Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Senior Director, Major Gifts

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    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." 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."



    Summary:  The Senior Director, Major Gifts Officer is responsible for donor development activity within the chapter’s assigned area. This includes major outright gifts, institutional giving, foundation giving, planned giving and donor stewardship activity in support of LLS’ mission. Additionally, the Director will oversee marketing, management and administration of donor development within the chapter.


    Reports to:  Executive Director or assigned staff, with dotted line reporting to VP, Major Gifts.


    Supervises:  May supervise Director, Major Gifts Officer; Manager, Major Gifts Officer; and/or Associate, Major Gifts Officer.


    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Develop and execute an integrated strategic plan for the chapter’s donor development program. Included will be strategies focused on major gifts, institutional giving, foundation giving, planned giving and donor stewardship activity.
    • Responsible for direction and leadership in training, marketing, volunteer development and prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
    • Direct fund raising activities with prospective donor by creating and implementing major gift strategies.
    • Cultivate relationships with key prospects within the chapter’s chartered area.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan to manage relationships between LLS and various supporters.
    • Works with Home Office staff in securing major gifts and working on the Fund for SCOR project.
    • Responsible for organizing estate planning seminars and other related programs and donor cultivation events. Develops relationships with financial management professionals.
    • Develop and write grant proposals for foundations, corporations and public agencies within the chapter’s chartered area. Meets with those organizations that look most promising.  
    • Work with the chapter donor development Committee to enhance the donor development programs, identify prospects and solicit individuals and institutions.
    • Direct and organize donor development volunteers, committees and builds a structure that is effective and efficient.
    • Coordinates donor activities, stewardship and recognition, and marketing strategies with the Home Office.
    • Serves as liaison with groups and associations involved in major gift fund raising.
    • Represents the Society to companies and organizations within the chapter’s region that are involved in the donor development area.
    • 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
    • 4 -6 years major gifts and donor development experience.
    • Formal training in major gifts, planned giving and other donor development activities a plus.


    Position Requirements:

    • Collaborate with Mission Team ensuring success of patient access, education, public policy & advocacy and research.
    • Experience in all aspects of donor development, including planned giving, major gifts, institutional giving and foundation giving, with a proven track record of donor identification/solicitation success.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to make public presentations.
    • Experience managing complex programs and capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively.
    • Highly professional demeanor.
    • Strong problem solving skills.
    • 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.



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