Officer, Recognition, Donor Relations

Job Details

Share This Job
Job ID:

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 Donor Relations Recognition Officer works collaboratively as a member of the Division of Philanthropy to help the department meet its annual fundraising goals. The Officer works with the entire Donor Relations team on recognition and stewardship programs for a VIP donor base consisting of major, foundation, corporate, and historic donors. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial 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 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.



  • Assist with and/or manage donor recognition initiatives and projects, such as:
    • Membership management for donor giving societies and committees, including tracking, mailings, and facilitation of member information collection with frontline fundraisers;
    • Coordination of the Patient Partner program, including patient recruitment, partner tracking, and health checks;
    • Donor recognition gift program coordination, including creation and updating of a gifts catalog, development of custom gift ideas, creation and ordering of gifts, adherence to recognition guidelines and standards, management of gift inventory, and tracking in ClearView for all delivered gifts;
    • Annual donor record review process across all teams and external partners;
    • Space inventory for recognition opportunities across the Dana-Farber campus, including annual review of all named spaces and displays, review and tracking of campus changes affecting spaces, and ongoing updates to teams;
    • Installation and maintenance of signage, recognition displays, donor recognition walls, displays, and galleries across the Dana-Farber campus, including coordination with fundraising teams, vendors, and Facilities and Real Estate Management to create mock-ups, fabricate samples, facilitate cost quotes, secure approvals, schedule installations, and facilitate invoicing and budget allocation;
    • Naming opportunity description writing, including pricing and location details;
    • Photography of all named spaces and signage, and submission to Portfolio database;
    • Campus tour document review and updating, as well as tour trainings for Philanthropy staff;
    • Project time tracking in QuickBase system;
    • Procedures and systems documentation for all projects for internal use.
  • Responsible for assisting the entire department with reaching annual financial goals;
  • Assume other duties as necessary.


  • Reports to Associate Director, Donor Relations.
  • The position is programmatic in nature and a considerable amount of responsibility in completing work-related tasks is required.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years’ experience, preferably in a Philanthropy setting.



  • Excellent organizational skills, project management skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly with database management.
  • Effective in working with wide audiences, including highest level of DFCI constituents.

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.





Up to 1 day in the office at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA each week. Some evening and weekend work required. Local travel may be 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.

Follow Dana-Farber on Social Media