Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Donor Development Director

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Philanthropy (Donor Development)
    FLSA Status
    Full Time Regular
  • Why LLS

    How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for cancer." At LLS, employees take our mission seriously. Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center, you work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
    Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."


    The Director, Donor Development is responsible for strengthening and growing philanthropic giving to advance the LLS mission. S/he will achieve success through the creation and execution of strategic fundraising practices for the Chapter that involves the effective engagement of current and future major donors. The Director is responsible for managing and soliciting a diverse donor portfolio. S/he functions in a highly visible, externally facing role to foster key donor and leadership volunteer relationships. The Director is a member of the Chapter team and works closely with National Director of Philanthropy and other national staff. This role requires a self-starter with exceptional organizational, relationship-building, and communication skills.


    Reports to: Senior Director, Donor Development

    Supervises: None

    Additional Position Information

    This position requires travel throughout the New York City area.


    • Identify and manage a portfolio of 125+ donors and prospects capable of 5- and 6-figure donations; solicit annual donations of $10k+ as well as cultivating donors toward special gifts of $100k+
    • Strategically lead all aspects of donor relationship management including identifying prospects, qualifying philanthropic capacity, initiating contact, planning for and participating in donor meetings, strengthening connectivity with LLS, soliciting and stewarding gifts
    • Partner with the Senior Director of Development, National Director of Philanthropy, Executive Director, and other personnel to create and execute development plans to achieve the Chapter’s annual philanthropy target ($2.3M for current fiscal year), with continual year-over-year growth
    • Collaborate with Chapter staff to develop opportunities for successful donor experiences with the LLS mission that stewards past giving and advances partnership and support
    • Prepare briefing materials for meetings, stewardship reports, proposals and solicitation materials, and other donor communications
    • Facilitate prospect identification and collaboration with other departments to maximize donor engagement, and actively contributes to an internal culture of philanthropy and stewardship
    • Implement, manage and analyze best practices for performance and achieving financial milestones; responsible for tracking and reporting through the 360 database and other pipeline reporting tools
    • Collaborate with national headquarters development staff to maximize funding opportunities, engaging LLS executive leaders with prospective donors as appropriate


    Education & Experience Requirements: 

    • Bachelor's Degree required
    • Minimum 5-7 years of major gifts fundraising experience, including a proven track record of soliciting and securing $25,000+ gifts
    • Experience in the development and implementation of a broad-based fundraising program including personally opening doors, cultivation, and successfully closing major gifts
    • Significant expertise with the Chapter’s funding community highly desirable
    • Progressive experience and knowledge of “best practices” in development

    Position Requirements: 

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Highly experienced in using fundraising databases
    • Self motivated and able to work independently while receiving input from multiple partners
    • Able to effectively balance multiple priorities
    • Professional demeanor
    • Analytical, organized and a problem solver


    Physical Demands & Work Environment:

    • Physical demands are minimal and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations
    • Work environment is representative and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations


    The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) does not accept resumes from third party recruitment/search firms. Please do not forward resumes to LLS employees or any company locations or email addresses. LLS is not responsible for any fees related to resumes not solicited by LLS Recruiting. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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