About the Affiliate
Our mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Established in 1993 by a group of community volunteers who shared a vision of ending breast cancer forever, Komen Puget Sound is celebrating its 26th anniversary. Since its inception, the local affiliate has invested over $33 million in the fight against breast cancer, funding mammograms, early detection, patient treatment support, and breast health education in Western Washington as well as contributing to global research to prevent and someday cure breast cancer.
Komen Puget Sound is the fourth largest Susan G. Komen affiliate in the 61-affiliate network nationwide. Committed to saving lives across 16 counties, local grants provide vital services to more than 20,000 medically under-served patients living in Western Washington.
For fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, the affiliate had revenue of $2.56 million, comprised of 7.4% individual donations, 21% corporate partnerships and 14.8% More Than Pink Walk fundraising. The remaining 56.6% came from other affiliate and third-party events including the Grace Notes Gala, Lunch for the Cure, Row for the Cure, Stand Up for the Cure, the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference and many others.
Komen Puget Sound’s success is fueled by dedicated donors, hundreds of volunteers and many partners. Based in Seattle, the 13 talented staff members share passion and commitment to the cause of seeing the end of breast cancer and a strong sense of comradery. It is a culture of deep empathy and care, while maintaining positive en-ergy and optimism about the fight to end breast cancer forever.
To learn more, please visit Susan G. Komen Puget Sound website.
The new executive director of Susan G. Komen Puget Sound (Komen Puget Sound) will be taking the reins of a leading Komen affiliate with a track record of program innovation that serves as a model for other affiliates nationwide. Known for their support of breakthrough research ($33 million since 1994), Komen Puget Sound is also actively working toward creating health equity across Washington state; investing in community partners that provide breast health and breast cancer services to residents in its 16-county service area; advocating to support access to healthcare; and, hosting the first-ever Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference (now in its third year).
Responsible for the success and sustainability of Komen Puget Sound, the new executive director will report to and work in close partnership with the board of directors. They will play a critical external leadership role by shining a light on the affiliate’s vision, energizing relationships, and generating the necessary financial resources to achieve the affiliate’s goals.
Komen Puget Sound is anchored by a staff, board, volunteers, community partners, and donors who are driven by a shared passion for the mission and a deep belief that breast cancer can be cured. A leader who is inspired by this work and has the natural ability to inspire others will be rewarded by the opportunity to grow the affiliate to a new level of excellence and impact.
Internally, the executive director will set the tone for the daily operations of the affiliate, overseeing the finance, development, communications, grants, advocacy and education functions. They will establish effective systems to track progress, evaluate programs and measure success. The executive director will establish a regular cadence of communicating results to the board, funders, and other constituents.
FUNDRAISING: The new executive director will work closely with the development team and board resource development committee to provide direction for the design and implementation of a strategic fund development plan. The plan will diversify the affiliate’s funding, grow major gifts and corporate sponsorships, continue the success of the signature annual events and reflect new, innovative ideas for revenue generation.
STRATEGIC VISION AND EXECUTION: A key priority for the new executive director will be to develop, refine and drive a strategic vision for the affiliate that is reflected in decision-making, fundraising, and board engagement. A first step will be to lead the board and staff in a strategic refresh, redefining key priorities and setting ambitious metrics for the next three to five years. The new executive director is expected to successfully execute against goals, implementing benchmarks and ongoing metrics to show progress.
EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT: As the public face of the organization, the new leader will establish a strong and positive presence, inspiring, motivating and engaging individuals involved in the work with frequent communication and recognition. They will raise the affiliate profile and visibility through strong programming, consistent communications and effective marketing.
LEADERSHIP: There will be a focus on strengthening the existing cohesive and collaborative team environment both internally with board and staff and externally with the communities Komen serves and those with whom it partners. The ability to engage the board and encourage their active participation in fundraising, governance, and committees and leverage their strengths, skills and talents in service of the affiliate’s strategic goals is critical. A focus on coaching, mentoring and supporting the professional development aspirations of the staff is also an essential part of the role.
Komen Puget Sound is seeking an engaging leader with deep sense of connection to the affiliate’s mission of saving lives through early detection, education, and treatment support for underserved women in Western Washington. They have the cultural competency to work effectively with diverse stakeholders demonstrating sensitivity and respect for all.
The new executive director is a fearless fundraiser who can capture the hearts and minds of donors through compelling stories that demonstrate the affiliate’s impact in the community. They are an effective spokesperson who possesses the oral and written skills to represent the organization to a variety of external audiences and raise awareness of the brand in the community.
Outstanding interpersonal skills to build strong internal and external relationships, work collaboratively, and, build consensus with a wide range of constituents (board, staff, leaders of other organizations and companies, elected officials, foundations and the general public) are key to success in this role. A familiarity and comfort with policy and advocacy would be an asset.
The ideal candidate is a proven leader and strategic thinker who can see the big picture and coalesce constituents around that vision. In addition, they have the business acumen and operational savvy to bring that vision to fruition through the thoughtful execution of tactical plans. They are energetic, approachable and compassionate, yet also able to make difficult decisions when required. As a people leader, they have a history of attracting, developing, empowering and retaining a highly effective, motivated staff.
Candidates should have at least ten to fifteen years of progressively responsible leadership roles in a dynamic and entrepreneurial social sector organization, preferably in a CEO or executive director role. Private sector or corporate leadership experience, when combined with significant nonprofit engagement (as demonstrated by noteworthy leadership roles on nonprofit boards, committees or task forces) will be considered.
A genuine passion for Komen Puget Sound’s mission is essential. Knowledge of the local (Puget Sound) region is preferred. Significant and proven success in fundraising, donor development and board relations is required. Candidates must have a participatory and inclusive leadership style that fosters diverse points of view, respectful collaboration and accountability.
Experience that demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, administer, evaluate and communicate strategic initiatives is crucial. A background that includes serving as a key spokesperson of an organization is a plus.