Chief Mission Officer

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Position summary

ZERO is seeking a dynamic Chief Mission Officer (CMO) to join their award-winning team. The ideal candidate will be able to survey the current status at ZERO and be the architect of an organization-wide strategy that builds a bigger continuum of care and impact across communities at risk, prostate cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

The Chief Mission Officer will be responsible for overseeing three mission departments: Patient Program & Education, Government Relations & Advocacy, and Health Equity. In addition to those three departments, the CMO will be tasked with building out a robust plan for outreach and volunteer engagement, staffing those departments accordingly and creating community-based interventions to drive key impacts of awareness, early detection, and advocacy. The CMO will be directly developing and executing strategies to advance the organization’s mission, apply best practices in community health interventions, and increase the amount of impact and outcomes. This role will lead efforts in using a comprehensive strategy to better serve patients and families on a national level.

Role responsibilities

  • Create a long-term and multi-year comprehensive strategy across the organization that will create a mission-driven state. Having the ability to tie back all initiatives and partnerships to the comprehensive strategic plan.
  • Foster consensus and cohesiveness among teams and departments through the mission.
  • Collaborate with peers and across departments to define priorities and role structures for staff. 
  • Use interventions and impact initiatives to increase measurable outcomes across marginalized communities.
  • Set priorities across the organization that tie back to the mission and measurable outcomes.
  • Collaborate heavily with the development department to drive the mission further and create a more streamlined and pinpointed development strategy.
  • Leveraging existing and new partnerships to work at scale.
  • Relay the mission and reputation of the organization through strategic internal and external impactful initiatives. 
  • The CMO will design and execute a complex enterprise-wide strategy that not only advances the mission and goals but also expands awareness of ZERO Prostate Cancer's priorities across diverse stakeholder audiences.
  • The CMO will have the opportunity to help shape the narrative to enhance ZERO's thought leadership and be a visionary leader with a passion for being a part of an organization dedicated to health and early detection advocacy.
  • As a member of the executive team, the CMO will report directly to the President & CEO, advising her on key issues, keeping her up to date on the organization’s programmatic work, and bringing an innovative perspective on opportunities to advance the organization’s work and mission.
  • Use budget management and decision-making skills to drive organizational decisions on the use of human capital and financial resources.


  • At least 10 years in building out organizational missions and long-term strategic plans.
  • At least 10 years working directly with marginalized and underserved communities for equitable outcomes.
    • Has an understanding and experience in implementing interventions and health outcomes within communities, particularly within underserved and marginalized communities.
  • At least 10 years of Manager and Staff Supervisor experience.
  • 5 years of Executive Leadership experience highly preferred.
  • Previously has led teams through a transformative and growth period in an organization.
  • A Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Social Work (MSW) is a plus.
    • A CPH or CHES certification is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in creating long and short-term strategies that will be implemented across an organization.
  • Ability to be a builder – someone who can build structure and consensus from the bottom up.
  • Experience working with development and fundraising teams. Has previously collaborated with such teams to advance the organization’s mission and strategy for measurable impact.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to create long-standing partnerships.
  • Experience working with funders, including partner presentations and proposals.
  • Prior experience in budget management in order to connect financial resources and organizational spending to the strategic plan.
  • Experience in a mission-driven organization focusing on cancer is preferred.
  • Experience in an enterprise health non-profit is preferred, including one with chapter or field staff.
  • Mentor team members in negotiating and decision-making skills to help prioritize the mission strategy.
  • Ability to create an internal and external impact and spark conversations across an organization regarding DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility).

Personal characteristics desired

  • A creative thinker who enjoys building initiatives and teams.
  • Ability to be courageous and determined.
  • Enjoys working in a grey area and taking charge.
  • Continuous quality improvement mindset.
  • Ability to perform in a complex changing environment. Strong analytical skills, communication and interpersonal skills, problem identification and resolution skills, and decision-making ability.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals and situations and build a cohesive consensus.
  • Excellent innovation skills.
  • Enjoys creating a mission-driven environment and culture in an organization.
  • Is a motivational and accountable leader who also enjoys being part of a team and overcoming obstacles as a team.
  • Skilled in developing, implementing, and advancing organizational priorities.

Client overview 

ZERO is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer and help all who are impacted. ZERO is the primary destination for all impacted by the disease to convene, get support and education, and come together as one united voice to create a better future for the prostate cancer community. One of the most important initiatives at ZERO is advancing health equity to help bridge the gap between racial and health disparities in prostate cancer among Black men, one of the groups most at risk for prostate cancer.  The organization has identified key impact areas it will be working towards in the next five years:  Driving appropriate awareness for screening leading to early detection, working to decrease the number of patients diagnosed with metastatic disease, improving quality life for patients and survivors, and decreasing mortality from the disease.

For more than 25 years, ZERO Prostate Cancer has helped people and families impacted by prostate cancer. Most people don’t know that a watershed moment for prostate cancer was inspired by breast cancer. In 1996, several groups of concerned patients, physicians, and advocates came together to create the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Modeled after the National Breast Cancer Coalition, this new organization was formed to stand up for men and their families impacted by prostate cancer and become a political force for a cure. Since then, the organization and its cause have evolved. Today, they are the destination for taking action to end prostate cancer and creating solutions to meet the most critical needs of their community. Under the leadership of a new President & CEO with almost 20 years of breast cancer advocacy, ZERO is tasked with growing its reach, modeling best practices, and ensuring inclusion is actionable and intentional.  Additionally, ZERO is at an exciting pivotal point as an organization where they are welcoming transformational growth internally and externally to better serve patients and communities.

ZERO continues to be on the front lines in Washington, D.C., and grassroots communities to help drive new legislation and policies that positively impact the lives of those at risk and who are suffering from this disease. They provide men and families with educational resources and promising research for improved early detection options. Their mantra to support, educate, and activate is mobilizing a like-minded, passionate, and multigenerational army of advocates across the country to ZERO out this disease once and for all.

ZERO holds the record for the most times recognized among the Best Nonprofits to Work For by the NonProfit Times (nine out of the last ten). It is clear they make supporting their team and community a top priority.  ZERO strives to empower their team through three key values which are being humble, hungry, and smartTheir team members demonstrate they are humble by working together and defining success collectively. They are hungry to advance their mission while going above and beyond. In addition, they are emotionally smart by understanding how their actions impact others. The organization is taking strides internally to evolve to more reflect the community it’s serving, today and moving forward.

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