Data Analyst, Prospect Research

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10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


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Full time



The Data Analyst is a key member of the Prospect Research team within the Division of Philanthropy, a large fundraising office that raises over $300M annually for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the leading cancer hospital in New England. The Data Analyst gathers, manipulates, analyzes, and presents donor demographic, activity and giving data to enable Philanthropy leadership and frontline fundraisers to better understand, prioritize, and engage with constituents. The Analyst also partners with fundraising teams on a variety of data projects to enable them to reach or exceed their revenue 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 currently in the quiet phase of its campaign ‒ the largest and most ambitious fundraising effort in the Institute’s history; one that will serve as a catalyst, enabling the Institute to change the landscape of cancer medicine and, ultimately, eradicate the disease.


Resume and cover letter required with application submission.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.



  • Partner with Prospect Research colleagues, Information Services team and Philanthropy leaders to capture, extract, interpret and distribute moves management data
  • Coordinate reporting on donor activities and outcomes at the individual, team, and/or overall Division level
  • Oversee monthly wealth screenings of new donors and new patients, appends of donor demographic data, and matching of internal and external data sets in order to advance our knowledge of key constituents
  • Create data mining and prioritization tools that surface prospects with the highest likelihood of making a major gift
  • Partner with Prospect Research and Principal & Major Gifts colleagues on the analysis and optimization of gift officer portfolios
  • Apply technical expertise to a variety of Prospect Research process improvement efforts
  • Work with Senior Associate Director of Analytics, Prospect Research, and various Division teams to conceive, plan and execute projects that drive engagement and revenue
  • Learn and apply descriptive analysis, donor scoring, predictive modeling, visualization, and text mining, among other techniques, in projects
  • Synthesize information and disseminate results through delivery presentation and other visualization products
  • Track and report on outcomes for all projects


Reports to the Senior Associate Director, Analytics, Prospect Research. Has no direct supervisory responsibilities. This position will seek major decision-making authority from direct supervisors. However, independent work on day-to-day tasks and good judgment is required for dealing with Institute donors, senior staff, and confidential information.



Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience required. Minimum of 2-3 years of experience with data analysis in a fundraising, market research or other business environment preferred.



The Data Analyst must have problem solving, attention to detail, analytical ability, and proficiency with data analysis software. Intermediate to advanced Excel skills (e.g., VLOOKUP, macros, VBA) are a must. Familiarity with visualization software such as Tableau and statistical software such as SAS, R and/or Python strongly preferred.

A willingness to learn, collaborative attitude, good listening, and strong presentation skills are also essential.

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.





Typical office setting. Some evening or weekend work may be required. 

* To protect the health and safety of our patients and staff, in person donor visits and travel are on hold and will resume in accordance with Institute guidelines. 


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 9 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 about working in the Division of Philanthropy and view all open positions.

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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