Brookline. MA

Assistant Director, Institute Initiatives – Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Organization

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

Assistant Director, Institute Initiatives – Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Brookline, MA

Full Time 

The Assistant Director manages the implementation of the Walk’s targeted participant recruitment and cultivation plans, within Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This includes a goal of at least 95 personal donor visits annually. Specifically, the Assistant Director will formulate and execute an Institute-wide plan to recruit, retain and steward employees of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (including senior-level staff and faculty) to start a team (or join an existing team) in their respective departments or volunteer with the goal of making the Walk the signature fundraising event of Dana-Farber. 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:

  • Manage Institute-wide recruitment and cultivation plan for employee Walk teams with the goal of making Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk the signature fundraising event for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Maintain a personal portfolio of over 90 teams with combined annual revenue of $1,250,000 (totals to be determined by Assistant Vice President annually)
  • Primary contact for all DFCI Employee-captained teams for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk and work to grow Dana-Farber employee participation (either by walking or volunteering) by 5-10% annually
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff at Dana-Farber to recruit and retain patient family and friends’ teams for Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. First-time team recruitment growth of 5% expected annually, with those teams to be given to field staff or maintained for personal stewardship and cultivation
  • Complete 95 donor visits annually to retain and steward top Institute participants, including, but not limited to senior faculty and staff, patient families and top Pacesetters
  • Work with the Office of the President and Board of Trustees each year to secure participation and leadership in Institute’s signature event
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Vice President, attend various senior-level meetings to present the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk as the signature event and highlight benefits to starting a team. These may include meetings for Executive Leadership and Board of Trustees, Institute-Department Meetings, Employee Resource Groups, and Well-Being Core Team Meetings
  • Partner with Philanthropy Communications and Institute Communications on a complete and inclusive Institute-wide marketing plan to highlight Walk as Dana-Farber’s signature event across all Dana-Farber campuses
  • Work with the Human Resources Department to cross-promote the Walk with Dana-Farber’s Well-Being Program through branding and marketing
  • Recruit and manage Jimmy Fund Walk Fellowship program annually
  • Assist with other Walk teams and stewardship projects, as necessary

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Reports to Director, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. Has direct supervisory responsibilities but seeks major decision-making authority from supervisor. However, the position is also programmatic in nature and a considerable amount of autonomy in decision-making when working with participants, volunteers, donors, and staff is necessary.

Manage Jimmy Fund Walk Fellowship program.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 5 years of experience in professional fundraising and/or sales. Events or donor relations experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Detail-oriented with excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills. Possess the ability to work well with all DFCI departments and donor constituencies of all levels, juggle multiple projects, and work independently in a fast-paced environment. Reliance on excel, so possess high level of competence in Microsoft Office Suite, including, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

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. Experience with diverse donors is a plus.

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.

Some travel and evening and weekend work required. Must be available the weekend of October 4-6, 2024.

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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