Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) comprises the University Development Office (UDO), Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Development, AA&D Resources, and the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). There is a unique relationship between the University and the FAS fundraising operations, resulting from a long history in which University fundraising ultimately grew out of College fundraising.
University Development Office (UDO) works closely with the President and Provost, and their teams, to determine their development efforts, leads fundraising for University principal gifts, initiatives and international fundraising, and coordinates cultivation and stewardship strategies for a select group of top donors
The Assistant Director, Strategic Communications is a key contributor on the Strategic Communications team, with responsibility for supporting the creation of proposals, other solicitation materials and related content for a transformational group of donors. This is a strategic, content focused, academically oriented, writing intensive role, that involves skillful relationships with UDO colleagues (communications, fundraisers, leadership), school colleagues, and other faculty and academic leaders.
The focus of this role will be on creating content for donors who are managed by senior fundraisers in UDO and the Schools and the Vice President for AA&D, with a focus on $25M+ donors and solicitations that often involve the University President or Provost.
The role requires a high level of creativity and intellectual curiosity, as well as initiative, strategic thinking, flexibility, superior communication skills, and the ability to produce consistently high caliber results on projects where there is little precedent or roadmap.
The ideal candidate is mission driven and intellectually curious with an interest in learning about Harvard's vast and diverse intellectual and academic landscape.
Utilizing strong project management, writing, and communication skills, the Assistant Director serves as part of a team and collaborates with communications and fundraising colleagues, faculty members, and administrators to develop content that supports central and University-wide fundraising activities.
In consultation with the Senior Director and Senior Associate Director, the Assistant Director produces a wide range of communications materials to support the creation of proposals, other solicitation materials and related content, including digital content. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Work with the Senior Associate Director of Strategic Communications to help develop compelling strategies for proposals and other fundraising content.
Research content and write supporting sections of proposals, white papers, and other collateral for transformational gifts.
Review and edit proposals and supporting materials prepared for current and potential donors.
Conduct benchmarking and other research in support of solicitation strategies.
Curate existing assets and develop new materials to support donor events and other engagement opportunities, including talking points and remarks, presentations, pre-reads and follow-ups. These events range from large-scale events to individual donor visits and meetings to committee meetings.
Contribute to the development of content for presentations and other communications needs of the AA&D Vice President.
Work closely with research and school partners on assigned projects.
Facilitate creation of collateral for other special projects as needed.
Pro-actively develop the knowledge of the faculty and the academic enterprise---including in the most complex and cutting edge areas of multi-disciplinary scholarship---required to translate academic vision into highly creative and sophisticated fundraising materials that demonstrate Harvard's depth, breadth and impact to engage the university's most generous supporters.
As a subject matter expert on a range of university academic programs and priorities, contribute to the maintenance of a library of current resources for fundraisers and other colleagues to learn about the priorities.
This position requires a 3 month orientation and review period. Please include a cover letter with your application.
About Harvard University Harvard University, based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, was established in 1636 and is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University is home to over 20,000 students and employs 18,000 people, making us the fifth-largest employer in Massachusetts. Harvard is a special place, filled with diverse, energetic, and talented people who are driven to grow and succeed. By working here, you join a vibrant community that advances Harvard's world- changing mission in meaningful ways, inspires innovation and collaboration, and builds skills and expertise.
Why AA&D? We are a dedicated team of 400 alumni affairs and development professionals supporting Harvard's advancement activity through roles that include front-line fundraising, alumni and volunteer engagement, technology, events, communications, prospect management and research, business process, talent management and many other areas.
Harvard's Alumni Affairs and Development team inspires and galvanizes alumni, friends, and members of the University community to support Harvard through philanthropy, governance, and active engagement. AA&D believes a workplace that reflects the diversity of our society and our ever-evolving University constituency makes us a stronger and more effective organization. Our goal is to create an environment of respect that values the many talents, perspectives, and experiences of our community, to deliver the strongest possible results by incorporating diverse perspectives into our daily work, and to make AA&D a great place to work for everyone. AA&D strives to live our values of respect, inclusion, trust, collaboration, innovation and sharing of information in our daily interactions and our work.
To learn more about how Harvard supports diversity and inclusion throughout the University please visit the Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at https://dib.harvard.edu/.
Discover AA&D and Harvard University Benefits
Opportunities for internal advancement
A creative, high- energy, collaborative environment
Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day
University-funded retirement plans
Tuition Assistance Program
Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
Accommodations: Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please let your recruiter know.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required.
Minimum of five years of related experience in communications, journalism or marketing or a related field in a writing intensive role.
Exemplary written and verbal communication skills and ability to turn detailed, complicated information into concise, easily understood language.
Must be able to manage competing demands effectively in a busy environment and to effectively prioritize tasks and work within deadlines.
Must be well organized, have a superb attention to detail, and effective follow-up skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to collaborate and work with all levels of a large, complex organization
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Teams)
Experience using InDesign and Photoshop for simple graphic design tasks and light photo editing.
Requires good judgment and the ability to handle sensitive/confidential information with discretion.
Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
Experience working in development preferred.
Experience working in higher education preferred.
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: 54011BR
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.