Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Development Assistant (Recognition), Donor Relations in Brookline, Massachusetts

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.


The Donor Relations Recognition Officer works collaboratively as a member of the Development & the Jimmy Fund team to help the department meet its annual fundraising goals. The Officer works with the entire Donor Relations team on recognition and stewardship programs for a VIP donor base consisting of major, foundation, corporate, and historic donors.

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.


Assist with projects and initiatives for the recognition team, such as:

  • Meeting scheduling, recording of minutes, and distribution of next steps and follow-up;

  • Collaboration with team members on specific projects such as Visiting Committee membership, named spaces, major donor recognition, gift procurement, tour training, and other projects as assigned;

  • Portfolio database management and inventory catalog of named spaces throughout the Institute;

  • Quarterly review of Institute donor recognition walls and displays;

  • Information management systems work related to all aspects of recognition including: uploading donor correspondence, updating space changes, tracking donor recognition and stewardship gifts, and making changes to donor greetings;

  • Documentation and maintenance of department processes, procedures, and forms;

  • Daily recognition activities including: maintaining donor files, filing, and assisting with periodic checks of donor named spaces;

  • Budget tracking;

  • Materials preparation for department initiatives and projects;

  • Project input to Quickbase time tracking system;

  • Other duties as necessary.


Reports to Senior Associate Director, Donor Relations.


  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Desire to pursue a career in Development.


  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Highly proficient computer skills in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; database management skills helpful

  • Effective in working with a wide range of individuals, including highest level of DFCI constituents

Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment




Workstation located in typical office setting. Some evening and weekend work required. Local travel 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.

Job ID: 2018-10518

Grade: 17

External Company URL: www.dana-farber.org