Director, Events & Partnerships

Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) is a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood cancer. It invests in promising and groundbreaking research to improve the way families experience cancer treatment and life afterward. CCRF supports the brightest and boldest minds whose groundbreaking research is leading to better treatments and cures. It also funds vital family support services and advocates for childhood cancer education and awareness.

Since 1981, CCRF has contributed $186 million to research, support for children and families, and education and awareness outreach. Its funding has led to breakthroughs that have helped increase childhood cancer survival rates to over 80%… but CCRF is determined to keep going until a 100% cure rate is achieved. CCRF also believes that kids deserve safer, less toxic treatments, and it is committed to funding groundbreaking research and services that enhance healing, care, and ending childhood cancer.

CCRF is currently looking for a Director of Events & Partnerships to manage a diverse and vibrant portfolio of national fundraising initiatives including multi-million dollar peer to peer fundraising programs, award-winning live events and partnerships with leading brands. In 2020 two of CCRF’s successful national initiatives were the Great Cycle Challenge that engaged more than 134,000 riders in 50 states and raised more than $14,000,000 and Zach’s Movement that partnered with Disney + around the release of their original movie, Clouds.

Summary/objective:

As a member of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team, the Director, Events & Partnerships, is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Events & Partnerships initiatives of Children’s Cancer Research Fund, including the supervision and development of a team of events and fundraising professionals. The Director is responsible for the oversight of the solicitation and development of corporate partners for the organization. The Director will develop and lead fundraising and growth strategies that are delivered through virtual/live events and peer to peer fundraising initiatives, proactively collaborating with the development, marketing and operations teams to manage the donor experience and connect event participants to our donor development process. This role is responsible for maximizing and evolving current revenue programs, as well as cultivating new revenue opportunities.

The Director is adept at leading teams through change, building confidence and buy-in with direct reports and peers alike. This position, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, will also develop strategic and annual plans that further the mission of the organization. The ideal candidate will have an intense future orientation and be externally focused.

The Director also acts as a staff liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, and is responsible for attending all applicable Board/Committee meetings.

JOB TITLE: Director, Events & Partnerships
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Member of the Senior Leadership Team, and leads the Events Team
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
HOURS: Full-time, weekdays; occasional Saturdays and evenings
TRAVEL: Minimal
REPORTS TO: CEO

Essential Functions:

  • Lead the strategic development of virtual/live events and peer to peer fundraising initiatives of the organization
  • Analyze the efficacy of existing fundraising events and programs and recommend improvements or new approaches
  • Facilitate the process for the organization to investigate and evaluate major new event fundraising initiatives
  • Proactively collaborate with the development, marketing, and operations teams to manage the donor experience and connect event participants to our donor development process. Creates a donor centric fundraising approach across the entire organization
  • Oversight and management of $10M+ revenue budget
  • Supervise, manage and develop a team to prioritize, track and fulfill the team’s roles within CCRF
  • Partner with the marketing team to create awareness and effective storytelling for CCRF’s event fundraising initiatives
  • Act as a media spokesperson for CCRF’s events
  • Perform other duties as assigned by CEO

Competency:

  • Extensive experience in employee supervision and development
  • Advanced knowledge of trends and best practices within the nonprofit and fundraising industry
  • Ability to build collaborative internal and external relationships
  • Possess superior negotiation skills coupled with a net-profit bottom line mentality
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Attention to details
  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and adapt quickly to change

Physical demands:

Sitting/standing for long periods of time, minimal lifting or bending

Required education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10+ years of experience in events, nonprofit management or fundraising
  • 5+ years of experience directly managing a team
  • Direct experience leading a team or organization through substantial growth
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred education and experience:

  • Event or program management experience
  • Strong working knowledge of online digital and social media platforms

To Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to hr@childrenscancer.org. No phone calls please.