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Welcome Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
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Executive Director Job Description

Job Summary
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for three key areas including Fundraising, Relationship Management, and Staff Management and Development.  Reporting to the President and Board of Directors, the ED will have overall responsibility for the successful execution of DDF's mission and strategic plan.  The ED will be charged with measuring and reporting on DDF's programs, operational and development strategies, and plans to achieve financial growth and sustainability.  The ED will alsoparticipate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization, as well as identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.

1.  FUNDRAISING: Support fundraising efforts through the following: manage DDF relationships as appropriate; manage select major donors and annual Board contributions; cultivate and nurture major donors to include individual, corporate or foundations as appropriate; engage in high profile and prestigious social events and cultivate high net worth individual donors in support of the appropriate major gift officers; research funding sources, oversee the development and implementation of fundraising plans including grants, and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization.

2.  RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT: Enhance community presence – build/gain or rebuild/regain presence in defined markets.  Serve as the face of DDF in defined markets including manage key media partners.  Cultivate, manage, and steward external partner relationships to help create and maintain connectedness within defined communities including elected officials and key governmental partners.  Cultivate, manage and steward strong relationships with key regional stakeholders as appropriate, especially those that bridge to volunteer partners and engagement (example: faith-based; colleges/universities, civic, NGOs/NPOs and organizations reflective of the regions).

3.  STAFF MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT: Recruit, hire, train, develop, and supervise staff and volunteers; manage annual Board Campaign, ensuring 100% participation; encourage staff and volunteer development and education and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization; ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resource practices are in place. Recruit, hire, motivate, train and maintain an adequate staff of personnel for execution of authorized programs.

4.  POLICY IMPLEMENTATION:  Executes policies approved by the Board of Directors. Negotiates and executes contracts and commitments as authorized by the Board of Directors.


  • Four year college degree (BS/BA) required.  Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Finance or non-profit administration major preferred.
  • Prefer Master's degree in the field of community organization, public or business administration, non-profit management, or law.
  • Minimum 5 years related management/supervisory experience. Experience working in an environment requiring flexibility and managing change.
  • Minimum 3-5 years related development experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and local employment laws.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of SharePoint a plus or any other non-profit software. Expert word processing skills required.
  • Fluent in English (Proficiency in a second language is a plus.)

Preferred Attributes:

  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement action plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Think Strategically: Assess options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization.

Please email cover letter, resume, 2-4 letters of recommendation from business contacts or employers (not family or friends), and salary requirements to  No phone calls please.


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