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Be a part of our mission to cure pancreatic cancer.   As the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, we work tirelessly to improve patient outcomes through funding the very best research.    We are dedicated  and pride ourselves on having a positive and friendly work environment.  We are dedicated and pride ourselves on having a positive and friendly work environment.  We offer competitive salaries with an excellent benefits which includes group insurance and a 401(k) plan.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer based in Woodbury, New York

Vice-President, Research

The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to pancreatic cancer research, is seeking an in-house Director of Research. Must have proven experience managing scientific/research programs, projects, and budgets such as previous positions in non-profit, pharma/biotech, or academic institution.

The Vice-President, Research will work with the Chief Scientist, Chief Medical Officer, and the President and CEO in the development and implementation of the Scientific/Clinical Research Program. The VP will fulfill the mission of the Foundation to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of pancreatic cancer and to positively impact the lives of pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Specifically, the Vice-President, Research will:

  • Work with the Chief Scientist in the implementation and ongoing development and refinement of the Strategic Research Plan including:
    • Identifying the researchers & institutions to conduct the research
    • Developing the best programs and grants to most effectively accomplish the goals and participate in evaluating grant proposals
  • Work with the Chief Medical Officer in the strategic direction and operational oversight in launching a national clinical/translational program to impact the lives of patients including:
    • Establish mutually beneficial relationships with corporate, industry and academic institutions
    • Focus on patient-centric clinical research that aligns decisions with patients’ needs including the delivery of specific education and support patients need to make these decisions and participate in their own care
  • Monitor developments, trends and competitive landscapes to further the Foundation’s mission and identify the newest areas of both basic and clinical/translational research to present emerging opportunities to leadership
  • Engage with scientific leadership at Stand Up to Cancer and develop and maintain other key partnerships with organizations such as NCI, AACR, ASCO
  • Coordinate the activities of the Scientific Advisory Board including organizing the annual in-person conference and telephone meetings
  • Work with the Development Office in engaging with the highest-level donors to keep them abreast of research highlights and breakthroughs
  • Oversee the Research Operation Manager and the direction of the Grants program and help negotiate grant contracts as necessary
  • Develop potential business opportunities where appropriate such as the commercialization of research efforts, including the Organoid and Early Detection programs. Explore opportunities with Venture Philanthropy
  • Represent the Foundation at select scientific and professional conferences

Applicants should have:

  • Advanced degree/s in Life Sciences
  • Scientist with a strong research background, preferably in cancer
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and/or manage scientific/clinical research programs, projects, budgets, through one or more successful roles in: non-profit foundations, academic institutions, research centers in pharma, academia, biotechs, government agencies
  • Strong communications skills to interact effectively with the scientific community as well as conveying technical information to the lay community

Reporting Relationships:

  • To the President and CEO
  • To the Chief Scientist on matters dealing with the Foundation’s overall research program
  • To the Chief Medical Officer on matters dealing with Clinical/Translational Research programs
  • Supervises the Research Operations Manager

Please share this email with anyone who might be a good fit. Interested candidates, please send your resume to kkaplan@lustgarten.org

Vice-President of Marketing and Communications

Overview of Role:
The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the world. Based in Woodbury, N.Y., the Foundation’s mission is to cure pancreatic cancer by funding scientific and clinical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pancreatic cancer; providing research information and clinical support services to patients, caregivers and individuals at high risk; and increasing public awareness and hope for those dealing with this disease.
The Vice President of Marketing & Communications will further develop and implement the national marketing and communications plan to promote and enhance the Foundation’s brand, expand its presence nationally, and help grow its annual fundraising budget.
Reports To:
President & CEO
A team to support the development and execution of the Foundation’s marketing and communications strategy.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive national, integrated strategic marketing and communications plan to advance the Foundation’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its mission, and help increase donor support. The Foundation currently has significant tristate presence and is seeking an increased national presence and focus.
  • Develop and manage short- and long-term plans and budgets for the marketing program and its activities, monitor progress, evaluate performance, and submit reports as required. Conduct competitive research, understand analytics, and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Ensure effective marketing and communication to key audiences: patients and their families, donors, the medical and scientific community, opinion leaders, the media, and the general public.
  • Develop and enhance the Foundation’s digital presence, including website and social media channels, and all related online content initiatives.
  • Actively engage, cultivate, and manage relationships with the media; conduct press outreach to maximize coverage of research, events, milestone activities (e.g. awareness month) and announcements; and handle all responses to media inquiries. Manage media oversight at major events.
  • Source and manage the use of external resources where appropriate (e.g. digital media experts, design firms, production agencies, printers, photographers).
  • Oversee production of all new marketing and communications materials including public service announcements (PSAs) for TV, radio, print and digital platforms; place PSAs with appropriate media outlets nationally.
  • Create materials to support fundraising activities including direct mail campaign. Direct mail program to be outsourced.
  • Accept such additional duties as may from time to time be required for the advancement of the Foundation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field is preferred. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Seasoned professional with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in positions with increasing responsibilities who is now in a senior management role in the marketing and communications field for such organizations as a non-profit, corporation, and/or an agency. Non-profit experience preferred.
  • Proven results and experience with amplifying messaging through effective use of traditional and digital media platforms.
  • Experience in handling media and public relations efforts.
  • Experience in building a team of communications specialists. Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans.
  • Possesses a solid marketing background and work experience managing a variety of tactical promotional projects end-to-end, including paid advertising campaigns and digital marketing techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, writing, designing, and producing communications plans and materials, including presentations.
  • Basic understanding of SEM, paid search, SEO and able to partner with experts in these areas as well as content marketing, web and marketing analytics platforms.
  • Knowledge of graphic design best practices and current trends and proven creative direction experience.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Out of town, overnight travel may be required.
Please share this email with anyone who might be a good fit. Interested candidates, please send your resume to kkaplan@lustgarten.org

