Director of Partnerships

Director of Partnerships

Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Washington, DC or Remote   |   May 18, 2021

About Colorectal Cancer Alliance

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance (“the Alliance”) was founded in 1999 as the Colon Cancer Alliance, by a group of 40+ survivors, caregivers, and friends who saw the need to educate the public about colorectal cancer and provide support to those affected by the disease.

Though it began as a simple online support group, the passion and vision of those involved began a nationwide movement. In 1999, the first annual meeting of the Colon Cancer Alliance was held in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Shortly after, a Board of Directors was appointed and a committee structure put in place for the workgroup. After 20+ years, the Alliance still honors and remembers those who shaped the organization into what it is today.

In January 2016, the Colon Cancer Alliance merged with The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. Founded in 2010, Chris4Life had been known for its successful campaigns and personal mission. After the merger, the organization became the largest colorectal cancer-specific non-profit in the United States, standing to accelerate a joint mission where more people will be screened for this unique cancer and where more patients and survivors are supported so they can live longer, better lives.

In November 2017, the Colon Cancer Alliance became the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, focused on empowering a nation of allies who work with us to provide support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research. United in a fierce determination to dramatically impact the way society sees this devastating disease, the Alliance exists to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime.

Today, the Alliance is the largest colorectal cancer screening organization in the U.S., making an impact through its focus on three overarching programmatic pillars of Screen, Care, and Cure. Each of these pillars has a specific outcome it is trying to achieve to help accomplish the Alliance’s vital mission. Those goals are as follows:

  • Screen: To save 100,000 lives through awareness and prevention by 2029.
  • Care: To increase the number of patients and families served to 750,000 annually by 2024.
  • Cure: To commit $30 million to innovative and life-saving research by 2024.

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The Opportunity

To reach its ambitious goals, the Alliance must build and leverage partnerships with healthcare organizations, social support organizations, and other stakeholders. If the Alliance succeeds, the organization will be able to more effectively scale the impact of its programs through existing reach into communities. And – as it has committed to addressing health inequities that affect African Americans colorectal screening, diagnoses, and care – the Alliance believes that creating meaningful partnerships with organizations is essential to its overarching goal of saving lives.

The Alliance has created the new position of Director of Partnerships to lead efforts in this area.

The Director of Partnerships will:

  • Build a system to formalize and scale partnerships with entities who have a shared mission and/or audience and can extend the reach of the Alliance.
  • Design a partner portfolio that allows the Alliance to achieve its goals and scale all activities nationally across prevention, patient support, and research activities.
  • Develop a monitoring system to track outcomes & ROI associated with strategic partnerships.
  • Proactively seek and cultivate relationships with federal institutions, national organizations, and state and community-level influencers by identifying opportunities to work together and maximize cross-organizational output.
  • Serve as a key thought leader for the Alliance’s equity work in colorectal cancer.
  • Work across internal departments to determine projects and tactics where we will leverage the assets of partners.
  • Develop and maintain organizational systems and workflow procedures that aid in outreach and tracking.
  • Stay up-to-date on best practices in grassroots partner outreach, activation, and the current priorities of our priority partners.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate is a strategic self-starter with a background in building cross-sector relationships. In addition, desired qualities, skills and characteristics include:

  • Passion for the mission of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance;
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, creative, entrepreneurial environment;
  • Excellent organizational and oral & written communication skills;
  • A solutions focus and drive for excellence;
  • Ability to think critically and creatively about opportunities to meet partner interests while achieving a return on investment for the Alliance;
  • Commitment and track record of advancing racial equity;
  • Expertise in industry innovation and best practices to effectively reach and serve Black Americans, with a focus on building trustworthiness; and
  • Understanding of how to evaluate the impact of partnerships and iterate over time to maximize value.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is committed to providing a productive and professional environment in which volunteers and staff work together with mutual respect and appreciation of their diversity to achieve the mission of the organization.  The Alliance believes it is important to be genuinely representative of the community we serve, and in the importance of creating programs and activities, and collateral materials, that are culturally sensitive and responsive to all communities’ needs. This is essential to increasing colorectal cancer prevention and survivorship rates. Furthermore, we strive for an inclusive environment where volunteers, staff, and others who support the Colorectal Cancer Alliance reflect the full diversity of people affected by colorectal cancer and feel welcome to share their talents, skills, and passions in pursuit of our mission.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express interest in the role please visit this website. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

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