Brookline, MA

Associate Director, Editorial Content, 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.

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

Associate Director, Editorial Content, Philanthropy Communications

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Brookline, MA

Full Time 

The Associate Director, Editorial Content assists the entire Division in raising $400+ million annually by owning all aspects of our major donor publications and by driving the compilation, creation, management and deployment of compelling and consistent content and messaging in print and online communications, across the Division. 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; 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 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:

  • Primary owner and executor of all aspects of the Division’s donor publications, including Impact magazine, Your Impact in Action digital 1-pager, and other publications as needed:
    • Serve as editor of donor magazine, Impact (4x per year):
      • Maintain the editorial calendar, solicit, and evaluate story ideas, assign writers, and oversee their progress
      • Research and write stories, including interviews with high-level donors and senior faculty
      • Review and edit stories assigned to other writers
      • Secure donor photography and logos
      • Work with Philanthropy Communications’ Design and Production teams to ensure timely and cost-effective design, approval, printing, and mailing of each issue
    • Serve as editor of donor magazine, Impact (4x per year):
      • Maintain the digital production and announcement calendar
      • Re-format all magazine copy for digital upload
      • Collect and organize all visual assets (photography, illustrations, logos)
      • Oversee the upload of all content to WordPress and approve for go-live
      • Manage email announcements and web rollouts:
        • Write and circulate email copy, request mailing date and mailing list, test and approve email
        • Write tickets for posting links on,, and DFCI Online
    • Work with Digital Marketing and Philanthropy IS teams to ensure timely go-live and announcement of each website update
    • Oversee writing and production of the annual Your Impact in Action digital 1-pager, highlighting key achievements of the year
    • Periodically review and update organizing principles and procedures, and provide training to writers and Philanthropy staff
    • Develop annual and midcourse budget projections re: publications
    • Ensure that inclusion, diversity, and equity are reflected in 100% of donor publications
  • Provide support to the Director of Editorial Content by acting as an additional content expert on campaign priorities and programs and assisting in campaign communications efforts including campaign materials and talking points.
  • Compile, create, and manage a central repository of compelling content that can be deployed across the Division in print and online to use as proof points of excellence and communicate the impact of donor generosity:
    • Act as a relied upon source of the latest statistics, facts, key achievements, and progress points
    • Monitor resources within and outside the Institute for announcements/news of breakthroughs, awards, important initiatives, etc.; for compelling stories of Dana-Farber patients; and for “why I give” stories of donors and participants
    • Devise processes/procedures to efficiently capture all elements of the content – interview, photography, video –whenever possible
    • Devise processes/procedures to share content with the Division for their use in other collateral or projects
    • Actively seek ways to leverage both new and existing content online, to enhance audience engagement and increase online revenue, in collaboration with Digital Marketing
  • Own and manage use of U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospitals” badges, and obtain all required approvals
  • Own, maintain, and monitor proper use of the Division’s editorial Style Guide, in coordination with DFCI Communications
  • Review all stories for the Jimmy Fund blog for tone, accuracy, and to ensure the latest information is incorporated
  • Serve as Philanthropy Communications’ primary contact with DFCI Communications
    • Review and circulate for approval stories written by Communications staff for Communications-owned channels such as Inside the Institute, DFCI Online, and the Insight blog
    • Select and supply to the Communications Web Editor news items for
  • Work with Information Services to coordinate the annual update to the Major Mailing Specification
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues on high-level writing assignments, such as Division-wide brochures on important funding priorities
  • Special projects, as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Reports to the Director of Editorial Content, Philanthropy Communications. This position has one direct report: Writer, Philanthropy Communications. This position will work with a variety of individuals throughout the Institute, but the position is primarily self-governing.


Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, marketing, or related field and philanthropy experience required. Eight to ten years experience with all aspects of print and online publication writing and production.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Previous publications manager experience required. Needs to be an exceptional writer with a solid understanding of design principles. Also required are: Experience motivating staff; managing complex projects; strong command of AP style guidelines; experience in print production and marketing operations, and the ability to translate scientific or technical information for a lay audience. Must have exceptional organizational and multi-tasking abilities – must successfully manage multiple projects with short-term and long-term deadlines simultaneously and on tight timeframes.

Patient Contact:


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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