program as part of a long-range vision in
support of PanCAN’s 2030 goals.
Reporting to the Vice President of Leadership Giving, the
National Director is responsible for the organization’s efforts to
maximize funding from foundations and proactively drive new areas
of opportunity for foundation support.
The role will collaborate with mission partners,
development colleagues, marketing, and PanCAN leaders to
understand, synthesize, and articulate mission programs and
initiatives to align funding needs with foundation
priorities. The Director will be a relationship manager and
grant writer for mission priorities, with a focus on funders with
the capacity to make gifts of six-figures and above for both
unrestricted and designated support. The role will serve as
the primary relationship manager with a specific portfolio, as well
as work in partnership with major gifts to support key family
foundation relationships and solicitations. As such, the Director
will have an individual fundraising goal and a collaborative
You will be a seasoned foundation fundraiser excited to expand
the portfolio for foundation giving. You will serve as a key
member of the frontline fundraising team, working both
independently and collaboratively with the major and annual giving
programs, as well as cross-departmental teams, to identify,
cultivate, solicit and steward foundation partners, while also
expanding the prospect pipeline. A successful Director will be able
to learn quickly, work collaboratively, pivot nimbly, and drive
projects independently and collaboratively. You are comfortable
with a shared leadership structure and committed to working in
diverse and cross-functional teams. The Director is strategic,
determined, resourceful, effective, and a persistent problem-solver
who is able to exercise good judgment, and meet deadlines.
This is an ideal opportunity for a proven, fearless, and
values-driven foundation fundraiser who's highly motivated to work
collaboratively in pursuit of big goals that support a bold mission
to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic
- Develop and implement a comprehensive foundation fundraising
program which will generate gifts from private sector foundations
and family foundations.
- Lead organizational effort to broaden the base of foundation
funding in accordance with PanCAN’s growth strategy through
continued cultivation of current foundation donors and identifying
and cultivating new prospects.
- Research and identify new sources of support, proactively seek
opportunities to generate new proposals, and work collaboratively
with the major and annual giving teams to build a robust portfolio
of foundation funders.
- Create and maintain an active pipeline of 100+ foundation
prospects through identification, qualification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship efforts, delivering on all aspects of
relationship management and funder engagement including timely and
accurate submissions, reporting and management of proposals and
- Develop a broad and deep understanding of current fundraising
priorities across the organization; collaborate with leadership,
finance, and program staff to identify funding needs and match with
prospective grant opportunities.
- Develop foundation grant proposals (narratives and supporting
materials), budgets, and LOIs in collaboration with major gifts,
annual giving teams and other internal partners.
- For funded proposals, work with internal partners on terms and
obligations related to the grant, ensuring everyone understands
roles and responsibilities in fulfilling the partnership or grant
acceptance agreement. Prepare and oversee the development of
requisite reports on open grants, to ensure grant compliance and
- Work collaboratively, proactively and in a professional
service-oriented manner with all internal and external
stakeholders. Creating and fostering a collaborative work approach
with different groups across the organization is critical.
- Support CRM utilization to track and evaluate the key metrics
and use meaningful data to continually improve practices and inform
- Collaborate with colleagues across fundraising teams to achieve
team and overall Development Department fundraising goals.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
Preferred candidates will be an experienced foundation fundraiser,
preferably but not necessarily in the health space, academic
medical and/or biotech, be a strategic thinker and an effective
communicator, with experience gathering, analyzing, and
interpreting information to prepare compelling and effective
proposals and cases for support; and the ability to quickly come up
to speed on and speak effectively about complex scientific
material. You are a fundraiser at heart with an eye for
detail and strong project management skills. You enjoy working
collaboratively across teams to gather necessary information to
build compelling cases to fund projects. You are curious, looking
for new and innovative sources of funding to help support strategic
- Five or more years of progressive experience and results in
fundraising through grants from foundations; a documented track
record of securing six-figure and higher in funding
- Demonstrated experience with Foundation research, generation of
letters of inquiry and grant proposals, including preparation of
budgets, task timelines, work plans, research, performance measures
and evaluation plans.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence,
with an ability to develop and maintain long-term, productive
relationships internally and externally. You have a flexible
approach to managing complex relationships with multiple points of
contact across a large organization.
- Entrepreneurial spirit, positive attitude, and energy to look
for new and innovative sources of funding to support strategic
growth initiatives and meet ambitious goals.
- Results-oriented: comfortable with production goals,
accountability, independence, initiative, and teamwork.
- Creative professional with the demonstrated ability to
strategically link and articulate mission/programmatic initiatives
with funding opportunities.
- Advanced communications – written and verbal, analytical
skills, critical thinking, collaboration, and project management
- Capacity to understand and communicate technical information to
a variety of stakeholders; adaptable communication style.
- Must be a highly motivated self-starter and entrepreneurial
team player with a commitment and passion for the mission of
- Exceptional organizational skills; adept at setting priorities,
managing workflow and meeting deadlines.
- Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of how to build
justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the development
function; culturally competent with respect to issues such as
racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
- Preference for experience working remotely as a part of a team
in a national organization.
THE OFFER: To encourage the people
fighting the world’s toughest cancer, we provide our staff with the
resources, care, and sparkle to do and be their very best in and
out of the office. We offer competitive salaries, variable
incentive compensation, flexible work arrangements, a
remote-friendly work environment, exceptional time off practices,
and top-tier health and welfare benefits – all creating an
extraordinary workplace and inclusive culture that celebrates
diverse perspectives, encourages innovation, and is highly
recommended to friends and colleagues by our team
Salary Range: ($115 - 160k/yr) PanCAN
is committed to providing fair and transparent employee
pay. Our compensation policy and practices
integrate years of
relative experience, skills, job duties,
functions, responsibilities, education, certifications, expertise,
PanCAN seniority, position/title, department, market conditions,
and merit, and may also include geographic location. Our base
salaries range from Entry level to Experienced and max at
Expert level. The base pay range included herein is specific and
germane to the job/position/opening as described within this
EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
Support the organization’s mission and goals by exhibiting the
following core values: Deliver Excellence, Service &
Gratitude, Accountability, Team, and Sparkle Spirit!
The above statements are intended to describe the general
nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to
this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list
of all required duties, responsibilities, and
Individuals assigned to this position must be able to work
in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with demonstrated
ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and
demands and to seek management assistance as appropriate.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is an equal opportunity
employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all
positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national
origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status
protected under local, state, or federal laws.