National Director, Planned Giving

How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for cancer."  At LLS, employees take our mission seriously.  Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center, you work each day on making our mission a reality:  Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."

The preferred location isWhite Plains, NY. A remote office will be considered for the appropriate candidate, with demonstrated success and experience operating from a remote location. Periodic travel to National Office is required.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for people with blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma). Funding hundreds of researchers around the world, LLS is saving lives, not someday but today.

Established in 1949, LLS is headquartered in White Plains, NY and has 61 chapters across North America. Fundraising revenue exceeds $300 million annually.

LLS seeks a National Director of Planned Giving to grow an established program that consists primarily of bequests and a $2 million portfolio of charitable gift annuities. The National Director reports to the Chief Development Officer.



  • Develop and execute a marketing plan to cultivate and steward donors and prospects to grow the planned giving program using mailed promotions, the website, collateral materials, chapter visits and presentations. (30%)
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit potential planned gift donors, making 100 face-to-face calls annually. Prepare call reports following visits or other contacts with donors and prospects. (30%)
  • Supervise Planned Giving Manager who handles $5-10 million annually in  probate administration, prepares gift annuity illustrations, files state annuity registrations, and handles monthly reports. (15%)
  • Maintain Planned Giving recognition society (Legacy Circle) providing ongoing and quality stewardship. (10%)
  • Respond to inquiries for bequests, gift annuities, and non-cash donations. When needed, communicate with attorneys, trust officers and executors to ensure prompt and accurate fulfillment of bequests. (10%)
  • Provide advice on solicitation strategies, especially related to tax and estate planning benefits. (5%)


  • Bachelor's degree and a five-year record of success in relationship-based fundraising and individual gift solicitations. At least three of those years should include experience in planned giving.
  • A marketing inclination with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills. 
  • Collaborative and self-motivated with a positive and professional attitude that instills confidence and trust in donors, colleagues and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations governing estate planning and charitable giving with ability to analyze and interpret legal and financial documents.
  • Proficient with databases, spreadsheets, word processing, presentation and Planned Giving software.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor a Planned Giving Manager

For immediate consideration, please send resume and cover letter along with salary history to:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
1311 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

Fax: (914) 821-8247
Online: National Director, Planned Giving

last updated on Tuesday, July 08, 2014