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  • At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we're committed to providing expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As part of our commitment, we offer a competitive benefits program to both our full and part-time staff.

    Dana-Farber offers a wide variety of choices and programs that support the diverse range in family structure and life stages of our staff. Just as our staff members commit themselves every day to patient treatment, disease prevention, research, and finding a cure for cancer, we're committed to our workforce by providing flexibility and choice to meet the needs of all our staff and their families.

    Some of the benefits offered by Dana-Farber are provided at no cost to our staff. For others, staff pay some (or all) of the cost at attractive group rates.

    These benefits are offered to our regular staff working at least a 20 hours per week. Our staff members are eligible for benefits at Dana-Farber from their first day of work.

    Health Insurance

    Dana-Farber currently offers three health insurance plans through Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

    Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
    Health Savings Account (HSA)* — Eligible Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
    Best Buy PPO with a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)*

    *If you enroll in either the HSA-Eligible PPO or the Best Buy PPO, Dana-Farber will contribute 50 percent of the in-network deductible to your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).

    Each plan is offered at the following tiers:

    • Employee only
    • Employee and spouse/domestic partner
    • Employee and children
    • Employee and family

    Dental Insurance

    To complement our health insurance plans, Dana-Farber offers two reasonably priced dental plans through Delta Dental.

    Both plans are offered at the following tiers:

    • Employee only
    • Employee and spouse/domestic partner
    • Employee and children
    • Employee and family

    Vision Insurance

    The Institute offers a vision insurance plan administered by EyeMed Vision Care. The plan is offered at the following tiers:

    • Employee only
    • Employee and spouse/domestic partner
    • Employee and children
    • Employee and family

    Employer Paid Short- and Long-Term Disability Plans

    Should eligible staff members need to take time off work due to the birth of a child, a non-work-related accident or illness, income replacement is critical. Dana-Farber provides a short-term disability benefit to all weekly paid benefits-eligible employees at no charge. This employer paid benefit provides 50% income replacement for up to three months, up to the maximum benefit level. Dana-Farber also provides long-term disability coverage for all eligible employees, equal to 50% of their salary. For both plans, employees have the option to purchase one additional level of coverage equal to another 20% of their salary, for a total of up to 70% income replacement.

    Savings Plans

    Dana-Farber Retirement Plan (401a)

    The Institute maintains a retirement plan for eligible staff members at no cost to the staff member. To be eligible for the Dana-Farber retirement plan, a staff member must be at least 21 years of age, have eligible employment status, and have completed one year of service during which the staff member worked at least 1,000 hours. Once eligible, Dana-Farber will contribute to the staff member's Dana-Farber retirement plan. A staff member is fully vested in his or her retirement plan after he or she has completed three years of vesting service. A year of vesting service is any calendar year in which you work at least 1,000 hours.

    Tax-Deferred Annuity Program (403b)

    The Institute offers eligible staff members a voluntary retirement savings program that allows an employee to save additional money for retirement.

    Retiree Medical Savings Account (RMSA)

    This program is designed to help employees save and pay for the cost of medical expenses during retirement. Participants must be 50 years of age and participating in the Dana-Farber retirement plan during the enrollment plan year to be eligible to participate.

    529 College Savings Plan

    This plan allows employees to have a portion of their paycheck direct-deposited, post-tax, into a variety of investment accounts to cover costs associated with a secondary education. Some advantages of this plan include tax-deferred earnings and federal tax-free withdrawals for qualified education expenses (such as tuition, room, and board).

    Tuition Reimbursement

    Tuition reimbursement is offered to staff members' continuing education while employed at Dana-Farber, for educational courses that relate to any role at Dana-Farber. Eligibility amounts are based on an employee's years of service and range from $1,500 to $3,500 annually.

    English as a Second Language

    Dana-Farber offers an English as a Second Language program for its staff, and offers reimbursement for other English as a Second Language programs through its Tuition Reimbursement program.

    Transportation Benefits

    Staff members are eligible for subsidized parking. Parking is not abundant in the Longwood Medical Area, but spots in area lots are discounted as they become available. Parking fees vary depending on lot location.

    Staff members are also eligible for subsidized T passes from the MBTA. Passes are subsidized by Dana-Farber and deducted from employees' paychecks on a pre-tax basis. There is also a secure walk-in bicycle cage conveniently located in the Yawkey Center for staff members who choose to bike to work, and Dana-Farber will reimburse employees up to $120 annually for eligible biking expenses.

    Other Benefit Programs

    Other benefit programs include:

    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Health Savings Account
    • Legal plan
    • Life insurance
    • Pet insurance
    • Tobacco cessation reimbursement
    • Travel insurance
    • Discounted ski passes
    • Amusement park passes
    • Aquarium and movie passes

    Work-Life Balance

    Time Off

    Dana-Farber offers a competitive level of time off to all full-time benefits-eligible staff in the form of vacation, holidays, floating holidays, personal days, and sick time.

