Collaborates with development colleagues (notably with the Director of Communication Content Strategy, with UDO fundraisers, with colleagues in the Schools) in creating materials related to funding priorities and donor coordination. Seeks input and vets proposals with appropriate University and School academic, administrative, and development leadership.
Develops deep content knowledge on a range of University academic programs and priorities. Serves as a resource for content on these programs and priorities with partners throughout AA&D and the Schools, including frontline fundraisers, alumni affairs, events, stewardship, and the communications creative services team. Provides information for fundraiser education on University priorities and gift opportunities.
Draw information for written materials from independent research, as well as academic planning materials prepared by members of the faculty, administrators, and members of the Provost's office. Writes pieces to support any part of the University, as requested by volunteers or staff in the University Development Office or Harvard Alumni Association.
Copyedits documents for other team members as needed, and serves as part of review process for documents produced by other writers, partners, and fundraisers.
May be asked to translate complex academic planning documents into externally-focused materials for use across print and digital communication platforms, such as newsletters, gift opportunities, proposals, and fundraiser education materials. Shows resourceful approaches to finding content to use in written materials. Uses persuasive language and visuals to make the case for support.
Ensures that all materials are thoroughly researched, clearly written, reviewed by appropriate colleagues, and well edited. Ensures that all materials adhere to University policies, especially gift policies. Ensures that appropriate colleagues have vetted documents, and that status and outcome of projects are communicated with interested parties.
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.
May be required to prepare materials for, participate in, and document meetings with faculty and senior administrators.
Additional roles or projects may arise that are outside the description above, but that are in keeping with the duties of the position.
Utilizing strong writing, project management, and communication skills, the Assistant Director, Communication Content Strategy serves as part of a writing and editorial team that collaborates with fundraising colleagues, faculty members, and administrators to develop written materials that support central and University-wide fundraiser and alumni affairs activities. The Communications Content Strategy team is one of the donor and alumni service groups that partner with frontline colleagues to create materials and services in support of Alumni Affairs and Development objectives.
This position will focus on managing and developing written and digital assets for the purpose of donor engagement and to support volunteers and university leaders in fundraising for university priorities. In particular, this position is likely to focus on content relating to Harvard's science enterprise and the University's campus expansion into Allston. The Assistant Director will partner with communications, donor relations, events, and other offices throughout Harvard to both curate existing assets and develop new materials to advance University initiatives. This includes materials to support stewarding existing donors as a form of donor cultivation and engaging new donors and volunteers.
This position requires excellent communication skills, 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 Assistant 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: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree. At least four years of relevant work experience. Superior writing, copy editing, and project management skills and experience. Computer literacy.
Experience in an academic setting preferred.
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: 47525BR
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.