Work at Breast Cancer Action

Thank you for your interest in working at Breast Cancer Action! We currently have the following positions open.

Program Officer

Breast Cancer Action (BCAction), a national education and activist organization, seeks to hire a Program Officer. Our fiercely independent, health justice organization is looking for an individual who thrives in a collaborative work environment and is passionate about BCAction’s mission and current strategic plan, including ensuring that all work is grounded in a vision of health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. The Program Officer is a core member of the Program team and creates and implements BCAction’s acclaimed national education programs and materials. The Program Officer reports to the Deputy Director.

Applicants should have a strong understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of breast cancer; awareness of issues around environmental toxins; a dedication to social and health justice; and an understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from a feminist perspective. They should be a talented writer, communicator and facilitator and able to engage a diverse network of members, partners, and other stakeholders around BCAction’s programs. 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.


  • Contribute to the fulfillment of BCAction’s mission by producing high quality, evidence-based, patient-centered educational materials on a range of topics. These materials may include (but are not limited to) brochures, op-eds, and fact sheets.
  • Develop and implement innovative and accessible educational programs on a range of relevant topics. These programs may include (but are not limited to) webinars and in-person community events.
  • Recruit, train and support program volunteers, including Breast Cancer Action’s Community Leaders for Change.
  • Represent BCAction on local and national coalitions, maintaining collaborative relationships with partner organizations, and building new relationships with relevant organizations.
  • Represent BCAction at conferences and seminars.
  • Build relationships with BCAction members, keep them informed and listen to their issues and concerns.
  • Support BCAction’s Information and Resource Liaison by providing thorough analysis of relevant studies, reports and/or clinical trials.
  • Integrate program work with other BCAction departments including Communications and Development. Includes input on BCAction’s quarterly newsletter, e-alerts, websites, and social media presence.
  • Be an advocate, educator, and spokesperson for BCAction.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Three years of non-profit experience with preferred emphasis on health education, outreach and/or research.
  • A demonstrated ability to understand and explain research studies, scientific literature and statistics.
  • A demonstrated understanding and commitment to women’s health issues from a feminist perspective.
  • A dedication to social and health justice with a strong grounding in breast cancer treatment issues and exposures to environmental toxins. A deep understanding of health inequities.
  • Experience with producing educational materials.
  • Strong communication skills, including clear and persuasive speaking and writing skills.
  • Strong volunteer management skills and experience with providing and/or supporting others in implementing community events.
  • Great organizational skills and project oversight with attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Outcome and goal oriented with ability to work independently, multi-task and work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Public health, public policy, education, patient advocacy and/or research training preferred.
  • A great sense of humor, collaborative nature and high integrity.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Social networking skills a plus.


This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include full medical coverage, vision and dental insurance, three weeks paid vacation (increases to four weeks after two years of employment).  Additionally, after five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. Work schedule may include occasional weekend or evening as well as occasional travel for conferences.

About BCAction

Breast Cancer Action is not your average breast cancer organization. We’re fiercely independent and refuse corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer. That means we can ALWAYS put women’s health first.

We’re focused on achieving health justice for all women living with and at risk of breast cancer. Radical and compassionate, we never shy away from the hard truths. We tell it like it is about breast cancer: 40,000 women die of this devastating disease every year, and we don’t have nearly enough to show for the billions of dollars raised in the name of breast cancer.

BCAction was founded in 1990 by a handful of women who were living with and dying from breast cancer and who demanded answers about their disease. Today, BCAction is a national grassroots organization with members across the country. Together we’re challenging the status quo and working to address and end the breast cancer epidemic. For more information please visit

Breast Cancer Action is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered in the order they are completed, and the position is open until filled. Please apply online by submitting a resume and detailed cover letter to

Development Director

Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) is seeking a talented, high-performing Development Director with a demonstrated track record of successful grassroots fundraising to join our dynamic and innovative team. The Development Director leads all fundraising efforts for this established and growing nonprofit, which just celebrated our 25th anniversary 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. BCAction is the watchdog for the breast cancer movement and works to put women’s health first, before corporate profits. 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 media outlets across the country, including The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, 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 position is based at BCAction’s office in San Francisco, CA. For more information about our work, please visit and

Position Overview and Functions

The Development Director will build on a strong organizational foundation of grassroots fundraising and a multi-year growth trajectory. The Development Director is responsible, working in partnership with the Executive Director, for ensuring sufficient resources to fulfill the five-year strategic plan and maintain balanced annual budgets. Key responsibilities include leading all fundraising activities and building on the fundraising successes of the organization to develop and implement a comprehensive, multi-year fundraising plan to grow the organization’s revenues.

The ideal candidate is able to develop and implement a successful fundraising strategy, combining deep knowledge of and experience with grassroots fundraising strategy with efficient execution of the day-to-day tasks required for successful individual donor management. In addition to a proven track record with individual donors at all levels, this candidate also has experience with grant writing, fundraising events, business sponsorships, and both snail mail and online fundraising appeals. We seek someone with strong high level planning and management and relationship skills who is also able and willing to execute essential day-to-day tasks. The Development Director will supervise a fundraising staff of 1.5 FTE, plus a grant-writing contractor, support our all-volunteer governing 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 highly collaborative and skilled fundraiser who is passionate about BCAction’s mission and work and will help grow the organization’s donor base. We have a large grassroots membership base and nearly 75% of our revenue comes from individual donors. Our current annual budget is a little under $1 million, almost all of it raised from individuals, foundations or through events. The Development Director will lead and implement a fundraising strategy to reach $1.3 million by 2019. The Development Director works closely with and reports to the Executive Director, works collaboratively with Communications and Program, and serves as a member of the management team within the organization.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement sustainable organizational fundraising strategy to grow annual revenues
  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plans to meet or exceed revenue targets and monthly projections for individuals, foundations, and businesses
  • Promote and cultivate organization-wide culture that supports fundraising
  • Supervise and support development team to achieve goals and uphold the highest standards
  • Support Board of Directors in meeting their give-and-get commitment and fundraising goals
  • Support, cultivate and expand base of fundraising volunteers on behalf of the organization
  • 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 support Development Associate  in all aspects of their work
  • 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 successful implementation, and direct execution of day-to-day tasks
  • 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 skills and oversight of systems
  • Talented communicator able to embody and spread BCAction’s unique brand and voice
  • Ability to motivate, inspire, and support others with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent listener
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends as needed
  • Fluency with Excel and Microsoft Office
  • Understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from a feminist perspective
  • Fluency with Salesforce is a plus


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.

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.