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Director, Educational Campaigns
Director, Policy and Advocacy

Director, Educational Campaigns

Department: External Affairs
Reports To: Managing Director of External Affairs
Classification: Exempt


The Prevent Cancer Foundation is seeking a project manager to provide leadership and strategic oversight for overall management of a new cancer prevention educational campaign. The campaign manager serves on the External Affairs team, collaborating with the Managing Director and other directors on campaign marketing communications, public relations and community outreach plans, implementation and evaluation, and collaborating with staff across the organization to achieve shared organizational goals.

The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with a proven track record in a full-service marketing/advertising agency or with a corporate in-house marketing/creative group or on educational campaigns. Experience working with health and advocacy organizations is preferred. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to an issue and organization of historic importance and help prevent cancer for thousands of people. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and implement annual campaign plan and resulting projects, while tracking budget, timeline and progress.
  • Manage development and launch of three campaign microsites.
  • Supervise planning of multiple community outreach events (domestic and international travel required)
  • Serve as additional campaign spokesperson, as needed.
  • Manage relationships with celebrity and medical spokespersons
  • Guide development of all campaign materials
  • Develop presentations for board, sponsors and senior staff relative to project management status and goals.
  • Lead project management team and campaign advisory council in the creation or review of campaign deliverables.
  • Conduct research necessary to use in all materials; in collaboration with the programs division.
  • Assist with creation of corporate and grant sponsorship proposal.
  • Supervise educational campaigns coordinator, media relations contractor and multiple vendors, including photographers, agencies, etc.
  • Maintain confidentiality while working closely with vendors regarding all aspects of the campaign.
  • Act as liaison between campaign vendors and external affairs staff.
  • Assist leadership in the recruitment of campaign partners.
  • Develop in-depth expertise in the particular cancer area.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Marketing, Communications, or a related field)
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in communications, marketing, advertising; nonprofit client or educational campaign experience preferred
  • Ability to synthesize disparate ideas and organizational needs
  • A strong track record developing and executing comprehensive, short- and long-term strategic educational campaigns;
  • Experience in managing/motivating client and creative teams
  • Positive, energetic, “can-do” attitude
  • Superb interpersonal skills—ability to relate to vendors, board members, and staff
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to Prevent Cancer Foundation’s core mission and values
  • Knowledge of the health sector preferred
  • Ability to thrive when working under deadlines; strong project, time, and budget management skills; and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail;
  • An understanding of the primacy of branding and its importance to building social movements.
  • Experience managing social media campaigns (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn).
  • Expert with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of website content management systems such as WordPress.
  • Willingness to learn and take initiative.
  • Experience or familiarity working with African-American, Hispanic, and/or Asian community, a plus.

Position reports to the Managing Director, External Affairs and includes all benefits. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is located near the King Street Metro stop in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Timeframe: Immediate

Email cover letter and attached resume to Lisa.Hanna@preventcancer.org with Subject: Director, Educational Campaigns.  

Director, Policy and Advocacy

Department: External Affairs
Reports To: Managing Director of External Affairs
Classification: Exempt


Working with the Foundation’s senior management team, the Director, Policy and Advocacy, is responsible for the development and implementation of the legislative/policy agenda, grassroots strategy and engagement, and related government relations functions of the Foundation.

Duties and responsibilities

The Director, Policy and Advocacy, works closely with the Managing Director, External Affairs, the Foundation’s President and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, as well as Foundation staff members and external consultants to accomplish organizational goals and objectives for the following:

1. Determine, in consultation with the Managing Director, External Affairs, Foundation President and EVP/COO, the Foundation’s long and short-term policy and advocacy priorities at federal and state levels.

2. Communicate the policy and legislative priorities of the Foundation to elected officials and their staff members, Administration officials including those in relevant agencies, regulators, and other stakeholders.

3. Represent the Foundation on Capitol Hill and at all relevant meetings including coalitions centered on policy and advocacy priorities, and serve in leadership positions within those coalitions as appropriate.

4. Develop a grassroots strategy and maintain a grassroots network for the Foundation. Provide ongoing information regarding legislative, policy and regulatory issues impacting cancer research, cancer prevention and early detection, and quality cancer patient care and activate advocates to take action as appropriate.

5. Communicate the advocacy priorities of the Foundation to the public through management of the advocacy micro-website and creation of other printed and electronic communications of the Foundation.

6. Plan and implement all aspects of relevant policy and advocacy events.

7. Work with the development division to identify policy and advocacy fundraising opportunities and assist in grant writing to acquire such funding.

8. Provide strategic advice and support to other divisions of the Foundation that involve government relations and policy activities.

9. Act as a point of contact or lead for the Foundation in educational campaigns with a focus on policy and advocacy, as determined by the Managing Director of External Affairs and the EVP/COO.

10. Assist on campaigns with government relations, advocacy or legislative and policy components.

11. Draft and disseminate digital advocacy messaging through social media and online outlets.

12. Create budgets and assist in strategic plans for the policy and advocacy area.


Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, public policy, social work, communications, public health or related field required. Relevant Masters degree preferred.

Experience: Minimum of seven years experience required. Capitol Hill, regulatory, or government relations work for a health care or cancer-related nonprofit organization or association preferred.

Special Skills: Must have superb written, oral and interpersonal communications skills; be able to juggle multiple tasks, work under tight deadlines and deliver projects on time and within budgets.

Special qualifications

Demonstrated initiative and leadership qualities; organizational, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are required. Must have proven ability to work within coalitions and with high-level elected and appointed officials, regulatory agencies and staff.

To apply: Email cover letter and attached resume to Lisa.Hanna@preventcancer.org with Subject: Director, Policy & Advocacy. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is located near the King Street Metro stop in Old Town Alexandria, VA.


Department: Finance and Administration
Supervised by: Managing Director, Finance and Administration

Summary of position

Reconcile general ledger accounts and bank accounts on a monthly basis. Prepare journal entries as well as assist in annual audit. Assist the Managing Director, Finance and Administration and others with both financial and administrative special projects as required.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Journalize anomaly revenue deposited into the lockbox
  • Prepare monthly account reconciliations, meet with other departments to resolve discrepancies and recommend/prepare necessary adjusting entries.
  • Performs weekly check clearing in Financial Edge database and provides weekly cash forecast to department head
  • Assist with the month end close through analysis of financial data and properly preparing journal entries on a timely basis.
  • Provide monthly financial and budget reports to department heads
  • Assist with annual Foundation budget entry process
  • Maintains proper filing and record keeping, coordinates annual removal of files to off-site storage
  • Maintains Foundation contract files
  • Provide technical support for the annual audit and 990 Information Return
  • Assist in drafting and updating finance & administration procedures and monitoring of internal controls
  • Assist with Financial Edge Dashboard administration, mapping of Raiser’s Edge funds to Financial Edge project codes, and establishing and updating financial procedures
  • Works with IT vendor and assists with equipment and software purchasing
  • Assist Managing Director, Finance and Administration with special projects as requested.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or similar is desired, with 1-2 years’ experience

Skills & Qualities

  • Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Financial Edge software a plus
  • Computer literacy with spreadsheets, accounting, database, accounts payable, and word-processing applications.  
  • Strong organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Highly detail oriented and organized in work.
  • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction to accomplish goals.
  • Needs to be a positive, enthusiastic team player who adapts easily to change and works cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management and external agencies to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving and results.

To apply: Email cover letter and attached resume to Amy Sokal, Managing Director of Finance and Administration, at Amy.Sokal@preventcancer.org.