Assistant Director, Philanthropy Communications

Assistant Director, Philanthropy Communications
December 28, 2021

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Assistant Director, Philanthropy Communications
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brookline, MA
Full Time – Remote (4/5 days per week)

Reporting to the Associate Director, Philanthropy Communications, manage Division-wide marketing campaigns and major projects that promote the Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund brands through advertising (all mediums), print collateral, digital, and social media. Serve as account lead on several assigned teams. Develop marketing strategies, concepts, deliverables, and plans to help teams and their fundraising events and programs meet and exceed their revenue and participation goals. Supervise one Account Manager/Writer in providing marketing strategy and execution for their assigned teams. Serve as a senior Philanthropy Communications contact for the Division of Philanthropy. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

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.

Dana-Farber is pursuing an ambitious, multi-year fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This $2 billion campaign is the largest in the Institute’s history and one of the largest ever in the U.S. focused solely on cancer. Philanthropy raised through The Dana-Farber Campaign will accelerate the Institute’s strategic priorities by supporting revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities—helping us prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

Resume and cover letter required with application submission.


  • Contribute high-level marketing and communications expertise to strategy and concept development, leading or serving on major project teams, and advising Account Manager/Writers on their projects.
  • Develop marketing strategies and plans that help the Division and teams reach target audiences, meet and exceed their revenue/participation goals, and attract new donors
  • Collaborate as a strategic partner with assigned Jimmy Fund teams to ensure marketing tactics meet goals. Serve assigned teams as main account lead: Carry out the strategic planning and analysis, concepting, and copywriting; and oversee creative execution and production for all marketing collateral from concept through completion
  • Lead strategic planning and brainstorming sessions to facilitate creative concepting on new Division-wide marketing projects and campaigns.
  • Liaise between senior management and Media and Traffic Coordinator to execute Division-wide media buys. Liaise with Digital Marketing for all e-philanthropy efforts
  • Produce in-depth wrap-up reports, including detailed analysis that drives marketing recommendations for subsequent fiscal year.
  • Research, write, and edit a variety of documents to support the needs of the Division of Philanthropy. Specific writing and marketing assignments include, but are not limited to
  • Articles for donor newsletters and publications, including Impact, the annual Honor Roll of Donors, and other print and online/email newsletters (adhering to AP style)
  • Marketing collateral (brochures, flyers, banners, postcards, fact sheets, etc.), advertising copy (print, broadcast, radio, online, out-of-home, social media), website copy, email blasts, e-newsletters, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with the Philanthropy Marketing and Digital Marketing teams to execute marketing projects on time and on budget
  • Directly supervise one Account Manager/Writers in providing marketing strategies, plans, execution, and expertise; writing and editing leadership; project management; and other services to their assigned Philanthropy clients:
  • Develop strategies to motivate staff and encourage their professional growth and development.
  • Assume responsibility for senior-level-work as assigned by or in the absence of the Associate Director.
  • Special projects as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in English, marketing, or related field required. Five to six years of copywriting and marketing experience in an agency, non-profit, or related industry required; experience in a Philanthropy setting preferred.

Also required are: Strong marketing and advertising experience, strong writing abilities, strong project management experience, proficiency in interpersonal business communications and staff management, publication management knowledge, experience with branding, the creative process, concepting, writing strategic marketing plans, excellent organizational abilities and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while providing quality service to multiple teams.

This position will evaluate current programs and create and execute approved plans to expand and diversify the donors and participants for the events assigned in order to broaden our donor base and create even more inclusive events. Experience with diverse donors is a plus.

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About Dana-Farber:
At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

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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