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Career Opportunity: Development

Director, Signature Events

Reports to: Senior Director, Philanthropy
Location: NYC tri-state preferred (primarily remote)

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is a non-profit organization focused on funding groundbreaking research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer. To date, LCRF has provided nearly $43M for lung cancer research in the U.S. and around the world.

The Director, Signature Events is responsible for directional leadership and intentional management of LCRF’s signature events with a primary focus on the strategic revenue growth and pipeline development for LCRF’s major gift program. The position will partner closely with Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and high-level volunteers to identify and secure funding opportunities.

Scope and Responsibilities

Strategic Development:

  • Lead the strategy, development, oversight and evaluation of LCRF’s signature events geared toward expanding LCRF’s pipeline of donors and supporters + driving revenue across the nation
  • Partner with Senior Leadership Team to ensure signature event priorities are aligned with the organizational strategic plans and annual goals

Development + Volunteer Management

  • Leading role: Lead and oversee all aspects of LCRF’s signature events including Evening of Innovation gala, Elliot’s Legacy, and donor/supporter education + cultivation events
  • Volunteer management: Recruit, develop, manage, and grow high-profile volunteers and committee(s) that will drive significant growth in LCRF’s signature events, including gala chair(s) and honoree(s) 
  • Relationship management:  Identify, cultivate, steward and manage a portfolio of relationships with donors, volunteers, supporters, and prospects to build affinity, empower and activate constituents in moving LCRF’s mission forward
  • Gift procurement: Identify, secure, and retain major donors and sponsors; carry a robust portfolio, develop custom moves management strategies to increase giving and support
  • Pipeline development + cultivation:  Recruit, partner with, coach and manage key stakeholders to host cultivation events that will produce opportunities for donor pipeline development
  • Storytelling:  Partner with volunteers to write and tell lung cancer stories in a meaningful and compelling way that will inspire and motivate audiences to further support LCRF’s mission.
  • Lung cancer knowledge: Maintain an up-to-date, working knowledge of key lung cancer-related topics
  • Event + vendor management:  Guarantee exceptional experience at all events by ensuring event details, plans, and sponsor deliverables are developed, executed, communicated appropriately and within budget; partner with and manage event production company for large scale events
  • Financial management: Prepare, track, measure, and analyze data and reports to ensure development goals, benchmarks, and budgets are achieved


  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify, engage and activate constituents across LCRF’s programmatic and development opportunities
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and recruit prospects for peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives


  • A dynamic, driven and sophisticated professional excited by the opportunity to help grow and shape the future of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation
  • Proven success in fund development and executing on goals as well as experience leading and partnering with volunteers to achieve desired outcomes
  • Must be a self-starter who takes initiative and can balance big picture strategy and execution against plans
  • Must have good judgement, can learn on the fly, and have a can-do attitude
  • Outstanding, articulate and persuasive communication skills, with well-honed relationship building skills and excellent public speaking and presentation abilities
  • Values a collaborative environment, enjoys working with a team, and appreciates making connections
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience in development and events, including experience securing major gifts and sponsorships of $10k+
  • Experience with RaisersEdge NXT is required
  • CFRE preferred
  • Ability to travel for meetings and events (up to 25%)

Systems and Software

  • Raiser’sEdge NXT
  • Luminate Online, Classy
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint, and PowerPoint
  • Concur
  • Verizon, Zoom, Slack

EEO Statement

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter along with a resume to jobs@LCRF.org.

About the Lung Cancer Research Foundation

  • The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is the preeminent nonprofit organization focused on funding innovative, high-reward research with the potential to extend survival and improve quality of life for people with lung cancer. LCRF’s mission is to improve lung cancer outcomes by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.
  • To date, LCRF has provided nearly $43 million in research grants to investigators around the world. In addition to funding lung cancer research, the organization focuses on lung cancer awareness and educational programs.
  • The Foundation also hosts community events nationwide through the Free to Breathe Events Program.
  • For more information, visit LCRF.org