Development Officer (Events), Donor Relations

Location US-MA-Brookline
Job Posted Date 1 week ago(3/7/2018 8:51 AM)
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 Events Officer works collaboratively as a member of the Development & the Jimmy Fund team to help the department meet its annual fundraising goals. The position works closely with an Assistant Director of Donor Relations Events to coordinate recognition, stewardship, and cultivation programs.


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. 



This position requires a significant level of contact with internal staff across many departments as well as trustees, donors, and volunteers. Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and execute donor cultivation, stewardship, and recognition events in diverse settings to meet division-wide strategic goals (approximately 20 events per year including dedications, lectures, lunches/dinners, receptions, etc.)
    • Oversee all event logistics including design, printing and mailing of invitations, audio/visual, volunteer management, catering, decor, donor gifts, etc.;
    • Develop project timelines for each event and collaborate with internal staff to ensure deadlines are met;
    • Work with other Institute departments to manage and coordinate events;
    • Manage weekly event planning meetings to facilitate decisions, develop programs, and plan logistics;
    • Coordinate briefing materials for the President, Senior Vice President of Development, senior management, faculty, and volunteers;
    • Work with vendors to obtain best prices and services;
    • Manage RSVP tracking system, budgets, and volunteer staff for all events;
    • Prepare event evaluation and follow-up materials as required;
    • Implement program management tools and resources as appropriate;
    • Under the guidance of Assistant Director, build and maintain strong relationships with assigned Business Units and implement targeted programming to ultimately serve as a strategic event partner;
    • Seek continuous improvement with our events capabilities;
  • Serve as Donor Relations liaison for specific Business Units, staff, and events, as assigned;
  • Assist the entire department, including Business Units in reaching financial goals;
  • Other projects as necessary.


  • Reports to the Assistant Director, Donor Relations Events
  • Has a direct supervisory responsibility of volunteers and event staff
  • The position has a considerable amount of autonomy in decision-making and in completing work-related tasks



  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 1-3 years of experience in events management, preferably in a Development setting
  • Work with donors, committees, and volunteers preferred


  • Detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills are critical
  • Possesses the ability to work well with all DFCI Departments, senior management, and donor constituencies; manage multiple projects
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Has compassion and understanding in working with pediatric and adult patients
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office is required
  • Specialized knowledge of catering, facilities management, event logistics, budget management, and vendor contracting highly encouraged





Cubicle/workstation located in typical office setting. Some use of personal vehicle for business purposes may be required. Some evening and weekend work 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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