Summary: Reporting to the Associate Director, Principal Gifts, UDO, this full-time non-exempt position in the University Development Office (UDO) works closely with senior members of the AA&D team and colleagues across the organization to advance University Principal Gifts fundraising.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Works in partnership with and supports the work of the senior University principal gifts fundraisers to lead and manage principal gifts fundraising for university priorities.
2. Assist in identifying, qualifying and prioritizing prospects for University-wide priorities working with fundraising colleagues across the schools and with prospect research; works with research to develop detailed prospect profiles, collaborates with fundraisers to draft briefings for prospect visits.
3. Helps to track prospect activity for fundraisers' assigned principal gifts portfolio, volunteer management, and for select initiatives.
4. Prepares briefings for the President, Provost and other University leaders associated with principal gift prospects, University-wide priorities, donor committees, and university travel.
5. Anticipates and resolves problems, and shares information with other team members reflecting knowledge gained through meetings involved with, and supporting the Principal Gifts team, and the senior leadership of UDO/AA&D.
6. Proactively facilitates frequent interaction and communication with colleagues across all departments, as well as with School-based fundraisers, and represents the UDO fundraising team professionally and positively.
7. Works independently as well as part of a team, in an extremely dynamic, fast-paced work environment, juggling multiple and changing priorities and responding to the strategic needs of the UDO Principal Gifts team more broadly.
8. The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.
Collaborates with senior fundraisers to execute specialized engagement, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for each prospect and donor in the University's principal gifts portfolio;
Works closely with the Associate Director to help develop new processes and systems for portfolio management and tracking the top University-wide prospects to drive fundraising activity across the Schools;
In partnership with the senior fundraisers, develops high-level briefings for donor meetings and events with University leaders (President, Provost, Deans), faculty, and university volunteer leaders;
Monitors and executes preparation (including various supporting materials reflective of the university-wide priorities) and all next steps before and after the senior fundraisers' and institutional leaders' donor visits;
Leverages the UDO service teams to execute the strategies for cultivation and solicitation. Brings all available UDO resources to defined donor strategy;
Manages complex gift terms and associated paperwork and activities related to closing 7-, 8- and 9-figure commitments;
Manages a tailored approach to acknowledgements and stewardship for each donor in the UDO fundraiser portfolios, working with colleagues in donor relations and communications;
Corresponds with donors through their offices and sometimes directly to respond to requests/questions, and advance their giving and overall engagement with Harvard;
Engages with faculty and academic leaders to coordinate and advance University principal gifts activities;
Shapes agendas and itineraries and coordinates with events team on logistics and communications team on materials for our major University donor engagement and contributes to the strategy for the group's events, calls, and other special communications;
Works with the Associate Director and fellow Coordinators to maintain systems to track progress against goals; help to analyze and present results; and work with teams across AA&D in Communications, Donor Relations, Events and others to develop materials for internal and external stakeholders to advance fundraising strategies.
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: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Minimum of 2 years of work experience.
Computer literacy required.
Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
Ability to work additional evening and weekend hours is required.
Bachelor's degree preferred
Prior work experience in a large development operation preferred.
Familiarity with basic fundraising principles and strategies a plus.
Familiarity with the workings of Harvard development a plus.
Familiarity with BSR Advance a plus.
Must be highly organized, detail oriented, and have the ability to work competently and efficiently in a multi-task environment. Must have proven organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced environment with multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities.
Able to work effectively with internal and external constituencies in a University environment. Must be able to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound, and confidential judgment in developing solutions.
Must be able to listen carefully as well as to influence and persuade others.
Must be interested in and motivated by the intellectual community at Harvard.
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: 46604BR
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.