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Senior Associate, Operations & Strategic Planning

Company: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Location: Brookline
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:



The Senior Associate for Operations & Strategic Planning is a unique position that works closely with the Associate Vice President of Operations & Strategic Planning, who is manages the Prospect Research, Administration, and Fiscal & Regulatory Management teams, to execute strategies that will enhance the performance of the Philanthropy office and increase fundraising revenues to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's mission. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing skills and an acute attention to detail. 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 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 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.



Project Management Responsibilities:

  • Manage the revision and circulation of various Division policies, including the Division Gift Policy Manual overseen by senior management;
  • Drive Philanthropy's annual Gift Policy Manual review in partnership with key stakeholders;
  • Manage the revision and circulation of gift acceptance policies, processes, and procedures;
  • Assist in creation and management of annual Operating Plans, dashboards, and reports;
  • Prepare reports and presentations for annual Office of Faculty Development meeting;
  • Oversee the management of the Faculty and Staff Travel Tracker including training of staff, scheduling of strategy meetings, and production of reports and other materials;
  • Execute various strategic service projects that will result in a positive impact on the fundraising operation; these projects may be accomplished in coordination with the Prospect Research, Administration, and Fiscal & Regulatory Management teams.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to the Associate Vice President; manage Associate Vice President's calendar, mail, and office supplies, prepare correspondence, compile/create meeting agendas, and materials;
  • Manage the Senior Management Group's (Philanthropy leadership) budget with the Associate Vice President and Senior Vice President, Chief Philanthropy Officer, including reconciling expense reports and P-card charges;
  • Reconcile and review P-card charges for the Prospect Research, Administration, and Fiscal & Regulatory Management Assistant Vice Presidents (3);
  • Proof all planning/reporting documents, draft/proof executive summaries of planning/reporting documents, and design and produce written material such as correspondence, charts, proposals, and PowerPoint presentations;
  • Support the Associate Vice President in preparing ad hoc reports for the Senior Vice President, Chief Philanthropy Officer;
  • Interact with donors, prospects, physicians, and Institute volunteers on confidential matters;

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, training, and resources for Administration, Prospect Research, and Fiscal & Regulatory Management administrative staff and new staff members; manage and coordinate administrative staff meetings within these teams to address questions and implement business rules/policies and to ensure accuracy and consistency across teams;
  • Manage bi-weekly and quarterly all-staff meetings and events for the Administration, Prospect Research, and Fiscal & Regulatory Management teams.

Other Responsibilities

  • As the Senior Associate to the Associate Vice President supporting RAF (Prospect Research, Administration, and Fiscal & Regulatory Management), there will be opportunities to partner with each of those teams on specific projects as time allows and in alignment with interest and skill set.


Reports to Associate Vice President of Operations & Strategic Planning. This position provides leadership for other team Assistants and may have minimal supervision of an occasional temp/intern but will seek major decision-making authority from direct supervisor. However, due to the nature of the tasks, this position requires sound and independent decision-making on a variety of day-to-day issues. Sound judgment is essential for dealing with Institute donors, trustees, senior staff, colleagues, and confidential information.



Bachelor's degree required, with 2-3 years of relevant experience in a professional setting.


The applicant should be poised, mature, and professional, prepared to work with a variety of personalities including Institute staff, physicians, trustees, and key donors. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, expertise with numbers and Excel spreadsheets, as well as strong proofreading skills are necessary. The candidates should be detail oriented, have superior organizational skills, and be able to manage and prioritize a variety of projects at once. They should be resourceful, proactive, and thorough, and have a focused, self-starting attitude with the ability to work independently and as a member of the team. Excellent computer skills and competency in Microsoft Office products are absolutely necessary, including Office 365, Excel, SharePoint, and PowerPoint.

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.




Typical office setting. Some evening or weekend work may be required.

  • To protect the health and safety of our patients and staff, in person donor visits and travel are on hold and will resume in accordance with Institute guidelines.


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.

DFCI DISCLAIMER: 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.

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.

Keywords: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brookline , Senior Associate, Operations & Strategic Planning, Other , Brookline, Massachusetts

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