Director of Advancement

The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) is seeking a proven fundraiser and leader to serve as the next Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement reports to the CEO and directs the organization’s fundraising and supporter engagement efforts. The primary objectives of the Director of Advancement position are to engage current and new supporters, increase financial investment in SFA’s mission, build an increasingly strong and diverse network of stakeholders, and drive broader awareness on issues related to sarcoma and the work of SFA. As the chief fundraiser for SFA, the Director of Advancement spends time visiting with and stewarding donors, partners, and prospects across the country and representing SFA publicly as an extension of SFA’s executive office. The Director will develop and carry out a robust development plan that includes revenue from a diverse mix of individual, corporate, foundation, and event sources.


  • With a primary focus on donor strategy, the Director of Advancement leads the advancement team in development, communication, and brand management efforts.
  • Design and implement a robust development strategy that maintains and broadens the organization’s financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Assume a leadership role in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of new major gifts, personally cultivating and soliciting donors as appropriate.
  • Leads an advancement team to set and achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals, measuring progress throughout the year to ensure success.
  • Cultivate, expand, and communicate with the Board of Directors, in partnership with the CEO, to further engage their support of SFA’s mission.
  • Delegates and oversees creation of donor-related materials including print and electronic appeals, stewardship communication, direct mail pieces, written and verbal proposals, and event sponsorship documents.
  • Collaborates with the CEO to coordinate baseline annual fundraising targets with organizational strategic objectives and budget.
  • Collaborates with program staff to support funding needs and priorities, and manages SFA’s Communications Manager to ensure consistent branding, clear and targeted messaging, and strengthened relationships with supporters.
  • Lead an integrated strategic communications plan to advance SFA’s mission, and broaden awareness of its research, programs and priorities across key stakeholder audiences and deepen engagement with the organization’s supporters.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) and at least 10 years of progressive experience leading effective, development programs encompassing the full range of development strategies while integrating communications tactics
  • Strategic understanding and experience with various development campaign activities including: direct mail, proposal and grant development, annual fund and planned giving, event planning and management, direct solicitations, cause-related marketing, leveraging fundraising databases and support systems for donor segmentation, research and volunteer management
  • Personal track record of success in reaching and exceeding fundraising goals
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships of trust and respect with development staff, colleagues, volunteers, and donors.
  • Commitment to building a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable community where all people can thrive.
  • Proven ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate a team to achieve goals.
  • Experience hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff.
  • Superb written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills based on intellectual depth with the ability to regularly exercise good judgement
  • Travel required

The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) advocates for increased research to find new and better therapies with which to treat patients and the organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma research, education, and advocacy efforts on behalf of the entire sarcoma community.

This position is full time. The staff is primarily teleworking but there are times this position will attend in-office meetings. Candidates must be able to commute to the office for in office days. Our national office is in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, DC.

Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to with the subject line, “Director of Advancement.” No phone calls please. EOE.