If you are passionate about working for ACS, do not give up. Make sure that you understand what an ACS Community Affairs Manager does. ACS community liaisons are often responsible for fundraising, education, PR, marketing, volunteer coordination and some corporate relations. An ideal candidate may have experience in all of these areas. If you have that base covered, it doesn't hurt to have a personal tie to cancer. In your coverletter and interviews do not hesitate to share why you want to irradicate Cancer. Also, try beginning as a volunteer. This may help overcome any issues with being a New Yorker that is not from the community. Volunteers with ACS hold a lot of responsibility. Community positions with ACS exist, in part, to empower volunteers to join the fight against cancer. Learning the job from the volunteer perspective is an excellent way to get in and hit happens very very very often. Becoming a volunteer is as easy as joining your local Relay for Life committee. They are always looking for dedicated and professional volunteers. Focus your energies on being an excellent volunteer who is willing to go above and beyond instead of focusing on landing a job. In the meantime, keep an eye out for opportunities. You will have a direct inside link through your Relay manager, and when a job becomes available do not hesitate to let him/her know that you are interested. So, get in the mix and you will have your foot in the door. Finally, although I think monkeys are amusing creatures, I would not prefer to work with them over the people I worked with at ACS. Attitude is everything at ACS. There are many high points, but there are some low points that come when people loose their fight or when the hours get painfully long. Positivity in your search will reflect your ability to be positive during the difficult times that come with working for this amazing organization.