Harvard University — Assistant Director, Prospect Strategy and Development

Harvard University

Assistant Director, Prospect Strategy and Development
Harvard Graduate School of Education
55114BR

Job Summary
Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of the HGSE Development Office, and in close coordination with the HGSE frontline fundraising team, the asst. director oversees and implements activity to advance prospect strategy and donor engagement for the School’s major and principal giving portfolios. This includes coordinating and advancing strategic conversations in partnership with frontline staff around the School’s top donors/prospects, and driving next steps “behind the scenes” to secure philanthropic commitments. The asst. director will keep donors and prospective donors involved and informed of ongoing School priorities through regular and strategic communication, and will help to assess and analyze donor interest to match with institutional priorities. The assistant director will also play a key role in volunteer engagement through strategic and administrative support of the HGSE Dean’s Advisory Group and other volunteer initiatives (e.g., financial aid volunteer task force). In this role, the assistant director will serve as a liaison for external and internal constituencies, including donors, alumni, faculty, and Harvard University colleagues.

Job Code
300057 Development Professional

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide high-level oversight and monitor the forward progress of prospect/donor pipelines, new initiatives and departmental goals, including the identification of issues to be resolved, communications needed and risks to manage.
  • Assist frontline staff with top prospect management by coordinating communication and strategy aimed at qualifying, soliciting, and stewarding the School’s top 25 donors across major giving portfolios.
  • Draft briefing documents that strategically prepare participants, including the HGSE Dean and Senior Associate Dean, in donor meetings to cultivate, solicit, and steward HGSE’s top donors
  • Develop and provide clear, concise, and regular (e.g., weekly) summary/dashboard status reports to senior management and make recommendations as they relate to timeline, issue resolution, etc.
  • In coordination with the Senior Director of major gifts, prioritize regular group strategy sessions and individual donor strategy meetings to advance the fundraising goals of the HGSE Development Office. This includes establishing milestones, due dates, and the identification of concerns; continue to design, create, evaluate and revise plans as necessary.
  • Advance strategy for the proper recognition and stewardship of major and principal gifts donors, focusing on HGSE’s top 25 donor portfolio, in coordination with Assistant Director of Donor Relations.
  • Assist the Senior Associate Dean in the planning and execution of quarterly Dean’s Advisory Group meetings, which includes the Dean’s closest advisors and donors. Facilitate proactive communication to group members in between meetings to advance relationships with the Dean and with the School.
  • Assist the major gifts team on the internal management of a financial aid strategy, including providing support for volunteers as they advance this priority for the School. This will include the identification of prospects, creation and facilitation of list reviews, and tracking of fundraising progress.
  • Track contact and drive progress with small group of foundations with whom we are engaging for possible future support.
  • Serve as a liaison to the University Development Office and to other Harvard Schools in sharing and coordinating donor information and fundraising-related priorities and metrics.
  • Serve as primary contact in the Development Office for Dean’s travel and trip planning.
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Development Office’s research team.
  • Prepare bi-annual narrative updates on activities related to the HGSE Development Office’s fiscal year priorities, including progress toward fundraising priorities articulated by the Dean and overall fundraising results.
  • Organize and support the planning process for the department’s budget and multi-year plan submissions. This includes organizing planning meetings, researching options, and drafting memorandums.
  • Remain current on institutional priorities, programs, events, engagement opportunities and maintain a general understanding of the diverse priorities of HGSE.
  • Perform other duties as required in response to the changing needs of the department.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree is required.
  • Five (5) years related experience is required.

Any applicant wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to a resume

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to collaborate and work with all levels of a large, complex organization including ability to effectively present information to varied audiences.
  • Must be able to manage competing demands effectively in a busy environment and to effectively prioritize tasks and work within deadlines.
  • Outstanding project management, analytical and organizational skills including a keen attention to detail and ability to deliver on time while balancing multiple priorities.
  • Good judgment, flexibility, customer-service orientation and positive team attitude are critical to success in this role.
  • Must be highly organized, detail oriented and efficient. Must exhibit great attention to detail and have the ability to produce clear documentation.
  • Must be collaborative, conscientious, and results oriented. Must be able to listen as well as to influence and persuade others.
  • 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.

Additional Information

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.
We do this by:

• Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
• Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
• Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
• Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
• Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
• Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu

Please Note once Harvard resumes regular operations this position will no longer be remote and work will be performed on campus in Cambridge MA.

Working Conditions
NOTICE: Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Job Function
Alumni Affairs and Development

Sub Unit
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Location
USA – MA – Cambridge

Department
Development

Time Status
Full-time

Union
00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade
057

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

EEO Statement
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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