Work at Breast Cancer Action

Thank you for your interest in working at Breast Cancer Action! We currently have the following positions open (click on title for position description):

Development Director

Campaigns Coordinator


Development Director

Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) is seeking a talented, high-performing Development Director to join our dynamic and innovative activist team. The Development Director leads all fundraising efforts for this established and growing nonprofit, which celebrates our 25th anniversary this year.

BCAction is a national education and activist non-profit based in San Francisco, CA working to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. For 25 years, BCAction has been the watchdog for the breast cancer movement and has worked to put women’s health first. In our work to change the status quo, we launched our award-winning Think Before You Pink® campaign in 2002 and coined the term “pinkwashing” which is now a household word. We were the only breast cancer organization to serve as a plaintiff on the U.S. Supreme Court case outlawing patents on the human BRCA genes in 2013. Since our founding, we have brought our trusted voice to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to shift the balance of power from Big Pharma to patients. Our work has been featured in major outlets across the country, including The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Jezebel, and NPR. From our inception, we have been a national leader in advocating for the system-wide changes necessary to address and end the breast cancer epidemic. We are able to serve as the independent, trusted voice for women’s health because we have a strict conflicts of interest policy and never accept corporate funding from any corporation that profits from or contributes to cancer.

The Development Director will build on four consecutive years of revenue growth to ensure a balanced budget and sufficient resources to fulfill our recently adopted five-year strategic plan. Key responsibilities include leading and growing the organization’s revenues by creating and implementing a comprehensive, multi-year fundraising plan. We have a large grassroots membership base and 65% of our revenue comes from individual donors.

The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about grassroots fundraising strategy and efficiently executes the day-to-day tasks required for successful individual donor management. In addition to experience with individual donors at all levels, this candidate also has a proven track record of grant writing, fundraising events, business sponsorships, and both snail mail and online fundraising appeals. The Development Director will supervise a fundraising staff of 1.5 FTE, plus a grant-writing contractor, support our all-volunteer Board of Directors in meeting their fundraising goals, and engage and support volunteer solicitors and fundraisers.

This is a great opportunity for a resourceful, results-driven team player to be part of a dynamic team at a feisty, fearless women’s health non-profit. We are looking for a skilled fundraiser who is passionate about BCAction’s mission and work and will help grow the organization’s donor base. We currently have an annual budget of a little over $1 million, and the Development Director will lead and implement a fundraising strategy to reach $1.5 million by 2019. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and serves in a leadership capacity within the organization.

This position is based at BCAction’s office in San Francisco, CA. For more information about our work, please visit and

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead a multi-year, sustainable organizational fundraising strategy to grow revenue
  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plans to meet or exceed revenue targets and monthly projections for individuals, foundations, and businesses
  • Promote organization-wide culture that supports fundraising
  • Supervise and support development staff
  • Support Board of Directors in meeting their give-and-get commitment
  • Support, cultivate and expand fundraising volunteers
  • Support and grow BCAction’s peer-to-peer fundraising activities nationwide
  • Develop and reinforce systems for donor management, including prospecting, cultivation, gift processing, and data entry
  • Oversee and support Development Officer in planning and executing fundraising events
  • Oversee and coordinate all foundation proposal development, tracking, and fulfilment of reporting requirements
  • Support and strengthen the individual giving program , including development of individualized donor cultivation plans for all mid- and major-donors
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Develop and expand planned giving program
  • Uphold organizational values


  • Minimum of five years of experience leading fundraising efforts, from setting strategy to successfully implementing
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with all aspects of fundraising and budgeting, including monthly projections, audit preparation, etc.
  • Specific expertise in grassroots fundraising and proven track record of prospecting, cultivating, and managing donor relationships
  • Commitment to social justice and passion for BCAction’s mission
  • Commitment to accountability and transparency and willingness to protect against conflicts of interest with funders
  • Excellent team player who enjoys working with strong, passionate, smart colleagues in a collaborative environment
  • Results driven and persistent
  • Detail and deadline-oriented with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Talented communicator able to embody and spread BCAction’s unique brand and voice
  • Ability to motivate, inspire, and support others
  • Excellent listener
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends as needed
  • Fluency with Excel and Microsoft Office.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus.
  • Understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from a feminist perspective.


Please email your resume and cover letter, highlighting relevant experience along with your salary requirements, to using the subject line “Development Director”. No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position offers health insurance and paid time off benefits.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to equal opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status as provided by law.  


