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Thank you for your interest in joining the Free to Breathe staff. 

We are seeking:

Events Assistant
Events Coordinator
Director of Business Development
Volunteer Superheroes

Events Assistant

Do you feel drawn to a larger purpose? Do people tell you that you are skilled at working with others and empowering them for greatness? Are your organizational skills unparalleled? If so, take a look at Free to Breathe, a growing non-profit organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival. Free to Breathe has an exciting opportunity for an energetic and detail oriented Events Assistant who is responsible for supporting the events staff, participants and fundraisers through ongoing service and guidance. If you are looking to work in an inspiring environment, with a supportive team, and for a heroic cause look no further! Start your new career today and join the movement to defeat lung cancer!

Typical responsibilities include:
  • Efficient and error-free input and maintenance of constituent database information including event donations, registrations, and revenue.
  • Implementation, follow up and acknowledgement of event sponsorships.
  • Run and format various event reports for each national event.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact to provide support and respond to all email and phone inquiries for Free to Breathe events.
  • Coordinate event merchandise and materials procurement and maintain appropriate event program inventory.
  • Manage fundraising incentive orders and mailings.
  • Assist in drafting event and program specific materials and resources, and Letters of Understanding.
  • Assist with event day financial reconciliation.
  • Assist with preparation and details for bi-annual Free to Breathe Forum.
  • Support department meetings by taking minutes, writing welcome and thank you notes, and maintaining event postings, files and records.
Ideal candidates will have:
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in business or marketing.
  • A combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of relevant work experience, ideally in a non-profit environment.
  • Ability to work independently and thrive in a results-oriented culture of accountability.
  • Strong Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, InDesign, and Illustrator skills needed for this position. Salesforce knowledge preferred.
  • Madison, WI 
  • No relocation assistance is provided
To Apply:

Events Coordinator

Are you an event planner at heart with an eagle eye for details? Do you love being part of a collaborative team? We have an exciting opportunity for a driven and passionate Events Coordinator who is responsible for organizing and coordinating logistics for our national Free to Breathe events program.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of events in collaboration with staff and grassroots volunteers
  • Responsible for the completion and submission of applications/contracts/permits
  • Coordinate logistics for event day in collaboration with staff and volunteer committee
  • Review, approve and order event signage and marketing material
  • Create event specific resources and materials
  • Maintain consistent and effective communication with staff and volunteer committee
  • Recognize fundraisers and volunteers through stewardship practices
  • Attend events as needed and serve as ambassador for the organization
Key Success Attributes:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, marketing or similar field. Non-profit management degree and/or fundraising coursework preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of combined professional experience in fundraising, development and customer service, ideally in a non-profit environment (including internships)
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Love of organizing and coordinating small details
  • Meticulous attention to detail and high standards for accuracy
  • Self-starter able to exercise discretion and independent judgment
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Enjoy working in an office with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Madison, WI office headquarters
To Apply:

Director of Business Development

If you enjoy building great relationships that bring big results, and you’re looking to work with a great team for a great cause, check this out! Free to Breathe is a growing non-profit organization dedicated to doubling the lung cancer survival rate. We have an exciting opportunity for a results-driven Director of Business Development who is responsible for securing and managing a $1.5 - $2.0 million revenue portfolio through the solicitation of pharmaceutical and corporate support.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Cultivate and manage pharmaceutical industry and corporate partnerships including the development and management of a strategy for pharmaceutical and corporate funding/support
  • Manage the formal proposal and funding process, including: proposal/grant writing, formal submissions, and fulfilling required reporting
  • Maintain knowledge of industry funding trends, with foresight to help align funding requests in anticipation of future trends
  • Build/seek out new pharmaceutical, corporate or market opportunities leading to new and increased revenues or collaborations
  • Actively participate in and serve as an ambassador at external speaking events including engagement gatherings where target funders, donors or investors are present
Key Success Attributes:
  • Bachelor's degree in business, sales & marketing or related field, required
  • A minimum of 5-7 years experience in continuing medical education (CME) business development, sales or fundraising, required
  • Demonstrated grant research, grant writing and grant management skills
  • Successful track record of securing corporate, foundation and industry support, and/or achieving or exceeding revenue goals
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong negotiation and multi-stakeholder consensus-building skills
  • Ability to give presentations and engage in conversations with multiple audiences
  • Ability to think and act strategically with a social enterprise perspective
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Enjoy working in an office with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to travel (domestic) up to 50% with some overnight stays, and occasional travel abroad
  • Remote / home office option available, or Madison, WI headquarters office
To Apply:

Volunteer Superheroes

Do you have the heart of a superhero?  Are you looking to help out others and be a part of something that is bigger than yourself?  Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people fighting cancer?  If so, Free to Breathe needs YOU!  We are a non-profit organization dedicated to doubling the lung cancer survival rate by the year 2022.  We support and fund innovative lung cancer research through fundraising events held throughout the country.  It is an exciting and energetic group of people involved with our organization! 

However, funding research and fundraising is a lot of work and that is why we need smart, energetic, and dedicated volunteer superheroes like you – who deep down want to make a difference in the world!  Our volunteer schedules are flexible, with most jobs requiring 1-2 hours per week. 

Typical volunteer opportunities include:
  • Counting and banding educational materials for distribution
  • Assembling patient packets
  • Inventory assistance
  • General office assistance
  • Shipping
  • Special projects and much more!
  • Madison, WI
Get Started:
  • If you are the superhero we seek, email and let us know you are ready to start volunteering today and join the movement to defeat lung cancer!


Free to Breathe provides a comprehensive, competitive benefits package:

Health and Wellness Benefits
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Vacation Time
  • Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • Summer Hours Program 
  • Flexible Work Schedules
Financial Security & Retirement Benefits
  • Group Term Life & Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Retirement Plan
Additional Benefits
  • Employer paid Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance Program
  • Will Preparation Program
  • Work/Life Employee Assistance Program
  • Free Parking at the National Office
  • Professional Development/Education Opportunities

Interested? Apply today!

Learn about our values.

Free to Breathe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, provision of services, staff employment and selection of board members, volunteers and vendors. 

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