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Associate Vice President, The Dana-Farber Campaign, Division of Philanthropy

Job Description

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Full Remote: Occasional time on campus


Internal Title: Associate Vice President, Campaign

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 New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.



This leadership position will direct The Dana-Farber Campaign for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Division of Philanthropy at Dana-Farber has a tradition of excellence and is regarded as one of the best fundraising programs in the country, replete with an amazing team and leaders, and millions of donor records representing every state in the country as well as international sources. With The Dana-Farber Campaign (, publicly launched in May 2021, the Division is elevating philanthropy to remarkable new levels in order to change the future of cancer research and care. The $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 is accelerating the Institute’s strategic priorities by supporting revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities – helping us prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

The Associate Vice President, Campaign is a senior member of the Division of Philanthropy management team responsible for leading the collaborative development, strategic direction, implementation, and day-to-day operations of the comprehensive campaign plan including management and oversight of all activities. The Associate Vice President provides internal facing leadership including working with senior staff throughout the Institute, faculty, and the President to achieve revenue goals. The Associate Vice President provides external facing leadership by leveraging a comfort level with and sensitivity to connecting with a broad range of constituents. The Associate Vice President is a thought partner in informing the overall fund development strategy for the Division. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

Embodies Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; and Discovery every day. Adds value to the Dana-Farber community by seeking opportunities to collaborate across the Institute.  Fosters an ethical, positive, results-oriented culture founded on open communication. 


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.



  • Work with senior staff within the Division and throughout the Institute to determine and advance fundraising priorities, goals, objectives, and schedules to execute a full-scale comprehensive campaign;
  • Provide strategic direction and daily management of the campaign including appropriate meetings, budget, timeline, master campaign calendar, and notification of stakeholders of relevant activity as needed;
  • Involve staff and volunteer leadership in the strategic development process to utilize their expertise and cultivate their support;
  • Provide direction for, create, and support formal structures and voluntary leadership for the campaign priorities and objectives and manage all campaign-related committees in collaboration with other colleagues;
  • Work with Philanthropy staff to identify giving opportunities and strategies and a moves management system for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors;
  • Draft and execute a feasibility interview study if needed;
  • Create appropriate ways to involve affinity groups in the campaign including Trustees, faculty, Jimmy Fund donors, the Friends of Dana-Farber, the Palm Beach community, Leadership Councils, Pan-Mass Challenge, Patient Family Advisory Councils, and other constituencies to be determined;
  • Establish campaign policies and maintain and regularly update the Division’s Employee Manual;
  • Assist with campaign proposals and solicitations as needed;
  • Work with Administration to implement a comprehensive campaign training program;
  • Develop campaign talking points and presentations for Division, key faculty and staff, and Trustees regarding campaign and donor strategies;
  • Work with Philanthropy Communications to develop all campaign marketing materials, including: case statements, gift propositions, brochures on campaign priorities, interdisciplinary initiatives, and signature priorities and objectives;
  • Work with Donor Relations to develop campaign-related cultivation and stewardship materials, including talking points, acknowledgement letters, stewardship events, building-related events, dedications and other campaign stewardship events as well as the final campaign celebration;
  • Work with Fiscal and Regulatory Management to provide revenue/campaign analysis, and to prepare and distribute monthly campaign progress reports;
  • Work with Information Services to create and implement campaign and trustee-related reports;
  • Work with Prospect Research to provide campaign-related prospect analysis and identification;
  • Continue to support, design, and deploy training and/or learning initiatives in Philanthropy in support of DFCI faculty and Philanthropy partnerships;
  • Hire and work with consultants, as needed and as appropriate;
  • Travel as appropriate to meet with prospects and donors;
  • Other projects as identified;
  • Responsible for all ongoing and upcoming Division of Philanthropy campaigns.



Reports to the Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Division of Philanthropy. Supervises one Assistant Director. Has direct authority over projects and budget.



Bachelor’s degree with minimum of ten years of fundraising or related work experience.  A successful track record of campaign planning and experience is desired. 



Superior written and verbal communication skills; strong organizational and managerial capabilities; ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks also required; ability to work with trustees and high net worth individuals and families; ability to work with faculty.  Public speaking experience and effectiveness necessary along with the ability to communicate and work with internal and external constituencies at all levels.  Must exercise sound judgment and confidentiality in working with prospects, volunteers, and Institute staff.  Microsoft Office Suite familiarity is necessary.     

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.





Remote work flexibility (up to one day in the office each week). Attendance at events required. Some travel and weekend and evening work may be required.


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. 


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. We also provide an array of professional development opportunities.*

*All benefits subject to Institute changes


We’re hiring! Learn more 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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