    Family and Child Care

    Dana-Farber has contracted a number of daycare slots through Bright Horizons at the Landmark Center. Slots range from infant to toddler to child, depending on the age of your child. Staff members may be eligible for a childcare subsidy, depending on household income. Dana-Farber has also created a Family Child Care Network of licensed, home-based child care. These child care providers have met certain Massachusetts Early Education and Care Licensing criteria through an onsite visit and reference checking, and have expressed an interest in enrolling Dana-Farber families into their programs.

    A helpful option available for eligible employees is This program provides back-up childcare if your usual daycare plans fall through. Staff members can have a provider come to their home to care for their child. also offers our staff members access to adult/elder backup home care, if you are concerned that your aging parent(s) may be in need of some daily assistance, or if you or your spouse/partner needs professional care while recuperating from an illness or surgery. Caregivers are available day and night, seven days a week, to help whenever you may experience a gap in coverage.

    Adoption Assistance

    Dana-Farber will assist employees with the significant costs of qualified adoption-related expenses.

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    The Employee Assistance program (EAP) is a free and confidential professional resource available to all Dana-Farber employees and their families. This organization focuses on work-life issues, stress reduction, family matters, crises intervention, and substance abuse, in addition to other areas of expertise.

    Please note:

    The descriptions above are a general description of our benefits, and the plan documents and related contracts govern in case of any discrepancies.

    Members of bargaining units may have variances in benefits from the ones listed above.

    Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities

    Employee Resource Groups

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has four sponsored groups that all staff can choose to join to network, meet colleagues, and participate in both work and outside of work activities/functions.

    LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and Friends

    The LGBT and Friends Employee Resource Group works to promote an inclusive work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.


    The mission of the Mosaic Employee Resource Group is to acknowledge, celebrate, and contribute to the cultural and racial diversity of the Dana-Farber community and to support an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Young Professionals

    The Young Professionals Employee Resource Group promoting interactions among the Institute's emerging leaders through social and professional networking events, community building activities, and career education opportunities.

    Working Parents

    The Working Parents Employee Resource Group works to improve the conditions for working parents at Dana-Farber.

    Inclusion and Diversity

    Dana-Farber supports a number of inclusion and diversity initiatives to ensure that "Dana-Farber's excellence in people, management, and diversity practices is as rich as its excellence in cancer care, prevention, and research."

    Cultural Observances Committee

    The mission of the Cultural Observances Committee (COC) is to recognize and celebrate the rich cultural heritages of Dana-Farber faculty, staff, patients, and families. We strive to serve Dana-Farber's mission of compassion and respect by ensuring our diverse staff and patient communities feel welcomed.

    Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office (PGSAO)

    The Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office (PGSAO) promotes the educational and career growth of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at Dana-Farber. PGSAO helps to expand on laboratory-based research training by offering a variety of services for enhancing professional development. The Office provides a welcoming, supportive environment for these scientific leaders of the future, helping them to excel in their careers at the Institute and beyond.


    Dana-Farber allows our staff the opportunity to make a difference not only through the work they perform but also through volunteering and donation. We encourage and support all staff members who choose to volunteer and donate to these great causes.

    Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital

    People undergoing treatment for cancer, accident and trauma victims, and transplant recipients are among the many critically ill patients who depend on blood product transfusions. There is no substitute for volunteer blood and platelet donors; all of the blood and platelets collected at the Kraft Center directly benefit patients at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's.

    Jimmy Fund

    The Jimmy Fund offers the opportunity for staff to get involved in any of their numerous events and fund raisers. Here are just a few events that staff members participate in:

    The Dana-Farber Main Campus


    Dana-Farber has a newly renovated and modern campus located in the Longwood Medical Area. Our staff members enjoy access to a self-contained facility that includes proximity access to amenities that meet their daily needs, including:

    • For Five Coffee Roasters offers coffee, a variety of artful baked goods baked fresh every morning and more. For Five is located in the lobby of the Dana Building.
    • The Lavine Family Dining Pavilion offers healthy meals and snacks for Institute staff, patients, and their families. The pavilion is conveniently located on the third floor of the Yawkey Center and is open from 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dana-Farber staff receive a 10% discount.
    • The Thea and James Stoneman Healing Garden, located on the third floor of Dana-Farber's Yawkey Center, is 2,055 square feet of space that houses seating areas nestled among shrubs, flowers such as tulips and begonias, and hanging plants.
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    Dana-Farber's Well-Being Program

    Our Well-Being Program is a collection of benefits and programs offered to faculty and staff, which encompasses health, financial, community, and whole well-being. At Dana-Farber, we believe that wellness should be a fully integrated part of who we are as an organization.