Advancement Director

Houston, TX

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, Hodgkins disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."

As part of a mission centric, locally delivered and nationally powered organization this role serves as a fundraising leader who is responsible for advancement, mission integration, volunteer management and donor cultivation. The Advancement Director is responsible for donor development activity within the designated market area. Relentlessly pursuing cancer cures.

As a valued member of LLS, you are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package. Our offerings include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; flexible spending accounts; a 403b retirement plan along with generous paid time off. In addition, we observe federal paid holidays throughout the year, and offer a wellness program and an employee assistance program.

While employees may be permitted to work remotely, travel to the assigned office, HUB or Satellite Offices may be required as determined by the employee's manager and the employee's Strategic Talent Partner.

All LLS employees are required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 before beginning work at LLS unless a valid medical, religious, or other exemption is approved consistent with applicable law.


Mission Integration

  • Responsible for organizing mission centered, local donor cultivation events and prospecting high-impact donors for national stewardship activities.
  • Partner with Education, Services and Health Research department to effectively communicate the LLS overall mission, programs, resources and priorities.


  • Accountable for the creation and oversight for the donor relationship revenue, expense budget, timeline.
  • Direct fund raising activities with prospective donors by creating and implementing major gifts, institutional giving, foundation giving, planned giving and donor stewardship strategies and activities.
  • Generate and manage a major giving portfolio of 80-100 prospects.
  • Develop and write grant proposals for foundations, corporations and public agencies within the designated market area. Meets with those organizations that look most promising.
  • Collaborate with national shared services in the Advancement Department and Territory Advancement Directors to identify and secure major gifts based on organizational funding priorities.

Volunteer Management

  • Responsible for individual major giving through the engagement of volunteer leaders.
  • Cultivate relationships with key prospects within the designated market area.
  • Network for and develop relationships with strategic business professionals and volunteers.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree
  • 7+years of 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.
  • Ability to make public presentations
  • Formal training in major gifts, planned giving and other donor development activities.

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
  • Local travel up to 30%
  • Required to work some nights and weekends

LLS is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in its workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender, gender identity and expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, race, color, creed, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, religion, genetic predisposition or information, physical or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. LLS seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission and where they will join a cohort of others who have chosen to call LLS home. LLS complies with all applicable laws which prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment supportive of all of our employees and the communities we serve.

Location Houston, TX (77299)
Job Type Full Time
Company The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Posted 8 days ago