Work at Breast Cancer Action

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

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

About Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Action is not your typical breast cancer organization. Our passionate and talented staff and our engaged grassroots membership are our strength. Since our founding in 1990, we have had an outsized impact because of the power of people coming together. We are currently seeking a seasoned fundraising professional with a desire to utilize their leadership and management skills to fill our Deputy Director position.

Breast Cancer Action’s founders knew that their personal tragedy was part of a larger public health crisis. Our work to achieve health justice for all women living with and at risk of breast cancer has always been grounded in the fact that breast cancer is a social justice issue. Today, Breast Cancer Action is known as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement. We work for system change that addresses the root causes of the breast cancer epidemic.

Radical and compassionate, we never shy away from the hard truths. We refuse to blame anyone for their breast cancer and we tell it like it is because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Black women are 40% more likely to die and people of color fare worse after a diagnosis;
  • Involuntary chemical exposures throughout our lives are linked to increased risk of breast cancer and 90% of breast cancers are not linked to family history or genetic mutations;
  • Corporations boost sales with pink ribbon products for awareness, yet fail to take steps to ensure their products don’t increase the risk of breast cancer;
  • Pharma and biotech make billions in profits even though most new cancer drugs don’t help patients live longer and there is still no cure for metastatic breast cancer;
  • Pink ribbon culture shifts the burden to patients’ attitude and behavior by telling us to just “stay positive” and “fight like a girl” when we are diagnosed.

Breast Cancer Action is fiercely independent and refuses corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer, which means we can do the work that other breast cancer organizations can’t do. Our annual budget is $875,000.

We value diversity and each member of our team brings their own diverse lived experiences, along with the depth of their professional expertise to inform and enrich our work together. We are an ambitious organization and successful team members bring big, bold ideas as well as a relentless determination to get the actual work done. Our work together is deeply collaborative and driven by our organizational values.

For more information about our work please visit www.BCAction.org and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org.

About the Position

The Deputy Director works in close partnership with the Executive Director to secure resources, build capacity, and provide leadership to a visionary and results-driven organization. The successful candidate is a dynamic Director and collaborative leader who is committed to building on the organization’s strengths to help launch the next phase of growth. With a proven track record in development, the Deputy Director is a champion for fundraising as an essential part of movement building. The Deputy Director’s role is to support the Executive Director and bring their own expertise and experience to the collective task of fulfilling our bold mission.

Fundraising: The Deputy Director is a seasoned fundraiser who will lead the development team. In addition to meeting annual revenue goals, this person will create and implement a mid-term growth strategy to meet expanding programmatic needs. An experienced supervisor with excellent relationship building skills, the Deputy Director will provide support and coaching for staff and Board fundraising activities as well manage their own donor portfolio. The Deputy Director will have a strong role externally, interfacing as appropriate with donors, foundations, and the public representing the work and mission of Breast Cancer Action.

Organizational Leadership and Management: The Deputy Director reports to and works in partnership with the Executive Director to grow and strengthen the organization, while cultivating staff to continue Breast Cancer Action’s commitment to integrity and results. The Deputy Director provides operational oversight and will participate on the Management Team to ensure a culture of support, accountability, clear communication, and strategic use of resources as everyone within the organization works together to fulfill the strategic plan. In the absence of the Executive Director, s/he will step in as organizational leader responsible for decision making for the organization.

Board and Committee Support: The Deputy Director will support the Board with fundraising and relationship building to achieve the annual give and get goals. In addition to building strong relationships with members of the governing Board, the Deputy Director will provide staffing support to Board committees as appropriate, as well as attend Board meetings.

Program: As a senior leader on the team, the Deputy Director will embrace and uphold the mission, values, programs and policies of Breast Cancer Action. In addition to representing the unique value and impact of Breast Cancer Action’s work to external audiences, the Deputy Director will contribute to programmatic decisions and will be part of the development of the next strategic plan.

Special Projects: Handle projects as requested by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of nonprofit management experience with a focus on fundraising
  • Strong organizational and management skills with attention to detail
  • Dynamic relationship builder able to engage and motivate diverse individuals
  • Flexible and able to balance opportunities for innovation while successfully meeting goals
  • Strategic thinker and planner, with excellent writing and communication skills
  • Understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues and social change
  • Experience managing a team and supervising and supporting staff and volunteers
  • Positive, proactive and personable team player

Compensation

The Deputy Director is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage and 3 weeks paid vacation.  This position is located in San Francisco, CA.

To Apply

Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to info@bcaction.org. Please use the job title DEPUTY DIRECTOR in the subject line. Breast Cancer Action is an equal opportunity employer.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Breast Cancer Action does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. 


PROGRAM OFFICER

About Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Action is not your typical breast cancer organization. Our passionate and talented staff and our engaged grassroots membership are our strength. Since our founding in 1990, we have had an outsized impact because of the power of people coming together. We are currently hiring an accomplished Program Officer to lead and run our national online campaigns as well as other actions and programmatic offerings.

Breast Cancer Action’s founders knew that their personal tragedy was part of a larger public health crisis. Our work to achieve health justice for all women living with and at risk of breast cancer has always been grounded in the fact that breast cancer is a social justice issue. Today, Breast Cancer Action is known as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement. We work for system change that addresses the root causes of the breast cancer epidemic.

