Media Relations Specialist

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20 Overland Street, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

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


The Media Relations Specialist will help maximize the visibility and reputation of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund to support a number of significant fundraising events and initiatives by helping strategize and secure print, online and broadcast media coverage for the participants and the event. This role is an integral part of the communications team. The Media Relations Specialist will assist with other department-related communications activities, respond to media inquiries/requests, and proactively pitch stories.

This position is partially remote with 2/3 days on site in the Fenway/Longwood Boston medical area.  Candidates  must reside in MA, NH or RI.

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.


  • Generate publicity for many Jimmy Fund/Philanthropy events by creating public relations materials on events, participants and initiative
  • Pitch reporters/outlets for event coverage using patient partner releases, home towners, and other appropriate materials
  • Facilitate tv coverage of events and participants by accompany television crews and reporters to the Institute and/or at event sites
  • Respond to and/or triage news media inquiries
  • Manage department's use of media database to generate/maintain media lists and track coverage, and provide advanced analytics reports
  • Oversee media relations interns by providing mentorship and training, managing workloads, and completing assessments as required by internship program and college/university
  • Serve as the departments' on-call representative in rotation with other team members
  • Assist with other media relations activities as needed


  • Media Relations Interns


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in communications, journalism, English, or writing.
  • 3 years of professional communications experience; PR agency experience preferred.
  • Experience developing media targets, pitching reporters and understanding reporters’ needs.


  • Strong editorial and proofreading skills
  • Strong writing skills (e.g., press releases, backgrounders, etc., that are clear, concise and in accordance with Associated Press style)
  • Ability to propose creative new ideas and initiatives
  • Ability to effectively project manage, communicate progress, and identify areas of improvement for more efficient and effective processes
  • Ability to work collaboratively with departmental and Institute colleagues
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently and to review and rearrange priorities on short notice
  • Ability to be a creative team player

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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