The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 37,000 members residing in 108 countries, is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to advances in all areas of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its mission is to prevent and cure all cancers. The programs and activities of the AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in the cancer field as well as in related biomedical sciences. AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 19,400 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in and reasons for hope in the biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy.
The AACR Foundation was established in 2000. The purpose of the Foundation is to raise funds for cancer research, for AACR’s programs and services, and for the overall promotion of the organization’s mission. The AACR Foundation has the creativity, innovation, and flexibility to support AACR in making significant advances in the prevention and conquest of cancer. With the help of contributors from among the AACR membership, colleagues and friends in the national and international cancer community, and corporations and foundations, the AACR Foundation is poised to help the AACR achieve important victories in the fight against cancer.
The AACR Foundation was preceded by a Development Division at AACR formed in 1997. During the past sixteen years, the Division grew from a fundraising operation that raised $1.5 million in 1998, to a staff of seventeen people raising more than $15 million today.
The Foundation is positioned for growth, particularly among individual constituencies, and has a goal of doubling its attainment within the next decade.
Among the AACR Foundation’s current programs are corporate contributions, industry alliances, foundation grants, individual annual giving campaigns, community endurance events, and web based engagement.
The AACR Foundation seeks an accomplished, energetic and results-oriented professional focused on developing relationships that will result in 6 and 7-figure gifts from corporations, The AACR Foundation has a history of engaging corporate support primarily from the pharmaceutical/biotech sectors. This position is focused on new corporate relationships outside of this industry sector.
The Assistant Director of Corporate Alliances will develop strategy to maximize and secure corporate support, while creatively and meaningfully engaging a corporation in a long-term partnership with the AACR.
The Assistant Director of Corporate Alliances will interface regularly with colleagues across the AACR Foundation to leverage synergies, and with the Director of Corporate Alliances to develop collateral aimed at engaging the unique interests of corporations and their philanthropy. She/he will work with the Development Operations team to inform the design and implementation of analytics and research practices around corporations. In collaboration with the Director of Community Relations and Events, she/he will tap into AACR Foundation endurance and other grassroots events, including matching gifts that can be used to engage a corporation’s human resources as part of a comprehensive partnership arrangement.
The Assistant Director will work regularly with the larger AACR Foundation team to advance gift strategies, and will coordinate with other AACR departments to engage partners as may be needed to achieve the organization’s programmatic and attainment objectives, and to guarantee high standards with regard to transaction processing, acknowledgements, and other critical processes.
The Assistant Director should plan to travel locally and nationally to engage prospects in face-to-face visits on a regular basis. The Assistant Director will be measured for her/his key contributions to the growth of this AACR Foundation program, and will be expected to nurture objectives.
As a front-line ambassador for the AACR, the Assistant Director exudes professionalism and quality.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Realize new and significant sources of philanthropic attainment and partnership support from major corporate gifts (outright cash, multi-year commitments, in-kind support).
Assist the Director in the planning and execution of various meetings and events that are designed to strengthen AACR’s relationships with corporations. Drive meeting outcomes reporting identifying next steps and follow-through to maximize opportunities.
Oversee the process of identifying, qualifying, and cultivating corporate prospects, nationally and locally-based prospects.
Complete set number of meaningful face-to-face visits monthly and complete documentation using moves management systems.
Assist the Director in the utilization of AACR volunteer leaders, including members of the Board of Directors, to advance funding relationships with prospects.
Build productive working relationships with AACR Foundation Board of Trustees as partners in identifying and engaging corporate prospects.
Maintain the integrity and maintenance of documentation protocols, team tracking systems, prospect records, prospect contact information, team electronic files, and reporting systems related to individuals, as well as create better or new systems for managing corporate prospects.
Provide guidance to the Foundation team and corporate relations colleagues in corporate relations and communications.
Draft and generate communications, letters, proposals and other narratives as may be needed for your follow-up with prospects and donors, or other strategic writing on behalf of a leader to meet your cultivation and solicitation needs.
AACR is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its reputation for scientific breadth and excellence attract the premier researchers in the field. The programs and services of AACR foster the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists dedicated to cancer research, provide training opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers, and increase public understanding of cancer.