Boston, Massachusetts

Chief Development Officer, Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation

The Organization

The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) seeks an experienced front-line fundraiser to join a team of dedicated professionals focused on winning the war against cancer, specifically neuroendocrine cancer. At present, 170,000+ Americans are living with neuroendocrine tumors, “NETs,” and the number of those diagnosed is increasing annually. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will champion NETRF’s research and patient advocacy mission, advancing a comprehensive fundraising program that has garnered a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator and a “Platinum” designation from GuideStar.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, NETRF is an international leader in funding research to discover cures and more effective treatments for neuroendocrine cancers. Since its founding in 2005, NETRF has awarded more than $34 million in grants to leading scientists at renowned institutions, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In addition to funding this vital research, NETRF is committed to improving, extending, and saving the lives of those affected by NETs through online and multi-media educational resources and patient/caregiver communications.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the CEO as a member of the senior leadership team, the CDO works in concert with a national Board of Directors and an internationally-renowned Board of Scientific Advisors to deepen NETRF’s culture of philanthropy. Specifically, the CDO brings a best-practice orientation to building a donor pipeline with an eye toward identifying, cultivating, and soliciting transformational gifts. As the lead fundraiser, supported by a Development Coordinator, the CDO plans and executes annual and multi-year fundraising strategies with goals, metrics, and deliverables for major and planned giving, annual appeals, grateful patient/family giving, and memorial giving.


The ideal candidate is a mission-driven, engaging, entrepreneurial fundraiser and project manager with superb communications and organizational skills. High integrity, energy, curiosity, and a collaborative spirit are key traits. Requirements include BS/BA with 8-10 years’ progressive fundraising experience preferably within healthcare, research and/or academic environments; proven success in individual and major gifts with basic knowledge of corporate and foundation relations; and ability to effectively research, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects and donors capable of six- and seven-figure gifts. NETRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

How To Apply

This is a retained executive search of Exceptional Executive Search.

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