Oversees and manages the implementation of all donor engagement strategies and activities involving FAS faculty and senior academic administrators, including event programs and one-on-one donor and prospect meetings. Advises fundraising partners on academic resources to support fundraising and donor engagement strategies. Oversees the identification/strategy, recruitment, coordination, preparation, and follow up of all FAS academic partners for development activity. Manages a team of direct reports who serve as recruiters for FAS faculty and administrative leaders for FAS development activity. In collaboration with FAS development leadership and fundraising colleagues, tracks the development of prospect pipelines for engagement with academic deans.
Partners with FAS Development management on aligning the faculty/administrator program with FAS priorities and messaging, ensuring donor engagement strategies are developed and implemented in ways that advance the fundraising priorities of the FAS.
Collaborates FAS development senior staff and department heads to facilitate strategic annual planning for the FAS academic deans and key faculty and administrative leaders, including their development travel and involvement in regional and flagship events. Oversees the implementation of strategic annual travel plans for key FAS leaders and ensures plans are coordinated with those of the FAS Dean and University President and Provost.
In collaboration with Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) Events and Communications colleagues, leads the development of FAS event programs aligned with FAS priorities and determines content delivery for events and other audiences.
Advises AA&D colleagues on FAS content for broader University and alumni audiences. Serves as a principal contact for collaboration and coordination of faculty program cross-over with UDO and AAD program managers by organizing information-sharing opportunities as necessary.
Serves as a key point of contact liaising with faculty leaders and senior administrators on FAS development requests and planning. Responsible for building and maintaining positive working relationships with a pipeline of academic leaders across the FAS and for expanding that pipeline as appropriate by researching content and vetting new speakers. Partners with academic deans to identify and expand this pipeline of faculty to engage in fundraising events and activities.
In coordination with the appropriate staff in fundraising departments, communications, academic and development planning and donor relations, oversees the coordination of agendas for meetings between the Development office and academic administrators/faculty who partner with Development including, but not limited to, members of the FAS Academic Planning Group (composed of School and Divisional Deans), faculty champions associated with specific fundraising initiatives, and other academic and administrative leaders.
Supervises, trains, and mentors direct reports. Manages the quality and flow of work of direct reports. Identifies methods to provide professional growth opportunities for direct reports.
Ensures best practices and consistently high quality support for the development activity of academic deans and ensures the activities support the needs of multiple fundraising departments.
Attends planning meetings, training sessions, conferences, and workshops as necessary.
The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not exclude other duties, inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.
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: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BS degree or equivalent required. Must have a minimum of eight years of experience in strategy and coordination of donor and/or alumni engagement, preferably in a fundraising and/or academic environment; demonstrated effective management of staff; proven ability in project management; knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Occasional travel and additional evening and weekend hours required.
Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and have strong interpersonal and communication (speaking and writing) skills. Ability to establish and promote good working relationships with alumni, colleagues, faculty, administrators, and students and excellent client service skills required.
Must be a professional, proactive, creative, collaborative, conscientious, and results-oriented individual. Should have ability to think strategically and conceptually, and display sound judgment.
Must be energetic, motivated to learn and open to change.
Must be flexible and able to handle multiple tasks accurately under deadline pressure. Proven ability working in a complex organization and making informed decisions in the context of strategic organizational goals and policies. Must be able to work independently and take initiative. Must have ability to handle confidential materials with discretion.
Solid computer skills in a PC environment with the capability to master new software applications and technologies, including database management.
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: 51246BR
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.