Associate Director, National Media Relations

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


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.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Media Relations, the Associate Director of National Media Relations will help build Dana-Farber’s reputation and visibility by maximizing the Institute’s profile in the national and international media and assisting in overseeing high level, special media/communications projects.

The Associate Director is an integral team member of Dana-Farber’s in-house Department of Communications team and a leadership position within the department that will lead an energetic, proactive outreach program to engage top-tier reporters and influencers across the nation and the globe to illustrate how its world-renown scientific research and patient care are at the forefront of the field and leading the fight against cancer.  In addition, the Associate Director will help manage reputation/crisis issues and other promotion opportunities for the Institute.


  • Develop a program to communicate regularly with top national and international reporters, to position Dana-Farber as a leader in the field, ensuring that the Institute is top of mind for current stories and long-term opportunities.
  • Develop and manage strong working relationships with the top reporters, editors and producers and maintain strong knowledge of the national and international media landscape.
  • Identify breaking news stories and reacting quickly to disseminate statements, interview availability and other assets to promote Dana-Farber and faculty expertise.
  • Conduct preparation/training to ensure that faculty and staff are well prepared for interviews.
  • Staff interviews, provide follow up information and track publication and measure results quarterly noting growth (when applicable) in coverage and performance against competitors.
  • Leverage national and international media coverage through social media engagement to extend the traditional media outreach.
  • Support the Senior Director of Media Relations with special projects.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; advanced education and/or training preferred.
  • 10 years of communications and media relations experience required, including demonstrated success with national media outreach and messaging/communications strategies, preferably in the fields of health care or biomedical research.
  • Proficiency with the major tools of the public relations profession required.
  • Deep understanding of the media landscape required.
  • A commitment to collegiality and professionalism required.

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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