Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Senior Director, Special Events

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Sales/Business Development
    FLSA Status
    Full Time Regular
  • Why LLS

    Position Classification: Full-time, Exempt

    Reports to: Executive Director


    Basic Function: The Illinois Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks a Senior Fundraising Campaign Director to lead their special events department. The department includes the following campaigns: Man & Woman of the Year (www.mwoy.org), Leukemia Cups Series (www.leukemiacup.org), and Students of the Year (www.studentsoftheyyear.org). In 2018, the entire special events department raised $1.5 million.



    • Implement the comprehensive strategic plan for all special events campaigns which includes organizational best practices, specific revenue and expense budget, timeline, volunteer activities and recruitment, sponsorship plan for each event.
    • Direct management of two staff members, Senior Campaign Manager and Campaign Manager.
    • Build and manage volunteer Leadership Committees with community leaders.
    • Responsible for supervising and training campaign and support staff in the delivery of special events.
    • Develop positive volunteer interactions through recruitment, mentoring, and providing comprehensive support for volunteer leadership and participants to develop and achieve personal fundraising plans, while focusing on the mission of LLS.
    • Implement organizational best practices with regard to recruiting and managing high level volunteers, revenue generation activities, expense and fiscal controls and marketing/promotions and logistics resulting in chapter revenue growth and achievement of revenue goals.
    • Identify target audiences and build appropriate recruitment and fundraising strategies to successfully recruit, acknowledge, and retain and upgrade event donors/participants.
    • Utilize proven promotional activities ensuring the success of events and to enhance public awareness of LLS and its mission.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of special events campaigns, including fundraising efficiency (cost/expense), community engagement, event satisfaction, and overall success of the campaign.
    • Ensure media, material, in-kind and cash sponsorships are secured through a coordinated plan that includes proposal development, prospect identification, cultivation, retention and recognition.
    • Work with Logistics Manager to plan campaign events.
    • Work with Marketing and Volunteer Manager to develop marketing and communications plans, materials, volunteer recruitment, etc.
    • Assist, as assigned, in the development and implementation of other chapter activities.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of the LLS's mission and programs to promote the Society's fundraising, research, and patient initiatives.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.


    Education & Experience Requirements: 

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • 8 years fundraising experience or sales experience
    • Previous experience as a Campaign Manager

    Position Requirements: 

    • Collaborate with Mission Team ensuring success of patient access, education, public policy & advocacy and research
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and use of digital, social media & emerging online channels
    • Strong background in volunteer recruitment, management and cultivation
    • Capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively.
    • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed to excellence.
    • Capable of working well with a variety of personalities and leadership styles.
    • Highly organized and professional demeanor.
    • Resourcefulness, promotions savvy and problem solving acumen.
    • Knowledge of MS Office Suite 

    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
    • May be required to move Campaign materials weighing up to 15 pounds for various events.
    • Travel up to 20%. (local travel only)
    • Required to work evenings or weekends.


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