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Lung Cancer Initiative prides itself on the collaborative, flexible, and supportive work culture. We are always looking for individuals who are passionate about supporting lung cancer survivors, have a team player mentality, and want to make a difference.

Employment Opportunities


Communications & Events Specialist

In collaboration with leaders from across Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI), the Communications & Events Specialist will execute an integrated strategic communications plan and provide support to fundraising events to advance LCI’s brand, inspire supporters, engage constituents and assist in achieving LCI’s fundraising goals.  This individual will be positive, entrepreneurial, and collaborative as a member of a small staff who interacts regularly with leaders and volunteers from across North Carolina and beyond.



  • Demonstrate understanding of LCI mission and activities such that the individual positively represents the organization and brand with internal and external audiences
  • In collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Special Events, will develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan to support achievement of LCI’s development, programs, awareness and events goals
  • In collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Special Events, will develop and manage the LCI’s annual marketing and communications budget and associated marketing budgets for fundraising events
  • Manage and provide rich content targeted to strategic audiences for all LCI social media  including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn pages and establish benchmarks for success
  • Maintain LCI’s consumer website by ensuring content is current, easy to access and functional;  serve as staff liasion with web site vendor
  • Serve as staff liaison for the LCI Marketing Committee including Board of Directors representatives and other community leaders
  • Develop, distribute and maintain all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to brochures, flyers, annual report, e-newsletters, and the organization’s website
  • In collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and senior leadership, develop targeted fundraising appeals and stewardship communications to key audiences through the strategic use of the CRM database
  • Develop and cultivate media contacts; prepare press releases, talking points, presentations and other supporting material as needed
  • Manage relationships with communications-related vendors or consultants
  • Collaborate with a communications support team, including board, interns and volunteer talent, to support the development and execution of the communications strategy
  • Represent LCI at community events including health fairs, educational programs, corporate events

Events Management

  • Provide events management and support to the Director of Special events including development and management of LUNGe Forward and Evening of Hope fundraising web sites and associated constituent communication
  • Serve as the events manager for one to two signature events annually in coordination with the Director of Special Events and serve as the staff lead on associated committees;  will be responsible for recruiting, managing and motivating volunteer committees for these events
  • Participate in key event committee meetings and provide marketing and communications support to signature events including the LUNGe Forward 5K race series, Evening of Hope Gala, Annual Meeting and Advocacy Summit
  • Serve as key point of contact for photography and videography at all major LCI events and programs
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree (journalism, marketing, public relations and/or communications preferred)
  • 1 to 2 years of progressively responsible experience in relevant communications and/or events management work
  • Alignment with LCI’s core values of passionate support of survivorship, building community, compassion, empathy, transparency, integrity, professionalism and responsible stewardship
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Professionalism in high-pressure situations
  • Proven attention to detail, editing and project management skills
  • The highest integrity and sensitivity to confidential business-related information
  • Experience with emerging marketing tools (social media, customer relationship marketing), required
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, required
  • Experience with Raisers Edge NXT and Online Express, preferred
  • Experience with website maintenance preferred
  • Photography, video production and editing skills are a plus
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Ability to travel and work on weekends, sometimes extensively, and/or on short notice.
  • A valid driver’s license and willingness to use personal vehicle (with mileage reimbursement)


This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position requiring that the individual be available to work during LCI’s regular business hours of 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Some infrequent evenings and weekends will be required.


Please send the following materials by email to and include your first initial and last name in the subject line, along with Communications & Events Specialist position:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Phone and email contact for three (3) professional references

Applications will be continuously reviewed until the position is filled.

Lung Cancer Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Lung Cancer Initiative to prohibit unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.


Volunteer and Internship Positions

Public Health Intern

The Public Health/Programs intern will assist with the planning and implementation of programs and events that support lung cancer research and education. This includes outreach in the community by connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community as well as education tools and access programs across North Carolina.  Interns work closely with the Director of Programs in coordination with local lung cancer survivors and advocates, corporations and health systems in seasonal health fairs and educational seminars.  Some intern tasks include:

  •  Identifying and attending local health fairs to distribute free educational materials, educate community members on lung cancer screening, debunk myths surrounding lung cancer, and increase overall awareness of lung cancer.
  • Managing the Access to Care Gas Card program database including review applications, inputting data and distribution of gas cards.
  •  Assisting with community outreach to lung cancer survivors and cancer centers across North Carolina, ensuring every person touched by lung cancer in North Carolina is aware of our resources.
  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of educational events such as the Annual Meeting, Community Education Webinar Series, Advocacy Summit, and Survivors Day celebration.
  • Researching and identifying new grant opportunities and funding sources to support and sustain LCI’s programs.

Apply now on  If you have any questions please on contact Savannah Dodson,

Marketing & Communications Intern

The Communications & Marketing Intern will gain knowledge and experience for how nonprofits are able to use marketing and communications strategies to positively impact the lives of people who are affected by lung cancer in North Carolina.  The intern will use various tools and platforms to communicate with our advocates in collaboration with the Manager of Marketing & Communications. This internship is ideal for a candidate who has an interest in marketing, communications, public relations and/or non-profit management.  Some intern tasks include:

  •   Assisting with the creation of communications materials–press releases, blog posts, e-blasts, social media posts, and more.
  • Create social media drafts, schedules, and publish on social media to update and maintain LCI’s social media presence.
  •  Email marketing such as draft copy for emails and upgrading email templates using graphics.
  • Update organization website by using LCI’s content management system when needed–update copy, images, web header, etc.
  • Design social media graphics, web graphics, and other marketing material for LCI.

Apply now on  If you have any questions please on contact Savannah Dodson,

Special Events Intern

The Special Events intern will work closely with the Director of Special Events and play a critical role in supporting important fundraising events including the LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk & Rally series (located in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte), the Evening of Hope Gala, Triangle Golf Tournament and other advocate-led grassroots events. Interns will work with volunteer committee members to secure sponsorships, event volunteers, donations, and other logistical tasks to prepare for a seamless event. The intern will also play an important role in helping the Lung Cancer Initiative acknowledge gifts and contributions as a part of our fundraising events. 

  • Assisting with volunteer recruitment.
  • Assisting with the collection and management of silent and live auction items for the Evening of Hope Gala.
  • Data entry and management.
  • Providing support to event planning committees and attending events.

Apply now on  If you have any questions please on contact Savannah Dodson,