Account Manager/Writer

Location US-MA-Brookline
Job Posted Date 1 week ago(2/12/2018 1:35 PM)
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.

Since its inception, Dana-Farber has placed a unique emphasis on all forms of research relevant to the eradication of cancer while, at the same time, providing both cutting-edge and highly compassionate comprehensive patient care. This distinguished model is absolutely necessary and very expensive. As a result, hundreds of thousands of donors entrust Dana-Farber with more than $160 million in philanthropic gifts every year. Science Writers translate the latest accomplishments from our outstanding group of investigators into compelling narrative reports that update donors on the impact of their gifts.

Our team of Science Writers is a key link between our dedicated oncologists, scientists, fundraisers, and donors who comprise the wide Dana-Farber community. Science Writers take complex information and communicate it clearly, concisely, and accurately to explain key concepts to Institute donors. As a Science Writer, you interpret some of the foremost challenges in cancer care and research in order to convey scientific insights that are both deep and broad.



  • Serve as the Account Manager/lead on several assigned Service/Business Units. Develop materials to support events managed by Donor Relations, including all Visiting Committee support and selected stewardship and recognition events, all communication aspects of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Executive Council (SSCEC) events, and Palm Beach events.
  • Account Manager will also work on Division projects as assigned, which could include collateral materials, and content for various platforms.
  • Research, write, and edit a variety of marketing materials to support the needs of the Division of Development & the Jimmy Fund in raising more than $200 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.


  • Develop and execute communications strategies that help donor stewardship and recognition, and cultivation events reach their goals. Materials include invitations, program books, program book materials, hand-out materials and more.
  • Serve as Development Communications main account contact with assigned Donor Relations staff including the Assistant Vice President, Sr. Associate Director, Assistant and Associate Directors, and event officers, as well as volunteers, physicians and donors.
  • Create and executes Development Communications strategies and materials supporting for Dana-Farber Visiting Committees Symposia, and stewardship, recognition and cultivation events and activities, and additional projects as assigned.  
  • Develop communications plans for each event, including analysis of successes and challenges of the previous year and recommendations for strategies, tactics, and timelines.
  • Oversee creative execution of projects and provide the copywriting, editing and proof-reading for all written materials and marketing collateral.
  • Provide project management and collaborate as a strategic partner with Donor Relations to ensure marketing projects are completed on point, on time, and on budget.
  • Collaborate with Development Communications and Online Marketing colleagues (design, web developers, photography, and production staff) to develop effective creative strategies and smoothly execute projects.
  • As assigned, research, write, and edit a variety of marketing communications materials to support the needs of the Division of Development & the Jimmy Fund. Specific writing and marketing assignments include, but are not limited to:
  • Articles for donor newsletters and publications that include Impact, and other print and online/email newsletters (adhering to AP style)
  • Copywriting (print, online, social media), brochures, collateral, website copy, email blasts, e-newsletters, etc.


Reports to Associate Director, Development Communications. There is no supervisory responsibility for this position. This individual will work with a variety of individuals throughout the Institute, including Donor Relations personnel, prospect managers, business unit contacts and directors, and other service unit contacts and directors.



Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or related field required. Three to five years of event support, marketing and copywriting experience in an agency, non-profit, or related industry required; experience in a Development setting preferred, particularly marketing or communications. Experience in the Healthcare sector also preferred.



Strong creativity, strong writing abilities – including collateral production, strong proof-reading and editing skills, capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously while providing client service excellence to multiple business units. Also requires donor relations and stewardship experience, event/project management experience, excellent organizational skills, proficiency in interpersonal business communications and listening skills, strategic marketing and event support planning.






Office in typical office setting. Works on deadline. Some evening or weekend work may be 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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