Writer, Donor Relations

Posted By David Wilhite

Job Description:

Work collaboratively as a member of the Development & the Jimmy Fund team to write acknowledgments and other stewardship materials for 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.

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.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with all Business Units, fulfill stewardship writing needs on behalf of the Senior Vice President of Development, Institute President and CEO, Chairman of the Jimmy Fund, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees by:
  • Drafting acknowledgments and gift-related correspondence for major gifts, and gifts of any amount from Trustees and VIPs.
  • Drafting condolence and congratulatory notes to Trustees, VIPs, event participants, and faculty.
  • Drafting event-related materials including speaking points, pre- and post-event correspondence, invitations, program book letters, and donor bios, including for events held by the Division’s Palm Beach office and for the Institute’s Visiting Committees.
  • Drafting special request correspondence for reporting, campaign, event fundraising, and other purposes.
  • Work with Business Units annually to draft or refresh universal acknowledgement template used for automated acknowledgments as well as additional special use templates; collaborate with Donor Services and IS on implementation process.
  • Assist in the refinement, training, and documentation of acknowledgment policies and procedures across the Division.
  • Work with Business Units, Donor Services, Research, and IS to address donor-related acknowledgment questions.
  • Work with Business Units and other Institute contacts to update Division Talking Points Guide on an annual basis.
  • Conduct interviews, research, and write stories for donor newsletter, Impact.
  • Assist in drafting and finalizing donor gift agreements;
  • Track speakers, recipients, and other information related to donor named awards and lectures;
  • Other projects as necessary as programmatic responsibilities and writing assignments evolve;
  • Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Reports to the Assistant Director, Stewardship, Donor Relations
  • Works closely with Business Units, Development Communications, and the SVP of Development’s Executive Assistant and Project Manager

Minimum Job Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of Development and writing experience required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational abilities, ability to conduct situational donor research and extract meaningful content for acknowledgement letters
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Must be successful in adapting to various writing styles

Patient Contact:


Working Conditions:

Office in typical office setting conditions. Some evening work required. Some use of personal vehicle for business purposes may be required.

How to Apply: Click here to apply.

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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.


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