Campaigns Coordinator

Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) seeks to hire a Campaigns Coordinator. The Campaigns Coordinator is a core member of the Program team and leads BCAction’s national campaigns and direct actions that engage and mobilize our national activist community across the country. We are looking for an individual who thrives in a collaborative work environment and who is passionate about BCAction’s mission and current strategic plan, including ensuring that all work stems from a social justice lens. A key area of responsibility includes leading BCAction’s award-winning Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP) campaign, which calls attention to how pink ribbon marketing and culture distract attention away from the bold action we need to achieve health justice for all women in all communities. The Campaigns Coordinator reports to the Program Manager.

Applicants should have a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from a feminist perspective, as well as dedication to social and environmental justice, and grassroots organizing. S/he is a talented organizer, communicator and facilitator and can engage a diverse network of members, partners, and other stakeholders around BCAction’s programs and campaigns. The successful applicant is self-motivated, an excellent multi-tasker, skilled facilitator, and enthusiastically embraces the mission and work of BCAction.

BCAction is a national education and activist non-profit whose mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. BCAction focuses on systemic interventions that address the root causes of the disease and produce broad public health benefits. As the watchdog of the breast cancer movement, we educate, organize and take action for systemic change in three priority issue areas: 1) Breast Cancer Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment, 2) Root Causes of Breast Cancer and 3) Pink Ribbon Marketing and Culture. For more information, please visit and BCAction is located in San Francisco, CA.

Position Duties

Lead a collaborative process of campaign development, strategy and implementation for all BCAction campaigns, including but not limited to:

  • Seek stakeholder input and conduct analysis of landscape in selecting campaign targets;
  • Facilitate with the staff team the development of campaign goals and strategy for Think Before You Pink (TB4UP) annual campaign, and other campaigns as needed;
  • Develop and implement campaign plan including key activities, timeline, assignment and monitoring of tasks, milestones, goals, partners, collateral, etc.;
  • Implement and execute all aspects of effective grass roots campaigns;
  • Monitor, interpret and disseminate information on policies related to breast cancer as needed
  • Set policy advocacy goals, understand power dynamics and key pressure points and pursue strategic communications.

Facilitate movement building, membership growth and engagement, including but not limited to:

  • Participate and represent BCAction on local and national coalitions, maintaining and strengthening collaborative relationships with partner organizations, and seek and build new relationships;
  • Develop and implement movement building strategies;
  • Strengthen and expand coalition support;
  • Promote BCAction’s programs and ensure quality and impact of all programs, materials, and campaigns.

Plan and execute program events nationwide, including but not limited to:

  • Organize on-the-ground advocacy efforts, rallies, community events, etc. for diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Expand and engage BCAction’s national membership;
  • Create activist training materials that are appealing to a wide and diverse audience;
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to engage diverse national membership in serving as spokespeople, ambassadors, and advocates.

Write and deliver informative and compelling program communications, including but not limited to:

  • Serve as an inspiring advocate, educator, and spokesperson on campaigns and advocacy issues;
  • Write using BCAction’s unique perspective and voice;
  • Participate in the development of evidence-based, accessible materials;
  • Bring social justice analysis and lens to all communications;
  • Provide media support and interviews as needed;
  • Contribute to newsletter, e-alerts, website, social marketing outlets, etc.

Other duties as needed, including and not limited to:

  • Active inter- and intra-departmental collaboration and support;
  • As appropriate, seek input from stakeholders, including members living with breast cancer;
  • Assist in developing and managing Program budget;
  • Support organizational mission and strategic priorities;
  • Research and stay informed about breast cancer issues central to BCAction’s mission and work, including and not limited to the FDA approval process, links between environmental toxins and breast cancer, anti-fracking work, etc.;
  • Manage program volunteers as needed.


  • Minimum 2-4 years relevant experience, including campaigns, grassroots organizing and community health, preferably with a social and racial justice focus;
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Experience with corporate, legislative and administrative policy advocacy;
  • Environmental justice, public health, public policy and community organizing-focused experience;
  • Group facilitation skills and collaborative work experience;
  • Excellent project management skills, attention to detail and follow through;
  • Ability to convey complex scientific ideas in accessible ways to diverse communities;
  • Excellent writing skills for a variety of outlets and diverse audiences. Social networking skills a plus;
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office environment);
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Keen investigative skills and ability to seek information from different sources and perspectives through multiple collection methods;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at once and work effectively in a changing environment both independently and as part of a team;
  • Sense of humor;
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends;
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Cantonese, other) a plus.

To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter, highlighting relevant experience along with your salary requirements, to using the subject line “Development Director”. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 9th.


The Campaigns Coordinator is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage and three weeks paid vacation. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to equal opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status as provided by law.