Manager of Government Affairs

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - added 5 months ago

Manager of Government Affairs


The Manager of Government Affairs provides advocacy and policy support to the Office of Government Affairs. Government Affairs at Dana-Farber is responsible for advocating on behalf of the Institute’s public policy priorities at the local, state, and federal levels through direct and grassroots lobbying, policy development, and coalition building. The Manager of Government Affairs will interact with local, state, and federal legislative officials and government agencies to represent the interests of the Dana-Farber. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Government Affairs, the Manager will work to support the enactment of the Dana-Farber state and federal legislative agenda. They will lead team efforts on assigned public policy issues by monitoring legislation and coordinating with the government affairs team to determine Dana-Farber’s position and engagement level.

The Manager will develop successful working partnerships with members of the State Legislature, Congress, and their staffs in support of advancing Dana-Farber’s public policy agenda. By participating in coalitions on behalf of Dana-Farber they will develop relationships and garner support among allied organizations for policy positions important to the Institute. The Manager will also work with the government affairs team to assess and develop potential legislative champions, develop policy positions, and disseminate information on the potential impact of policy proposals.

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.



  • Identify legislative, regulatory, and political opportunities or threats that may impact the ability of Dana-Farber to serve our patients and families and develop corresponding advocacy strategies.  
  • Monitor and interpret the legislative, political, and regulatory landscape for developments that may impact Dana-Farber and provide intelligence and recommendations that inform and influence our response.
  • Represent Dana-Farber in a variety of coalitions to monitor policy issues and garner support among allied organizations for positions important to the Institute.
  • Develop legislative advocacy materials such as testimonies, fact sheets, legislative summaries, talking points, and letters.
  • Manage our grassroots advocacy Legislative Action Network (LAN) including membership development as well as state and federal action alert communications.
  • Plan and execute events and meetings designed to educate government officials and community leaders about the Institute.
  • Attend and report on hearings and legislative markups, as well as other relevant events as needed.
  • Respond to legislative, administration, and congressional inquiries, and other requests for information.
  • Demonstrate strong project management skills and independently perform a variety of functions to assist the government affairs staff with day-to-day activities.
  • Research and monitor government legislative and regulatory activities that could affect Dana-Farber providers, staff, patients, and families.
  • Assist the SVP of External Affairs with strategic planning for known and potential regulatory activities.
  • Track and analyze legislation.
  • Lead or assist in other special projects as needed.



  • 7-10 years in a legislative office, public policy, advocacy, or equivalent experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • juris doctor or graduate degree in relevant field preferred.


  • Passion for working on behalf of cancer patients and their families.
  • Strong research and analytic skills, including skill with Excel.
  • Strong presentation skills, including use of PowerPoint.
  • Ability to take initiative and work both independently and in teams.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

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.

Job ID: 33992

Location: 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445

Employment Type: Full time

Work Location: PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk