National Director, Race to Cure Sarcoma

The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) advocates for increased research to find new and better therapies with which to treat patients. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for groundbreaking sarcoma research and education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients and the entire sarcoma community. For over 22 years, SFA has led the way in increasing sarcoma awareness and is the only organization that addresses sarcoma on multiple fronts such as research, community and global outreach, education, and public policy initiatives to make the biggest impact against this disease.
SFA strives to have a culture of passionate, growth-minded professionals who thrive in a team environment, and work collaboratively to make progress for the sarcoma community.

The Role
The Sarcoma Foundation of America Race to Cure Sarcoma series is one of our signature fundraising events and awareness programs, uniting some of our most committed supporters through a one-of-a-kind experience. It is the premier run/walk series in the United States focused on raising awareness and research funds for sarcoma. The Race to Cure Sarcoma is made up of family-friendly run/walks held in cities across the nation. More than $1 million is raised for sarcoma research annually through these events.

The National Director of the Race to Cure Sarcoma serves as the leader of the RTCS and RTCS marathon teams’ events. This person oversees the strategic development and execution of this program to drive critical research funding revenue for the organization. This person manages a cross-functional staff and external partners to deliver an integrated peer-to-peer event fundraising program. Areas of oversight include fundraising, event marketing and communications, participant recruitment and retention, volunteer management, year-round engagement, event planning and participant experience management, and sponsorship activation. The Director evaluates program performance and works to provide strategic and operational solutions to maximize the impact of these events.

Summary of Responsibilities:

    • Directs strategy, planning, development, and execution of the RTCS series. Leads cross-functional, year-round strategic and operational management of the series.
    • Collaborates with internal teams and external partners and vendors to ensure success in revenue generation, increased awareness, and program execution.
    • Works with community engagement team to implement and optimize strategies for maximum impact.
    • Establishes and oversees expense and revenue budgets. Ensures budget and timeline adherence for projects and deliverables.
    • Drives strategic program development that enhance the participant experience.
    • Develops communications.
    • Provides leadership for revenue generation and event experience, marketing and promotion, logistics, event activities and entertainment.
    • Leads the cultivation of top fundraisers and sponsors.
    • Serves as public champion for RTCS community.
    • All other duties as assigned.

Experience

    • 7 – 10 years of experience in events or special event fundraising, experience in a peer-to-peer fundraising program.
    • A bachelor’s degree is preferred. However, a successful track record of growth of a peer-to-peer fundraising program will be considered in lieu of education.
    • A passion for event fundraising and the strategic outcomes that benefit the community.
    • Direct experience leading strategic and operational plans for a nationwide peer-to-peer event fundraising program.
    • Demonstrated success leading through change with strong cross-functional team building abilities and interpersonal skills.
    • 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 judgment.
    • This position requires willingness and ability to travel.

Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to [email protected] with the subject line, “National Director, Race to Cure Sarcoma”. EOE.