Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Executive Director

To Apply

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Jack Lusk, Managing Partner
Elly Kirschner, Director of Healthcare and Advocacy
Harris Rand Lusk
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168


Please put LCRF in the subject line of your emailed application


The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is a leading national organization focused on funding groundbreaking research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. To date, through scientific grants, patient-centered research/education, and research funding, LCRF has awarded more than $32 million for novel lung cancer research in the US and around the world.

In 2017, LCRF merged with Free to Breathe, a leader in both lung cancer advocacy and education, to increase the impact of funding for lung cancer research.  Both organizations have led the way for innovative research with a rigorous focus towards extending the survival and improving quality of life for people living with lung cancer. This merger represents a unique opportunity for a new Executive Director (ED) to capitalize on the strengths of the two organizations and establish a national footprint.

The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for setting LCRF’s strategic vision, ensuring that overall operations, programmatic services and development strategies are effectively implemented in a manner that is consistent with the mission, while securing the organization’s sustainability and future growth.

The ED role requires someone with exceptional and proven leadership ability and a successful track record of working with or for nonprofit organizations that advocate, fund, educate and increase awareness. Critically, LCRF is looking for someone whose participation and experience have demonstrated an ability to increase and sustain a high level of philanthropy, awareness and enthusiasm to make a difference in the success of an organization. This person will be a strategic thinker with significant non-profit fundraising and leadership experience, as well as management and financial expertise who can successfully lead Board, staff, and volunteers in a strong philanthropic culture –  one that  fosters passion for the mission, cooperation, open communication and teamwork to achieve LCRF’s mission.


Strategic Leadership/Planning
Demonstrate leadership and communications skills in ensuring development and implementation of strategy for LCRF’s overall programmatic, financial and operational systems, processes and practices, specifically:

  • Maintain LCRF’s position at the forefront of lung cancer research
  • Provide vision and direction in leading executive staff in the development and implementation of short- and long-term plans and policies, assuring that appropriate identification of goals, objectives, strategies, responsibilities, timelines and resources required to achieve LCRF’s mission are in place
  • Ensure closer alignment between business practices and program/operational requirements, as well as the maintenance and/or enhancement of an infrastructure that supports LCRF’s strategic goals and objectives
  • Set long- and short-term financial objectives and maintain strong financial oversight by ensuring that adequate control and accounting of all funds are in place
  • Manage recruitment, hiring, and development of staff. Provide leadership, supervise, set quality standards and evaluate performance
  • Ensure that an effective senior management team, with appropriate plans for succession, is in place
  • Motivate and maintain a diverse and cohesive staff, ensuring that there is strong internal communication and coordination
  • Encourage staff members to be passionate about past LCRF achievements and committed to working effectively and efficiently toward continuous improvement and success

Serve as the lead major gifts fundraiser and ensure the growth of non event revenue, specifically:

  • Together with senior staff, advance and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual gifts, corporate, foundation, and government grants
  • Oversee and lead all development efforts including cultivation and stewardship
  • Support top quality relationship building (cultivation, solicitation, stewardship) with current and new donors and internal processes (gift tracking, prospect research, reporting systems)
  • Ensure Board of Directors remains current on prospect research, receiving both lists of prospects and status of donors
  • Identify, develop, and mentor the development team

Board of Directors Administration
Support the operations and administration of the board by advising and informing directors on the ongoing condition of LCRF and all important factors influencing it, specifically:

  • Support effective Board operations by engaging them in meaningful participation to further the organization’s goals, communicate and sustain a clear vision, mission and strategy for the organization, and set internal policy
  • Implement policies, programs, goals, and objectives as established by the Board
  • Together with the Board, recruit new Board members to meet the organization’s needs, add diversity to the Board and whose talents, interests, and commitment will help to further the LCRF’s mission and expand funding opportunities
  • Cultivate a strong working relationship with timely and regular communication regarding the status of LCRF
  • Develop a fundraising committee of the Board to encourage personal commitments and increase personal contribution

Advocacy and Public Relations
Assure the organization and its vision, mission, programs and services are positively and consistently represented to all key stakeholders:

  • Serve as a public advocate on behalf of LCRF’s constituency by representing the vision and perspective of the organization to stakeholders
  • Effectively convey the need to address gaps in lung cancer research and for increased funding
  • Oversee the establishment and implementation of strategic communications that provide a clear and concise message about LCRF’s policies and programs and that build brand awareness and relationships for the organization across all constituencies
  • Manage an effective advocacy program and promote LCRF’s visibility within the public policy community by developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders that deal with lung cancer

All candidates should have proven leadership, fundraising, and management experience, as well as:

  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
  • At least 15 years of experience in a senior position at a medium to large, multifaceted organization, with expertise in the New York-based nonprofit sector
  • Accomplished fundraiser at ease in the role of seeking and asking for individual and major gifts, and grants; adept at developing institutional partnerships to advance the mission
  • Ability to understand issues – medical, scientific, financial and political – surrounding lung cancer research
  • Solid experience working with and supporting a board of directors
  • Demonstrated ability and success in developing and implementing effective strategic business, financial and operations plans that will maintain a financially stable and sustainable organization
  • Extensive managerial experience, demonstrating a collaborative supervisory style
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to focus, prioritize and implement
  • Superior writing and verbal communication skills with strong experience in media relations particularly beneficial
  • Dynamic leader who is visionary, ethical, innovative, and diplomatic
  • Demonstrable passion for the agency’s mission

Salary will be commensurate with experience. For more information on the  Lung Cancer Research Foundation, please visit http://www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168