Web Developer

Lustgarten Foundation is seeking an early-career Web Developer to oversee the day-to-day website operations and manage relationships with vendors.

The Web Developer is responsible for managing and performing development, implementation and maintenance of the infrastructure, hardware, and software utilized for the organization’s website. This includes monitoring web traffic performance and to identify, prevent and resolve issues.

The Web Developer coordinates with stakeholders to ensure that the site provides content and functionality that meet the business needs of the organization, maintains appropriate security, and troubleshoots any issues.

A deep understanding and use of web analytics is required. Candidate will work with design and content teams to ensure SEO-friendly website

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficient in HTML, responsive CSS and open standards in web technologies
  • Proficient in WordPress, HTML email templates, JavaScript, Microsoft suite and Adobe suite
  • Ability to develop custom plugins, templates and modules for WordPress
  • Strong background in modern WordPress security practices, privacy practices, advanced knowledge of web hosting/server management and database/SQL experience/li>
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to write clear, concise documentation, reports, and specifications
  • Ability to coordinate multiple, simultaneous priorities
  • Ability to execute projects to meet established deadlines
  • Excellent coordination and organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team, be self-motivated and task-oriented, and exercise initiative


  • Coordinates the maintenance, efficiency, and functionality of website architecture
  • Administers and manages all domains
  • Maintains the site to ensure repair and enforcement of broken links, misspellings, accessibility, issues, and content policies
  • Provides “real time” resolution of “bugs” and user problems based on user requests/ reports and communicates the resolution to impacted parties
  • Monitors, assesses, and reports on website analytics
  • Works with consultant on SEO audits to increase organic search engine results, monitor SEO rankings to enhance and alter SEO strategy; and utilize SEO tools and services to provide reports and trends
  • Works with content contributors to develop keywords that upon which website content should be focused
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Creates and maintains marketing automation
  • Maintains and creates email templates as needed

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years website administration, maintenance, and multi-site management, and user experience management
  • Experience maintaining mobile-friendly websites
  • Digital web portfolio and code examples

This position will report to the VP, Fundraising Operations.

Please share this email with anyone who might be a good fit. Interested candidates, please send your resume to Cweber@lustgarten.org

Raiser’s Edge Coordinator

Lustgarten Foundation is seeking a Raiser’s Edge Coordinator to join the Fundraising Operations team.  The Raiser’s Edge Coordinator is responsible for maintaining all data, processing gifts and performing data clean up projects for Lustgarten’ s database containing over 500,000 records.  Candidate will also work with Classy, O-Matic and other integrated software.

Primary Functions:

  • Maintain and update information on constituent record
  • Process gifts, pledges and other donations on a timely basis
  • Optimize database for fundraising mailing efforts, including merging; proofing; printing; and preparing donor acknowledgement
  • Work with Database Administrator on reconciling gifts for audits
  • Proficient with data manipulation, importing/exporting
  • Run Raiser’s Edge reports (financial, analytical, etc.)
  • Adhere to operating procedures for data entry
  • Perform data clean-up projects and other necessary tasks to ensure integrity of the database
  • Manage matching gift submissions and payments


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Three years of experience using Raiser’s Edge
  • Experience with import/export. Omatic and Classy experience a plus
  • Possess exceptional attention to detail to ensure integrity of database
  • Ability to organize projects and tasks efficiently, meet deadlines and perform an array of duties in a fluid environment, both independently and as a team player
  • Excellent computer skills and advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Excel, and a demonstrated ability to perform mail-merge functions

This position will report to the VP, Fundraising Operations.

Please share this email with anyone who might be a good fit. Interested candidates, please send your resume to Cweber@lustgarten.org

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