Executive Director


Project Life Movement (PLM), which began at Davidson College (NC) in 1989, is a national movement to make life-giving bone marrow transplants available to more patients by testing and registering college students in order to increase the potential pool of volunteer bone marrow and tissue donors. The focus is on recruiting young, healthy college students because they provide the most successful matches.

For more than 30 years, one of the best-kept secrets in providing cures for cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma and for diseases such as sickle cell anemia has been bone marrow donation and transplantation. In 1987, a federal mandate created the National Marrow Donor Program. The program had a simple, significant goal: connecting volunteer donors with patients whose only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant.

Since the first drive at Davidson, over 25 universities and partners have joined in the PLM mission. PLM plans to continue to expand this movement to college campuses across the nation while aiming to educate millions of students on how easy it is to help people and to let these students know what an amazing impact they can have by donating bone marrow.

For more information, please visit www.projectlifemovement.org.


The Executive Director will report directly to the Executive Board and ultimately the General Board of the organization.  Direct reports to the Executive Director include the Director of Marketing and Communications (part-time) and a Campus Coordinator.


The Executive Director is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for PLM, as well as implementing policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will provide leadership, direction and guidance for all of the organization’s activities.

Specific responsibilities include, but may not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Plan, revise, and/or implement as necessary an organizational structure to accomplish PLM goals, including marketing and public relations strategies.
  • Recruit, supervise, develop, evaluate, and retain staff to accomplish PLM objectives.
  • Develop, implement, and revise policies and procedures consistent with PLM mission and objectives.
  • Ensure financial soundness; maintain complete statistical and financial records to ensure the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting, including the annual budget.
  • Responsible for fundraising efforts and goals; establish and maintain personal and corporate donor relations, identify and pursue grant opportunities; and plan and execute special events.
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with the Board of Directors in order to design and implement an effective strategy for the operation of the organization.
  • Effectively communicate to the Executive Board and General Board on a regular and timely basis.
  • Develop, nurture, and maintain effective strategic partnerships and relationships within the local, regional, and national community, including colleges, universities, and athletic conference partners.


  • Leadership and fundraising experience, preferably in a non-profit organization.
  • High energy; passion for the mission of Project Life Movement.
  • Honesty and integrity above reproach.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong public speaker to serve as the “face” of PLM; experience building the public profile of an organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills; collaborative; able to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals and institutions.
  • Visionary; strong strategic and analytical thinking and problem solving ability.
  • Excellent business management skills; financial acumen.
  • Technologically savvy; adept and experienced with social media to reach target audiences.
  • Willingness to perform any and all organization duties as warranted; “roll up your sleeves” mentality.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience, which includes a competitive base salary, benefits, and relocation assistance.

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