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Officer, Event Fundraising

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Job Title: Officer, Event Fundraising
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October 8th, 2021
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Job ID: 24837

Location: 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445

Category: Development/Fundraising

Employment Type: Full time

Work Location: Full Remote: 4-5 days remote/wk




This position is remote through early September. Effective Monday, September 13th, this position is considered remote, up to 1 day in the office at 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA each week. DFCI guidelines state that employees must reside in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island.



The Officer, Event Fundraising plays an integral role in raising $4 million annually through various Red Sox-related programs, including WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, John Hancock Fenway Fantasy, and Rally Against Cancer.  The Officer is responsible for the strategy, planning, and execution of Fantasy Day raising $200,000+ annually. This position will lead volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts for Radio-Telethon.   The Officer provides programmatic support and implements assigned event components of Radio-Telethon, including cause marketing partnerships that benefit the event.  Manages portfolio of donors and fundraising teams for Fantasy Day, Radio-Telethon, and Rally Against Cancer.  Oversees the Boston Red Sox/Jimmy Fund License Plate program and other responsibilities as assigned. This is a frontline fundraising position with event management and coordination responsibilities. Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

Additionally, the position acts as a liaison for a portfolio of volunteer-run events providing guidance on fundraising strategies, logistical support as needed, and stewardship and cultivation touchpoints throughout the year; attend committee meetings as needed.  


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 currently in the largest and most ambitious fundraising effort in the Institute’s history – The Dana-Farber Campaign | Defy Cancer. Launched publicly in May 2021, the goal of the $2 billion campaign is to defy cancer at every turn and harness new techniques and technologies to prevent, treat, and defy cancer, resulting in more lives saved, more families intact, more dreams realized. The comprehensive campaign is coordinated around four pillars that build on our strengths and will accelerate our progress – Revolutionary Science, Extraordinary Care, and Exceptional Expertise – as well as the mission critical flexible funds that will allow us to change the face of cancer forever.



Resume and cover letter required with application submission.

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.




  • Develop and implement comprehensive event management plans for assigned event(s) and program(s) with a focus on increasing donors, recruiting new donors, and increasing giving to Dana-Farber;
  • Direct management of John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day:
    • Manage recruitment, fundraising, and stewardship of participants for Fantasy Day;
    • Play key role in event day logistics for Fantasy Day; including, but not limited to, drafting event strategy, tactics, timeline, and revenue goals based on operating plan;
    • Primary John Hancock relationship manager for Fantasy Day sponsorship;
    • Create wrap up report, budget reconciliation, acknowledgements, and written documentation for Fantasy Day.
  • Provide programmatic support for major components of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon as assigned by the Director of Event Fundraising:
    • Responsibilities may include project planning, working with external vendors and sponsors, drafting and editing documents, including briefings for Institute leadership, and Third-Party Events;
    • Renew and steward Applebee’s cause marketing program in support of Radio-Telethon.
  • Act as volunteer coordinator for Radio-Telethon and Fantasy Day, including recruitment and stewardship;
  • Manage Red Sox License Plates program, including, but not limited to, donation tracking and processing, promotion, and revenue projections;
  • As a frontline fundraiser, the Officer will strategize and execute team recruitment, solicit individual gifts, and foster relationships yielding repeat donors and year-on-year revenue growth:
    • Including managing a portfolio of ~200 Radio-Telethon donors and Rally Against Cancer fundraising teams, including cold outreach to prospective companies/schools.
  • Assists with various aspects of the Jimmy Fund/Red Sox relationship, including supporting WooSox related fundraising and activities;
  • Work cross functionally with Philanthropy Communications, Information Services, etc. to develop all necessary marketing materials;
  • Other events and Radio-Telethon cause marketing partnerships as assigned;
  • Responsible for assisting the entire department, including other business units, reach financial goals.



Reports to the 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.




Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 3-5 years of experience in special event coordination and donor solicitation or sales. Proven track record in direct solicitation and event management.



Detail-oriented with excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills; strong interpersonal skills; strong organizational and time management skills with ability to multitask; possess the ability to work well with all DFCI Departments and donor constituencies of all levels; manage multiple projects simultaneously; and work independently in a fast-paced environment. Aptitude and willingness to conduct one-on-one donor visits and solicitations.  Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is required.

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.



No, but may have contact with patients through working with volunteers, Third Party Event managers, patient partners or speakers at events.



Remote work flexibility (up to one day in the office each week). Requires light lifting for event set-up. Some travel and attending events during evenings and weekends is expected/required.



We’re stronger together.

In the Division of Philanthropy, we believe in the power of different voices. We encourage authenticity and diversity of every individual within our community. Our collective voices – donors, volunteers, staff, and patients alike – allow us to work together towards a world without cancer. Committed to being a place of inclusivity, belonging, and change, these are our core values. 


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.


DFCI offers a competitive benefits package including generous healthcare and retirement plans, at minimum 3-weeks’ vacation time in addition to 9 paid holidays, a flexible work environment, and work/life balance. We also provide an array of professional development opportunities.*

*All benefits subject to Institute changes


We’re hiring! Learn more about working in the Division of Philanthropy and view all open positions.

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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