Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Director, Major Gifts Officer

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

    Who We Are: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. We are the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, we’ve invested more than $1.2 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches.


    Mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and the families.





    Reports to: Executive Director

    Location: Atlanta, Georgia


    The Director of Major Gifts for the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will provide strategic leadership, strategy development, planning, execution and accountability for LLS’s individual donor revenue generation. He or she will have experience in managing complex programs and should have a proven ability to cultivate and close large gifts.

    The successful candidate can clearly and effectively articulate advancements in research, advocacy and patient care and demonstrates a commitment to being data driven in developing and executing strategies with clear metrics and measurements identified. He or she must have a strong presence and the depth and breadth of experience to represent LLS in multiple sectors, including foundations, institutions and high net-worth sectors. 



    Strategic Fundraising:  Responsible for the development and execution of comprehensive long and short-range strategic business plans focused on revenue generation and donor engagement to ensure annual goals and objectives are met.


    • Directs efforts to secure support through major gifts, institutional giving, foundation giving, planned giving and donor stewardship activity.
    • Directly manages the donor relationship and stewardship efforts with high net worth individuals to retain and increase their engagement and support of LLS.
    • Directs the chapter’s efforts to secure support from individual contributors at all levels with a focus on major gifts.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of the LLS mission and its philanthropic fundraising initiatives. 


    Individual Donor Development:  Oversee training, marketing, volunteer development and prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

    • Build a Donor development committee, defining a structure that effectively and efficiently engages donor development volunteers to support prospect identification and solicitations strategies.
    • Partner with the Executive Director and Board Members to identify potential Board Members, creating a culture of philanthropy.
    • Coordinate the identification and solicitation of potential individual donors through meetings with the VP of Major Gifts, Senior staff, and others throughout LLS and its stakeholders.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan to manage relationships between LLS and various supporters, activating individuals in new ways while enhancing and growing current relationships.
    • Assist in building a greater awareness of the importance of private philanthropy among LLS constituencies and external partners.      


    Major & Planned Giving Program Development:  Build and maintain meaningful relationships with high-net worth individuals to ensure that all donors are experiencing world-class service.

    • Maintain a dynamic portfolio of high net worth individuals and secure major gifts, planned gifts, as well as advanced annual gifts.
    • Create and implement a plan to cultivate, steward, solicit and recognize current and prospective major donors.
    • Determine opportunities and organize donor cultivation and stewardship events.
    • Partner with the VP of Major Gifts, Executive Director and other key stakeholders and donors to develop and support individual fundraising potential.


    Community & Mission Awareness:  Cultivate and sustain positive, productive relationships with volunteers, community and business leaders, donors and LLS staff.


    • Serve as an exemplary LLS advocate with external stakeholders; build relationships that closely link the community to LLS.
    • Educate staff, volunteers, and members of the business and financial community about LLS and its research and advocacy efforts and development initiatives.
    • Maintain working knowledge of the local philanthropic community.
    • Represents the Society to companies and organizations within the chapter’s region that are involved in the donor development area.


    Organizational Leadership:  As a member of the senior leadership team, and in concert with the Executive Director and VP of Major Gifts, advance the mission, vision, and goals of LLS and its Georgia Chapter.

    • Ensure an innovative mindset and deliver effective ways to manage systems, processes, and measurements that monitor, project and guide fundraising results and activity.  
    • Maintain a working knowledge of significant mission developments specifically surrounding research and its impact.
    • Empower stakeholders with actionable financial information and expertise that maximizes the organization’s impact.
    • Provide direct management and supervision to a Major Gifts Manager



    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • 7 – 10 Years of major gifts and donor development experience.
    • Formal training in major gifts, planned giving and other donor development activities a plus
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Highly organized and professional demeanor.
    • Staff management experience necessary.
    • 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.
    • Resourcefulness, promotions savvy and problem-solving acumen.
    • Knowledge of MS Office Suite.
    • Physical demands are minimal and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations.
    • Work environment is representative and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations.


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