Director of Development

Website Cancer Bridges

Every cancer journey is unique. We are here for you.


Cancer Bridges supports those impacted by cancer through a variety of free programs and services.

Cancer Bridges, located in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, provides a variety of emotional, social and wellness programs and services to all those impacted by cancer in western Pennsylvania. Anyone living with cancer at any age, as well as the family and friends who care for them, are welcome to receive free support.

Cancer Bridges Core Programs:

  • Clinical Support – Counseling is provided by Child Life Specialists, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.
  • Support Groups – Weekly and monthly support groups are offered by licensed professionals focusing on emotional support and educational topics. Groups feature various speakers and open discussion.
  • Creative Expression – Classes such as painting, creative writing, and drawing allow members to reduce stress and connect with others in a relaxed setting.
  • Educational Lectures – Guest speakers lecture on variety of topics such as clinical trials, exercise, mental health, nutrition, side effects, and more.
  • Family and Youth – Children and teens come together with their peers to enjoy a variety of activity-based workshops including cooking classes, art classes, and more.
  • Health and Wellness – A variety of wellness activities, including yoga, reiki, and meditation are focused on improving the wellbeing of the mind, body, and spirit.
  • Social Activities – Gatherings scheduled all year long provide a great atmosphere to celebrate every day while building a community of support.

In addition, Cancer Bridges facilitates evidence-based and cancer specific programs designed to meet the unique needs of our members:

  • Living Life Post Cancer Treatment® (LLPCT) Survivorship Program – A nine-week workshop for adults who have completed cancer treatment within the past two years.
  • CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) – A six-week workshop for youth who have a parent or significant adult in their life with cancer.
  • Moving through Grief Series – a ten-week educational and emotional support program offered three times per year to those who have lost a loved one to cancer.
  • Happy Feet – a seven-week series focusing on the seven pillars of wellness, featuring a wide variety of medical professionals, and encouraging movement and exercise.

Since opening, over 15,000 members from across Pennsylvania have joined this vibrant cancer support community. Last year, Cancer Bridges welcomed 364 new members and provided 212 support groups, 1,414 individual and family counseling sessions, 50 creative expression workshops and 441 health and wellness classes. To accomplish this, the dedicated staff of 11 was joined by nearly 300 passionate and dedicated volunteers who donated hundreds of hours of their time.

To learn more about Cancer Bridges, please visit


The Director of Development will implement the overall fundraising strategy of Cancer Bridges, including grants, special events, and individual giving. The ideal candidate is results-driven and possesses the excellent communication, writing, donor relations, organizational, and time management skills necessary to succeed in this position.


This individual will help create and implement a Development Plan to increase and sustain Cancer Bridges’ annual budget by supporting all areas of fundraising and revenue


  • Perform full scope of activities required to prepare and submit funding proposals to foundation, corporate, and government sources.
  • Manage active grants by tracking relevant data, running consistent compliance meetings, and preparing reports as required by funders.
  • Plan and execute event fundraisers in collaboration with event committees, special events manager, and administrative staff.
  • Cultivate donor partnerships and relationships that build the organization’s capacity to achieve its revenue goals
  • Develop and execute appeals in partnership with third-party entities and communications pieces including, but not limited to direct mail, social media and email campaigns
  • Assist with donor recognition as needed.
  • Utilize traditional and social media to promote events and sponsor recognition.
  • Manage development of print collateral in collaboration with marketing agency.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • Equivalent work, education, and life experience typically gained by a bachelor’s degree and four years of experience in nonprofit resource development.
  • Grant writing success as evidenced by attainment of foundation and/or corporate grants.
  • Strong computer skills with content resource management systems, mass email providers, and spreadsheet programs.
  • Act 33, 34, and FBI clearances required.


  • Manage and organize multiple deadline-oriented projects.
  • Produce clear, accurate, and persuasive communications that reflect high attention to detail.
  • Work independently and take initiative.
  • Ability to handle sensitive, confidential materials and situations.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as events require.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with staff, board members, volunteers, and the public in a positive and professional manner.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and problem solve under deadlines and pressure.
  • A high degree of integrity that garners the trust and respect of others.
  • Committed to contributing to an organizational culture built on trust, vulnerability, and support.
  • Commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and treating all colleagues, members, volunteers, and others with dignity and respect.


Salary range for this position is $58,500 to $63,500 and commensurate with experience. Generous benefit package includes employer-provided health, dental, and vision insurance; personal time off; ten paid holidays; and a defined contribution plan with employer match. This position is full time, salaried, and non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Please send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Stephanie at Please include your last name and “Director of Development” in the subject line of the email.

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