Brookline, MA

Assistant Director, Philanthropy Communications, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Organization – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

About Dana-Farber

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 physician/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

Reporting to the Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications, manage Division-wide marketing campaigns and major projects that promote the Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund brands through advertising (all mediums), print collateral, online, and social media. Serve as account lead on several assigned teams. Develop marketing strategies, concepts, deliverables, and plans to help teams and their fundraising events and programs meet and exceed their revenue and participation goals. Supervise one Account Manager/Writer in providing marketing strategy and execution for their assigned teams. Serve as a Philanthropy Communications contact for the Division of Philanthropy. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

The onboarding of this role will include a comprehensive training process which includes completion of online modules, shadowing colleagues, as well as hands-on learning experiences throughout the first calendar year in the role.

Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; Discovery; and Equity and Inclusion 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 currently undertaking an ambitious fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This multibillion-dollar 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 is focused on accelerating 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 required with application submission. If you wish to disclose your personal pronouns, please include them within your resume and cover letter submission.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Contribute high-level marketing and communications expertise to strategy and concept development, leading or serving on major project teams, and advising Account Manager/Writers on their projects.

• Develop marketing strategies and plans that help the Division and teams reach target audiences, meet, and exceed their revenue/participation goals, and attract new donors.

• Collaborate as a strategic partner with assigned Jimmy Fund teams to ensure marketing tactics meet goals. Serve assigned teams as main account lead: Carry out the strategic planning and analysis, concepting, and copywriting; and oversee creative execution and production for all marketing collateral from concept through completion.

• Lead strategic planning and brainstorming sessions to facilitate creative concepting on new Division-wide marketing projects and campaigns.

• Liaise between senior management and Media and Traffic Coordinator to execute Division-wide media buys. Liaise on creation of digital marketing materials such as landing pages, gift forms, emails, etc.

• Produce in-depth wrap-up reports, including detailed analysis that drives marketing recommendations for subsequent fiscal year.

• Research, write, and edit a variety of documents to support the needs of the Division of Philanthropy. Specific writing and marketing assignments include, but are not limited to:

• Articles for donor newsletters and publications, including Impact and other print and online/email newsletters

• Marketing collateral (brochures, flyers, banners, postcards, factsheets, etc.), advertising copy (print, broadcast, radio, online, out-of-home, social media), website copy, email blasts, e-newsletters, etc.

• Work collaboratively with the Philanthropy Marketing and Digital Marketing teams to execute marketing projects on time and on budget.

• Directly supervise one Account Manager/Writer in providing marketing strategies, plans, execution, and expertise; writing and editing leadership; project management; and other services to their assigned Philanthropy clients:

• Develop strategies to motivate staff and encourage their professional growth and development

• Assume responsibility for senior-level-work as assigned by or in the absence of the Associate Director

• Special projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Reports to Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications. This position has supervisory responsibility for one Account Manager/Writers. This individual will work with a variety of staff throughout the Institute, including assistant vice presidents, directors, prospect managers, Communications office colleagues, and doctors and staff.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in English, marketing, or related field required. Five to seven years of copywriting and marketing experience in an agency, non-profit, or related industry required; experience in a Philanthropy setting preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Also required are: Strong marketing and advertising experience, strong writing abilities, strong project management experience, proficiency in interpersonal business communications and staff management, publication management knowledge, experience with branding, the creative process, concepting, writing strategic marketing plans, excellent organizational abilities and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while providing quality service to multiple teams, experience infusing the values of equity and inclusion into marketing strategy and tactics.

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Working Conditions:

This position is considered remote, 0-1 days onsite 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 authenticity and diversity of every individual within our community. Our collective voices – donors, volunteers, staff, and patients alike – allow us to work together towards a world without cancer. Committed to being a place of inclusivity, belonging, and change, these are our core values.

Inclusive interview practices are a priority in the Division of Philanthropy. We incorporate an Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (ID&E) Interview Panel in all searches. In this 30-minute interview, we connect with candidates on four main ID&E competencies: empathy, collaboration, inclusivity, and compassion.


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 work/life balance. Dana-Farber offers a variety of personal, professional, and leadership development opportunities to all members of its workforce through Institutional programming. Division of Philanthropy offers 75+ specialized professional development sessions designed for staff each year through its in-house learning program, the Center for Advancement Training.*

*All benefits subject to Institute changes

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