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POST DATE 9/13/2016
END DATE 10/20/2016

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Brookline, MA

Brookline, MA
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



The Senior Writer resides in the Division of Development & the Jimmy Fund in the Donor Relations service unit and works collaboratively with the Office of the President, the Development Office, and the Executive Communications Specialist in the Institute s Department of Communications to research and write donor materials for Dana-Farber s President and CEO. The portfolio includes writing formal speeches, remarks, speaking points, appeals, correspondence, acknowledgement letters, and other documents to acknowledge, recognize, steward, and cultivate Dana-Farber s generous donor base and prospects.

The Senior Writer embodies Dana-Farber s core values impact, excellence, compassion and respect, and discovery every day. This position adds value to the Dana-Farber community by seeking opportunities to collaborate across the Institute, and fosters an ethical, positive, results-oriented culture founded on open communication.

The Senior Writer is responsible for assisting the entire department with reaching financial goals.



* Meet with the President and CEO as requested;

* Research and draft all donor- and fundraising-related materials for the President and CEO, including approximately 400 unique letters, 50 speaking points/remarks for donor events, 35 talking points for donor visits; 30 templates for direct mail and acknowledgment letters, and more;

* Review and edit all donor- and fundraising-related materials prepared for the President and CEO, including those prepared by colleagues within the Development Office, to ensure they:

* Are accurate, researched, fact-checked, and proofed;

* Reflect the voice and priorities of the President and CEO;

* Communicate to high level donors (individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, trusts) with an appropriate tone and style for the President;

* Communicate complex scientific topics in cancer research in a clear, precise, and compelling way;

* Attend presidential speaking engagements on a regular basis to learn and provide feedback;

* Act as liaison with the Executive Communications Specialist in the Institute s Department of Communications to:

* Review the schedule of presidential communications;

* Exchange information based on feedback from the President and CEO s review of materials and speaking engagements;

* Monitor and analyze what makes Dana-Farber unique and major themes in cancer research and care to ensure they are appropriately addressed and articulated;

* Conceptualize, research, draft, and edit donor- and fundraising-related materials for multiple audiences across a range of communications mediums for the Development Office;

* Develop and sustain credibility with leadership, faculty, and staff;

* Assume other duties as necessary.


None. Reports to the Director, Donor Relations; takes direction and guidance from the President and CEO, Senior Vice President for Development, Senior Vice President for Communications, the Assistant Vice President for Donor Relations, the Assistant Vice President for Development Communications, and the Associate Vice President for Development Marketing. The position has a considerable amount of autonomy in decision-making and in completing work-related tasks.



Bachelor s degree and at least 7-10 years related experience, preferably in a development setting.


Superior writing, including a comfort with science writing preferred, and project management skills required. Must be effective in working with wide audiences, including the highest level of Dana-Farber constituents and senior members of Dana-Farber leadership. Strong customer service, verbal communications, organizational skills, proof-reading skills, and attention to detail required. Must be able to meet all deadlines. An ability to maintain the utmost discretion and diplomacy in interacting with high-level individuals and maintain confidences at all times is essential.




Office located in typical office setting. Some early-morning, evening, and weekend work required. Local travel may be required. Some use of personal vehicle for business purposes may be required. Works collaboratively with staff from Development and Jimmy Fund, Communications Department, and Office of the President.

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.