Work at Breast Cancer Action

Thank you for your interest in working at Breast Cancer Action! We currently have the following positions open available.

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About Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Action is not your typical breast cancer organization. Our passionate and talented staff and our engaged grassroots membership are our strength. Since our founding in 1990, we have had an outsized impact because of the power of people coming together. We are currently hiring an accomplished Program Officer to lead and run our national online campaigns as well as other actions and programmatic offerings.

Breast Cancer Action’s founders knew that their personal tragedy was part of a larger public health crisis. Our work to achieve health justice for all women living with and at risk of breast cancer has always been grounded in the fact that breast cancer is a social justice issue. Today, Breast Cancer Action is known as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement. We work for system change that addresses the root causes of the breast cancer epidemic.

Radical and compassionate, we never shy away from the hard truths. We refuse to blame anyone for their breast cancer and we tell it like it is because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Black women are 40% more likely to die and people of color fare worse after a diagnosis;
  • Involuntary chemical exposures throughout our lives are linked to increased risk of breast cancer and 90% of breast cancers are not linked to family history or genetic mutations;
  • Corporations boost sales with pink ribbon products for awareness, yet fail to take steps to ensure their products don’t increase the risk of breast cancer;
  • Pharma and biotech make billions in profits even though most new cancer drugs don’t help patients live longer and there is still no cure for metastatic breast cancer;
  • Pink ribbon culture shifts the burden to patients’ attitude and behavior by telling us to just “stay positive” and “fight like a girl” when we are diagnosed.

Breast Cancer Action is fiercely independent and refuses corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer, which means we can do the work that other breast cancer organizations can’t do.

We value diversity and each member of our team brings their own diverse lived experiences, along with the depth of their professional expertise to inform and enrich our work together. We are an ambitious organization and successful team members bring big, bold ideas as well as a relentless determination to get the actual work done. Our work together is deeply collaborative and driven by our organizational values.

For more information about our work please visit www.bcaction.org and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org.

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THINK BEFORE YOU PINK CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR
(P
art Time/Temporary Position)

About the Role

The Think Before You Pink Campaign Coordinator strives for concrete, real-world change and works to engage our diverse national membership. The Campaign Coordinator plans and executes the 2019 Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP) corporate campaign, which calls for accountability and transparency in mainstream pink ribbon marketing and culture.

The Campaign Coordinator is a part-time (20-30 hours per week), temporary position based in San Francisco and reports to the Executive Director. This temp position runs from June through the beginning of November 2019.

Responsibilities

Take action: Develop and implement online grassroots campaign from start to finish

  • Lead the development and execution of our annual TB4UP campaign;
  • Conduct research into potential campaigns, including evaluation and “stress testing” of potential targets and asks;
  • Work with our science partners to understand and document the known and suspected links between pink-ribbon products and breast cancer risk;
  • Execute effective campaign to mobilize national membership and attract media attention;
  • Manage all aspects of the TB4UP activist campaigns, including writing e-alerts and the campaign brief, creating action pages, generating other collateral, keeping to timeline, coordinating tasks across staff, tracking goals, etc.

Organize: Engage and expand our membership and build organizational partnerships

  • Expand and engage Breast Cancer Action’s national grassroots membership;
  • Engage and support partner organizations to amplify the campaign.

Educate: Develop and disseminate evidence-based educational materials

  • Develop and disseminate engaging and inspiring campaign materials;
  • Contribute content to newsletter, e-alerts, website, social media, reports, etc.

Other duties as needed, including and not limited to:

  • Support organizational mission and strategic priorities;
  • Bring social justice analysis and grounding to all work;
  • Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and support.

Qualifications

This position is ideal for candidates looking to build on their current corporate campaigns experience. Applicants should have a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from an intersectional feminist perspective, social and environmental justice, and grassroots organizing. The successful applicant is a talented and strategic grassroots movement builder with demonstrated experience running online activist campaigns, is a powerful relationship builder and communicator who can engage diverse stakeholders, is self-motivated and an excellent multi-tasker, and enthusiastically embraces the mission and culture of Breast Cancer Action.

  • Preferred 3 experience working in a not for profit and/or for a campaign;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at the same time, juggling short-term and long-term tasks and priorities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to inspire others and motivate a diverse range of individuals to take action and strong people coordination skills;
  • Ability to communicate accurately and effectively with technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about our work, with a proactive, can-do attitude;
  • Honest and earns trust through actions and living up to agreements and meeting goals;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, combining listening skills and self-awareness;
  • Quick learner with the ability to proficiently learn new information and skills;
  • Exceptional judgement and willingness to ask for help;
  • Sense of humor and willingness to take self lightly while working hard.

TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and position will remain open until filled. Please email your resumé and a detailed cover letter, highlighting relevant experience along with your salary requirements, to info@bcaction.org using the subject line “Think Before You Pink Campaign Coordinator Please include a writing sample that provides evidence of your ability to clearly communicate complex information in an accessible way (no longer than 4 pages). No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION
Hourly wage is $25 – $30 per hour depending on experience. Position requires 20-30 hours per week but offers no medical or paid time off benefits. This temp position runs from June through the beginning of November 2019.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Breast Cancer Action does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. 

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COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER 

Breast Cancer Action is a national education and activist organization, seeks to hire a Communications Manager. Our fiercely independent, health justice organization is looking for an individual who thrives in a collaborative work environment and is passionate about Breast Cancer Action’s mission and current strategic plan, including ensuring that all work is grounded in a vision of health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. The Communications Manager is a core member of the team and is responsible for maintaining the organization’s brand integrity, managing content production and distribution across all communication channels, supporting program and development staff with communications strategy and implementation, and managing the communications department’s resources. The Communications Manager reports to the Executive Director.

Applicants should demonstrate a dedication to social and health justice; and an understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from a feminist perspective. They should be a talented writer, communicator and facilitator and able to engage a diverse network of members, partners, and other stakeholders around Breast Cancer Action’s mission and programs. The successful applicant is self-motivated, an excellent multi-tasker, skilled facilitator, and enthusiastically embraces the mission and work of Breast Cancer Action.

Breast Cancer Action is a national education and activist non-profit whose mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Action focuses on systemic interventions that address the root causes of the disease and produce broad public health benefits. As the watchdog of the breast cancer movement, we educate, organize and take action for systemic change in three priority issue areas: 1) Breast Cancer Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment, 2) Root Causes of Breast Cancer and 3) Pink Ribbon Marketing and Culture. For more information, please visit www.bcaction.org and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org. Breast Cancer Action is located in San Francisco, CA.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary responsibilities, including but not limited to:

Content Production

  • Manage email strategy and production; write emails; work with staff to edit emails so they are compelling, effective, and brand-consistent
  • Cultivate and expand the brand reach of BCAction through social media channels via regular (daily/weekly) content production and distribution
  • Manage and maintain all aspects of the organization’s websites, ensuring that all content is current, brand standards are consistent, and that the site functions smoothly and effectively
  • Work with executive director to produce and place op-eds and letters to the editor
  • Produce three online newsletters per year
  • Produce organization’s annual report
  • Work with development staff to produce fundraising appeals and campaigns

Brand Strategy and Stewardship

  • Review and edit all external content to ensure brand integrity and mission-driven language in all communications shared with the public
  • Advise and support staff in communications strategy for fundraising, educational, and activist programs
  • Ensure new staff, Board members, and volunteers are trained in BCAction brand and voice and provide mentorship as needed to existing staff
  • Manage 30 year anniversary branding, graphic design, and collateral production

Media Relations

  • Write and distribute press releases and media advisories
  • Respond to telephone, voicemail and email media requests within 24 hrs. and schedule interviews with executive director or appropriate person
  • Maintain media contact list in Meltwater Media, a monitoring and communication platform, and follow/engage as appropriate on social media

Other Duties

  • Prepare annual communications expense budget and manage approved communications spending to keep within budget
  • Oversee website contractor, other contractors, and interns as appropriate
  • Track and report on communication metrics to evaluate impact of various strategies, as appropriate
  • Contribute to strategic planning process

Qualifications and Experience

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including speedy yet accurate turn-around and ability to translate complicated policy and scientific issues into compelling, understandable, and accessible language
  • Commitment and ability to fiercely protect the organization’s unique and strong brand
  • Experience with managing social media accounts, websites and CRMs
  • Resourceful and proactive; ability to be self-directed and produce results with a lean budget and minimal supervision
  • A team player who is a skilled communicator and able to work with many types of people and personalities
  • Ability to handle a work environment that is sometimes stressful and fast-paced, with grace and a good sense of humor
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to feminism and social justice
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple competing duties and to balance thinking about the strategic big picture while also attending to the details of day-to-day work
  • Capable of writing in diverse media (fundraising appeals, blog, op-eds, etc.), to different audiences, and on different subjects
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Attunement to daily and weekly news cycle and ability to craft communications that are relevant and timely, while also proactively asserting a branding strategy
  • Good judgment about what to problem solve on your own and when to get input/feedback from other staff
  • Ability to juggle competing feedback to create content that is coherent, targeted, and brand-consistent (not watered down by multiple rounds of editing)
  • Experience with producing visual graphics for use in social change campaigns
  • Proficiency in WordPress, MS Office, and mass e-mail tools. A basic knowledge of Photoshop essential. Knowledge of Salesforce and InDesign a plus.

COMPENSATION
This is a full-time position. Salary range is $52,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include full medical coverage, vision and dental insurance, three weeks paid vacation (increases to four weeks after two years of employment). Additionally, after five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. Work schedule may include occasional weekend or evening work as well as occasional travel.

TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and position will remain open until filled. Please email your resumé and a detailed cover letter, highlighting relevant experience to info@bcaction.org using the subject line “Communications Manager.” Please include a writing sample that provides evidence of your ability to clearly communicate complex information in an accessible way (no longer than 4 pages). No phone calls please.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Breast Cancer Action does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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PROGRAM OFFICER

About the Role

The Program Officer strives for concrete, real-world change and works to expand and engage our diverse national membership. In addition to running online campaigns and on-the-ground actions, the Program Officer produces our educational materials and webinars. This is an exciting opportunity for a proven grassroots organizer and educator who is eager to work collaboratively in pursuit of big goals.

The Program Officer plans and executes all of our national online campaigns, most notably Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP), which calls for accountability and transparency in mainstream pink ribbon marketing and culture. In addition to TB4UP, we engage in year-round policy advocacy and educational campaigns on a range of breast cancer issues. This person will work closely with key staff and organizational partners to identify both rapid response and proactive campaigns.

The Program Officer is a full time, exempt, mid-level position based in San Francisco and reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Take action: Develop and implement online grassroots campaigns from start to finish

  • Develop program strategy and project plans for all of our corporate, educational, and legislative campaigns;
  • Execute effective programs to mobilize national membership and attract media attention in order to achieve programmatic wins;
  • Lead the development and execution of our annual Think Before You Pink® campaign;
  • Identify and evaluate potential programs and direct actions, and seek stakeholder input;
  • Manage all aspects of our activist campaigns, including writing e-alerts and other collateral, keeping to timelines, coordinating tasks across staff, tracking goals, etc.

Organize: Engage and expand our membership and build organizational partnerships

  • Expand and engage Breast Cancer Action’s national grassroots membership;
  • Represent Breast Cancer Action in partner coalitions and build new relationships;
  • Recruit and manage key volunteer leaders, most notably from our Community Leaders program.

Educate: Develop and disseminate evidence-based educational materials

  • Develop and disseminate engaging and inspiring educational and campaign materials;
  • Manage our educational webinar series on a wide range of breast cancer topics;
  • Contribute content to newsletter, e-alerts, website, social media, reports, etc.
  • Research and stay informed about breast cancer issues central to Breast Cancer Action’s mission and work, including and not limited to the links between environmental toxins and breast cancer, fracking and dangerous drilling, healthcare access, FDA approval process, regulatory protections, etc.;
  • Serve as an inspiring advocate, educator, and spokesperson.

Other duties as needed, including and not limited to:

  • Support organizational mission and strategic priorities;
  • Bring social justice analysis and grounding to all work;
  • Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and support;
  • Assist in developing and keeping to Program budget.

Qualifications

This mid-level position is ideal for candidates looking to build on their current experience. Applicants should have a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to women’s health issues from an intersectional feminist perspective, to social and environmental justice, and to grassroots organizing. The successful applicant is a talented and strategic grassroots movement builder with demonstrated experience running online activist campaigns, is a powerful relationship builder and communicator who can engage diverse stakeholders, is self-motivated and an excellent multi-tasker, and enthusiastically embraces the mission and culture of Breast Cancer Action.

  • Preferred 5 years experience working in a nonprofit. A degree in public health, women’s health or social justice is a plus;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at the same time, juggling short-term and long-term tasks and priorities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to inspire others and motivate a diverse range of individuals to take action;
  • Strong people coordination skills;
  • Ability to communicate accurately and effectively with technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about our work, with a proactive, can-do attitude;
  • Honest and trustworthy and living up to agreements and meeting goals;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, combining listening skills and self-awareness;
  • Quick learner with the ability to proficiently learn new information and skills;
  • Exceptional judgement and willingness to ask for help;
  • Sense of humor and willingness to take self lightly while working hard;
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive criticism.

COMPENSATION
The Program Officer is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range $50,000-$60,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage and 3 weeks paid vacation. 

TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and position will remain open until filled. Please email your resumé and a detailed cover letter, highlighting relevant experience along with your salary requirements, to info@bcaction.org using the subject line “Program Officer.” Please include a writing sample that provides evidence of your ability to clearly communicate complex information in an accessible way (no longer than 4 pages). No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Breast Cancer Action does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

3 Responses to Employment Opportunities

  1. Nancy says:

    Hello. I am interested in the Program Officer roll because I am passionate about advancements in research for Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. I targeted my search to find this exact opportunity. Your headquarters are in San Francisco, but is there any chance this can be a remote opportunity for someone living in Los Angeles? If so, I will definitely apply.

    Thank you for your time!
    Nancy H. Jensen

  2. Julie says:

    Hello. I am interested in the Development Associate position. I believe that I exceed the qualifications required, however I am not familiar with Salesforce, although I am a fast learner, and believe I could master it in no time. I am passionate about Breast Cancer research and finding a cure. losing 115 men and women every day to this disease is not acceptable.

    • Kira Jones says:

      Thanks for reaching out, Julie. Please see the instructions for how to submit an application for the position of interest.

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