Harvard Kennedy School seeks an experienced communications professional for the position of Director of Development Communications in its Office of Alumni Relations and Resource Development (ARRD). The successful candidate should have at least 8 years of communications or related experience in higher education, non-profit organizations, or the private sector. Reporting to the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Resource Development at Harvard Kennedy School, the Director of Development Communications plays a critical role managing the multiple communications functions across all units within ARRD.
Harvard Kennedy School and Development The Alumni Relations and Resource Development Office of Harvard Kennedy School has a staff of 34 responsible for engaging alumni through the alumni relations program and fundraising program to identify, cultivate and successfully solicit alumni and others for gifts at all levels in support of the academic and co-curricular programs of the School The office supports the Dean and other members of the ARRD leadership team in issues to create and reinforce messages that are consistent with overall HKS messages and enable our key alumni and donor constituencies to have a clear understanding of the HKS vision, mission, values, priorities and impact. This position works closely and collaboratively with HKS's Office of Communications and Public Affairs which is responsible for the overall communications and messaging for HKS.
Description We seek a communications professional, ideally with development expertise, who will support the work of the HKS development and alumni relations office and work closely with the School's Office of Communications and Public Affairs, related University-wide functions and other stakeholders at HKS, including the Dean's office. The University and the Kennedy School are engaged in the public phase of a major comprehensive fundraising campaign with a goal of $500 million. This position will directly support the work of the communications strategies and materials for the Campaign including print, web, social media, and other creative vehicles to engage donors and prospective donors of HKS. The successful candidate will be expected to bring a high level of creativity, strategic thinking, branding knowledge, and the ability to work in a highly collaborative environment and work closely and effectively with multiple constituencies including external volunteer committees. The Director, with guidance and direction from the Senior Associate Dean for ARRD, the HKS Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs and other members of the Leadership team, will support the overall communications strategy and outreach operation. The Director will supervise a small team of communications specialists to assist in operationalizing the communication goals of the ARRD team.
See Additional Responsibilities, below.
Additional responsibilities include:
Overseeing ARRD's Communications group and managing a team of three communications professionals with responsibility for media releases related to donor gifts, donor and alumni email messaging, alumni event collateral, invitation development, donor correspondence, and public relations communication within HKS donor and alumni communities;
Creating new and vibrant communications efforts to drive the Kennedy School's comprehensive capital campaign and other key initiatives;
Partnering with senior colleagues and the Senior Associate Dean in developing ongoing planning for the Campaign and beyond;
Developing a communications strategy for ongoing outreach efforts with alumni, donors, and friends of the Kennedy School;
Managing the overall communications and messaging to prospective and existing donors, including the development of key messages about the impact of giving to the Kennedy School through various publications, direct mail, online communications, and programming opportunities on and off campus; all in conjunction with the Alumni Relations team, Leadership Giving team, Events and Donor Relations team.
Develop and design gift proposal templates and key stewardship products for donors as well as other stewardship print materials.
Working with the Dean's staff to draft high-level remarks for alumni and donor events and other targeted speaking platforms when appropriate;
Generating content for and overseeing the design and development of promotional print materials related to the campaign and ARRD activities, the alumni section of the Kennedy School website, and the capital campaign website;
Working with the School's Office of Communications and Public Affairs to leverage the school's various communications channels and materials and to ensure consistent positioning/campaign messaging;
Serving as a key interface across the School's various stakeholders around campaign and development-related communications – including donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the School's volunteer leadership councils and committees;
Taking on other duties directly related to development and alumni relations communications on behalf of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree is required, with a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible communications experience with direct and indirect management/supervisory experience required. Experience working in development communications, advertising and marketing, or university public affairs is also required.
Graduate degree in a related field highly preferred. Prior experience in website management, e-marketing/communications and social media highly desired. Must have proven ability to function effectively and to successfully oversee major institutional projects within a highly decentralized environment. Must exhibit good judgment, diplomacy, and effective management skills as well as an ability to think strategically, creatively and operationally. The ability to work independently, collegially across departmental boundaries, and as part of a team and to work under deadline is also required. The nature of contemporary communications demands constant awareness of the ever changing landscape of social media and methods of conveying information and messages. There will be an expectation for the Director to be a thought leader in the use of new technologies, messaging and engagement of our various constituencies.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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