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American Cancer Society

Director, Major Gifts - Los Angeles

Position Description

One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight against cancer.  After 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays, we’re leading the way in working tirelessly to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.  We want to finish the fight against Cancer.  In fact, we’ve never been more ready to put the American Cancer Society out of business.

That’s why we’re embarking on our most ambitious undertaking yet.  Each year, we help cancer patients everywhere get the help they need when they need it.

As the largest voluntary health organization, the American Cancer Society is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer.  We are working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays – a world where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life.  The ACS combines relentless passion with the wisdom of nearly a century of experience to make this vision a reality, and they get results.  The ACS saves lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back.  Thanks in part to this work; nearly 12 million cancer survivors and countless others who have avoided the disease will celebrate a birthday this year.

As the official sponsor of birthdays, we know how important each and every birthday is!

The American Cancer Society is embarking on a mission to expand its major gifts fundraising program.  In so doing, we are looking for seasoned, effective major gifts fundraisers who understand the importance of building relationships with volunteers, board members, corporate representatives, foundations, and current and prospective donors, and who are comfortable in soliciting 6, 7 and 8 figure gifts from those individuals.

•Build relationships with volunteers, board members, corporate representatives, foundations and current and prospective donors
•Secure a minimum of $750,000 - 1,300,000+ in major gifts in first year
•Hold a minimum of 220 face-to-face visits with major gift prospects
•Submit a minimum of 24 individual, corporate and foundation proposals in a balanced portfolio
•Supporting the effective development of Campaign packaging, pricing, and lead gifts
•Directing the stewardship of major gift  donors
•Supporting nationwide solicitation of corporate and foundation prospect

Position Requirements

To be considered for this position, candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree and a 5+ year proven track record of securing $100,000+ gifts or equivalent experience.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, as is computer proficiency.  

Regular rravel also required for evening or weekend events, off-site meetings, etc.

Staff have a unique opportunity to save lives through direct mission impact while fulfilling personal and career objectives.  The American Cancer Society values accountability and high performance and rewards those teams and team members who continually improve their capability and contribution. The American Cancer Society is also dedicated to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce to help achieve our mission.

Save Lives. Fulfill Yours.

ACS is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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Director, Major Gifts - Los Angeles

Date Posted:  03/06/2015
Experience Level:  Experienced
Career Group:  Development/Fundraising
Cause Type:  Health

Los Angeles, CA 

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