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Company: Susan G. Komen Central & South Jersey Affiliate
Date Posted: June 13, 2014


Based in Central New Jersey

Management Recruiters – Mid Hudson Valley is an Executive Search Firm with a sole focus in the Nonprofit Sector. We operate on a national scale and specialize in the placement of senior level executives and fundraising professionals. 

Our Client is the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey affiliate ( Since launching the breast cancer movement more than 25 years ago, Susan G. Komen has transformed the culture of how the world talks about and treats this devastating disease and has helped in turning millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.

Today, Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists - the only grassroots organization fighting to cure breast cancer at every stage, from the causes to the cures and the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.

The Komen Central and South Jersey affiliate is committed to increasing screening mammography in order to save lives through early breast cancer detection.  Twenty-five percent of the affiliate proceeds support innovative national breast cancer research programs while the remaining 75% supports local community grants programs. 

Serving 13 counties in New Jersey - Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, and Somerset - the affiliate will reach 35,000 women this year with breast cancer education and screening programs, through our local community grants programs.

They have engaged us to recruit and place their next Executive Director.  

Position Overview

The Executive Director is a highly skilled non-profit professional that provides leadership, vision and direction to the Central and South Jersey Affiliate.  The Executive Director represents the Affiliate to the public, leads organizational development and strategic planning, optimizes financial performance, builds donor relationships, oversees personnel and impacts public policy.  The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors and guides the Affiliate in achieving the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. 

The Executive Director is a team player who develops sound practices and supportive relationships with internal staff, board, volunteers, Komen Headquarters and external constituents resulting in cooperative and effective collaborations that further the Komen promise. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors. 

Specific Responsibilities

Organization Management Responsibilities

  • Lead, guide and direct the Affiliate responsibly in all operations.
  • Oversee recruiting, training, development, and evaluation of staff, and volunteers.
  • Effectively develop business systems and strategies and ensure appropriate implementation.
  • Maintain ethical standards and accountability, manage risk, perform due diligence, and implement operational best practices.
  • Ensure that the organization is in compliance with all laws and guidelines governing nonprofit organizations and Susan G. Komen Affiliate Agreement and the Komen Operating Guidelines (KOG).
  • Guide the strategic planning process with the Board to ensure the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Based on the board’s direction and staff input, ensure that the organization has an annual operations plan that is aligned with its strategic plan.  Carry out plans and monitor results.
  • Monitor and adapt to changes in the business environment. 


  • Provide oversight of the community grants, education and outreach programs. 
  • Ensure well developed, high-impact, outcomes based community programs in alignment with the Community Profile.
  • Initiate, encourage and monitor collaboration and cooperation among community organizations, grant recipients, breast cancer organizations and other Affiliates.
  • Assist in the development of new programs that address community needs, including new or emerging issues related to breast health or breast cancer.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of breast health information, health care services, applicable state and federal regulations and public policy issues.
  • Participate in shaping decision making of government and other external stakeholders.
  • Track Affiliate effectiveness and impact.

Fund development

  • Develop diverse funding streams and long term plans to best support the mission and goals of the organization.
  • Oversee fundraising efforts including sponsorship, donor cultivation, solicitations and stewardship, special events, grants, etc.
  • Actively participate in donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Develop collaborative projects/partnerships with other community providers.
  • Oversee responsibilities of staff and volunteers regarding Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events.


  • Ensure optimal financial performance of the Affiliate.
  • Maintain proper record keeping and ensure internal financial controls.
  • Assist with development and management of annual budget.
  • With the Treasurer and finance staff, review and report all financial activities to the board on a regular basis.
  • Review analysis of financial activities (income and expense) to discern trends, identify areas for improvement and address problems.

Public relations

  • Function as the primary spokesperson for Affiliate.
  • Develop annual communications plan which includes media preparation/training for staff and key volunteers.
  • Develop media relations; identify and maximize appropriate opportunities.


  • Partner with Headquarters staff to maximize resources and ensure alignment with Komen Headquarters’ priorities and compliance with policies.
  • Personally attend and encourage attendance of staff and board in trainings, forums and meetings annually as provided by Headquarters Affiliate Learning and Development Department.
  • Participate in and support Affiliate’s Board of Directors meetings; support and attend committee meetings as appropriate; partner to accomplish goals and objectives; work with board to complete transition of operational functions to staff.
  • Engage in public policy discussion and activities with government representatives, community organizations and the public in the areas of breast health and philanthropy.
  • Assist the Governance Committee in developing and implementing an annual plan for identifying and recruiting candidates for the board.  Assist in recruiting and orienting new board members.
  • Attend all Affiliate and some 3rd party events.
  • Work nights and weekends as necessary to accommodate donors and supporters and achieve goals. 


  • Minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, and a minimum of 8 years professional experience including responsibility for a budget of at least $2 million annually, non-profit governance, public health education and programming, grant making, staff and volunteer management, fundraising, and communications.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy working as part of a team and have ability to work with diverse constituency.
  • Must be creative, flexible and resilient.
  • Ability to be strategic and motivate and inspire staff and external constituents.
  • Must possess a high degree of integrity and professionalism that garners the trust and respect of others.
  • A professional nature with the ability to meet deadlines and establish priorities.
  • Must possess organizational skills with thoroughness, timeliness an detail when working under pressure.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

This is an extraordinary opportunity to drive the development efforts of a high growth organization carrying out a vital mission.

Komen Central & South Jersey offers an attractive compensation plan and excellent benefits

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to:

Tom Damewood

Owner / Manager; Management Recruiters – Mid Hudson Valley