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Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications

Job Description

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Remote: occasional time on campus


The Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications oversees ongoing marketing efforts for assigned fundraising teams within the Division of Philanthropy, which raises more than $400 million annually. 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 online 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.

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



  • Lead ongoing marketing and advertising efforts to support fundraising teams including Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Foundation Relations, Corporate Partnerships, select Event Fundraising events, and general Philanthropy initiatives as assigned.
  • Provide senior-level marketing and advertising strategy, planning, project management, and execution for existing programs and for new business opportunities.
  • Oversee the development of annual marketing plans for Business Unit, including analysis of successes and challenges of the previous year and recommendations for strategies, tactics, and timelines.
  • Provide senior-level research, writing, and editing on the following types of projects:
    • Content for Marketing collateral including brochures, print, digital, social and broadcast advertising, videos, web copy, email blasts, signage, e-newsletters, direct mail, postcards, advertisements, etc.
    • Event materials including print and electronic invitations, program books, fact sheets, action cards, slide and video presentations, gift items, banners, etc.
    • Articles for the donor magazine, Impact and its digital version.
  • Directly supervise one staff member (Assistant Director) who provides marketing strategies, plans, execution, and expertise; writing and editing; project management; and other services to their assigned team, and indirectly supervise an Account Manager/Writer (reports to Assistant Director).
    • Develop strategies to motivate staff and encourage their professional and skill development.
  • Serve as senior content creator and project lead on top-level and Division-wide projects, leading cross-functional teams and providing senior-level expertise on marketing strategy, messaging, and execution.
  • Collaborate with Philanthropy Communications (graphic design, photography, production) and Digital Marketing (digital, website, email and social media) 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, 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, morale, and service to Philanthropy partners.
    • Working to continually 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 of Creative Strategy and Account Management, assuming day-to-day leadership and management of team when needed.
  • Work with 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.


Reports to Director of Creative Strategy and Account Management, Philanthropy Communications. This position has supervisory responsibility for two staff (an Assistant Director (directly) and an Account Manager/Writer (indirectly)). This individual will work with a variety of staff throughout the Institute, including senior and Assistant Vice Presidents, Directors, prospect managers, DFCI Communications office colleagues, freelancers, and faculty and staff.


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



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

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.





This position is considered remote, up to 1 day in the office at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA each week.


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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