Officer, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk

Job Details

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Remote: occasional time on campus



The Officer works to recruit, cultivate, retain, and recognize Walk teams and their participants in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, in addition to providing support to all members of the team as needed. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

The onboarding of this role will include a comprehensive training process which includes completion of online modules, shadowing colleagues, as well as hands-on learning experiences throughout the first calendar year in the role.

Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; Discovery; and Equity and Inclusion 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 undertaking an ambitious fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This multibillion-dollar campaign is the largest in the Institute’s history and one of the largest ever in the U.S. focused solely on cancer. Philanthropy raised through The Dana-Farber Campaign is focused on accelerating the Institute’s strategic priorities by supporting revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities—helping us prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.



Resume and cover letter required with application submission. If you wish to disclose your personal pronouns, please include them within your resume and cover letter submission.

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.



Revenue responsibility of $1,800,000 to be accomplished through the following:

Primary Focus

  • Primary contact for all teams raising $20,000-$50,000 for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.
    • Officer, in conjunction with Director, to develop fundraising plan for all teams and work individually with Team Captains and Pacesetters to continually increase revenue for the Walk
  • Serve as contact for Pacesetters on teams yielding less than $5,000, as well as individual Pacesetters for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
  • Cultivate and steward new Walk teams as assigned by the Walk Assistant Vice President and Director 
    • Officer to contact Team Captain for all new teams to set up initial donor visit to discuss team goals, fundraising strategies and expectations for Walk
  • Complete donor visits to participants and Team Captains yielding 140 calls/face-to-face meetings annually
    • Year-round focus of donor visits with Team Captains, Pacesetters, and prospective Pacesetters
    • Work directly with Team Captains to formulate recruitment strategy and clearly define team goals in terms of participation and fundraising totals
    • Cultivate and steward current Pacesetters and encourage migration to higher fundraising level
    • Cultivate and steward non-Pacesetters and encourage migration to Pacesetter status
  • Create and implement plan to obtain more Tweeners (those people $750 - $1,499) to become Pacesetters. Analyze these numbers throughout the year and strategize on ways to migrate these walkers to Pacesetter level
  • Plan, oversee and execute three Pacesetter Events throughout the year. Included but not limited to: 
    • Summer Pacesetter Event at Fenway:  inviting the first 100 Pacesetters with a guest to a reception and game
    • Fall Pacesetter Event: inviting all current year Pacesetters to an event post-Walk to celebrate their accomplishments
    • Young Pacesetter Event: for walkers under 18 who raised $500 or more for the Jimmy Fund Walk
  • Assume major responsibilities/a leadership role regarding set-up and logistics on event weekend


Reports to Director, Recruitment and Stewardship, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. Has indirect supervisory responsibilities and seeks major decision-making authority from supervisor. However, the position is also programmatic in nature and a considerable amount of autonomy in decision-making when working with participants, volunteers, donors, and staff as necessary.



Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 3-5 years’ experience in professional fundraising and/or sales. Special events or donor relations preferred. 



Detail oriented with excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills; possess the ability to work well with all DFCI Departments and donor constituencies of all levels; juggle multiple projects; and work independently in a fast-paced environment. Reliance on excel so high level of competence in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.





Remote flexibility (0-1 days onsite each week). Some travel and evening and weekend work required.


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. 

Inclusive interview practices are a priority in the Division of Philanthropy. We incorporate an Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (ID&E) Interview Panel in all searches. In this 30-minute interview, we connect with candidates on four main ID&E competencies: empathy, collaboration, inclusivity, and compassion.

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 10 paid holidays, a flexible work environment, and work/life balance.  Dana-Farber offers a variety of personal, professional, and leadership development opportunities to all members of its workforce through Institutional programming. Division of Philanthropy offers 75+ specialized professional development sessions designed for staff each year through its in-house learning program, the Center for Advancement Training.*

*All benefits subject to Institute changes

We’re hiring! Learn more about working in the Division of Philanthropy and view all open positions.


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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