Leads overall strategy and program development for faculty/administration program as it relates to University development activity. Collaborates with development colleagues (notably with the Director of Communications Content Strategy, with senior UDO fundraisers, with colleagues in the Schools) in creating programming related to funding priorities and university messaging. Program ideas might include academic, musical, and/or multi-media elements. Seeks input and vets ideas with appropriate University and School academic, administrative, and development leadership.
Works closely with AA&D Events partners responsible for managing event logistics to ensure a high-quality occasion suitable to the audience and within budget. Creates plan, convenes meetings, drives activity, and communicates internally. Solicits post-event feedback from planning partners.
Responsible for relationship management, recruitment strategy, and expansion of pipeline for faculty. Serves as primary point of contact for key faculty/academic offices and meets with faculty and administrators when necessary for briefing meetings. Engages in on-campus activities/classes to further improve and expand faculty program.
Develops deep content knowledge on a range of University academic programs and priorities. Advises development staff on appropriate faculty for high-level donor development activity. Serves as a resource for content with partners throughout AA&D and the Schools, including frontline fundraisers, alumni affairs, events, stewardship, and the communications creative services team. Serves as principal UDO contact for broad collaboration and coordination of faculty program cross-over with UDO and AAD program managers.
Maintains systems to track which speakers have been used for various Harvard events. Work with schools and do independent research to assess speakers under consideration for events and identify new participants. Draft briefing documents and talking points for speakers, panelists, and anyone participating in programming. In partnership with Events team, coordinate the collection of AV and other needs from speakers. Coordinate communication with faculty, external speakers, students, and volunteers to ensure that events and meetings run smoothly and all logistics are understood. When relevant, arranges speaker travel and lodging or oversees staff who fulfill these duties.
Draw programming concepts from independent research, as well as academic planning materials prepared by members of the faculty, administrators, and members of the Provost's office. Ensures that all materials related to programming projects are thoroughly researched, clearly written, reviewed by appropriate colleagues, and well edited. May be asked to write externally-focused materials for use across print and digital communication platforms. Show resourceful approaches to finding content and use persuasive language and visuals to make the case for support. Ensures that all materials adhere to University policies, especially gift policies.
Works closely with frontline staff to organize faculty and/or administrator meetings for individual donor visits on and off campus. Coordinates and communicates with fundraisers on donor engagement strategies.
Additional roles or projects may arise that are outside the description above, but that are in keeping with the duties of the position.
POSITION SUMMARY: Utilizing strong project management, writing, and communication skills, the Associate Director, Communications Content Strategy serves as part of a team that collaborates with fundraising colleagues, faculty members, and administrators to develop event programming and content that supports central and University-wide activities. The Communications Content Strategy team is one of the donor and alumni service groups that partner with frontline colleagues in support of Alumni Affairs and Development objectives.
With input from the Director of Communications Content Strategy and leadership in Alumni Affairs and Development, including Harvard's Schools, the Associate Director will facilitate the development of programs for donor and alumni audiences such as panel discussions, interactive experiences, and campus visits. This role will arrange the recruitment of speakers and brief those speakers, schedule one-on-one faculty meetings, and manage content for any other appropriate format. This programming will range from large-scale events, such as the Committee on University Resources and the Global Advisory Council, to coordinating individual donor visits to campus and committee meetings. The Associate Director will partner with communications, donor relations, events, and other offices throughout Harvard to both curate existing assets and develop new materials to support programming needs and other engagement opportunities.
This position requires excellent communication skills, strong project management experience, creative energy, the ability to write concisely and persuasively, and the ability to create and maintain effective and positive working relationships with colleagues at all levels. The Associate Director must demonstrate a high level of organization, initiative, professionalism, flexibility, and discretion. Ability to accept and process feedback and a collaborative working style are essential.
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Skills testing may be a component of the interview process for this position.
The department of Alumni Affairs and Development at Harvard University is committed to diversity. We welcome applicants who bring varied experience, thought, and practice to the department's mission to maintain and enhance an engaged community of alumni and friends worldwide and to lead the University's fundraising efforts.
Harvard University Benefits Package Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year's Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year. Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree. At least five years of relevant work experience, preferably in an academic setting. Superior writing, researching, and project management skills and experience. Computer literacy.
Familiarity with development preferred. Familiarity with Harvard AA&D a plus. Experience working in an academic setting helpful.
The position requires a high level of organization, professionalism, and discretion. The incumbent must have a collaborative work style, be flexible, and be motivated to learn; be highly organized and detail oriented; be able to prioritize well and advance multiple projects simultaneously; have experience writing for a digital audience; be able to process information quickly and work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; be able to evaluate problems effectively and make sound judgments; be able to hold sensitive information in confidence.
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.
Internal Number: 48570BR
About Harvard University Alumni Affairs and Development
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