Community Outreach Specialist, Cancers affecting Males

Job Details

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Hybrid: 2-3 days onsite/week


The Community Outreach Specialist will demonstrate expertise in cancers and in working with medically underserved populations and communities. The overall responsibility includes conducting cancer prevention education sessions about prostate, colon, testicular cancers affecting men and those assigned male at birth, identifying new community-focused cancer education opportunities for medically underserved and at-risk populations, developing new community partnerships and maintain DFCI’s engagement in the community.

The Community Outreach Specialist works independently under the direction and guidance of a senior outreach specialist. In this highly visible position, the Community Outreach Specialist will have a solid foundation of health disparities and barriers to care that our historically underserved populations face. The role represents DFCI in the community and build strong partnerships with community-based agencies, city and state health departments, and internal and external health care providers and clinicians.  These programs and initiatives will be evaluated by the Specialists’ consistent and ongoing impact in the community, ability to meet department metrics and ability to maintain strong community relationships.

This position’s work location is partial remote with two or three days per week remote. The selected candidate may only work remote days from a New England state (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI).

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.


Under direct supervision of the Senior Community Outreach Specialist, the Community Outreach Specialist will:

  • Provide tailored cancer prevention education in multiple languages, both virtually and in-person
  • Develop evidence based and ethnically & culturally sound cancer prevention curriculum that serves as the framework for all educational programming
  • Take initiative to develop new community partnerships and expand Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s presence in our local/underserved communities
  • Attend and actively participates in internal and external meetings and community coalitions
  • Plan symposia, seminars, and other events to address community-identified cancer needs and goals.
  • Lead key initiatives and other strategic activities in service of a comprehensive community outreach approach
  • Fully participate as a key member of the Community Benefits Team in the development of the Community Health Needs Assessment, Implementation Plan, and other regulatory processes and initiatives
  • Track metrics and outcomes to evaluate the impact of the educational workshops 
  • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all program materials and data
  • Assures compliance with DFCI policies, procedures, regulatory agency requirements and ensures safe, efficient and effective delivery of quality care, in collaboration with department leaders
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred. Will consider equivalent combination of relevant education and experience for individuals with extensive background in community outreach.
  • 3 plus years of experience working with diverse communities required
  • Background in health care, teaching, community organizing, public health, nursing, or social work preferred.
  • High level of digital literacy; ability to problem solve, manage, and engage large virtual audiences
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license required
  • Experience working with clinicians or in clinical settings


  • Excellent interpersonal skills; mature, dependable, enthusiastic, motivated
  • Ability to educate others
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to converse effectively and comfortably in various settings
  • Strong project management, creative problem solving and critical thinking, analytic and organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive multiple concurrent projects to completion in a complex, deadline-driven environment
  • Builds and maintains a thorough working knowledge of Community Benefits and DFCI’s areas of expertise
  • Exceptional planning, strategy, analytic skills with demonstrated ability to drive multiple concurrent and complex projects to success within defined deadlines
  • Deals well with uncertainty and ambiguity; flexible with changes in prioritization and approach
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency required including expert Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel skills and other collaboration and/or project/project management tools
  • Ability to work well with other team members and support positive team environment
  • Strong leadership skills, as well as the ability to work closely and effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently on new and existing projects
  • Strong client/results orientation, and effective teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain balance between attention to detail to ensure high quality deliverables, and ability to think and operate from a broader strategic lens
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, strong professionalism, a strong work ethic and the ability to handle difficult situations effectively and efficiently; strong focus on delivering high-quality deliverables

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 characteristics protected by law.

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