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Associate Director, Donor Relations

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

The Associate Director of Donor Relations is responsible for developing and implementing strategic donor communications that support the mission and priorities of Harvard Law School. This role manages a wide range of donor relations programs, including fund reporting, annual report of gifts, gift acknowledgements, and pledge reminders. Working within a larger team, the Associate Director provides high-level writing, editing, strategy, and content guidance, and manages a team of three direct reports. - Position Description As Associate Director you will: - Develop and implement strategies to optimize fund reporting, acknowledgement, and donor engagement practices, ensuring that donors are adequately recognized for their gifts. Create and edit content for fund reports, giving opportunities, acknowledgment letters, pledge reminders, brochures, and other donor-focused communications. - Research and draft talking points and briefing materials for the Dean of Harvard Law School and other speakers. Collaborates with the Director of Donor Relations and Development Communications and senior leadership to frame key messages. Collaborate with the Dean for Development and Alumni Relations to draft complex multimillion dollar gift opportunity proposals. Duties include researching opportunities, developing the case for need, collaborating with faculty and staff, and drafting proposals. Manage the Law School's fund reporting program; establish the fund reporting calendar and partner with internal stakeholders to prepare donor reports. Resolve financial issues, research fund purposes, and communicate findings with donors according to reporting calendar. Address donor relations issues in collaboration with fundraisers and administrators to ensure terms and spending compliance. Monitor funds to ensure that they are being used according to donors' intentions. - Establish, track, and analyze metrics to improve donor relations processes and strategies. - Collaborate closely with other Law School departments including the Financial Office, the Office of Student Financial Services, and the Graduate Program. - Serve as a member of the University Donor Relations Committee. - Perform other duties as required. Basic Qualifications Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. 7 or more years' progressive experience in development/donor relations and communications, preferably within a higher education setting. Additional Qualifications and Skills We are looking for people with: - Proven experience in writing, editing, and proofreading. Demonstrated experience developing and managing programs, projects, and people. - Initiative, decisiveness, and strong organizational skills. Effective communication and collaboration. Have a commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment. - Working ConditionsThis position is based on campus in Cambridge, MA. There is an opportunity for a hybrid/remote work arrangement, subject to business need and manager review and approval.

Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as required. Additional InformationWe regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions. -
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources. -
Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over theworld. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it,Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive. -Job FunctionAlumni Affairs and Development, CommunicationsLocationUSA - MA - CambridgeJob CodeCM0858 Communications Management IIISub-Unit------------DepartmentAlumni Center - Donor Relations and Development CommunicationsCommitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. EEO StatementWe 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.

Keywords: Harvard University, Cambridge , Associate Director, Donor Relations, Executive , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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