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 for External Relations (OER) is seeking a mission-driven individual with a passion for philanthropy, an interest in science, a background in marketing, a track record of project management success, and experience as a writer.
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 Director of Development Communications position in our highly successful fundraising organization.
The Director of Development Communications reports to the Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives. The incumbent will work with administrators, staff, and faculty to identify communications objectives and develop a comprehensive strategy, a suite of communications tactics, and materials for the OER team. They will advise OER teams and staff on all communications-related activities. The incumbent will participate in team meetings with directors and staff, as well as faculty, in order to support strategic communications objectives determined by OER leadership.
The Director of Development Communications 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 the OER and the School's Office of Communications.
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. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for all OER communications.
Leading and managing an editorial committee across OER teams.
Serving as the lead representative for communications engagement between OER and University Development.
Setting strategic direction and expectations for the Development Communications team.
Serving as the OER lead for all major organizational communications for fundraising and alumni relations.
Proactively seeking input from and collaborates with OER adminstrative leadership, institutional, major and principal gift officers, donor relations team, and other key staff.
Serving as the primary OER liaison to the Harvard Chan School 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 and engagement.
Maintaining relationships with gift officers and donor relations team, and making salient recommendations on communications strategies.
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, including alumni, donors, volunteers, and friends, 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.
Developing and implementing a social media strategy for OER.
Overseeing updates and as needed, re-development of the web pages intended for potential donors, donors, and alumni.
Managing freelance writing and design resources and acting as project lead on outsourced projects.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it, which is currently anticipated to be by December 31, 2020.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 180 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 in fundraising communications, marketing, higher education, non-profit environments, or related field required
Experience in translating scientific information for a general audience required
Excellent written communications skills preferred
Demonstrated success in translating scientific information into accessible and compelling content for a general audience preferred
Familiarity with marketing strategies and tactics preferred
Experience developing a communications plan for multiple audiences using a variety of channels preferred
Prior experience developing a social media strategy and plan preferred
The Office for External Relations seeks, prefers, and prioritizes leadership candidates with demonstrated acumen in the following competencies:
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: 52557BR
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.