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Philanthropy Officer, Development & Events

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Philanthropy Officer, Development & Events
Breast cancer is a complex disease with no simple solution. Every diagnosis is unique and puts lives at risk. We must stop breast cancer in its tracks, and research is the answer. Founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. We invest in a wide range of research—prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and metastasis—because each area of investigation informs another, propelling us toward the solutions we urgently need.

We convene and connect the best minds in science—giving them the opportunity to pursue their most innovative ideas. Our combination of investment and cross-disciplinary collaboration accelerates the entire field and builds momentum for new discoveries. BCRF-funded investigators have been behind every major breakthrough in breast cancer research, and the field is moving faster than ever. We can’t stop now.

With you, and the entire BCRF community, we are fueling the world’s most promising research. Join us—together, we will bring the end of breast cancer into focus. Learn more and get involved at

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) seeks to hire a highly motivated and results-oriented individual to join the Development & Events Department. The individual will maintain and grow a major gifts donor portfolio, play a key role managing fundraising events, work closely with a dynamic team, serve as project manager, and experience first-hand the inner-workings of a premier non-profit organization. Responsibilities for this position focus in on regions where BCRF has and continues to develop a strong network of donors and supporters including but not limited to Boston, South Florida, and Long Island. This position reports directly to the Managing Director, Development & Regional Events. 

Primary Responsibilities include:
  • Responsible for identifying, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects
  • Manage an active major donor and prospect portfolio (with a target of approximately 100 individuals)
  • Liaise with event donors, volunteer leadership, sponsors and key supporters, while providing the highest quality of service and maintaining the integrity of the organization
  • Partner with fundraising committees on event plans and logistics, donor stewardship, cultivation, and prospecting
  • Be opportunistic and responsive to opportunities to expand BCRF’s portfolio of major donors
  • Play an integral role in BCRF’s events strategy and implementation by contributing to the planning and execution of fundraising events and special projects. Events include luncheons and symposiums; black-tie fundraisers; cultivation and partner events and other strategic organizational opportunities.
  • Work with the team to conceptualize and implement new event ideas, concepts, and opportunities to increase revenue and cultivate new donors
  • Assume other duties as assigned

Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities to:
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and perform across the development spectrum, including prospect identification, sponsorship proposal creation and donor stewardship
  • Experience soliciting gifts $25,000 and above
  • Serve as a representative of the organization in a professional manner when communicating with major donors, volunteer leadership, vendors, and the Foundation’s constituency
  • Capacity to simultaneously work on multiple tasks and projects, and set priorities for a challenging workload
  • Superb communication skills including presentation skills
  • Ability to manage and inspire varying committees, sponsors, and stakeholders
  • Possess excellent project management skills with the ability to execute projects from start to finish while prioritizing multiple tasks
  • Ability to compellingly communicate stories, data, and scientific findings to donors.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and make important decisions when dealing with the Foundation’s volunteer event leadership and on-site during events
  • Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion
  • High degree of initiative and resourcefulness, with the ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent proofreading skills
  • Willingness to assist and collaborate with all BCRF teammates
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Positive can-do attitude with a passion for the mission and work of BCRF
  • The ideal candidate will be positive, disciplined, articulate, detailed-oriented, proactive, a team player and very professional, while personable.  This position requires a high level of discernment and professionalism at all times.
Experience & Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum of five years of development experience required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong telephone etiquette.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Raiser’s Edge system, strongly preferred
  • Highly skilled in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Must be computer and internet proficient, with the ability to learn proprietary computer databases
The salary range for this position is $95,000 - $110,000 annually, along with an exceptional benefits package focusing on employee physical, financial, and mental wellness.
This is a full-time position. There will be the occasional need to work extra hours on evenings and weekends to fulfill the requirements of the role.

This position is based in New York City, New York. While performing the duties of this role, you would be expected to be in the office at least three days per week. 

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, talk, and hear. Occasional lifting (> 15 lbs.), bending, pulling, and occasional lifting, carrying, and/or moving boxes, files, luggage, etc., some of which could be heavy or require the use of carts.

May require travel averaging 1-2 times a quarter throughout the year. 

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter expressing your intention to apply for the role, and a CV. After uploading your CV, please select the "upload attachment" option on the next screen to provide your cover letter.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please, no phone calls. All inquiries will be held in confidence.

Please note that this role description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this role. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

Our Commitments
BCRF is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Disabled/Veterans Equal Opportunity Employer.

BCRF upholds an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all applicants, employees, consultants, third-party workers.

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