Director, Supportive Oncology & Health Equity

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

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



Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Palliative Care (POPC), the Director, Supportive Oncology and Health Equity works closely with the Chair of the department, the Clinical Director for Community Engagement, and the Chief Clinical Access and Equity Officer to develop, direct, implement and lead initiatives that support access to supportive oncology services alongside cancer-directed therapies for historically medically underserved communities.

The Director is responsible for assessing barriers and needs related to supportive oncology within historically marginalized communities in Boston and the region; identifying and addressing inequities within supportive oncology services currently provided to Dana-Farber patients; and increasing access for patients who will benefit physically and emotionally from psychosocial and palliative care. A key element of this work will involve creating trusting relationships with local community stakeholders. The Director works collaboratively with faculty, clinical experts, and administrators to align health equity initiatives in supportive oncology with existing programs across the enterprise.

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.




  • Work collaboratively with POPC and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) leadership to develop and direct initiatives to achieve the health equity goals of the department and Institute
  • Represent POPC goals organizationally
  • Work collaboratively with other departments and disciplines on projects and, initiatives to meet health equity goals and promote excellence in care delivery and outcomes
  • Provide clinical expertise and consultant resource to all DFCI supportive oncology community regarding ID&E initiatives, standards, and guidelines of care
  • Design, implement and monitor programs in collaboration with other leaders across the Institute and within POPC that ensure equitable opportunities for all patients and families
  • Partner with internal and external constituencies to ensure programs support the Institute’s values, leadership principles, and strategic goals
  • Foster relationships and enhance community and academic partnerships
  • Identify and lead fundraising opportunities to support the Health Equity and Supportive Oncology initiative
  • Lead initiatives to promote professional development related to culturally competent care

Strategic Planning

  • Develop and implement strategic plan for the Supportive Oncology and Health Equity initiative and individual projects
  • Coordinate annual strategic planning meeting
  • Collaborate with department leadership to set priorities, goals and growth strategy
  • Prepare annual progress report
  • Build network with community partners

Administrative and Operational Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary administrative lead for the Supportive Oncology & Health Equity initiative.
  • Liaise with internal clinical and research groups within DFCI on behalf of Supportive Oncology.
  • Enhance linkages between various academic groups affiliated with DF/HCC, as well as other non-DF/HCC academic, governmental, and industry partners.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations for the administrative and organizational aspects of the initiative. 
  • Determine staffing plan and future growth areas for supportive oncology
  • Organize and attend appropriate administrative, relevant community faculty and staff meetings.
  • In collaboration with DFCI Communications, develop and implement a communications strategy including print material, website, and social media.
  • Develop inventory of grant opportunities and support grant proposals to support the work of the initiative. 

Competency and Advancement

  • Assess learning needs and plan continuing education programs to ensure POPC department members are equipped to care for a diverse population of patients
  • Develop, implement, manage, and evaluate these educational programs

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: May directly supervise program manager

PATIENT CONTACT: May interact with patients in a programmatic capacity only



  • Master’s degree required; MD, PhD, DNP, MSW, etc. strongly preferred
  • 5 years of experience in health equity directing, planning and executing complex institutional inclusion, diversity and equity projects required
  • 5 years of demonstrated progressive leadership required
  • Experience or advanced course work in program development and evaluation required
  • Experience working in healthcare, academic, and/or complex matrixed environment strongly preferred


  • Clinical expertise in supportive oncology
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and engage with members of the workforce, ID&E leaders, and community partners to enhance existing and design new clinical programs that increase access to supportive oncology
  • Ability to work as an effective member of an interprofessional team
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Program or project development knowledge
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to make independent decisions
  • Ability to identify personal, clinical and leadership strengths and areas for growth, formulating professional goals, objectives and methods for accomplishment
  • Organized and self-directed with outstanding problem solving and project management skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong competence in MS Office products, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

    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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