Designer, Philanthropy Communication

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 25, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


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.



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, cover letter, and portfolio link or PDF of portfolio required with application submission.




  • Collaborate with Creative Director and the design team, Account Management, Production, and Digital Marketing staff and vendors to best meet design and content needs of the Division, helping to raise more than $300+ million annually.
  • Work in collaboration with the design and marketing team to design internal and external marketing communications, be it in print and digital that are user-focused, effectively portray information, and meet brand standards.
  • Design/Create customized multi-media proposals for high-value gifts.
  • Develop/Design motion graphics to increase user engagement.
  • Design digital assets to drive engagement on all social media platforms.
  • Ensure design projects are completed accurately, on time, and on budget.
  • Have a keen understanding of best practices for production standards on deliverables and user interactivity.
  • Work simultaneously on multiple projects, managing work and requests from the Division as needed.
  • Assist Design Leaders in the execution of design collateral as needed.



Reports to Creative Director, Philanthropy Communications. There is no supervisory responsibility for this position. This individual will work with a variety of individuals throughout the Institute.




Bachelor’s degree in graphic design and 2-5 years of experience required.



Solid foundation in design thinking, typography, and layout. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite; strong fluency in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Demonstrated knowledge of Motion Graphics, storyboarding, and After Effects. Strong proficiency in icon design and information graphics. Illustration skills a plus. Understanding of web design, UX/UI, and digital marketing and advertising. Knowledge of graphic design trends and best practices. Fluency in Office software. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and provide quality service to multiple Philanthropy and program offices. Ability to take direction and work independently. Superior communication skills and the ability to collaborate with a wide variety of personalities are necessary.






Remote work (up to 1 day in the office each week). Works on deadline.



We’re stronger together.

In the Division of Philanthropy, we believe in the power of different voices. We encourage the 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.

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.