Brookline, MA

Assistant Director, Corporate Partnerships, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Organization

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life-changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS, and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health, particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow’s physicians/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong. As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff. Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Position Overview

The Assistant Director will be the primary manager of a portfolio of key corporate partnerships including Stop & Shop, The Paper Store, KBP Foods, Papa Gino’s/D’Angelo’s, and other recurring cause marketing programs such as A Chance for Kids and Families. The Assistant Director will assist the Director of Corporate Partnerships in achieving short and long-term goals including developing two to three new cause-marketing partnerships per year and maintaining a pipeline of 50-100 corporations, and successfully fostering long-term, ongoing relationships. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; and Discovery every day. Add value to the Dana-Farber community by seeking opportunities to collaborate across the Institute. Foster an ethical, positive, results-oriented culture founded on open communication.

Dana-Farber is pursuing an ambitious, multi-year fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This $2 billion campaign is the largest in the Institute’s history and one of the largest ever in the U.S. focused solely on cancer. Philanthropy raised through The Dana-Farber Campaign will accelerate the Institute’s strategic priorities by supporting revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities—helping us prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

Application Requirements: 

Resume and cover letter are required with the application submission.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Generate more than $1 million from assigned programs.
  • Conduct a minimum of 150 donor visits per year.
  • Oversee all activity regarding the day-to-day management of assigned partnerships.
  • Strategize for growth and collaborate in the recruitment of 2-3 new retail partners per year.
  • Assist Director and Assistant Vice President of Corporate Partnerships in creating programs to enhance both the corporate partner and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s & The Jimmy Fund’s brand and reputation in the community.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with key stakeholders at partnering companies, including Executive Officers, Marketing Directors, Franchisees, and District Managers to further Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s and the Jimmy Fund’s relationships and grow programs.
  • Work with Jimmy Fund/DFCI’s Philanthropy Communications, Digital Marketing, and Fiscal & Regulatory Management departments to develop and coordinate all program-related marketing materials and activities.
  • Work with corporate volunteers and DFCI Trustees to develop new business initiatives and relationships.
  • Responsible for assisting the entire department with reaching financial goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Reports to the Director of Corporate Partnerships.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required with 5-7 years of corporate fundraising, sponsorship experience, or equivalent background required. Experience in consumer marketing, brand marketing, or consumer sales is helpful.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Outstanding time and project management skills Ability to manage complex timelines with multiple partners; Ability to prioritize and manage competing deadlines; Strong orientation to customer service and donor relations. Self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as a team member. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products. Must exercise significant judgment and confidentiality in working with prospects, volunteers, and Institute staff.

This position will evaluate current programs and create and execute approved plans to expand and diversify the donors and participants for the events assigned in order to broaden our donor base and create even more inclusive events.

Patient Contact:


Working Conditions:

This position is considered remote, with up to 1 day in the office at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA each week. DFCI guidelines state that employees must reside in New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.

Division of Philanthropy Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Commitment Statement:

We’re stronger together.

In the Division of Philanthropy, we believe in the power of different voices. We encourage the authenticity and diversity of every individual within our community. Our collective voices – donors, volunteers, staff, and patients alike – allow us to work together toward a world without cancer. Committed to being a place of inclusivity, belonging, and change, these are our core values.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

DFCI offers a competitive benefits package including generous healthcare and retirement plans, at minimum 3 weeks’ vacation time in addition to 10 paid holidays, a flexible work environment, and a work/life balance. We also provide an array of professional development opportunities. *

*All benefits subject to Institute changes

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