Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Job Posting - Associate Director, Individual Giving

Job Posting - Director, Corporate Alliances

Position Description

Director, Corporate Alliances

Job Title:                    Director, Corporate Alliances

Job Category:            Senior Management/Exempt

Division:                     AACR Foundation

Reports To:                Senior Director, Corporate Development

AACR’S Background:

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the oldest and largest cancer research organization in the world dedicated to the conquest of cancer. The mission of the AACR is to prevent and cure cancer at the earliest possible time through research, education, communication, and collaborations. Its membership includes over 34,000 of the most accomplished scientist in the world in laboratory, translational, clinical, and epidemiological research related to cancer. The scientific scope of the AACR and its members includes the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. AACR’s national and international scientific heft, prestige, and integrity make its work in cancer science all the more important in advancing cancer research and reducing cancer incidence and mortality.


The AACR Foundation was established in 2000 in recognition of the need for new funding of important initiatives in cancer research. The purpose of the Foundation is to raise funds for cancer research, for AACR’s programs and services, and for the overall promotion of the organization’s mission. This organization has the creativity, innovation, and flexibility to support AACR in making significant advances in the conquest of cancer. With the help of contributors from among the AACR membership, colleagues and friends in the national and international cancer community, and corporations and foundations, and the AACR Foundation is poised to help the AACR achieve important victories in the fight against cancer.

Development Highlights:

The Development Division at AACR was formed in 1997 with the hiring of a Director of Development. During the past thirteen years, the Division grew from a fundraising operation that raised $1.5 million in 1998 to a staff of twelve people raising approximately $13.2 million. Among the AACR Foundation’s programs are corporate contributions and sponsorships, foundation grants, major giving, the annual fund, and special events.

Corporate Contributions and Sponsorships: Approximately 85% of the revenues received by the AACR Foundation are from about 70 corporations, mostly pharmaceutical companies that underwrite or sponsor AACR’s major scientific and educational programs. These companies include pharmaceutical giants such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly, and large Biotech firms such as Genentech and Amgen. In addition, about 21 companies participate in AACR’s Sustaining Membership program and make annual donations at the major giving level of $20,000 or the sustaining giving level of $13,000.

Job Responsibilities:

The Director, Corporate Alliances is responsible for establishing new and strengthening existing revenue-generating partnerships with corporations in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and other related corporate sectors (i.e. imaging, diagnostics). Working closely with the Executive Director of the AACR Foundation, the Director will conceptualize, plan, and execute a corporate relations strategy that maximizes sponsorship and philanthropic revenue to the AACR. The Director will also work with other areas of the AACR Foundation, including Development Operations, and coordinate with other AACR Departments, including Program Administration, Marketing, Communications, and Continuing Medical Education, to guarantee high standards with regard to transaction processing, acknowledgements, and other critical processes, and to ensure a high degree of internal coordination in the AACR’s corporate outreach efforts. The Director will travel extensively to make personal visits with industry representatives. The Director will plan and execute various meetings and events that are designed to strengthen AACR’s relationships with industry, including the annual AACR-Industry Roundtable and site visits by industry representatives to AACR. The Director will oversee the work of a Corporate Relations Officer, who supports the Director in all matters relating to corporate sponsorship and philanthropy.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, plan, and execute AACR’s corporate sponsorship and philanthropic strategies.
  • Establish new and strengthen existing revenue-generating corporate partnerships in support of AACR meetings, conferences, grant making, and other programmatic priorities.
  • Oversee the process of identifying, qualifying, and cultivating corporate prospects for sponsorship and gift solicitation.
  • Assist the Senior Director, Corporate Development in the utilization of AACR volunteer leaders, including members of the Board of Directors, to advance funding relationships with corporations.
  • Build productive working relationships with leaders at current and prospective sponsoring and/or donor corporations.
  • Prepare high-quality written sponsorship and funding proposals.
  • Contribute, as requested, to achieving the overall sponsorship and fundraising objectives of the AACR.

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels with diverse individuals
  • Exceptionally high level of interpersonal skills and relationship building ability
  • Attention to detail, follow-up, and timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to make complex decisions, problem solve, practice hands-on management, and work with volunteers
  • Passion for AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer

Education and Training:

  • Master’s degree required; Ph.D. in Life Sciences or related field preferred

Specialized Knowledge & Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and related corporate sectors.
  • Experience in leading a corporate sponsorship and philanthropic funding program for a health-related non-profit organization.
  • Working knowledge of rules and regulations affecting pharmaceutical and related industries, including ACCME Standards for Commercial Support and the PhRMA Code, and their impact on revenue generating strategies for non-profit organizations.

