• Executive Director, Great Plains

    About this Job

    FLSA Status: Exempt

    Location: Omaha, NE

    Job Description:

    Basic Function

    The Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen Great Plains seeks an innovative and inspiring
    Executive Director to lead the Komen Great Plains team and to partner with the Komen Great
    Plains Board of Directors, donors and volunteers to further our mission to end breast cancer.

    About Susan G. Komen Great Plains

    Susan G. Komen Great Plains is an affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer
    organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing
    real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current
    number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982
    by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease
    that claimed Suzy’s life.

    Susan G. Komen Great Plains is an affiliate of Komen and is the local breast health organization
    serving women, men and families in Nebraska and South Dakota and saving lives. Komen Great
    Plains was founded in 1994 by a group of individuals committed to the Komen vision of a world
    without breast cancer. Komen Great Plains has invested more than $9 million in local
    community breast health programs and helped contribute to the more than $988 million
    Komen invested globally in groundbreaking breast cancer research.

    Komen Great Plains is at the forefront of ensuring that life-saving breast health initiatives are
    accessible to all people in the community, regardless of their age or background. Each year,
    Komen Great Plains helps thousands of women and men with little or no health insurance
    receive breast health education, screening, treatment and support.

    With an annual revenue target of over $1,300,000, Komen Great Plains provides innovative
    projects in the areas of breast health and breast cancer education, outreach, screening, patient
    navigation and treatment support to help underserved populations in Nebraska and South
    Dakota. In 2018, over $1,00,000 was invested in mission programs and on track to exceed that
    impact in 2019.

    Komen Great Plains’ breast health community programs and services are made possible
    through year-round fundraising efforts, including the Race for the Cure in Nebraska and South
    Dakota, the Pink Ribbon Affair, and Taste of the Hills. Komen Great Plains is also bolstered by a
    strong and diverse board of directors and a dedicated network of volunteers that give their
    time and resources to help with strategic planning, fundraising, event planning, community
    events and initiatives as well as provide emotional support to those in treatment.

    In order to meet the growing need for services and funding for cutting edge research, Komen
    Great Plains is embarking on a new strategy to diversify revenue streams, including significantly
    growing capabilities in attracting and developing major donors and foundations.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Purpose: The Executive Director is a visionary leader moving Komen Great Plains to advance the
    Komen mission, acts as Komen Great Plain’s fiduciary leader, translates the organization’s mission &
    vision into a strategic plan developed with the Board’s direction, keeps the organization financially and
    operationally strong, manages day-to-day operations, provides relevant programs ensuring that the
    organization evolves to address the changing needs of communities served.

    Reports To: Board of Directors

    Employment Status: Exempt, Full-time, Salaried

    Benefits: Health Insurance- an individual policy is offered but not guaranteed, Paid Time Off (vacation,
    sick days, and holidays)

    Location: Office in Omaha, NE; affiliate covers Nebraska and South Dakota territory.

    Annual revenue target: In excess of $1.3M

    Total staff: 6, five in Omaha, one in Sioux Falls

    Basic Function: The ED is an inspirational leader that provides operational and executive expertise to the
    Affiliate. The ED represents the Affiliate to the public, policy makers and community organizations, leads
    organizational development and strategic planning, provides guidance to volunteers and committees,
    optimizes financial performance, builds donor relationships, oversees personnel and impacts public policy.
    The ED works closely with the Board of Directors and is responsible for building systems and procedures
    to accomplish the mission and reach the strategic and annual goals set forth by the board.

    The ED is a team player that develops sound practices and supportive relationships with internal staff,
    board, volunteers, Komen Headquarters and external constituents resulting in cooperative and
    effective collaborations to achieve the Komen Bold Goal – reduce the number of breast cancer deaths
    in the U.S. by 50-percent by 2026.

