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Administrative Fellow

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
25 Aug 2024

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Health Science
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Faculty Member
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

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Administrative Fellow

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Boston, MA

Full Time – Hybrid

Application Requirements: 

Applicants must submit a single PDF containing ALL the following: 

  • Resume 
  • Three letters of reference from current or previous employers or professors 
  • Personal statement (two pages maximum, double-spaced) explaining your interest in an administrative fellowship and specifically why you are interested in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute program, as well as how you believe you can contribute to Dana-Farber's mission 
  • Official graduate school transcript 

Position Overview: 

Are you ready to make a significant impact in the world of healthcare administration? Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is looking for a dynamic and ambitious individual to join us as an Administrative Fellow. This prestigious one-year fellowship program offers an unparalleled opportunity to work side-by-side with senior leaders, gain immersive hands-on experience, and drive critical, large-scale projects. As an Administrative Fellow, you will be at the forefront of strategic initiatives, shadowing top executives and developing a robust understanding of healthcare leadership. This full-time, hybrid role includes approximately 2-3 days onsite in Boston, providing the perfect balance of flexibility and engagement. 

Why Dana-Farber? 

  • Influence and Innovate: Play a crucial role in shaping the future of healthcare administration at one of the world's leading cancer institutes. 
  • Elite Mentorship: Gain direct access to our C-Suite and receive personalized mentorship from top healthcare executives. 
  • Career Development: Enhance your professional skills through exclusive leadership workshops, seminars, and networking opportunities. 
  • Project Diversity: Work on a variety of high-impact projects, gaining practical experience in project management and implementation. 


  • Collaborative Leadership: Work closely with senior leaders to support and drive institute-wide projects and initiatives aligned with Dana-Farber's mission and strategic goals. 
  • Process Improvement: Engage in cross-functional teams to develop and implement process improvements that enhance operational efficiency and patient care. 
  • Research and Analysis: Conduct research, perform data analysis, and prepare comprehensive reports to inform decision-making and project planning. 
  • Executive Shadowing: Participate in meetings with executive leaders and gain insights into high-level leadership strategies and decision-making processes. 
  • Strategic Contribution: Actively contribute to discussions on organizational strategy, policy development, and improvement initiatives. 
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Work closely with staff, physicians, and other stakeholders to understand their needs, address concerns, and provide support as required. 
  • Agenda Management: Organize and execute large, institute-wide agendas and meetings. 

Note: Specific duties and requirements may vary depending on the organizational needs and evolving priorities during the fellowship program. 


  • Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree in a related field; a Master’s degree in healthcare administration, business administration, or a related field is required. 
  • Analytical Skills: Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with the ability to evaluate complex situations and propose effective solutions. 
  • Communication Skills: Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Team Collaboration: Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams and stakeholders. 
  • Project Management: Proven project management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Healthcare Experience: Previous experience in an office or healthcare setting or knowledge of healthcare operations is preferred. 

Application Process 

  • Dana-Farber Application Window Opens: June 13, 2024 
  • Application Window Closes: September 23, 2024 
  • Semi-Finalist Interviews (via Zoom): October 2 and 3, 2024 
  • Finalist Interviews (in person): October 11, 2024 
  • Fellow Selection: Day of Finalist Interviews or Week of October 14th 
  • Fellowship Dates: July 1, 2025-June 30, 2026 

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

At 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 characteristics protected by law.



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