Senior Media Relations Specialist

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

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


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.

The Senior Media Relations Specialist is responsible for coordinating, developing and implementing proactive and reactive media relations efforts to promote the Institute as a top national comprehensive cancer center.


  • Develop public relations materials/strategies for publicizing studies, treatment trends, patient stories and/ or other activities for various treatment centers
  • Develop and maintain relationships with reporters and editors in local, regional and national outlets and with trade publications
  • Manage @DanaFarberNews – a dedicated Twitter channel featuring research and treatment news
  • Staff media interviews on site
  • Attend medical meetings to promote faculty-generated research with media and trade publications
  • 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
  • Assist with other media relations projects/activities as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree required, with 5+ years of media experience, of which a significant portion is in health care communications.
  • Computer-literate with significant experience with word processing, database management and Internet-related software programs.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to write copy, e.g., press releases, backgrounders, etc., that explains complex concepts in a clear, concise manner and is in accordance with Associated Press style. Must also have well-honed editorial and proofreading skills.
  • A proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and to review and rearrange priorities on short notice.

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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