Strategic Planning Manager

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10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day 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 Strategic Planning Manager supports Institute leadership planning and decision-making regarding the company’s most critical business issues and strategic priorities. 

The Strategic Planning Manager works with other members of the department to facilitate institute leadership decision making regarding key clinical/operational planning issues, providing leaders with in-depth analysis of various options and frameworks to support decision making.  Works closely with Senior Planning Managers and Senior Director. 


·       Supports Institute and department level planning through activities such as: scenario planning, environmental evaluations, contingency planning, visioning sessions, and focused 'deep-dive' analysis of various strategic topics. 

·       Participates in multiple simultaneous projects as part of a project team and may lead planning efforts that are less complex or smaller in scope.   

·       Works collaboratively with cross-functional teams and interacts with staff and mid-level leaders throughout the organization, supporting preparation for work with executive leadership team.

·       Participates in and summarizes stakeholder interviews and engages in other research methods to gather information relevant to assigned projects (quantitative and qualitative, internal and market related), in partnership with other project team members and team leads. 

·       Develops clear and effective meeting materials, presentations, and project collateral, in partnership with other project team members/team leads. 

·       Conducts impact analyses to assess Institutional/ stakeholder readiness for change adoption. 

·       Supports the design, development, delivery, and management of project/change related communications. 

·       Ensure transfer of knowledge and responsibilities to owning operational areas prior to close-out of projects. 

·       Develops project work plans and status dashboards and manages key tasks/sections within the work plan, coordinating with other departments and identifying/mitigating potential risks and issues.

·       Contributes to SOE staff development, as well as internal departmental process and performance improvement. 

·       May provide training and guidance to entry level professionals.


Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Relevant Master’s degree strongly preferred (MBA, MPH, MHA, MSW). 

Minimum Experience (yrs/type): 3 years of experience in strategic planning, business planning, consulting, project management, healthcare administration, or similar field required. 

License/Certification/Registration: None required. 

·       Basic knowledge of strategic or business planning and/or consulting, as well as experience within the healthcare field or academia; experience working with faculty a plus. 

·       Skilled at cultivating and maintaining positive working relationships with leaders across an organization. 

·       Strong oral communication skills with ability to deliver presentations to a wide variety of audiences. 

·       Skilled at developing clear and effective meeting materials (e.g., agendas, presentations, etc.) and other written materials. 

·       Understanding of basic planning and change management approaches. 

·       Strong results-orientation, teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills. 

·       Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritize multiple projects and assignments. 

·       Ability to operate moderately independently or as part of a team. 

·       Ability to deal effectively with ambiguous situations and be flexible as appropriate. 

·       Strong PC skills (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio). 

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.

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