Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada – Chief Executive Officer

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (Candlelighters) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary as a Southern-Nevada based nonprofit whose mission is to provide emotional support, quality of life programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer.

As we move into the next stage of our organization’s development, Candlelighters is seeking a charismatic, external-facing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with strong fundraising and management skills. This individual will report to the Board of Directors and will manage a staff of 8. Additionally, this individual will oversee service to more than 364 families and 1027 children (includes diagnosed children and their siblings), over 500 volunteers annually, and will work with a Board of 19.

The CEO has overall accountability, responsibility and authority for the management of the operations and programs of Candlelighters in accordance with the strategic plan and objectives approved by the Board of Directors (Board) and subject to oversight by the Board.

Job Description

In order to achieve our mission and vision the CEO has responsibility for ensuring that all segments of the organization are working effectively. A key element of the CEO’s role is engagement with external stakeholders, including our community, donors and potential donors, and volunteers. The CEO will report to and work collaboratively with the Candlelighters Board.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

This individual will have the skills to exercise effective oversight of the operational and functional areas described below, and the knowledge and expertise to step in to implement such areas when necessary.

Strategic Planning, Program Development and Administration:

  • Provide leadership in developing strategy and programmatic, organizational and financial plans with the Board and staff, and executing the same subject to Board oversight and approval.
  • Responsible for smooth and efficient execution of all business functions– including fund development, volunteer management, program services, finance, marketing and administration.
  • Assure program quality through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all community partners needed for Candlelighters to successfully conduct its programs.
  • Ensure that all required official records and documents are maintained, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the local and national nonprofit sector as well as other local organizations that are similar to (or a complement to) Candlelighters.

Resource Development:

  • Oversee the creation and implementation of the Annual Fund Development Plan.
  • Establish effective fundraising initiatives and programs from individual and corporate donors.
  • Ensure proper cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts.
  • Regularly meet with individual and corporate donors and prospects.
  • Ensure a strong infrastructure needed for successful fund development, including but not limited to moves management systems, diversification of resources and database maintenance.
  • Ensure identification of potential grant sources, successful completion of grant applications and effective utilization and reporting regarding any successful grant awards.
  • Streamline and maximize fundraising events.

Communication and Public Relations:

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed, timely decisions.
  • Maintain appropriate internal communications to Candlelighters staff about operations and organizational developments.
  • Execute a robust communications strategy to publicize the goals, programs and activities of Candlelighters to external stakeholders, including donors and potential donors, volunteers, the community at large, nonprofit groups, diverse organizations, and the media.
  • Enhance the public image of Candlelighters by being active and visible in the community, and establishing sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with key constituencies.
  • Serve as an ambassador and public spokesperson for Candlelighters in the community.
  • Listen to community feedback voiced by donors, community partners, clients, volunteers, and the community in order to improve services and generate community enthusiasm for Candlelighters.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for children and families as it relates to public policy issues that affect pediatric cancer and cancer research.

Human Resources/Staff Management:

  • Recruit and retain a well-qualified, diverse team of employees.
  • Maintain an inclusive, positive work culture that motivates and retains top quality employees; provides regular performance feedback and recognition to employees; and follows sound human resources practices.
  • Promote the training, education and development of staff.
  • Promote process for recruitment, selection, education, motivation and evaluation of volunteers to assist in fulfillment of the Candlelighters mission.

Budgeting and Financial Management:

  • Develop the proposed annual budget based on consultation with staff, the Finance Committee, and the Board.
  • Be accountable for sound fiscal management that ensures organizational adherence to the approved budget and maximum resource utilization; anticipate funding shortfalls and develop proactive plans for addressing same.
  • Assure the integrity and completeness of organizational financial information systems and processes, internal controls, and reporting requirements so that periodic financial statements accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization in a timely manner
  • Engage in and oversee strategy and execution of fundraising initiatives and development of other resources.
  • Serve as liaison to secure and assist with the annual audit of the organization’s financial accounts by independent auditors.

Required Qualifications Experience

As CEO the individual must demonstrate critical competencies in four board categories: leading change; business acumen and savvy, commitment to results, and motivating teams.

Leading change: The CEO must possess the attitude/orientation, skills and expertise of a leader. S/he must share the values, mission and vision of Candlelighters. S/he must consistently display integrity; model leadership behavior; develop team members and volunteers; and build effective, high-performing teams. This individual must handle challenging situations effectively, and design and implement interventions to solve problems, resolve conflicts and push the organization forward. The individual must be committed to diversity and inclusion, and respectful of all sectors of the community.

Business acumen/savvy:

  • Successful track record of program management and building organizational capability – including organizational design, financial management, systems planning and evaluation, staff development, fundraising, community partnerships, and effective Board of Directors relations – in a for-profit or not-for-profit enterprise comparable to the size and scope of Candlelighters.
  • Ability to delegate responsibility for and oversee execution of major organizational functions.
  • Strong problem solving skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with ability to effectively speak and present to public audiences.
  • Attention to detail with ability to work independently and prioritize effectively.
  • Experience in developing fundraising campaigns and working with major donors.

Commitment to results: The CEO must be customer focused and goal driven. This individual identifies relevant information and helps translate and convey the information into individual and organizational knowledge and learning. The role is action oriented and innovative. S/he converts broad goals into strategy and achievable steps. S/he anticipates and solves problems, and leverages opportunities into organizational success. While highly self-motivated and able to work independently, the individual must be an effective team leader and team player.

Motivating teams: The CEO must know how to influence and empower others in positive directions; provide reassurance to team members in times of change and transition; and assure organizational stability and continuity.

  • Proven success in staff management, retention and team building.
  • Ability to attract and mobilize a large number of volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate and interface effectively with diverse constituencies, including clients and potential clients, board members, employees, volunteers, donors and potential donors, community organizations, and the public at large.

Other required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business administration, public relations, human resources or another related field
  • Seven or more years of business and/or nonprofit executive management experience
  • Ability to travel when needed
  • Must have valid driver’s license, insurance and daily access to a vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business administration, nonprofit management, public relations, human resources or another related field

Other Information and Submission Details

This position is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Relocation assistance is not available.
Salary and benefits will be competitive, consistent with the Las Vegas area, and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.

All candidates should send a cover letter to convey your ability to lead the organization as well as salary requirements, and résumé to : with “Résumé of <your name>” in the subject line.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.