Computer Knowledge:

  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office Products

Work Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in corporate relations including a demonstrated track record of success in corporate sponsorship and fundraising, or related work in industry (e.g., pharma marketing/business development, corporate philanthropy in a pharma setting, etc.)

How To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume (including salary history) to:
Human Resources

P.O. Box 40138

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: (215) 440-1045

      Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Posting - Associate Director, Individual & Planned Giving

Position Description

Associate Director, Individual and Planned Giving (revised 6/14)

Job Title:                                  Associate Director, Individual and Planned Giving

Job Category:                           Senior Management/Exempt

Department:                              Development/Foundation  

Reports To:                               Executive Director, AACR Foundation

Job Summary: 

The Associate Director of Individual and Planning Giving is responsible for developing and implementing an Individual and Planned Giving Strategy to support the mission of the American Association for Cancer Research, Inc.  This position reports to the Chief Executive Director of AACR’s Foundation.  The Director and will work closely with AACR’s Executive Director of AACR’s Foundation, the Board of Directors and AACR’s Foundation Board, in addition to other members of the AACR.   The Associate Director is also responsible for developing an effective new and prospective donors’ cultivating strategy for Planned Gifts, and strengthening and improving AACR’s existing individual giving program.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director of AACR’s Foundation, the Director plans and directs the Individual and Planning Giving campaigns and strategies directed toward member and non-member scientists, as well as members of the general public. Tactics include direct personal solicitation visits, events, web fundraising, combined campaigns, direct mail and special projects.
  • Directs all activities related to prospect qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of planned and outright gifts of all kinds, including charitable trusts, gift annuities bequests and life insurance.  
  • Develops, manages and nurtures relationships with volunteers, creates action plans, works with event vendors, edits and creates event materials (i.e. invitations, volunteer job descriptions, programs, proposals, signage, etc) and assists with Corporate Sponsorships. 
  • Manages the President’s Circle leadership giving program within the Annual Fund to encourage increased levels of giving by those most capable of supporting AACR.  Through personal contacts, letters telephone calls, builds relationships with President’s Circle Leadership Council, and potential leadership donors. Works with Development Operations to ensure appropriate fulfillment of stewardship requirements.
  •  Works with the Senior Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations to identify and cultivate prospects.
  • Manages special campaigns such as memorial giving, weddings, restricted fund campaigns, etc.
  • Steward good relationships with upper level donors and VIPs (i.e. AACR Board Members, AACR Foundation Trustees, committee members, prospects, etc.) Stewardship practices includes updating donors about AACR programs, drafting letters from the CEO and/or other AACR leaders, creating donor appreciation events, personal outreach, etc.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position and other related duties as assigned and as necessary.

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Individual and Planned Giving Strategies
  • Knowledge of Charitable Planning techniques
  • Expert Fundraising skills and the ability to work with a high level Board
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong administrative skills, and ability to execute and complete projects on time
  • Strong Relationship Building Skills
  • Attention to detail, follow up, and closure of projects
  • Highly Professional working style and Demeanor
  • High energy level, flexibility to travel and work occasional evenings/weekends
  • Passion for AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer

Education and Training: 

  • Advanced Degree Preferred
  • Bachelors Degree Required
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and/or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Specialized Knowledge & Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of Fundraising, Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Taxation, Life Insurance and Retirement Plans
  • Experience in/or knowledge of a medical and/or health-related fundraising a plus
  • Fundraising software & Direct Mail Campaigns
  • Knowledge and/or an understanding of a variety of fundraising activities

Work Experience:

  • 10 or more years of fundraising experience
  • Proven track record in annual giving, direct mail, and special events management
  • Experience working with high-powered volunteers

Study: Ginger Shows Promise for Fighting Cancer

Study: Ginger Shows Promise for Fighting Cancer

 It seems that the more research is done on the medicinal properties of ginger, the more significant and exciting benefits are discovered. 

While many of us are familiar with ginger as a sweet, spicy meal addition and a great digestive system soother, recent research into this amazing rhizome is finding that it shows promise in aiding many other health conditions, including cancer.

A study performed at Georgia State University sought to determine the effects of whole ginger extract on prostate cancer cells. The extract of the whole ginger was chosen because previous research on individual gingerols, antioxidant compounds found in ginger, revealed relatively minor benefits, and the researchers wanted to see if whole ginger fared better.

The study authors state, “the limited success of several single-agent clinical trials suggest a paradigm shift that the health benefits of fruits and vegetables are not ascribable to individual phytochemicals, rather may be ascribed to synergistic interactions among them.”

