Friday, July 25, 2014

Job Posting - Operations Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

Description: The Barnes Foundation is seeking an Operations Coordinator to provide operational and administrative support to the Administrative (specifically supporting the EVP, CFO & COO), Human Resources and Finance departments.

Established as an educational institution the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees.

The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.

·         Manages office administrative processes including, but not limited to office supply ordering, postage machine management, staff seating assignment coordination, meeting logistics, assembly and distribution of meeting materials and maintenance of electronic and hard-copy organization files.
·         Coordinates administrative support staff assignments for daily responsibilities related to incoming/outgoing mail distribution, phone coverage, calendar management, maintenance of office equipment, etc.
·         Evaluates and recommends changes to office procedures that promote efficiencies.
·         Creates and distributes ADP compliance and reconciliation reports based on required frequency.
·         Provides support to the Human Resources related to the new hire process, benefits administration, recruiting, training and maintenance of staff organization chart and I-9 files.
·         Assists with the development of PowerPoint presentations for training and other purposes.
·         Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Knowledge:

·         High School; college preferred
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office;  ADP Workforce Now experience preferred
·         Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with staff at all levels throughout the organization

Competitive Benefits Include: Group health and dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; short and long term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time and holidays.

To Apply: Please apply online:

Please include your cover letter, resume and the names of three professional references with your application. Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be accepted.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. We participate in E-Verify.

Why Everyone Should Drink Chai Tea

Why Everyone Should Drink Chai Tea

 If I were stranded and could only choose one beverage, I would probably take chai. A powerful blend of tea, herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind. But, the more we learn about chai, the more benefits we find. In addition to improving digestion, chai enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has antibacterial and anti-cancer effects.
Chai is made using different formulas, depending on the region where it is being consumed, but there are a number of standard ingredients: black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, clove and black pepper. When analyzing chai’s health benefits, it’s important to examine each ingredient in turn. Though they act synergistically to increase each other’s benefits, the separate botanical components have powerful health benefits on their own.
Black Tea
It’s no secret that tea is full of antioxidants. However, the antioxidants in tea may provide more far-reaching protection than we suspected. For example, black tea may protect LDL (good) cholesterol, helping prevent cardiovascular disease. In addition, some research has shown black tea has anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.
An important root used in Eastern medicine, ginger aids digestion, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, which can be especially helpful for people suffering from arthritis. It offers antioxidant support, and some research has also shown that ginger can help fight cancer cells.
Found in virtually every Tibetan medicine formula, cardamom aids digestion and supports the immune system. In addition, it helps detoxify the body, improve circulation and may also fight respiratory allergies.
Keeping with the theme, cinnamon has wonderful digestive properties and may also help balance blood sugar. In addition, research has shown that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant effects.
A great source of antioxidants, fennel also provides Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Fennel has also demonstrated some anti-cancer effects.
Again, clove helps digestion, but it also has analgesic (pain relieving) properties and may help alleviate ulcer pain. In addition, clove has antibacterial action.
Black Pepper
New research shows that black pepper may affect our metabolism. The study demonstrated black pepper’s direct influence on fat storage, suggesting that it may be useful to prevent fat accumulation. Black pepper also offers antibacterial and antioxidant support and aids digestion.
Given these benefits, chai’s popularity should be no mystery. The real question is why people in the West took so long to discover what Eastern practitioners have known for centuries—chai calms the mind, improves digestion and provides numerous additional advantages. This ancient beverage is treasured by people around the world for its delicious flavor and vital health benefits.

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