Serves as the department head for the Communications Content Strategy team:
Directly oversees two Associate Directors, who in turn, collectively manage 4 additional team members.
Drives team goals, metrics, and best practices across varied work streams.
Reviews work produced by other team members and partners, as needed.
Oversees the development of fundraising materials, including gift opportunities, proposals, and fundraiser education tools, Ensures all materials are thoroughly researched, clearly written, well edited, and in adherence with University policies.
Works closely with Senior Director of Content Strategy and Donor Relations to support cross-team collaboration related to donor and alumni engagement.
Prioritizes work for the department; serves as liason and intake with departments requesting work.
Leads the development of new workstreams, such as a science newsletter or development update from the Vice President.
Personally generates proposals, concept papers, and gift opportunities:
Translates complex academic planning into fundraising-focused materials for use across print and digital platforms.
Uses persuasive language and visuals to make the case for support of University and cross-School priorities.
Seeks input and vets proposals with appropriate University and School academic, administrative, and development leadership.
As a producer-manager, the Director will not only manage, but will personally undertake work related to any of the activities described above.
Serves as a context expert for partners throughout Alumni Affairs and Development and the University:
Stays informed about philanthropic and research trends nationally and internationally.
Develops deep knowledge on a range of University academic programs and priorities.
Conducts independent research and monitors developments around Harvard to inform writing and content strategy.
Oversees implementation of effective information-sharing technologies.
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Skills testing may be a component of the interview process for this position.
About Harvard University Harvard University, based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, was established in 1636 and is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University is home to over 20,000 students and employs 18,000 people, making us the fifth-largest employer in Massachusetts. Harvard is a special place, filled with diverse, energetic, and talented people who are driven to grow and succeed. By working here, you join a vibrant community that advances Harvard's world-changing mission in meaningful ways, inspires innovation and collaboration, and builds skills and expertise.
Why AA&D? We are a dedicated team of 400 staff who foster engagement with alumni, parents, and friends of Harvard through roles that include front-line fundraising, alumni and volunteer engagement, technology, events, communications, as well as many other areas. Our department recruits for over 100 positions annually that range from entry-level to senior leadership roles. The mission of AA&D is to maintain and enhance a highly engaged, vibrant community of alumni and friends worldwide and to lead the University's fundraising efforts in support of Harvard's mission.
AA&D 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. To learn more about how Harvard supports diversity and inclusion throughout the University please visit the Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at https://dib.harvard.edu/.
Discover AA&D and Harvard University Benefits
Opportunities for internal advancement
A creative, high- energy, collaborative environment
Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day
University-funded retirement plans
Tuition Assistance Program
Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs
At least six years of relevant work experience in a writing-intensive role
Superior writing, editing, project management, and communication skills
Computer literacy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat tools
Ability to work independently, prioritize assignments, and consistently meet deadlines
Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style and ability to master in-house style guide
Flexibility and willingness to learn
Ability to hold sensitive information in confidence
Experience working in development, marketing, or communications preferred
Experience working in higher education 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: 51908BR
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.