Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications

Work must be performed in or near Brookline, MA
Published 26 days ago

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Director, Philanthropy Communications

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Brookline, MA

Full Time 

The Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications creates and executes marketing and communications initiatives for Jimmy Fund fundraising teams. This position is part of the Division of Philanthropy, which raises more than $400 million annually. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

The onboarding of this role will include a comprehensive training process which includes completion of online modules, shadowing colleagues, as well as hands-on learning experiences throughout the first calendar year in the role.

Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; Discovery; and Equity and Inclusion 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 currently undertaking an ambitious fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This multibillion-dollar 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 is focused on accelerating the Institute’s strategic priorities by supporting revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities—helping us prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

Application Requirements:

Resume and cover letter required with application submission. If you wish to disclose your personal pronouns, please include them within your resume and cover letter submission.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead ongoing marketing efforts to support fundraising for the Pan-Mass Challenge, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, Jimmy Fund Baseball Programs, Jimmy Fund Golf, Running Programs, Event Fundraising, and general Jimmy Fund brand initiatives.
  • Provide senior-level marketing strategy and planning for existing programs and for new business opportunities that arise.
  • Directly manage a portfolio of Red Sox partnership projects, including the Jimmy Fund co-captain; Red Sox Foundation co-branded initiatives; all internal baseball-themed programs; and Dana-Farber-led marketing efforts for the Pan-Mass Challenge.
  • Provide senior-level research, writing, and editing on the following types of projects:
  • Marketing collateral, including brochures, print and broadcast advertising, web copy, email blasts, e-newsletters, direct mail, flyers, banners, postcards, advertisements, premiums, etc.
  • Event materials, including print and electronic invitations, program books, fact sheets, action cards, slide and video presentations, gift items, banners, goody bags, signage, social media, etc.
  • Articles for the donor newsletter, Impact, and other web and print publications as needed.
  • Directly supervise marketing communications positions who also provide marketing strategies, plans, execution, and expertise; writing and editing; project management; and other services to their internal fundraising partners.
  • Develop strategies to motivate staff and encourage their professional and skill development.
  • Serve as senior writer and project lead on top-level Jimmy Fund brand and Division-wide projects, leading cross-functional teams and providing senior-level expertise on marketing strategy, messaging, and execution.
  • Evaluate current plans and programs to broaden our audiences and create even more inclusive events.
  • Collaborate with Philanthropy Communications and Digital Marketing colleagues to continually seek and develop fresh and effective new marketing strategies and tactics to attract new donors and participants while maintaining existing donor loyalty and passion.
  • Along with the Assistant Vice President, Directors, Senior/Associate Directors, and Senior/Assistant Directors, serve as a key leader for the Philanthropy Communications team by:
  • Working to continually build and enhance the team’s skill set, reputation, and service to fundraising partners.
  • Working continually to ensure implementation of best practices to help us work more efficiently and successfully.
  • Planning for and leading portions of team meetings and retreats.
  • Providing backup to the Director, assuming day-to-day leadership and management of team when needed.
  • Work with Senior Assistant Directors, Account Managers/Writers, and Media & Traffic Coordinator to source and secure pro bono and low-cost advertising and marketing opportunities to drive fundraising results and help teams decrease their costs of funds raised.
  • Work with designers and marketing operations staff to execute projects.
  • Work with the Digital Marketing team on social media, websites, email marketing, mobile marketing, and digital advertising efforts.
  • Work with the Donor Relations team on stewardship, recognition, and cultivation of our loyal donors and supporters.
  • Support other fundraising initiatives across the Division, as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Reports to the Director, Creative Strategy and Account Management, Philanthropy Communications. This position has supervisory responsibility over one Assistant Director, one Account Manager/Writer and indirectly oversees another Account Manager/Writer. This position will work with a variety of staff throughout the Institute, including members of the Senior Management Group, Assistant Vice Presidents, Directors, prospect managers, DFCI Communications colleagues, Trustees, doctors, and staff.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, marketing, or related field required. Six to eight years’ experience writing and marketing for development preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Also required are: Experience supervising and managing staff, hands-on project management experience, and experience with managing complex projects; strong command of AP style guidelines; experience researching and writing marketing plans and analyzing results; experience writing for publications, advertising, brochures and collateral, web and social media, and public relations, and the ability to translate scientific or technical information into layman’s terms. Must have experience working with diverse audiences. Must have refined organizational skills, multi-tasking ability, project trafficking skills, and a can-do, client-service attitude.

Patient Contact:


Working Conditions:

This position is considered remote, 0-1 days onsite at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA each week. DFCI guidelines state that employees must reside in New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.

Division of Philanthropy Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Commitment Statement:

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. 

Inclusive interview practices are a priority in the Division of Philanthropy. We incorporate an Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (ID&E) Interview Panel in all searches. In this 30-minute interview, we connect with candidates on four main ID&E competencies: empathy, collaboration, inclusivity, and compassion.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

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. Dana-Farber offers a variety of personal, professional, and leadership development opportunities to all members of its workforce through Institutional programming. Division of Philanthropy offers 75+ specialized professional development sessions designed for staff each year through its in-house learning program, the Center for Advancement Training.*

*All benefits subject to Institute changes

We’re hiring! Learn more about working in the Division of Philanthropy and view all open positions.

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About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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.

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.


Director, Philanthropy Communications

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Brookline, MA

Full Time 

The Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications creates and executes marketing and communications initiatives for Jimmy…


Work must be performed in or near Brookline, MA
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