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Officer, Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Massachusetts, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jan 20, 2022

Officer, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brookline, MA
Full Time - Remote

The Officer works to recruit, cultivate, retain, and recognize Walk teams and their participants in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, in addition to providing support to all members of the team as needed. 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 pursuing an ambitious, multi-year fundraising effort to change the future of cancer research and care: The Dana-Farber Campaign. This $2 billion 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 will accelerate the Institute’s strategic priorities by supporting revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities—helping us prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

Resume and cover letter required with application submission.


Revenue responsibility of $1,660,558 to be accomplished through the following:

  • Primary contact for all teams raising $10,000-$20,000 for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
    • Officer, in conjunction with Senior Associate Director, to develop fundraising plan for all teams and work individually with Team Captains and Pacesetters to continually increase revenue for the Walk
  • Serve as contact for Pacesetters on teams yielding less than $5,000, as well as individual Pacesetters for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
  • Cultivate and steward new Walk teams as assigned by the Walk Assistant Vice President and Senior Associate Director 
    • Officer to contact Team Captain for all new teams to set up initial donor visit to discuss team goals, fundraising strategies and expectations for Walk
  • Complete donor visits to participants and Team Captains yielding 140 calls/face-to-face meetings annually
    • Year-round focus of donor visits with Team Captains, Pacesetters, and prospective Pacesetters
    • Work directly with Team Captains to formulate recruitment strategy and clearly define team goals in terms of participation and fundraising totals
    • Cultivate and steward current Pacesetters and encourage migration to higher fundraising level
    • Cultivate and steward non-Pacesetters and encourage migration to Pacesetter status
  • Create and implement plan to obtain more Tweeners (those people $750 - $1,499) to become Pacesetters. Analyze these numbers throughout the year and strategize on ways to migrate these walkers to Pacesetter level

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist Senior Associate Director, Recruitment and Stewardship in:
    • Developing strategic fundraising tips and tools for participants, with a focus on encouraging and supporting all Pacesetters Teams to reach the next fundraising level, and encouraging non-Pacesetters to become Pacesetters
    • Developing recognition and incentive plans for walkers
  • Planning and executing various team events, including the Pacesetter Exclusive Event series, team events, Extra Mile Brunch, etc.
    • Larger role in planning and execution of the Young Pacesetter event for those under 18 who raised $500 or more for the Jimmy Fund Walk
  • Assume major responsibilities/a leadership role with regard to set-up and logistics on event weekend
  • Participate in at least one other organization’s event


Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 3-5 years’ experience in professional fundraising and/or sales. Special events or donor relations preferred.

Detail oriented with excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills; possess the ability to work well with all DFCI Departments and donor constituencies of all levels; juggle multiple projects; and work independently in a fast-paced environment. Reliance on excel so high level of competence in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

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.

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About Dana-Farber:
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 groups as protected by law.

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