Writer, Executive Communications - Office of the President

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

We are looking for a sophisticated and dynamic Writer, Executive Communications to help the President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute efficiently and effectively communicate her vision, ideas and plans for the Institute, and for the larger fields of cancer research and care. The Writer will work with the President, and the Institute's Department of Communications, to create communications for internal and external audiences in support of the President's and Institute's strategic objectives. Time permitting, the Writer may also provide editorial assistance to one or two other Institute leaders.

Responsibilities of this newly-created position include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting substantive written materials for the President and the Executive Office such as talking points, thought leadership pieces, blog posts, speeches and other communications as needed.
  • Developing compelling Power Point presentations for speaking engagements to varied audiences.
  • Managing social media channels using messaging from speeches, presentations and other events (in collaboration with the Communications Department's Social Media team).
  • Overseeing a monthly communication to support the organization's strategic vision.
  • Reviewing communications prepared for the President by others to ensure appropriate messaging and consistency of voice.
  • Maintaining an archive of materials that can be easily accessed as needed.

A successful candidate will:

  • Be able to inspire audiences about the promise and accomplishments of cancer care and research at Dana-Farber and elsewhere.
  • Monitor and analyze policy issues and trends in health care, specifically oncology, to ensure that they are consistently and accurately reflected in executive communications.
  • Be politically astute and sensitive to nuances in the organization and the field.
  • Work independently under broad overall direction.
  • Have demonstrated sophisticated judgment and discretion.
  • Be receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Identify, research and analyze complex issues.
  • Develop strategic working relationships across the organization and work with Institute leaders, faculty and staff to ensure information is accurate, current and appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively and collegially with a wide range of colleagues.
  • Handle numerous projects simultaneously and on deadline.

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in communications, journalism, English, or the life sciences. Advanced degree is helpful.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional communications experience, some which has been working with senior executives, government leaders or leaders in a medical or science-related environment.


  • Demonstrated ability to translate complex issues and information into concise, clear communications for general audiences.
  • Science writing or laboratory experience is not required, but advantageous.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to adapt to different mediums. Writing style should be as fluid, imaginative, and concise as possible given the complexities of topic and circumstance.
  • Proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently, to take initiative on projects and to communicate progress.
  • Strong skills in engaging with colleagues and forging productive working relationships.
  • Proven ability to work on multiple projects concurrently and to review and rearrange priorities on short notice.
  • A creative team player with an enthusiastic attitude.

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.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree