Associate Director, Foundation Relations

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
AACR Foundation
Regular Full-Time


The fundraising arm of the AACR, the AACR Foundation, seeks an accomplished, energetic, and results-oriented professional focused on developing relationships that will result in six and seven-figure gifts from assigned foundation partners for a range of AACR program activities (scientific grants/awards, conferences, patient advocacy initiatives, etc.). She/he will be an effective strategist who secures and maximizes revenue while creatively and meaningfully engaging foundation clients in a long-term partnership with the AACR.


Reporting to the Director of Corporate Alliances and Foundation Relations, the Associate Director is responsible for actively seeking new sources of foundation funding, as well as the continuation of sustained relationships with existing partners. The position requires excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively across the organization. A successful candidate will possess a working knowledge of the biomedical research ecosystem and philanthropic industry, which they will leverage to effectively cultivate relationships with foundation partners in support of the AACR mission. They will regularly engage and leverage the AACR’s leadership to advance relationships. Operating as a managerial-level staff member, this individual will act as a mentor for junior staff, modeling a positive and professional demeanor. As an ambassador for the AACR, the Associate Director will be expected to exude professionalism, competence, and dedication to the field for the benefit of cancer patients.


With minimal to no direction, maintains an independent portfolio of accounts and oversees all aspects of its management.
•Conceptualizes, plans, and implements AACR’s fundraising efforts with private foundations.
•Leveraging their development experience, knowledge of the AACR, and philanthropic landscape, works independently to develop and maintain relationships with foundation partners in support of the AACR mission.
•Under direction of the Director, create and manage workflows to identify new and innovative opportunities partnerships.
•Collaborating with AACR program staff and other colleagues, creates proposals for fundable concepts that support current and future programs of the organization.
•Conducts research on private foundations, creates and manages a portfolio of viable foundation prospects, and develops new and effective written proposals.
•Engages in stewardship to develop strong relationships through regular communications, benefits administration, grant reporting, and other activities.
•Maintains accurate donor records to ensure meeting of deadlines and other contractual obligations.
•Acts as a spokesperson for the AACR to cultivate partnerships and build a pipeline of support for the AACR within the foundation community.
•Builds relationships with foundation staff and leaders among current and prospective foundation donors; regularly attends networking and other events to identify viable prospects for the AACR Foundation.
•Supports AACR leadership in their prospect development work, including cultivation and solicitation strategies, proposals, briefing reports and other necessary materials.
•Cultivates Board member involvement and engagement of other volunteers in foundation prospect identification, development, and gift solicitation.
•Performs the essential functions of the position and other responsibilities as may be assigned by supervisor.


•Bachelor’s degree minimum.
•Minimum of 5 years of development experience, including a significant and productive track record in fundraising, relationship management, grant writing/proposal development, and experience working with foundations.
•Goal-oriented style that is flexible with ability to multitask in a deadline-oriented environment.
•Knowledge of the public and private foundation communities, experience with and understanding of current trends and processes in philanthropy.
•Exceptionally high level of interpersonal skills with strength in external relationship management including the ability to interact effectively with scientists, physicians, and cancer researchers across a wide variety of disciplines.
•Superior communications skills including outstanding writing ability and ability to understand and interpret scientific information and communicate effectively with a lay audience.
•Understanding of the biomedical research enterprise and familiarity with the AACR.
•Ability to travel to meet with prospects and donors.
•Experience with donor or membership database management systems.
•Experience with healthcare organizations, disease-focused foundations, or scientific/professional associations a plus.
•A passion for AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer.
•Proficiency in Microsoft Office- Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
•Experience using fundraising software to track proposals and information related to prospects.


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