This full-time position is responsible for numerous functions of the Academic and Development Coordination (ADC) department in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Development office. The ADC department is responsible for managing the interface between FAS Development and the FAS dean and dean's office, FAS administrators, and FAS faculty. This position reports to the Senior Associate Director, ADC, under the guidance of the Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development Planning.
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
Creates development planning documents, concept papers, cases for support, gift opportunities, gift proposals, and other content that advance FAS fundraising priorities. Ensures all content is thoroughly researched and accurate, well written and edited, and compelling. Seeks input and vets materials with appropriate academic, administrative, and development leadership.
Develops deep content knowledge of the FAS and oversees a portfolio of FAS fundraising priority areas. Produces ADC content that is audience specific and consistent in message, tone, and style, with particular sensitivity to the differentiation/balance between academics and marketing. Working with members of the ADC team and other AA&D colleagues, develops content that coordinates with other areas of FAS Development, AA&D, and the FAS.
Under the direction of the Senior Associate Director, ADC, acts as a liaison between FAS Development and FAS administrative and academic offices. Researches questions regarding FAS-based issues and data.
Provides advice and counsel, in alignment with University and FAS policies, to AA&D colleagues about FAS fundraising priorities and gift opportunities. Develops, tracks, maintains, and shares information about gift-naming opportunities. Provides guidance related to gift levels, gift structures, and gift vehicles, and, when appropriate, identifies additional gift opportunities beyond FAS fundraising priorities.
Researches and drafts training materials and assists with training coordination related to FAS fundraising priorities and fundraising-related projects. Contributes to ADC's intranet content and is proactive in procuring information and producing documents that can assist AA&D colleagues in achieving FAS fundraising goals.
Contributes to planning, processes, infrastructures, and policies to support the ADC team and FAS fundraising goals. Develops and maintains ADC records, resource guides, and systems/procedures. Records and archives planning processes, decisions reached, and next steps.
Fosters a supportive and collegial work environment that focuses on shared values and common goals and that encourages mutual respect, constructive feedback, and openness to change. Contributes ideas for ADC team trainings and professional development.
Undertakes FAS fundraising-related projects, such as the coordination of ad hoc committees and evaluative projects. Takes responsibility for writing memos, Major Gifts event briefings, and stewardship reporting as needed. Works on special projects as assigned.
Attends required AA&D, FAS Development, and Major Gifts training sessions, meetings, and events. Attends other training sessions, conferences, and workshops as necessary.
The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.
The Assistant Director participates in FAS development planning, including researching, drafting, and vetting concept papers, gift opportunities, and other key content. Translates complex academic and development planning documents to create persuasive gift proposals and compelling fundraising-focused marketing materials in support of FAS fundraising priorities. Supports proactive collaboration and content sharing with Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D) colleagues.
Develops and maintains positive working relationships with FAS administrative and academic offices and with AA&D colleagues. Provides advice and counsel to AA&D colleagues regarding FAS fundraising priorities and gift opportunities.
This position requires a high level of organization, professionalism, and discretion.
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: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required
Minimum of four to five years of work experience, preferably in an academic/fundraising setting.
Must have exceptional research, writing, editing, and content strategy skills. Experience writing persuasively, as well as using visuals and data persuasively, in a communications, marketing, or journalism function is desirable.
Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to establish and promote good working relationships with prospects/donors, alumni, colleagues, faculty, and administrators. Direct experience engaging with these audiences a plus.
Excellent speaking and client-service skills required.
Must be able to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound, and confidential judgment.
Must be able to listen carefully, synthesize information correctly and concisely, as well as to influence and persuade others.
Must be highly organized and detail oriented. Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change. Proven ability to quickly learn complex information and processes.
Must be able to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Must be able to prioritize and handle multiple and disparate projects at once.
Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to University business and prospect information.
Computer literacy required. Knowledge of Excel required. Knowledge of InDesign, project management software, or content management software a plus.
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: 49913BR
About Harvard University Alumni Affairs and Development
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.