Officer (Recognition), Donor Relations

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Brookline , MA 02445

Posted 3 weeks ago



The Donor Relations Recognition Officer works collaboratively as a member of the Division of Philanthropy to help the department meet its annual fundraising goals. The Officer works with the entire Donor Relations team on recognition and stewardship programs for a 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.


Resume and cover letter required with application submission.



  • Assist with and/or manage donor recognition initiatives and projects, such as:

  • Membership management for donor giving societies, including tracking, mailings, and facilitation of member information collection with frontline fundraisers;

  • Coordination of the Patient Partner program, including patient recruitment, partner tracking, and health checks;

  • Donor recognition gift program coordination, including creation and updating of a gifts catalog, development of custom gift ideas, creation and ordering of gifts, adherence to recognition guidelines and standards, management of gift inventory, and tracking in ClearView for all delivered gifts;

  • Annual donor record review process across all business units and external partners;

  • Space inventory for recognition opportunities across the Dana-Farber campus, including annual review of all named spaces and displays, review and tracking of campus changes affecting spaces, and ongoing updates to business units;

  • Installation and maintenance of signage, recognition displays, donor recognition walls, displays, and galleries across the Dana-Farber campus, including coordination with business units, vendors, and Facilities and Real Estate Management to create mock-ups, fabricate samples, facilitate cost quotes, secure approvals, schedule installations, and facilitate invoicing and budget allocation;

  • Naming opportunity description writing, including pricing and location details;

  • Photography of all named spaces and signage, and submission to Portfolio database;

  • Campus tour document review and updating, as well as tour trainings for Philanthropy staff;

  • Project time tracking in QuickBase system;

  • Procedures and systems documentation for all projects for internal use.

  • Responsible for assisting the entire department, including Business Units, to reach annual financial goals;

  • Assume other duties as necessary.


  • Reports to Senior Assistant Director, Donor Relations

  • The position is programmatic in nature and a considerable amount of autonomy in decision-making and completing work-related tasks is required.



  • Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years experience, preferably in a Philanthropy setting.


  • Superior organizational skills, project management skills, and attention to detail

  • Strong customer service and written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong computer skills, particularly with database management

  • Effective in working with wide audiences, including highest level of DFCI constituents




Workstation located in typical office setting. Some evening and weekend work required. Local travel may be required.

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