Program Officer

Breast Cancer Action
SOMA, San Francisco
Exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits: medical, dental, 3 wks vacation.
Nov 13, 2018
Dec 13, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level

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 tell it like it is and refuse to blame anyone for their breast cancer, 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 don’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.

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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, salaried, mid-level position based in San Francisco and reports to the Executive Director.


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 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;
  • 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.


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, 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 5 experience working in a not for profit. Plus to have degree in public health, women’s health or social justice;
  • 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;
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

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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