Associate Director of Priorities and Initiatives, University
Company: Harvard University
Posted on: April 8, 2021
Associate Director of Priorities and Initiatives, University
Development Office Alumni Affairs and Development 53224BR Job
Summary This position will be based on our campus in Cambridge, MA.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this position will be remote
until further notice.
We are seeking an Associate Director of Priorities and Initiatives
on the University Development Office team within Harvard Alumni
Affairs and Development.
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
University Development Office (UDO)
UDO works closely with the President and Provost, and their teams,
development efforts; leads fundraising for University principal
gifts, initiatives and international fundraising; and coordinates
cultivation and stewardship strategies for a select group of top
Reporting to the Director of Priorities and Initiatives, the
Associate Director of Priorities and Initiatives is responsible for
managing a portfolio of work dedicated to the advancement of
Harvard's University-wide Priorities and Initiatives. This position
is both external-working directly with a portfolio of donors, as
well as internal- serving as a liaison and project manager to
University partners in support of interfaculty initiatives,
affiliates and units across Harvard.
They will qualify prospects and develop cultivation, solicitation
and stewardship strategies for assigned donors and ensure that
these strategies are proactively pursued.--This position serves as
a UDO liaison with the Corporations and Foundations team in the
Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The successful candidate
will have curiosity about intellectual content, as well as an
entrepreneurial and creative approach to complex issues. This
position will be exposed to the exciting breadth of the Harvard
academic enterprise and many committed university leaders, faculty
members, development colleagues, and donors. This position is
expected to engage with academic content across the University,
especially those pursuits that span multiple disciplines and
Schools, in order to best support the many entities desiring
funding, and to best engage with potential donors.
-- Job-Specific Responsibilities
- Manages a small portfolio of $250k+ prospects whose
philanthropy is primarily focused on university priorities,
inter-faculty initiatives, affiliates, and units. Works closely
with fundraisers and service teams across Harvard to develop and
manage engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies for high
capacity prospective donors.--Plans, staffs and briefs senior
academic administrators and faculty for prospect/donor visits and
events.--In this work, this position is sometimes the driver of
activity, while other times serving as an important partner and
resource to a School/UDO fundraiser or to a leader in a
- Actively seek and qualify new prospects for the pipeline
through referrals from prospects, list reviews, and coordination
with prospect management.--Proactively work to engage and cultivate
all new prospects identified, including those newly added to
portfolio by research through the assignment process.
- Develop and implement prospect strategies to move prospects
through the solicitation cycle, utilizing and leveraging internal
prospect review amount colleagues. S/he will complete and maintain
current data tracking for the portfolio in Harvard's fundraising
- Partner with Director of Priorities and Initiatives on
interfaculty initiatives such as--HDSI (Harvard Data Science
Initiative), HSCI (Harvard Stem Cell Initiative),--Safra--Center,
HGHI (Harvard Global Health Initiative),--HarvardX (VPAL), and ALI
(Advanced Leadership Institute), etc.
- Serves as UDO liaison and directs affiliates to resources in
UDO and AA&D
- Provides fundraising support and coordinates approaches to
Harvard Alumni and non-alumni prospects
- This position will opportunistically engage in front-line
fundraising in collaboration with prospects interested in
- Build strong working relationships with colleagues within
Principal Gifts, International and Planned giving--Leverage
opportunities to collaborate across the University to proactively
maximize the size of gifts from donors.
- Actively seek to improve professional skill and knowledge and
understanding of Harvard's fundraising Priorities and Initiatives
by developing relationships with colleagues across campus,
attending virtual events and activities and participating in
training activities designed for this purpose. Basic Qualifications
- A minimum of 6 years of development experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Able to work nights and weekends as needed. Additional
Qualifications and Skills
- Must be a collaborative problem solver and bring an
entrepreneurial approach to designing creative donor engagement
- Demonstrated success in fundraising, including issue-based
fundraising and higher education campaigns.
- Advanced knowledge of fundraising strategy and techniques and
an ability and willingness to implement strategy.
- Ability to take relationships with donors to a higher level and
to move difficult cases forward.
- Experience turning institutional priorities into compelling
gift opportunities for donors.
- Ability to maximize giving potential and giving inclination
using all available resources.
- Experience working with volunteers preferred.
- Experience staffing high-level academic or other leaders in
prospect meetings/trips preferred.
- The Associate Director of--Priorities and Initiatives
contributes to special projects and initiatives as assigned
Experience staffing high-level academic or other leaders in
prospect meetings/trips preferred.
- The successful candidate will also possess the following
competencies: judgment, strategic thinking, initiative, ability to
deal with ambiguity, quality decision making, integrity and trust,
interpersonal savvy, listening, negotiating, presentation skills,
priority setting, strategic agility, openness to risk, persistence,
creativity, and collaboration. Additional Information 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.
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
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
- University-funded retirement plans
- Tuition Assistance Program
- Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
- Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs
Additional benefits can be found at
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.
-- 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, gender identity, sexual orientation,
pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other
characteristic protected by law.
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