Assistant Director, Donor Relations (Events)

Location US-MA-Brookline
Job Posted Date 1 week ago(3/7/2018 12:52 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.



This position will serve a key role in the management of the Donor Relations events team and works closely with the Associate and Senior Associate Director on strategic initiatives. The position will manage an events portfolio, play a part in the planning for an annual strategic events plan, and will implement Division-wide recognition, stewardship, and cultivation events.


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. 



  • Manage a portfolio of larger, high-profile recognition, stewardship, and cultivation events:
    • Supervision of event goals, catering, A/V needs, printed materials, volunteer management, event programming (when applicable), donor gifts, etc.;
    • Lead all event planning meetings and drive discussions to meet event goals;
    • Coordinate briefing materials for the President, Senior Vice President of Development, senior management, faculty, and development staff;
    • Work with vendors to obtain best prices and services;
    • Prepare and monitor budgets for all events in portfolio;
    • Prepare event evaluation, follow-up materials, and management reports as required;
  • Work strategically with leadership to ensure the execution of each event helps to accomplish the Division’s fundraising goals;
  • Participate in the strategic planning process related to new event concepts, and clearly and effectively present these concepts to leadership;
  • Create and oversee implementation of various project management tools to aid in the successful planning of all events;
  • Build strong relationships with assigned Business Units and implement targeted programming to ultimately serve as a specialized strategic event partner;
  • Work closely with Business Unit AVPs to ensure all unit and Division fundraising goals are accomplished through the execution of each event;
  • Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals;
  • Seek to constantly improve upon our events capabilities;





  • Reports to Associate Director, Donor Relations Events
  • Coordinates event volunteers and works collaboratively with staff from Development and the Jimmy Fund, as well as members of the Institute’s senior leadership and other Institute Departments



  • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience
  • Development experience required; direct work with donors is preferred
  • Experience either planning events directly or collaborating with event planners to plan Development events required
  • Significant donor and volunteer experience preferred



  • Strong ability to plan strategically and see the bigger picture as it relates to stewarding, cultivating, and recognizing major donors and prospects through events
  • Strong people management, leadership abilities, project management experience
  • Sharp attention to detail and ability to review and edit materials (briefings, event printed materials)
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to assess and correct processes and procedures
  • Effective in working with wide audiences, including highest level of Dana-Farber constituencies
  • Strong sense of customer service
  • Positive, can-do attitude; willing to do what it takes to meet the goals of the Division of Development and the Jimmy Fund






Office in typical office setting.  Local travel required.  Evening and weekend work required.  Some use of personal vehicle for business purposes 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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