Archive for January, 2018

JOB OPENING: Program Coordinator

Posted By on January 25th, 2018 at 11:12 am | 0 comments.

Program Coordinator

Organization Background
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization with a board of directors and a network of volunteers across the state. The PBCC exists to help the 9,500 women in this state who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, to support the families of the 2,200 women who will die from it and to serve as a resource for the hundreds of thousands more women currently living with the disease.

Position Summary
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is seeking a highly motivated, experienced, energetic professional with excellent communication skills to work full-time in the Lebanon, PA office.

The Program Coordinator manages programs and special events for the PBCC.  This includes the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Research grant program, PBCC webinars and other non-program related events and press conferences. We’re seeking an event planner, a team player, someone who can work with different personality types and is serious about getting the job done. We need someone who’s focused, organized and detail-oriented.

The ideal candidate should possess a minimum of two years’ experience handling all aspects of event and program planning, be proficient in MS Office and the Adobe Design Suite of programs, have strong oral/written communication skills and work well in a fast-paced team environment.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee at least 3 major PA Breast Cancer Coalition programs and other special events as assigned
    • Coordinate all details of the annual PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference
      • Create timeline, staff 8-week countdown and event play-by-play
      • Coordinate event speakers, workshop presenters, special guests and dignitaries
      • Provide event briefings and remarks
      • Coordinate all arrangements with the event site and other vendors
      • Compile continuing education application for accrediting agency
  • Manage the PBCC Research grant program
    • Coordinate grant review committee and RFA process
      • Plan events at grantee facilities
  • Organize educational webinars
    • Book webinar presenters, set up webinar details and keep attendee list
    • Act as the moderator and run webinar software
    • Prepare reports for PBCC database and accrediting agencies
  • As needed, assist the Outreach and Communications Coordinator with the planning of the “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” Traveling Photo Exhibit. Attend site visits, planning committee meetings and event opening receptions.
  • Travel, as needed, to provide oversight and assistance for programs and events off-site
  • Ensure consistency of quality and high standards in all programs and events


  • Experience with nonprofits & bachelor’s degree
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and work productively in a team setting
  • Willingness to travel and attend occasional evening and weekend events
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort using Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign
  • At least 2 years’ experience coordinating special events
  • Graphic design skills a big plus

Salary Range
This position offers a competitive non-profit salary and excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, tuition assistance and life insurance. The salary range is $30,000-$35,000 and is dependent on education and experience.

Please submit the following to with “Program Coordinator” in the subject line.  
Cover letter
Salary requirements

No phone calls please.  The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our 2018 PBCC Research Grant Winners are…

Posted By on January 23rd, 2018 at 8:30 am | 0 comments.

Some of the best and brightest minds in breast cancer research are working right here in our state. Without funding for their projects, our scientists cannot move forward. That’s where the PBCC’s Research Grants Initiative comes in. In 2018, we are proud to award $200,000 to the following breast cancer researchers:

David Cormode, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Sean Knecht, PhD
School of Engineering, Technology and Professional Programs
Penn State University

Steffi Oesterreich, PhD
Professor & Vice Chair
Precision and Translational Pharmacology
Magee-Womens Research Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Wendie Berg, PhD, MD, FACR
Professor of Radiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Our 2018 research grant recipients are studying better detection for breast cancer, genetics and breast density. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition remains focused on supporting scientists working to find the cause of and cure for breast cancer. Want to bring us closer to that cure? Donate your state income tax refund to the PBCC on Line 32 and every penny will support Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers!

FDA Approves 1st Drug for Advanced Breast Cancer Caused by BRCA1, BRCA2 Mutations

Posted By on January 21st, 2018 at 9:10 am | 0 comments.

Previous PBCC Research Award winner Dr. Susan Domchek co-led study

It’s a breakthrough for advanced breast cancer patients with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved its first treatment for advanced breast cancer caused by the inherited mutations. The drug, Lynparza (olaparib tablets), was previously approved to treat advanced ovarian cancer caused by mutations of BRCA1 or BRCA2.

University of Pennsylvania researcher and previous PBCC Research Award winner Dr. Susan Domchek co-led the study that led to the drug’s approval for breast cancer. Dr. Domchek calls the drug’s approval a significant advance for those women with triple-negative breast cancer and a BRCA mutation.

FREE Bras for Medicare Recipients Facing Breast Cancer

Posted By on January 20th, 2018 at 10:27 am | 0 comments.

Did you know? Medicare covers post-mastectomy or lumpectomy bras. Doctors may order FREE bras (up to $30 each) for breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy and are covered under Medicare. Medicare covers the first $30 of each bra and the woman is responsible for any costs above that amount. Survivors who have had reconstructive surgery are also eligible for free bras. More information to come in future PBCC publications!

Lancaster City Police K-9 Unit Takes a “Bite Out of Breast Cancer”

Posted By on January 16th, 2018 at 2:26 pm | 0 comments.

Taking a Bite Out of Cancer, the Lancaster City Police K-9 and Mounted Units held a special fundraiser for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition in October 2017. Officers sold pink t-shirts in honor of breast cancer awareness month, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the PBCC’s life-saving work throughout the state. The first annual campaign was a doggone success, with a total of $562 going to our programs and services for breast cancer survivors in PA! The PBCC staff was thrilled when the K-9 unit stopped by our office to deliver the donation with dogs in tow! Thank you to Officers Alexander, Reppert, Hatfield and Bradley for bringing K-9s Axel, Stryker, Zoltan and Wodan to our headquarters in Lebanon for this presentation, and to Sargent Michael Gerace for spearheading this unique campaign! The PBCC is honored to be the recipients of this meaningful gift.