Assistant Director, Institute Initiatives, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

4 days ago
Job ID
full time


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 Assistant Director manages the implementation of the Walk’s targeted participant recruitment and cultivation plans, within Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  This includes a goal of at least 90 personal donor visits annually.  Specifically, the Assistant Director will formulate and execute an Institute-wide plan to recruit, retain and steward employees of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (including senior-level staff and faculty) to start a team (or join an existing team) in their respective departments or volunteer with the goal of making the Walk the signature fundraising event of Dana-Farber.



  • Manage Institute-wide recruitment and cultivation plan for employee Walk teams with the goal of making Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk the signature fundraising event for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

  • Primary Business Unit contact for all DFCI Employee-captained teams for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and work to grow Dana-Farber employee participation by 5-10% annually
  • Work with new employee teams and educating them on the fundraising tools the Walk has in place
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff at Dana-Farber to recruit and retain patient family and friends’ teams for Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Recruitment goal of 20-25 new teams annually to be given to field staff or maintained for personal stewardship and cultivation
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of over 70 teams with combined annual revenue of $900,000 (totals to be determined by Assistant Vice President annually)
  • Complete 90 donor visits annually to retain and steward top Institute participants, including, but not limited to senior faculty and staff, patient families and top Pacesetters.
  • Recruit and manage Jimmy Fund Walk Fellowship program
  • Work with the Office of the President and Board of Trustees each year to secure participation and leadership in Institute’s signature event
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Vice President, attend various senior-level meetings to present the Jimmy Fund Walk as the signature event and highlight benefits to starting a team. These may include COO Cabinet meetings, Institute-Department Meetings, and Well-Being Core Team Meetings
  • Attend meetings and workshops at Institute targeted to patients and caregivers such as PFAC, Young Adult Conference, etc to promote the Walk and recruit First-Time Walkers

  • Create and implement a robust recognition program for all employee walkers with a focus on Pacesetters and Team Captains

  • Partner with Development Communications and Institute Communications on complete Institute-wide marketing plan to highlight Walk as Dana-Farber’s signature event

  • Work with the Human Resources Department to cross-promote the Walk with Dana-Farber’s Well-Being Program through branding and marketing



Manage Jimmy Fund Walk Fellowship program


Reports to Assistant Vice President, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.  Has direct supervisory responsibilities but seeks major decision-making authority from supervisor. However, the position is also programmatic in nature and a considerable amount of autonomy in decision-making when working with participants, volunteers, donors, and staff is necessary.



    Bachelor’s Degree required with minimum 5 years of experience in professional fundraising and/or sales.  Events or donor relations experience preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.



    Detail-oriented with excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills. Possess the ability to work well with all DFCI departments and donor constituencies of all levels, juggle multiple projects, and work independently in a fast-paced environment. Reliance on excel, so possess high level of competence in Microsoft Office Suite, including, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

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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