Executive Director - Us TOO International

Chicago, Illinois
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Oct 27, 2019
Nov 26, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Us TOO International offers a lifeline to men and their families affected by a prostate cancer diagnosis. Us TOO serves this vital role by providing comprehensive educational resources, support services and personal connections to the prostate cancer community. This includes a network of more than 200 volunteer-led support groups in the U.S. and abroad. Best of all, these resources are available at no charge.


Since it was established in 1990, the need for Us TOO has never been greater. Prostate cancer affects one in nine men. Nearly 30,000 men died of the disease last year and approximately 3 million men in the U.S. are living with a prostate cancer diagnosis. That number is estimated to increase to more than 4 million by 2024.  

Us TOO International is currently seeking an Executive Director for its Des Plaines, IL, headquarters, to continue and expand their valuable contributions to men with prostate cancer, their families and loved ones. As Us TOO enters its fourth decade, this is an exceptional opportunity to build on past successes and forge a new path forward. Make your mark on an outstanding organization that can be the premier source of information and support for those facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Forge relationships with donors, funders, and other aligned organizations in the medical and pharmaceutical industries to build synergies that will provide real benefits for the prostate cancer community.


Organizational Leadership:

  • Serve as a thought-leader for the organization in interactions with patients and their loved ones, the medical community, the pharmaceutical community, foundations and donors
  • Communicate the vision, mission and values of Us TOO and exhibit knowledge of and passion for prostate cancer support, education, and advocacy
  • Develop and maintain a strategic planning process with achievable, actionable and measurable steps
  • Partner with the Us TOO Board of Directors  to drive strategic planning and define the long-term aspirational focus of the organization
  • Work with Board and staff to ensure that the mission, vision and strategic plan is fulfilled through programs and services provided
  • Oversee the Board development process and work with Board Leadership in the selection, recruitment and onboarding of new board members
  • Work closely with the Board and committee chairs to optimize the results of all meetings
  • Lead, motivate, mentor, supervise and maintain a highly effective, productive and cohesive team. Provide direction and motivation, establish goals, measure individual performance, provide constructive feedback, and maximize individual productivity
  • Maintain a positive, collaborative, flexible, inclusive, and innovative climate that attracts and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people
  • Prepare a comprehensive annual budget reflecting organizational goals and priorities and manage finances to ensure transparency and financial stability

External Relations:

  • Serve as an articulate, passionate, and visible spokesperson for Us TOO and the prostate cancer community
  • Promote Us TOO as the preferred source for patient and family support through strategic marketing and communications
  • Develop strategic alliances to source the most current scientific and medical information to provide patients and family members with concrete, understandable information to assist them with their treatment decisions
  • Cultivate positive relationships with other nonprofit PCa organizations, the healthcare provider community, pharmaceutical companies, and other entities to develop referral networks and maximize exposure
  • Reach out to the medical community treating prostate cancer for their active assistance and support with making Us TOO known to prostate cancer patients and their families
  • Build relationships with other organizations in the prostate cancer and cancer support universe to establish partnerships, create synergies, and pool resources to maximize the value and efficiency of Us TOO


  • Working with the Director of Development, design, lead and execute a development strategy for Us TOO
  • Implement current annual fundraising plan and develop future short- and long-term plans, including quarterly activities and metrics
  • Set and achieve annual philanthropic revenue targets, including new individual donor and retention goals, along with cultivation and stewardship goals
  • Work with the Board of Directors to leverage their resources and networks
  • Maintain and enhance the opportunities for collaboration with and achieving funding from pharmaceutical companies and other valued vendors to the medical community
  • Provide support to the Director of Development in identifying new corporate partnership and foundation prospects and craft strategies for outreach and engagement


  • Provide consistent, positive messaging that effectively and concisely defines the benefits that Us TOO brings to prostate cancer patients and their loved ones
  • Develop and manage an aggressive year-round communications calendar with the support of the Communications Manager that is targeted to different audiences:
  • Patients and their loved ones
  • Donors and prospects
  • Board of Directors
  • Organizational partners
  • Support Group Leaders and the institutions that host them



These communications may include direct mail, newsletters, press releases, annual report, social media and oversite of website content and design






  • Working with the Program Director, forge trusted relationships with the current network of support group leaders
  • Expand resources available to support group leaders and participants, assure superior quality of information, and gather regular feedback
  • Identify best practices to update and improve programming available for prostate cancer patients and their families


  • Empathy: Understands the thoughts, feelings, and conflicts experienced by those diagnosed with prostate cancer and their loved ones
  • Vision & Purpose: Inspires others by clearly communicating a compelling vision and core sense of purpose that motivates stakeholders to work toward that vision. Leads by example. Maintains an optimistic approach to problem-solving which focuses on solutions and possibilities for improvement. Empowers employees to build on their own strengths, innovate, collaborate, take risks, and reduce silos
  • Situational Awareness and Sensitivity: Can maneuver through complex environments, both internal and external to the organization, effectively and gracefully, while maintaining sensitivity to how different people and organizations work and demonstrating a flexible approach accordingly. Effectively uses diplomacy and tact and can defuse even high-tension situations comfortably
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Recognizes the disproportionate impact of prostate cancer on communities of color, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Understands and reflects the value that equity, diversity, and inclusion brings to the organization. Uses an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens to build constructive and appropriate strategies, programs, and relationships that engage those inside and outside the organization
  • Strategic Agility: Demonstrates a future-oriented way of thinking which is based on broad knowledge and perspective. Grasps future trends, analyzes consequences of decisions accurately, and can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans
  • Integrity & Trust: Inspires trust and is perceived as a direct and truthful individual. Presents the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner. Can admit mistakes, keep confidences, and otherwise maintain a high standard of professional ethics
  • Quality Decision-Making: Makes effective decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment and is sought out by others for advice and solutions. Most decisions, when evaluated over time, are correct
  • Adaptability: Values working in a fast-paced environment that relies upon the ability to meet deadlines, multitask, be a team player, and maintain a sense of humor to ensure success


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree a plus
  • Minimum ten years of work experience including leadership roles within a healthcare-related organization. Applied experience from a similar field will be considered
  • Track record of success and increased responsibilities
  • Proven capability to lead a national organization with a budget in excess of $900K, a national board of directors, and manage staff in Chicago and located remotely
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, direct and control activities in a service organization through the work of others
  • Experience working with a board of directors
  • A record of fundraising success with diverse funding sources
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications
  • Excellent organizational/project management skills, detail orientation and demonstrated capacity to manage a high volume of work to achieve ambitious goals in a fast-paced setting and to do so in collaboration with diverse stakeholders
  • Proven track record of working with senior-level executives and philanthropists
  • Proficiency in Google and Microsoft products (e.g. Drive, Docs, Word, Sheets, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • A direct personal or family connection to prostate cancer strongly preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer

Us TOO is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We seek to recruit a team that represents a genuine variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, in full compliance with federal, state and local anti-discrimination statutes. 


Disclaimer: The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.