Talent Acquisition & Onboarding Partner, Philanthropy

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10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

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


Internal Title: Assistant Director, Administration

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.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, Administration within the Division of Philanthropy; this role is charged with executing the Philanthropy talent strategy which includes identifying and acquiring exceptional and diverse (background, experiences, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and more) talent, enhancing and removing bias from recruiting processes, engaging and retaining staff, and other personnel-related initiatives. Partnering with hiring managers across the division, HR Partners, and candidates, this position will drive the search process for mid to senior-level positions in alignment with the priorities of the Division of Philanthropy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and industry best practices. This role will also be responsible for overseeing onboarding for all Division of Philanthropy staff in partnership across the Division’s 20 teams. Leveraging your understanding of people analytics, industry trends, and benchmarking, you are an advisor to leadership, hiring managers, current staff, and external candidates to identify the best and most qualified talent. 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.



  • Manage talent acquisition tasks for the Division of Philanthropy, assuming the responsibility of pipeline building, applicant screening, and conducting/scheduling interviews for mid through senior-level (5+ years of experience) positions;
  • Serve as liaison to DFCI Talent Acquisition for mid through senior-level hires, including coordinating reference check processes and administering/evaluating assessments;
  • Develop diverse (background, experiences, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and more) talent pipelines through strategic sourcing efforts including but not limited to: LinkedIn, networking, and program/community partnerships;
  • Identify and recommend source locations (job boards, career fairs, partnerships) to expand network of candidates in alignment with key requirements for needs of current and future vacancies;
  • Oversee onboarding initiatives across all levels including partnering with internal hiring managers/hires and external partners to support access, technology, and set-up for new staff;
  • Lead Philanthropy Orientation for all new Division staff (approximately 60 staff annually) and continuously enhance orientation components;
  • Host virtual bi-monthly Philanthropy Information Sessions to engage a vast network of individuals and candidates interested in learning more about the field of Philanthropy and the Division-at-large;
  • Oversee content and quarterly updates to the Philanthropy Careers Page ensuring the Division is highlighting time sensitive team information and initiatives of interest to prospective candidates;
  • Liaise with the Assistant Vice President of Administration on Philanthropy’s Dynamic Work (where we work) policies to best support new and existing staff;
  • Maintain a suite of reports to identify trends, evaluate current initiatives in place, and recommend areas of growth within the employee experience;
  • Uphold the highest level of confidentiality across all responsibilities.

    Reports to Senior Associate Director of Administration. Opportunity to manage Interns or seasonal staff.



Bachelor’s degree required; 5-7 years of progressive responsibility in a talent management or recruiting role. Experience in a non-profit setting a plus. Experience in onboarding a plus.



  • Must be able to handle all situations and documentation in a highly confidential manner;
  • Excellent written and effective verbal communications skills in-person and via technology platforms (ex. Zoom or Microsoft Teams). Public speaking experience and interest highly preferred;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite products;
  • Experience with data management and identifying trends to support decision-making. Demonstrates an end-user support orientation.
  • 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.


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. 


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 (https://careers.dana-farber.org/division-of-philanthropy.html) 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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