Program Officer

San Francisco, California
Full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.
May 01, 2019
May 31, 2019
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time

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.


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.


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.

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. 

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 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.

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