Senior Director, Planning and Consulting

Job Details

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Hybrid: 2-3 days onsite/week


The Senior Director of Planning and Consulting has expert knowledge of project planning, facilitation, growth planning, strategic planning, and implementation principles with advanced leadership skills. This position oversees large, complex, multi-disciplinary matrixed projects. In addition to project work and overall team management, the Senior Director provides internal consulting tools, structure, and mentorship both within and outside of the department and is responsible for ensuring that the work of the planning team is well coordinated with other groups across the Institute. The Senior Director is responsible for the management and development of up to 6 Planning and Consulting team members.

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.


  • Leads Institute-level projects including planning of new programs, new clinical locations, and new services.
  • Independently interacts with internal and external stakeholders to influence & implement strategic business decisions.
  • Identifies strategic growth opportunities and designs projects and initiatives to ensure that they are positioned for success.
  • Develops business cases for strategic programs and initiatives.
  • Proactively identifies opportunities for Institute-wide internal consulting engagements aimed at avoiding costly external consulting fees. Implements expertise with managing complex projects and initiatives and guiding others to find solutions to meet unique needs of the key stakeholders.
  • Leads a structured approach to analyze complex issues, identify implications of various alternatives, generate options, and recommend a solution to stakeholders to reach desired outcome.
  • Works collaboratively with stakeholders to create and execute project roadmaps during each phase of the project life cycle.
  • Oversees and directs analysis, research and projections for complex negotiations and strategic decisions; develops systems to organize and analyze data and coordinates flow of information between hospital departments and external partners.
  • Oversees ad hoc research and due diligence relating to new projects and initiatives; translates business and competitive intelligence research back into projects.
  • Allocates work to appropriate business units; holds members accountable for follow up; maintains relationships with stakeholders and keeps them up to date on project status.
  • On an ongoing basis, ensures the success of projects and relationships based on defined KPIs, milestones and partner feedback, ensuring that the team continues to perform against stakeholder needs and expectations.
  • Develops and defines project infrastructure (work plans, timelines, resources, milestones, KPIs, etc.); anticipates, identifies, manages and resolves risks to project status, milestones, timelines; develops and presents updates/metric reports to leadership
  • Oversees development of meeting materials (e.g., agendas, presentations, etc.) and other written materials (e.g. business plans, etc.)
  • Articulates recommendations or options to support a definitive decision.


  • Hires, mentors, and advises, assigns, and evaluates work, reviews performance formally at least annually, recommends promotion and salary adjustments and takes corrective action.
  • Allocates managers’ time appropriately between projects and negotiates with stakeholders when priorities need to be shifted.
  • Directs individuals and teams in organizing work, setting priorities and timelines, and determining and obtaining the resources required to meet those priorities.
  • Mentors others to refine skills in communicating effectively, influencing stakeholders, facilitation, negotiation, project management and business development skills, as well as overall career development.
  • Provides guidance to others on specific strategies to identify stakeholder needs and expectations and address them effectively.
  • Provides professional development opportunities for Planning Managers and other Department staff.
  • Develops standardized tools and templates, dashboards, and engagement letters to ensure effective project execution and optimal communication.
  • Coordinates with Planning Managers and senior leadership to escalate and resolve risks.


Supervises up to 6 Planning and Consulting team members


  • Bachelor’s Degree. Master’s degree (MPH, MHA, MBA) preferred.
  • 10-15 years of relevant experience in a health care and/or consulting environment.
  • 5 years of management experience.


  • Expert leadership and management skills, as well as the ability to work closely and effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Exceptional planning, project management, facilitation, and organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive multiple concurrent projects to completion in a complex, deadline-driven environment.
  • Expert problem solving skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with all levels of organization, most notably with senior level executives.
  • Expert at effectively influencing stakeholders, driving consensus decision-making, and building strong, collaborative relationships.
  • Expert ability to balance multiple agendas and demands.
  • Expert ability to manage and motivate in a highly complex and changing environment

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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