    Organization Management Responsibilities

    1. Oversees recruiting, training, development and evaluation of staff and volunteers.
    2. Effectively develop business systems and strategies and ensure appropriate implementation.
    3. Maintain ethical standards and accountability, manage risk, perform due diligence, and implement
    operational best practices.
    4. Ensure that the organization follows all laws and guidelines governing nonprofit organizations and
    Susan G. Komen Affiliation Agreement, Policies and Guidelines.
    5. Participate in the strategic planning process with the board to ensure that the organization has a
    long range strategy which achieves its mission and toward which it makes consistent and timely
    6. Based on the board's direction and staff input, ensure that the organization has an annual operations
    plan that is aligned with its strategic plan. Carry out plans and achieve results authorized by the
    7. Monitor and adapt to changes in the business environment.
    8. Conduct staff reviews and provide feedback, conduct professional development for staff


    1. Provide oversight of the community programs, education and outreach programs.
    2. Ensure well developed, high-impact, outcomes-based community programs in alignment with the
    Community Profile and Komen Bold Goal.
    3. Initiate, encourage and monitor collaboration and cooperation among community organizations,
    breast cancer organizations and other Affiliates.
    4. Assist in the development of new programs that address community needs, including new or
    emerging issues related to breast health or breast cancer.
    5. Maintain a current knowledge of breast health information, health care services, applicable state and
    federal regulations and public policy issues.
    6. Participate in shaping decision making of government and other external stakeholders.
    7. Track Affiliate effectiveness and impact.
    Fund development
    1. Develop diverse funding streams to best support the mission and goals of the organization.
    2. Oversee fundraising efforts including sponsorship, solicitations, donations, donor cultivation, and
    grants application.
    3. Actively participate in donor cultivation and solicitation.
    4. Oversee responsibilities of staff and volunteers for Affiliate fundraising events.


    1. Ensure optimal financial performance of the Affiliate, proper record keeping and ensure internal
    financial controls are in place.
    2. Assist with development and management of annual budget.
    3. With the Treasurer and finance staff, review and report all financial activities to the board on a regular
    4. Review analysis of financial activities (income and expense) to discern trends and identify areas for

    Public relations

    1. Function as the primary spokesperson for Affiliate.
    2. Oversee annual communications plan, which includes media preparation/training for staff and key


    1. Partner with Headquarters staff to maximize resources and ensure alignment with Komen
    Headquarters' priorities and compliance with policies.
    2. Participate in and support Affiliate’s Board of Directors meetings; support and attend committee
    meetings as appropriate; partner to accomplish goals and objectives; work with board to complete
    transition of operational functions to staff.
    3. Engage in public policy discussion and activities with government representatives, community
    organizations and the public in the areas of breast health and philanthropy.
    4. Assist the Governance Committee in developing and implementing an annual plan for
    identifying and recruiting candidates for the board. Assist in recruiting and orienting new
    board members.

    Internal and External Contacts:

     Affiliate Board of Di rectors
     Affiliate Staff
     Komen Headquarters Staff
     Volunteers
     General Public, Breast Cancer Survivors, and those living with metastatic disease
     Health Care & Community Health Professionals
     Donors & Potential Donors
     Public Policy Makers

    Job Qualifications:

    Minimum Experience Required
    Minimum Requirement of a Bachelor's Degree in a related field, and a minimum of 8 years professional experience including responsibility for a budget of at least $1M annually, non-profit governance, public health education and programming, grant making, staff and volunteer management, fundraising, and communications.

    Candidate will also possess:

     Ability to be strategic and maintain a view of the whole Affiliate while managing day to day
     Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and public speaking skills
     Interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a diverse population
     A high degree of integrity that garners the trust and respect of others
     Dedication to principles of inclusion
     A record of planning and supporting growth
     A professional nature with the ability to meet deadlines and quickly establish priorities
     Organizational skills with thoroughness, timeliness, and detail when working under pressure
     Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel. PowerPoint)
     Prior experience working with or reporting to a board of directors
     Desire to shape public issues and enliven public debate

    Preferred Experience
    Preferred experience of a Master's in a related field of study; experience with an annual budget of $3 million +; strong understanding of service area and diverse populations. Direct exposure to volunteer driven organizations a plus.

    Travel, evening and weekend work are required for this position.

    Specialized Knowledge Requirements

    INTERESTED APPLICANTS SHOULD APPLY AND SUBMIT A COMPLETED APPLICATION  ONLINE TO:  https://careerlink.com/job/13516-4/  AND FORWARD YOUR RESUME TO: employment@komengreatplains.org.