Officer, Event Fundraising

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10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Full Remote: 4-5 days remote/wk


This position is considered remote, up to 1 day in the office at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA each week. DFCI guidelines state that employees must reside in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island.


The Officer, Event Fundraising will play a strategic role in raising $4.5 million annually through various Red Sox-related programs, including WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and Rally Against Cancer.  As a frontline fundraiser, the Officer is responsible for revenue generation with a focus on increasing Radio-Telethon monthly donors, recruiting new Rally teams, and overall increasing giving to Dana-Farber.  Additionally, this role will have a focus on the logistical planning and execution of the signature event, Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

This position will solicit prospective fundraising teams for Rally Against Cancer to secure new donors for the program and will oversee the year-long monthly donor program for Radio-Telethon. The Officer will manage a rapid flow of work with a need to toggle between long-term strategic priorities and time sensitive details. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; Discovery; and Equity & 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 pursuing an ambitious, multi-year fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This $2 billion 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 will accelerate 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.

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.



Prospect Management, Cultivation, and Solicitation

  • Direct management of the Radio-Telethon Monthly Donor program, “Jimmy’s Team”:
    • Support daily operations of program, including general inquiries and donor requests
    • Plan and strategize how to grow program and acquire new monthly donors
    • Execute stewardship plans, including annual benefit mailings and quarterly enewsletters
  • Recruit new Rally teams and foster relationships yielding repeat donors and year-on-year revenue growth
    • Assist the Senior Assistant Director with strategy and execution of cold outreach to prospective companies, schools, and community groups; including but not limited to research and prospect list building and creation
    • Manage portfolio of Rally teams as assigned
  • Oversee Radio-Telethon’s pledge follow up post event to retain all donors who chose to give offline
  • Cultivate, solicit to renew a portfolio of Radio-Telethon donors, including assisting the Director of Event Fundraising on various prospect management tasks

Event Management and Stewardship

  • Lead Radio-Telethon’s logistical event tasks (non-broadcast), including run of show, set-up, and working with various external vendors; seek guidance from Director of Event Fundraising when appropriate
  • Coordinate logistics for Radio-Telethon and Rally stewardship and cultivation events, including kick-offs, check presentations, and committee stewardship dinner
  • Draft and edit internal Radio-Telethon briefings for Institute leadership
  • Support Director of Event Fundraising on other Radio-Telethon event tasks as assigned

Overall Event Fundraising Support

  • Assist Director and Sr. Asst. Director in the creation of event wrap up reports, budget reconciliation, acknowledgements, and written documentation for baseball programs
  • Work cross functionally with Philanthropy Communications, Information Services, etc. to develop all necessary marketing materials
  • Develop a working knowledge of fundraising databases and other management information and tracking systems to effectively update and report progress toward goals; produce and update reports as needed
  • Other events and projects as assigned, including but not limited to assisting the Jimmy Fund/Red Sox relationship and acting as a liaison for volunteer-run events
  • Responsible for assisting the entire department, including other business units, reach financial goals


Reports to the Senior Assistant Director of Event Fundraising. This position may have direct supervision of interns and volunteers, but will seek major decision-making authority from direct supervisor. However, independent decision-making on day-to-day tasks and good judgment is required.



Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 3-5 years of experience in special event coordination and donor solicitation or sales. Proven track record in direct solicitation and event management.


Detail oriented with excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills; strong interpersonal skills; strong organizational and time management skills with ability to multitask; possess the ability to work well with all DFCI Departments and donor constituencies of all levels; manage multiple projects simultaneously; and work independently in a fast-paced environment. Aptitude and willingness to conduct one-on-one donor visits and solicitations.  Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is required.

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.


No, but may have contact with patients through working with volunteers, Community Fundraising Event managers, patient partners or speakers at events.


Remote work flexibility (working remotely with up to one day in the office each week). Some travel and evening and weekend work may be required. Some light lifting for set-up also 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. 

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. 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.

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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