Radical and compassionate, we never shy away from the hard truths. We refuse to blame anyone for their breast cancer and we tell it like it is because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Black women are 40% more likely to die and people of color fare worse after a diagnosis;
  • Involuntary chemical exposures throughout our lives are linked to increased risk of breast cancer and 90% of breast cancers are not linked to family history or genetic mutations;
  • Corporations boost sales with pink ribbon products for awareness, yet fail to take steps to ensure their products don’t increase the risk of breast cancer;
  • Pharma and biotech make billions in profits even though most new cancer drugs don’t help patients live longer and there is still no cure for metastatic breast cancer;
  • Pink ribbon culture shifts the burden to patients’ attitude and behavior by telling us to just “stay positive” and “fight like a girl” when we are diagnosed.

Breast Cancer Action is fiercely independent and refuses corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer, which means we can do the work that other breast cancer organizations can’t do.

We value diversity and each member of our team brings their own diverse lived experiences, along with the depth of their professional expertise to inform and enrich our work together. We are an ambitious organization and successful team members bring big, bold ideas as well as a relentless determination to get the actual work done. Our work together is deeply collaborative and driven by our organizational values.

For more information about our work please visit www.bcaction.org and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org.

About the Role

The Program Officer strives for concrete, real-world change and works to expand and engage our diverse national membership. In addition to running online campaigns and on-the-ground actions, the Program Officer produces our educational materials and webinars. This is an exciting opportunity for a proven grassroots organizer and educator who is eager to work collaboratively in pursuit of big goals.

The Program Officer plans and executes all of our national online campaigns, most notably Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP), which calls for accountability and transparency in mainstream pink ribbon marketing and culture. In addition to TB4UP, we engage in year-round policy advocacy and educational campaigns on a range of breast cancer issues. This person will work closely with key staff and organizational partners to identify both rapid response and proactive campaigns.

The Program Officer is a full time, exempt, mid-level position based in San Francisco and reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Take action: Develop and implement online grassroots campaigns from start to finish

  • Develop program strategy and project plans for all of our corporate, educational, and legislative campaigns;
  • Execute effective programs to mobilize national membership and attract media attention in order to achieve programmatic wins;
  • Lead the development and execution of our annual Think Before You Pink® campaign;
  • Identify and evaluate potential programs and direct actions, and seek stakeholder input;
  • Manage all aspects of our activist campaigns, including writing e-alerts and other collateral, keeping to timelines, coordinating tasks across staff, tracking goals, etc.

Organize: Engage and expand our membership and build organizational partnerships

  • Expand and engage Breast Cancer Action’s national grassroots membership;
  • Represent Breast Cancer Action in partner coalitions and build new relationships;
  • Recruit and manage key volunteer leaders, most notably from our Community Leaders program.

Educate: Develop and disseminate evidence-based educational materials

  • Develop and disseminate engaging and inspiring educational and campaign materials;
  • Manage our educational webinar series on a wide range of breast cancer topics;
  • Contribute content to newsletter, e-alerts, website, social media, reports, etc.
  • Research and stay informed about breast cancer issues central to Breast Cancer Action’s mission and work, including and not limited to the links between environmental toxins and breast cancer, fracking and dangerous drilling, healthcare access, FDA approval process, regulatory protections, etc.;
  • Serve as an inspiring advocate, educator, and spokesperson.

Other duties as needed, including and not limited to:

  • Support organizational mission and strategic priorities;
  • Bring social justice analysis and grounding to all work;
  • Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and support;
  • Assist in developing and keeping to Program budget.

Qualifications

This mid-level position is ideal for candidates looking to build on their current experience. Applicants should have a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from an intersectional feminist perspective, to social and environmental justice, and to grassroots organizing. The successful applicant is a talented and strategic grassroots movement builder with demonstrated experience running online activist campaigns, is a powerful relationship builder and communicator who can engage diverse stakeholders, is self-motivated and an excellent multi-tasker, and enthusiastically embraces the mission and culture of Breast Cancer Action.

  • Preferred 5 years experience working in a nonprofit. A degree in public health, women’s health or social justice is a plus;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at the same time, juggling short-term and long-term tasks and priorities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to inspire others and motivate a diverse range of individuals to take action;
  • Strong people coordination skills;
  • Ability to communicate accurately and effectively with technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about our work, with a proactive, can-do attitude;
  • Honest and trustworthy and living up to agreements and meeting goals;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, combining listening skills and self-awareness;
  • Quick learner with the ability to proficiently learn new information and skills;
  • Exceptional judgement and willingness to ask for help;
  • Sense of humor and willingness to take self lightly while working hard;
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive criticism.

TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and position will remain open until filled. Please email your resumé and a detailed cover letter, highlighting relevant experience along with your salary requirements, to info@bcaction.org using the subject line “Program Officer.” Please include a writing sample that provides evidence of your ability to clearly communicate complex information in an accessible way (no longer than 4 pages). No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION

The Program Officer is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage and 3 weeks paid vacation. 

Breast Cancer Action is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Breast Cancer Action does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

One Response to Employment Opportunities

  1. Nancy says:

    Hello. I am interested in the Program Officer roll because I am passionate about advancements in research for Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. I targeted my search to find this exact opportunity. Your headquarters are in San Francisco, but is there any chance this can be a remote opportunity for someone living in Los Angeles? If so, I will definitely apply.

    Thank you for your time!
    Nancy H. Jensen

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