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Associate Director, Analytics, Development Research

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Job Description

Job ID: 26951
Date Posted: 08/10/2015
Location: 10 Brookline Place, Brookline
Job Family: Development/Fundraising
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
About Dana-Farber

Located in Boston, 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.



The Associate Director provides information, analysis, tools and insight to support management decision-making and effective fundraising programs. He/she applies a variety of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytical techniques and data visualization, in order to help identify, classify, understand and cultivate prospects who are willing and able to make philanthropic contributions to Dana-Farber and/or to fundraise on Dana-Farber's behalf.

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. 

Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching financial goals.


  • Work closely with Development team leaders to determine how analytics can best be applied to achieve greater fundraising success for Dana-Farber
  • Oversee 8 - 10 projects per year, including both program-specific and cross-organizational projects
  • Meet at least once annually with AVPs of Annual Giving, Major Gifts, and Gift Planning, as well as with other team leaders, to outline annual projects
  • Work closely with project managers from various units to understand their specific programs, set project goals, clarify data input and output specifications, set a schedule, agree on a utilization plan, and establish outcome measurements
  • Identify, retrieve, query, and append data from internal and external data sources for descriptive and predictive analytics purposes and determine what data is significant for giving behavior
  • Use a variety of analytical strategies to meet project goals, including but not limited to:
  • Descriptive techniques such as t-test, chi-square, ANOVA, and cluster analysis of gift officer portfolio for prospect prioritization, portfolio optimization and strategy development
  • Predictive techniques such as linear and logistic regression, discriminant analysis, and naive Bayesian classification for donor and event participant prediction
  • Prescriptive techniques such as broad stakeholder analyses and roadmaps
  • Evaluate project and overall program performance through appropriate metrics
  • Synthesize information and disseminate results through delivery presentation and other visualization products
  • Serve as liaison to appropriate data vendors
  • Work closely with other Development Research team members to ensure that prospects surfaced by analytics projects are moved into the fundraising pipeline
  • Partner with Information Systems team to ensure that data access and storage needs are met for all projects
  • Train other staff on analytics techniques, as appropriate, and lead internal education sessions on the program
  • Maintain strong peer network and stay abreast of new tools and techniques in the broader analytics field


Reports to the Assistant Vice President of Development Research. May supervise interns/co-ops.


Development, fundraising, market research and/or relevant experience of 6-8 years required. Bachelor's Degree required.


Successful candidates for this position must have problem solving, reasoning, and mathematical skills, analytical ability, and familiarity with statistical and quantitative tools and techniques. High level of proficiency and understanding of statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, R and/or Python. Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities. In addition, the Associate Director must be able to think strategically about how to apply analytics to a fundraising setting, how to track and show results, and how to translate analytics concepts to the general audience. A collaborative attitude, good listening, and strong presentation skills are also essential.


8:30am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri.

How to Apply

Please apply directly online at http://www.dana-farber.org/Careers/Careers-at-Dana-Farber.aspx. Click Search Job Openings and use the Job ID number to quickly locate the appropriate job listing. Once you have located the desired job, click on the checkbox in the 'Select' column, and then click the 'Apply Now' button, located at the bottom of the screen.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
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, 

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Job Location
Brookline, MA 02445
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time