National Breast Cancer Coalition

Chief Advancement Officer

Washington, District of Columbia


Reporting directly to the President, the Chief Advancement Officer is a newly created position, established to support the continuing growth of this organization by providing the leadership to galvanize resources and maximize effectiveness of NBCC’s development, marketing and communications activities. The primary objectives of the Chief Advancement Officer are to increase recognition of NBCC, secure transformational philanthropy, identify new audiences, and create expanded revenue streams in support of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. This person will create and implement a comprehensive, strategic, innovative advancement plan to expand current sources of contributed income via inventive partnerships, transformational individual gifts, and state-of-the-art branding and community engagement practices. The Chief Advancement Officer will play a key role in day-to-day staff leadership and development and represent the organization to donors, external publics and allied partners.


  • A dynamic fundraiser and communicator with a creative and accomplished track record of 10+ years of progressive experience leading effective, sustainable advancement programs encompassing the full range of external relations strategies and tactics
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred 
  • Commitment to NBCC’s mission, vision and values, and its catalytic, evidence-based approach to ending breast cancer 
  • Proven ability to think strategically and create competitive, breakthrough philanthropic approaches 
  • Leadership experience with specific focus on revenue generation, return on investment analysis and positioning an organization in a competitive marketplace 
  • Sophistication, with the intellectual depth and maturity to collaborate effectively with the President, other executives, staff, Board members and others in development-related activities and the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering 
  • A record of success in raising significant amounts of money by creating and/or expanding a culture of major gift philanthropy; comfort and success as a front-line fundraiser 
  • Strategic understanding of various development campaign activities including: direct mail, proposal and grant development, annual fund and planned giving, event planning and management, direct solicitations, cause-related marketing, leveraging fundraising databases and support systems for donor segmentation, research and volunteer management 
  • Knowledge about the national philanthropic community and a rolodex of funder relationships 
  • Experience building a fundraising board and staffing high-level volunteers 
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, and the charisma to use words to inspire diverse audiences in multiple formats 
  • Technologically savvy about social media, e-philanthropy and other tech-driven approaches to community engagement, relationship management, marketing and fundraising 
  • Experience recruiting and managing staff and creating inclusive and cohesive teams; strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style 
  • Experience in 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations a plus 
  • Excellent listening skills, sound judgment and a creative manner of approaching issues and devising well-organized solutions based on thorough research, information analysis, and collaboration 
  • Discipline and a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on with limited resources in executing a variety of development and advancement activities 
  • Emotional maturity, with a very good sense of humor and with the sensitivity to work in a small office with diverse personalities 
  • Ability to remain focused in the face of pressure, deliver against timelines, handle multiple priorities, and nimbly manage tasks/time limitations 
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and/or Convio preferred 
  • Significant travel; ability to work evenings and weekends when required.

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