• Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 2 months ago(8/29/2019 4:33 PM)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview


    The Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications oversees ongoing marketing efforts for assigned fundraising business units within the Division of Philanthropy, which raises $300 million+ annually.


    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.



    Resume and cover letter required with application submission.


    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.




    • Lead ongoing marketing efforts to support fundraising by Principal & Major Gifts business units that solicit and steward major donors, including creating marketing strategies and materials for Trustees, the Institute’s Comprehensive Campaign (Fiscal Year 18 – 25), naming opportunities, major donor events and programs, gift recognition, and other projects as assigned.
    • Provide senior-level marketing strategy and planning for existing programs and for new business opportunities that arise.
    • Provide senior-level research, writing, and editing on the following types of projects:
    • Marketing collateral including disease area and anchor brochures, proposals, video/multimedia, fact sheets, web copy, email blasts, e-newsletters, direct mail, flyers, banners, postcards, advertisements, etc.;
    • Stewardship event materials including print and electronic invitations, program books, fact sheets, action cards, slide and video presentations, gift items, etc.;
    • Summaries of scientific research for lay donor and staff audiences;
    • Videos featuring our research and patient care advancements.
    • Directly supervise three staff members (at the Senior Assistant Director/Assistant Director and Account Manager/Writer level) who provide marketing strategies, plans, execution, and expertise; writing and editing; project management; and other services to their assigned business unit clients:
    • Develop strategies to motivate staff and encourage their professional and skill development.
    • Serve as senior writer 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 appropriate team members to create guidelines, manuals, and templates, and enforce their usage to ensure efficient and consistent processes.
    • 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, Associate Directors, and 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 clients;
    • Working to 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 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 business units decrease their costs of funds raised.



    This position reports to the Director of Creative Strategy and Account Management, Philanthropy Communications. This position has supervisory responsibility for three staff, at the Senior Assistant Director/Assistant Director and Account Manager/Writer level. This individual will work with a variety of staff throughout the Institute, including senior and assistant vice presidents, directors, prospect managers, Communications office colleagues, and doctors and staff.



    Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, marketing, or related field required. Six to eight years’ experience writing and marketing for development preferred, in a Principal & Major Gifts or capital campaign setting.



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






    Office in typical office setting. A quiet workspace will be provided. Works on deadline. Some travel required.


    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.


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


    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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