Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Executive Director

    Job Locations US-SC-Columbia
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Sales/Business 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."


    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

    Since 1949 LLS has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today.

    LLS is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives. Why? Because beating cancer is in our blood!

    Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."



    The Executive Director is the top management leader of the South Carolina chapter and is responsible for providing overall leadership and management for fundraising strategies and operations designed to create cost effective and on-going sources of revenue growth, community outreach, volunteer expansion and engagement, and mission enhancement for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) within the chapter's market territory. In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for leading talent acquisition and development, developing and managing high performing and aligned matrix chapter teams, driving marketing and sales activation, managing the Chapter’s annual budget, and executing the operating plan; and in administering LLS policies and procedures necessary to the efficient functioning of the chapter.

    As a critical member of the LLS management team, the Executive Director is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of LLS’s new enterprise-wide Strategic Relationship Management model and processes via engaged and proactive collaboration with donor development and the product teams (TNT, LTN, Student Series, MWOY). Moreover, the Executive Director will be responsible for being an effective leader and role model at the Chapter level modeling the behavior and characteristics for driving LLS’s values of COAT (Collaboration, Openness, Accountability, and Transparency) and for driving a culture of innovation and risk taking towards continuous financial improvement.


    Reports to:  RVP

    Supervises:  Direct - Chapter staff.   Indirect/Matrix – Donor Development and product teams staff


    Duties and Responsibilities:


     Volunteer Development and Fundraising

    • Recruit, develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors that is reflective of the local community and build Board involvement and engagement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for national rollouts.
    • Partner with the Board Chair on Strategies to maximize Board effectiveness. Guide the Standing Committees of the Chapter Board of Trustees providing leadership, fundraising acumen, cultivation, acknowledgement, material support, and assistance in building and implementing annual plans and goals that parallel National strategies and financial goals.
    • Recruit, develop and support high level volunteers to lead the local chapter fundraising campaigns. Work with staff to support the lead volunteers in expanding the reach and fundraising for the Mission.
    • Serves as the Chief Fundraising Officer of the Chapter – driving best practices and top level revenue-enhancing focus and drive to achieve gross revenue goals and other specific financial measurements for maximum results in tandem with National strategic plans and financial goals.
    • Serves as primary staff spokesperson to promote the understanding of the LLS mission and presence in the chapter territory.
    • Oversees the recruitment and engagement of key volunteers to support the annual plan of work across donor development and the campaigns (TNT, LTN, MWOY, Student Series, etc.).
    • Directs the cultivation and acquisition of major donors, foundation and corporate contributions through grants, sponsorship and material and/or in-kind support. 


    Chapter Mission, Strategy and Operations


    • Works collaboratively with National Office, Local Board and Chapter Staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through effective programs, strategic and operational planning and community outreach (both donors and volunteers).
    • Accountable for strategic planning to ensure that LLS’s strategy is effectively translated to the Chapter level to drive market & donor development and sustained revenue growth.
    • Accountable for implementing the optimal resources, organization structure (i.e., FTE’s, Matrix, etc.) and operations to protect margins.


    Chapter Leadership & Management and Communications


    • Achieve Chapter Revenue Goal
    • Ensures ongoing Chapter operations excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems: recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
    • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Chapter’s staff, management team and volunteers.
    • Accountable for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource allocation, and maintenance of the Chapter in a positive financial position.
    • Ensures Chapter wide connector meetings across campaigns.
    • Provides leadership, direction, management and training for chapter staff in the development and implementation of operational plans.
    • Serves as catalyst to identify, recruit, train, develop, recognize and retain volunteer leadership at all levels of chapter operations to achieve strategic initiatives.
    • Cultivates productive relationships with the media and various constituent and related groups including professional, educational and political leadership.
    • Oversees the efficient and effective operation of chapter personnel and the facility in accordance with the policies and procedures established by LLS.
    • Ensures and oversees the preparation of reports, chapter records and other documentation as requested which present the progress and status of the chapter's plans and activities.
    • Implement the approval process for all contracts, purchases and banking activities in accordance with LLS operational policies and/or practices.
    • Provide leadership in building confidence and a strong working relationship between the Chapter office and National Office. 
    • Maintain a working knowledge of the LLS mission and programs to promote the field and campaign fundraising initiatives.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.



    Education & Experience Requirements: 

    • Bachelor's Degree required, advanced degree preferred
    • 10+ years of progressively responsible related experience with a minimum of 4 years in senior management 

    Position Requirements: 

    • Collaborate with Mission Team ensuring success of patient access, education, public policy & advocacy and research
    • Proven fundraising results with knowledge and experienced in nonprofit and volunteer management
    • Knowledgeable and experienced in nonprofit and volunteer management
    • Proficiency in fiscal management with strong analytical capabilities
    • Ability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated knowledge and use of digital, social media & emerging online channels
    • Proven supervisory, leadership and team building skills
    • Training and/or experience in community development and strategic planning
    • Ability in volunteer recruitment and development
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

    Physical Demands & Work Environment:

    • Weekend & evening work required
    • Travel approximately 50%-75% of time
    • 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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