Associate Director, Stewardship, Donor Relations
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
The Associate Director is a collaborative member of the Division
of Philanthropy working closely with the Assistant Vice President
of Donor Relations and Director of Donor Relations, Stewardship to
produce optimal donor stewardship as part of the acknowledgement
program; gift agreement process; financial reporting for endowed
funds; donor-named faculty positions, awards, and lectures; and
other stewardship programs for transformational, major, foundation,
corporate, and historic donors. Responsible for assisting the
entire Division with reaching financial goals.
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
- Oversee the gift acknowledgement process for all
transformational and major gifts, and Trustee/VIP-related gifts,
- Lead staff trainings, update documentation, and implement
- Analyze reports daily to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
- Edit materials drafted by the Donor Relations writers.
- Manage Donor Relations’ role in the Division’s annual automated
acknowledgment template process.
- As needed, make assignments, and serve as a backup
- Manage the gift agreement process for incoming major gifts,
- Draft gift agreements, letters of intent, and amendments,
maintain templates, and create new templates, as needed.
- Oversee gift agreement approval and distribution
- Convey information regarding all new gifts to other
- Collaborate with the Office of General Counsel, as needed.
- Own the financial reporting process for all endowed funds,
working closely with Fiscal & Regulatory Management, Finance,
and staff across Institute; assist with endowment activation
process; oversee drafting of financial reporting letters.
- Oversee all donor-named awards, lectures, and faculty
positions, including correspondence relating to lectures, awards,
- Manage and fulfill all requests for other Donor Relations
writing assignments, including:
- Annual updates to the Division’s Talking Points Guide.
- Stewardship letters from the President.
- Drafting and review of Philanthropy program- and event-related
writing needs for the President and SVP of Philanthropy.
- Conduct interviews, research, and write stories for donor
newsletter, Impact, as needed.
- Review donor-related articles from the DFCI Communications
Department for accuracy, as needed.
- Oversee memorial and tribute acknowledgment process for VIP
- Complete project time tracking in QuickBase system and
oversight of direct report tracking.
- Assume other Donor Relations duties as necessary.
- Reports to the Director of Donor Relations, Stewardship
- Supervises an Assistant Director, Writer, and Assistant
- The position offers considerable freedom to make decisions and
complete work tasks
- Bachelor’s degree and 6-8 years of experience required,
preferably in a Philanthropy setting.
- Previous direct report and personnel management experience is
- Donor, volunteer, and stewardship experience preferred.
- Superior organizational skills, project management, attention
- Excellent writing and editing skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word
and Excel, required, SharePoint experience preferred.
- Effective in working with wide audiences, internally and
- 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.
Resume and cover letter required with application
To learn more and to apply, please visit: https://careers.dana-farber.org/associate_director_stewardship_donor_relations_4
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
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