Assistant Director, Philanthropy Communications

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10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Full Remote: 4-5 days remote/wk


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



Serve as a Philanthropy Communications staff member in the Division of Philanthropy. Develop and manage marketing strategies, campaigns, major projects, write proposals to support the Principal & Major Gifts (PMG) team and manage an Account Manager/Writer who primarily supports the Donor Relations (DR) team. The Assistant Director will also create collateral materials and content for various platforms, as well as researching, writing, and editing a variety of marketing materials to support the needs of the Division of Philanthropy in raising more than $300 million annually. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching its 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.


Resume and cover letter required with application submission.  

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.



  • Lead ongoing and comprehensive marketing efforts to support fundraising by the Principal & Major Gifts teams that solicit and steward major donors, including creating major donor proposals and marketing strategies and materials for Trustees, the Institute’s The Dana-Farber Campaign (Fiscal Years 18 – 25), donor naming opportunities, donor events and programs, donor gift recognition, and other projects as assigned.
  • Serve as the main account lead for assigned PMG programs and initiatives to support their efforts to reach target audiences and exceed revenue goals and attract new donors.
  • Provide research and planning, writing, editing, and project management on the following types of projects:
    • Writing and producing proposals for major donors;
    • Marketing collateral including disease area collateral, anchor brochures, video/multimedia, fact sheets, web copy, email blasts, e-newsletters, direct mail, flyers, banners, postcards, advertisements, etc.;
    • Summaries of scientific research for lay donor and staff audiences;
    • Videos featuring our research and patient care advancements;
    • Articles for donor newsletters and publications, including Impact and other print and online/email newsletters (adhering to AP style);
    • Donor stewardship event materials including print and electronic invitations, program books, fact sheets, action cards, slide and video presentations, gift items, etc.
    • Donor recognition initiatives.
  • Liaise between PMG, senior management, and various Philanthropy Communications counterparts—including Design, Production – as well as Digital Marketing, Donor Relations, and Dana-Farber Communications—to execute all marketing efforts.
  • Work collaboratively with the Philanthropy Communications, Donor Relations, and Digital Marketing teams to execute marketing projects on time and on budget.
  • Supervise and support one Account Manager/Writer in their work with Donor Relations to provide marketing strategies, plans, execution, and expertise; writing and editing collateral; project management; and other services to their assigned Donor Relations programs/initiatives.
  • Develop strategies to motivate staff and encourage their professional growth and development.
  • Work with Philanthropy Communications colleagues to create and refine internal policies, guidelines, manuals, templates, and best practices and re-enforce their usage.


Reports to Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications. This position has supervisory responsibility for one Account Manager/Writer. This individual will work with a variety of staff throughout the Institute, including leadership, prospect managers, communications colleagues, doctors, staff, patients, and Trustees.



Bachelor’s degree in English, marketing, or related field required. Five to seven years writing and marketing for development preferred, in a Principal and Major Gifts, Donor Relations, or capital campaign setting. Proposal writing experience preferred. Supervisory experience required.



Strong marketing and advertising experience, strong writing and editing abilities including writing proposals, staff management, strong project management experience, proficiency in interpersonal business communications including listening skills and collaboration, 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 business units. A full understanding of donor and consumer behaviors, marketing, advertising, and other creative professional experience. 

Mastery of Zoom, Microsoft technology including Outlook, Excel, Teams, SharePoint, PowerPoint, and related software programs is required.

This position will evaluate current programs and create and execute approved plans to expand and diversify the donors and participants for the events and activities assigned in order to broaden our donor base and create even more inclusive events and overall marketing. Experience with diverse donors is a plus.





Remote work flexibility (up to one day in the office each week).


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. 

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. We also provide an array of professional development opportunities.*

*All benefits subject to Institute changes


We’re hiring! Learn more  ( working in the Division of Philanthropy and view all open positions.

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.

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