Executive Director Illinois

SUMMARY: The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and families. LLS has dedicated itself to being one of the top-rated voluntary health agencies in terms of dollars that directly fund the mission and goals.


The Executive Director provides the overall leadership and management for those strategies designed to create cost effective and on-going sources of revenue, community presence, and mission enhancement for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society within the chapter’s chartered area.

The ideal candidate is from the Chicago area or surrounding region who knows the philanthropic community well and potential donors to LLS.

The Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter will provide leadership to LLS philosophy, mission, vision and structure, and give direction to the daily operations including the formation of its annual objectives and goals.

The Executive Director will be responsible for developing and managing an annual budget, formulating a Plan of Operations and administering LLS policies and procedures necessary to the efficient functioning of the Chapter.


The Executive Director is responsible for managing chapter human and financial resources through the development of an annual Budget and Plan of Operations, and in administering LLS policies and procedures necessary to the efficient functioning of the chapter. These activities are conducted in conjunction with the Chapter Board of Trustees and with the approval of the LLS President and/or designee(s).



  • Establishes an annual income development plan, which represents broad opportunities for donor prospecting, cultivation, retention, upgrading, acknowledgement and recognition.
  • Serves as the primary liaison to and motivator and manager of the Board of Trustees in its fund raising responsibilities.
  • Directs the cultivation and meaningful involvement of volunteers at all levels in income producing activities.
  • Evaluates the income growth potential of all chapter activities and develops appropriate strategies to ensure income stability and growth.
  • Evaluates the resources within the chapter chartered area and develops plans which support maximum market penetration.
  • Directs the cultivation and acquisition of foundation and corporate contributions through grantsmanship, sponsorship and material and/or in-kind support.

Chapter Development

  • Provides leadership, direction, management and training for chapter staff in the development and implementation of organizational plans.
  • Serves as the staff manager of the Chapter Board of Trustees providing leadership, support, materials, reports and assistance in building and implementing their annual plans and in ensuring the on-going development of a strong chapter board.
  • Works with the Chapter Board Development Committee to identify, cultivate, recruit and train successor leadership to the chapter board and leadership positions.
  • Initiates and manages the development of the chapter’s strategic plan for short and long-range goals.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the LLS mission and its programs to address them.
  • Initiates and provides leadership to chapter “team” oriented projects.

Community Involvement and Public Relations

  • Provides the leadership, management and support for the development of mission driven programs (i.e. Family Support Groups, Patient Aid, Public Education Campaigns, etc.).
  • Serves as the primary staff spokesperson to promote the understanding of the LLS mission and presence in the chapter market areas.
  • Cultivates productive relationships with the media and various constituent and related groups including professional, educational and political leadership.


  • Performs chapter personnel management functions, including, but not limited to employment/termination, performance management, training, supervision, compensation changes.
  • Oversees the efficient and effective operation of chapter personnel and the facility in accordance with the policies and procedures established by LLS.
  • Administers the chapter’s accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records, and the preparation of its financial reports.
  • Appraises operating results in terms of costs, approved budget compliance, operating policies, trends and increased net profit opportunities.
  • Interprets and administers the personnel policies and procedures of LLS.
  • Ensures and oversees the preparation of reports, chapter records and other documentation as requested which present the progress and status of the chapter’s plans and activities.
  • Implements the approval process for all contracts, purchases and banking activities in accordance with LLS operational policies and/or practices.

Liaison with National Home Office

  • Represents the best interests, professionalism and integrity of the LLS in all activities and relationships through a unified message of the LLS mission and a commitment to organizational standards.
  • Provides leadership in building confidence and a strong working relationship between the chapter office and the national office.
  • Ensures that the policies adopted by the LLS through the National Board of Directors are understood and followed by all employees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the LLS President or designee(s).


  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible related experience with a minimum of 4 years in a supervisory capacity
  • Knowledge and skill in nonprofit management with emphasis on proven fund raising results
  • Proficiency in fiscal management
  • Ability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements
  • Skilled in exercising sound judgment and must possess good analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven supervisory, leadership and team building skills
  • Training and/or experience in community development and strategic planning
  • Ability in volunteer recruitment and development


Minimum education level – Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent

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Chicago, Illinois
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Illinois Chapter

651 W. Washington, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, United States