As a key member of the Donor Relations group in Harvard Business School's External Relations Department, creates donor communications that result in high level, meaningful stewardship for the School's donor community that demonstrates the impact of giving to HBS and instills confidence that gifts to the School are used according to donor wishes. Reports to the Associate Director, Donor Relations. Works closely with all areas within External Relations, particularly the Development team and Alumni Marketing and Communications, as well other departments across the School -- including various HBS Initiatives and Centers, the Division of Research and Faculty Development, and the Doctoral, MBA, and Exec Ed programs.
Responsibilities: Create stewardship materials tailored to specific donor interests and develop broad-based donor communication pieces, occasionally coordinating with the Alumni Marketing and Communications team. Lead brainstorming discussions to generate ideas and propose donor-centric communications related to financial aid, faculty, research, and other programs supported by donor funding.
Work with partners on campus, including department heads and business managers as well as the Dean's Office, to strategize how to best present information of interest to existing and potential donors. Research, write, edit, and lay out reporting materials on an individual basis as needed. Write correspondence for the Dean and other senior administrators as needed.
Stay abreast of initiatives and activities at the School on an ongoing basis in order to provide content ideas for stewardship projects. Partner with colleagues in Development and across campus to gather, synthesize, organize, and share programmatic information for donor reporting purposes. Work with teammates to conceptualize new stewardship products as they arise, including strategy, medium, and content.
Strategically lead all donor society-specific stewardship reports, including the annual Global Activities and HBS Fund Investors Society reports, which have a combined audience of over 1,500 donors. Develop and refine the stewardship strategy for all donors to the annual fund (HBS Fund), a major fundraising priority of the School, including creative and timely email touchpoints for all HBS Fund donors.
Serve as a Development representative on the cross-School Content Collaborators team, and participate in cross-department working groups as appropriate. Partner with the Donor Relations Operations group to develop strategies for curating and organizing topical content for team use, exploring technology tools as needed. Leverage Development-wide communications and meetings to share completed and upcoming reporting projects with frontline development staff for potential use with fundraising prospects.
Serve as the communications project manager for all assigned projects, and serve as a project management resource for the entire Donor Relations team. Provide guidance on messaging for and implementation of individual and group communications, sharing best practices on an ongoing basis. Seek opportunities to partner with frontline development team on the creation of customized stewardship materials to advance cultivation and solicitation strategies and gather feedback on current reporting materials. Help ensure that communication materials meet or exceed HBS standards by providing editorial feedback. Provide feedback to partners and team members via project debriefs.
NOTE: As part of the interview process, you may be asked to complete a skills assessment that involves tasks related to the role utilizing the Microsoft Office suite.
NOTE: Participation and support during reunion weekend twice a year is required.
Many HBS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process.
Cover Letter is Required.
Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BS required, 5+ years of stewardship/donor relations, development communications, public relations, marketing communications is desired..
Proven ability to manage and prioritize a high volume of work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Attention to detail, ability to work independently/make independent judgments, strong focus on team work and collaboration. Strong writing and editing skills, familiarity with development writing and executive style/tone, and ability to create content quickly. Ability to manage multiple projects and use discretion in handling confidential material. Superb oral and written communication skills and strong technical skills including thorough knowledge of MS Word and Excel. Familiarity with Adobe InDesign and/or BSR Advance a plus. Marketing communications or project management background a plus. Knowledge of business terminology and a background in higher education and project management helpful.
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: 48226BR
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