Indeed, the whole ginger extract had better results than the individual compounds. The study found that the extract inhibited the growth of prostate tumor cells. However, they also found that adding individual gingerols to the ginger extract boosted the anti-cancer activities of the extract even further.
The authors summarize, “Interestingly, combining GE [ginger extract] with its constituents (in particular, 6-gingerol) resulted in significant augmentation of GE’s antiproliferative activity. These data generate compelling grounds for further preclinical evaluation of GE alone and in combination with individual ginger biophenols for prostate cancer management.”

A 2007 review published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology assessed research on the cancer-preventative qualities of ginger. The authors say:

“Some pungent constituents present in ginger and other zingiberaceous plants have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, and some of them exhibit cancer preventive activity in experimental carcinogenesis… A number of mechanisms that may be involved in the chemopreventive effects of ginger and its components have been reported from the laboratory studies in a wide range of experimental models.”

On top of ginger’s promise in battling cancer, it has been found to be a potent superfood for relieving pain. Ancient Ayurvedic medicine recognizes ginger for its ability to soothe pain and inflammation.
As we recently reported, ginger extract has been found by some research to be as effective as ibuprofen and betamethasone at reducing the inflammation of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For these purposes, a therapeutic-grade ginger essential oil massaged into aching joints and muscles is a great delivery method for relief.

Ginger has also been long known to be an excellent detoxification food. As we explored  in a recent article, not only can ginger soothe an upset stomach and provide relief for nausea, it can also help to cleanse the colon and liver of built-up wastes and toxins.

We eagerly await further research to discover even more of what ginger is capable of. What we already know, however, is good reason to frequently celebrate it in our meals. Add grated or sliced ginger root to a stir fry, on salads, in soups, in teas and more. You can even add it to smoothies for a delightfully pungent kick.

If you have a health condition and are thinking of using ginger in a large quantity, consult a health professional of your choice first just to be safe, especially if you are taking medications.
-The Alternative Daily

Job Posting - Development Director

Pathways to Housing PA, as originators of the Housing First model, seeks to transform individual lives by ending homelessness and supporting recovery for those with psychiatric disabilities. We believe that housing is a basic human right, and aspire to change the practice of homeless services by; providing immediate access to permanent independent apartments, without preconditions and setting the standard for services driven by consumer choice that support recovery and community integration. We are an agency that believes in and practices the Harm Reduction Model.

We are looking for a highly committed individual with diverse talents and skills to fill the Development Director role.


Position Summary
Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Development Director conducts and coordinates ongoing development efforts to raise funds and cultivate relationships with donors. The position involves broad responsibility for the design and execution of fundraising projects and includes the solicitation of new and existing major individual donors; overseeing annual fund and corporate giving programs; identify and acquire appropriate grants; organize events; manage social media and web content; and provide oversight for the integrity of the donor database.  This position is part of the agency’s management team.

·         Identify, define and acquire appropriate funding resources
·         Design and implement a comprehensive development program and appropriate marketing strategies
·         Design, implement and maintain a structured fund and friend-raising program
·         Work collaboratively with staff members to identify avenues of economic support for programs/projects
·         Develop strategies for and coordinate all fund-raising activities of Pathways to Housing PA in keeping with the agency’s goals
·         Aggressively seek new corporate/foundation funding sources and maintain relationships with current/past donors.
·         Develop and maintain active and productive relationships with board members, donors and administration
·         Implement and manage fundraising software and donor database
·         Manage PR & Marketing activities, including social media and the website
·         Develop and oversee organization of special events (fundraising)
·         Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
·         Create office systems to support all development projects and operations
·         Coordinate development research activities
·         Work in concert with the Executive Director to support the Board of Directors, providing hands on guidance, coaching, motivation and training; lead efforts to engage Board fundraising.

·         BA (required), MA (a plus)
·         5+ years of experience in development with a portfolio of success grant applications
·         Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
·         Knowledge of fundraising software
·         Ability to meet people with ease; ability to write and edit effectively; ability to communicate the written and spoken work with tact, diplomacy, and/or authority when necessary
·         Good organizational skills, well disciplined, able to meet deadlines, self starter, able to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines; ability to work well effectively with volunteers
·         Good understanding of the Philadelphia area as well as regional and national markets
·         Knowledge of marketing strategies and techniques; knowledge of long-range planning process; good managerial skills
·         Must have highly developed interpersonal skills

Supervisory Responsibilities

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Considerable walking, standing, sitting and working on a computer

If interested in this position, please send an email with cover letter and resume to  In the subject line, please indicate Development position.

Pathways is an equal opportunity employer.   It is our policy to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.