Brookline, MA

Assistant, Foundation Relations, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Organization – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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

Assistant, Foundation Relations

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Brookline, MA

Full Time

Primary Duties And Responsibilities:

• Compose original internal and external correspondence including briefings, call reports, cover letters, acknowledgments, communication about publications, and other correspondence; type, format, proofread/edit, and email/fax/mail correspondence.

• Assist in design and production of written material such as proposals and brochures.

• Work with FR staff, Institute staff, physicians, and fellows for collection and preparation of proposal components (e.g., budgets, attachments, supporting documents).

• Steward FR proposals and correspondence through approval and signature process, including travel to and from Institute for signature pick-up and delivery, and act as liaison to office of President and CEO and principal investigators.

• Update and maintain acknowledgment log to ensure timely recognition of gifts/grants.

• Perform data entry in client management software, including donor contacts and information about gifts/pledges, visits, and communication; maintain central files.

• Utilize prospect management tracking system and reports due database to manage team interactions with faculty and donors on a regular basis to offer opportunity to connect and build relationships.

• Maintain accurate metrics for the Senior Director and Director to easily incorporate into team-wide goals and the greater goals of the Division.

• Identify and track funding opportunities and prepare written summaries for circulation; compile appropriate opportunities as requested into spreadsheets for meetings with faculty and fellows.

• Research pledge histories and grant requirements for donor correspondence as assigned.

• Schedule meetings and donor visits, including reserving space and parking, ordering food, overseeing set-up and operation of audio/visual equipment, and staffing meetings.

• Copy and scan materials, email/fax, answer phones, facilitate expense reimbursements, etc.

• Interact with Institute senior staff, physicians, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and prospects on highly confidential matters.

• Respond to calls and visits from donors, prospective donors, volunteers, and sponsors; determine priority of the situation; suggest response and refer to/inform supervisor(s) as appropriate.

• Assist with or manage special projects, such as the coordination of FR donor stories in the Impact donor newsletter, as assigned.

• Coordinate across all teams to advance Division-wide financial and administrative goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Reports to the Managing Director and Director, Foundation Relations. This position does not have any supervisory responsibility and will seek major decision-making authority from direct supervisors. However, independent decision-making on day-to-day tasks, initiative, and good judgment are required for dealing with Institute donors, trustees, and senior staff involving confidential information.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

Associate’s degree and/or administrative training degree required. A minimum of 0-2 years of administrative experience is necessary and previous Philanthropy experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Excellent written and verbal communications skills are necessary with a strong orientation to customer service. Superior organizational skills and ability to manage a variety of projects at once are key. Directed and self-starting attitude with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and work with a variety of personalities. Solid computer skills and competency in Microsoft Office Suite products is absolutely necessary. High degree of discretion must always be exercised.

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Working Conditions:

Remote work (0-1 days onsite at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline MA each week). Some overtime may be required.

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 in 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 modification to 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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