Officer, Event Fundraising, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS, and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

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 characteristics protected by law.

The Officer, Event Fundraising, will play a strategic role in raising $5 million+ annually through various Red Sox-related programs, including WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Rally Against Cancer, and Jimmy Fund Day at Fenway. As a frontline fundraiser, the Officer is responsible for revenue generation, with a focus on renewing and stewarding Rally teams, increase and renew a portfolio of $1k+ Radio-Telethon donors, and overall increasing giving to Dana-Farber. Additionally, this role will have a major focus on the logistical planning and execution of the signature event, Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, including ownership of the event’s volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts.

The Officer will manage a rapid flow of work with a need to toggle between long-term strategic priorities and time sensitive details. An ideal candidate will have an experience with frontline fundraising, event logistics, and passion for Dana-Farber’s mission.

The onboarding of this role will include a comprehensive training process which includes completion of online modules, shadowing colleagues, as well as hands-on learning experiences throughout the first calendar year in the role.

Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; Discovery; and Equity & Inclusion 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 currently undertaking an ambitious fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This multibillion-dollar 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 is focused on accelerating the Institute’s strategic priorities by supporting revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities—helping us prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

Application Requirements:

Resume and cover letter required with application submission. If you wish to disclose your personal pronouns, please include them within your resume and cover letter submission.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Prospect Management, Cultivation, and Solicitation

•       Renew Rally teams and foster relationships yielding repeat donors; manage portfolio of Rally teams as assigned Oversee Radio-Telethon’s pledge follow up post event to retain all donors who chose to give offline.
•       Cultivate, solicit to renew a portfolio of $1k+ Radio-Telethon donors

Event Management and Stewardship

•       Lead Radio-Telethon’s logistical event tasks (non-broadcast), including run of show, set-up, and working with various external vendors; seek guidance from Director of Event Fundraising when
•       Serve as volunteer coordinator for Radio-Telethon and Jimmy Fund Day, including recruitment and stewardship
•       Act as the event lead with internal Telecommunications department and IS department to ensure event needs are met and executed.
•       Coordinate logistics for Radio-Telethon and Rally stewardship and cultivation events, including Strike Out Cancer Appreciation Night, Little League Appreciation Night, check presentations and the annual committee stewardship dinner.
•       Draft and edit internal Radio-Telethon briefings for Institute leadership.
•       Act as Jimmy Fund Day’s recruitment coordinator for Jimmy’s Team
•       Support Director of Event Fundraising on other Radio-Telethon event tasks as assigned, such as oversight of the event budget, event day credentials, and post-event debriefs.

Overall Event Fundraising Support

•       Assist Director and Senior Assistant Director in the creation of event wrap up reports, budget reconciliation, acknowledgements, and written documentation for baseball programs.
•       Develop a working knowledge of fundraising databases and other management information and tracking systems to effectively update and report progress toward goals; produce and update reports as needed.
•       Other events and projects as assigned, including but not limited to assisting the Jimmy Fund/Red Sox relationship, team management of Jimmy Fund Little League, and acting as a liaison for volunteer-run events.
•       Responsible for assisting the entire department, including other business units, reach financial goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Reports to the Senior Assistant Director of Event Fundraising. This position may have direct supervision of interns and volunteers but will seek major decision-making authority from direct supervisor. However, independent decision-making on day-to-day tasks and good judgment is required.


High School Diploma or equivalent required. Associates/bachelor's degree preferred. 3 years of professional experience required. Preferred experience in special event coordination and donor solicitation/sales with a proven track record in direct solicitation and event management.

Working Conditions

This position is considered remote, 0-1 days onsite at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA each week. DFCI guidelines state that employees must reside in New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.

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