Inspire some of the world's most influential people to help Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health create a healthier future. The School's Office of External Relations is seeking a mission-driven individual with a passion for philanthropy, an interest in science, a background in writing, and experience managing internal employees and contractors.
If you can articulate the goals and vision of complex initiatives... clearly explain how something works and why it matters to diverse audiences, including individual philanthropists and sophisticated foundations.... weave in strategic messages that make a compelling case for support... lead a project from inception to completion... be a supportive and detail-oriented manager and mentor for writers and other staff members... then you could be the ideal candidate for this Senior Director for External Relations position in our highly successful fundraising organization.
The Director of External Relations Communications reports to the Vice Dean for External Relations and works closely with team leadership to create and implement a comprehensive strategy for all external relations communications with a particular focus on current and prospective donors of at least $100,000. The Director will oversee one staff member, the Assistant Director of External Relations Communications. The External Relations Communications team is responsible for producing general and highly customized engagement, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship communications, and digital-content for individuals and institutions along with managing select special projects and publications, as requested.
The Director will set the overall direction and expectations for the team and ensure that the team is structured and deployed in a manner that best supports the organization's greatest needs. The Director will also work closely with program leadership and major, principal, and institutional gift officers to ensure that their prospect and donor communications needs are being met, and will be the primary liaison to the School's Communications department to ensure effective collaboration between External Relations and Communications.
Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Understanding T.H. Chan School fundraising goals, articulating how these goals advance the mission of the enterprise, and conveying the impact of philanthropy to a variety of audiences
Developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for all communications to current and prospective donors of at least $100,000
Setting strategic direction and expectations for the External Relations communications team
Serving as the External Relations lead for all major organizational communications for fundraising and alumni relations
Proactively seeking input from and collaborates with institutional, major and principal gift officers
Serving as the primary External Relations liaison to the Communications department
Setting clear metrics for program success, measures progress, and making strategy changes
Working collaboratively with faculty, various teams within the Chan School and across Harvard University to develop targeted communications products that inspire giving
Maintaining relationships with gift officers and making salient recommendations on communications strategies
Duties and Responsibilities will be continued in the "Additional Information" section.
Duties and Responsibilities continued:
Researching, writing, and editing content, including gift stories, proposals, whitepapers, brochures, letters, one-pagers, bios, and other marketing and event collateral
Tailoring written materials to inspire different audiences through a variety of channels. Coordinating reviews by internal and external partners and incorporating feedback
Managing production of communications projects and publications, tracking schedules and adhering to deadlines
Leading project meetings and participating in regular department-wide and team meetings
Managing freelance writing and design resources and acting as project lead on outsourced projects
Other duties as assigned
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
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 options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
8+ years of related experience required
Combined experience in individual and institutional fundraising, communications and related fields, with a preference for experience in healthcare or public health strongly preferred
Prior experience in planning and managing complex marketing/communications programs, coordinating the roles of multiple project contributors, setting priorities and schedules, and meeting deadlines with minimal supervision preferred
Demonstrated understanding of current trends in fundraising and communications preferred
Extensive experience working with Principal and Major Gift Officers preferred
Demonstrated experience communicating complex issues in a clear and compelling manner preferred
Strategic thinking and big-picture problem-solving capacity preferred
Flexibility and sense of humor preferred
Client service orientation, with proven ability to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization preferred
Demonstrated sound judgment in situations that require independent decision making, problem solving, and handling confidential and sensitive materials preferred
Demonstrated experience leading and applying ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems preferred
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: 50516BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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.