• Development Officer, Special Events

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 4 months ago(3/19/2018 3:54 PM)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview

    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.



    The Development Officer raises funds and provides programmatic support to the Assistant Director, Special Events. The Development Officer manages a portfolio of 50-100 events each with revenues between $1,000 -$500,000. The Development Officer is responsible for $300-500K in total revenue per fiscal year, as well as other non-monetary goals including participant recruitment and outreach.


    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.


    Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.



    • Raise funds for Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber through the management of a portfolio of third party and internal events each year with a value of $300-500K. Event assignments can vary from year to year.
    • Support Associate and/or Assistant Director and special events team with events as necessary.
    • Responsible for participant recruitment and revenue-growth of various peer-to-peer fundraising events.
    • Grow donor base and steward existing donor base as to grow fundraising revenue.
    • Draft development strategy, tactics and timeline and revenue goals based on the operating plan.
    • Provide programmatic and logistical support to members of the Special Events team as needed.
    • Memorialize those tactics and timelines into Event Management System (EMS), ClearView and other management tools as necessary.
    • Develop expense and revenue projections for internally run events. Work with TPE (Third Party Event) manager on third party events. Both creating the maximum return on investment and lowest COFR (Cost of Funds Raised).
    • Implement executional and operational plans for event.
    • Act as liaison and coach to TPEs to ensure maximum revenue at minimum COFR.
    • Work cross functionally with Development Communications, IS, Communications, etc. to develop all necessary marketing materials, as well as with Corporate Partnerships for sponsorship and in-kind gifts.
    • Work collaboratively with internal or TPE committees, event managers, vendors and participants.
    • Responsible for the recruitment, scheduling, management, and retention of volunteers and staffing for events.
    • Onsite execution of all program elements in a polished and professional manner.
    • Acknowledge and steward individuals and organizations as appropriate.
    • Ensure appropriate paperwork is completed, filed, and memorialized in EMS and ClearView tools.
    • Foster relationships yielding repeat events and year-on-year revenue growth.
    • Create wrap up reports, budget reconciliation, acknowledgements, and memorialized photo and written documentation for all events.
    • Schedule a minimum of 30 donor visits throughout the year with various event managers, participants, and donors; maximization of donor contact and information capture.
    • Appropriately recognize event committees through attendance at events, written acknowledgements and, when appropriate, presentation of plaques or other tokens of appreciation.
    • Responsible for assisting the entire department, including other business units, reach financial goals; this will be achieved by fulfilling my responsibilities, moving with alacrity toward agreed upon goals, offering to assist colleagues as needed, and putting aside personal agenda or preferences to focus on fund raising to provide patient care and research funding necessary to combat cancer.



    Reports to Assistant Director, Special Events. This position has direct supervision of temporary staff and volunteers, but will seek major decision-making authority from direct supervisor. However, independent decision-making on day-to-day tasks and good judgment is required for dealing with Institute donors, trustees, and senior staff and confidential information.



    Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 3-5 years of experience in professional fundraising, or sales experience. Prior fundraising, donor relations, or event coordination experience preferred.



    Detail oriented with excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills; strong interpersonal skills; strong organizational and time management skills with ability to multitask; possess the ability to work well with all DFCI Departments, donor constituencies of all levels, and committees; manage multiple projects simultaneously; and work independently in a fast-paced environment. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is required and experience using databases preferred.



    Yes, with third-party event managers, patient partners and speakers at events.



    Workstation located in typical office setting. Travel and attendance at events during evenings and weekends will be expected/ required. Some use of personal vehicle for business purposes may be required.   Some light lifting for set-up also required.



    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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