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Alumni Relations & Development
Sets and achieves University fundraising and engagement goals. Designs, manages, and executes development strategies and programs to maximize philanthropic support for the University’s priorities. Increases engagement and participation of the University’s worldwide community of alumni, parents, families and friends via diversified communication programs and activities.
Career Track and Job Level
Oversees, plans, and implements all development activities within the undergraduate college, an academic department, a professional school, the central development office, or another University unit. Executes fundraising cultivation programs for prospective donors and for councils. Note that M5 job level is restricted for Booth only.
M4: Provides leadership and direction through managers. Is accountable for the performance and results of related departments. Executes functional plans and contributes to the development of unit strategy that has a division-wide impact. Decisions are guided by division, school or sub-function strategy and priorities.
The job provides leadership and direction through managers, overseeing and planning all development activities; typically within the undergraduate college, a large academic department or professional school, or the central development office. Directs fundraising projects and cultivation programs for prospective donors and for advisory councils.
1) Manages employees through subordinates, usually other managers. Establishes performance goals, allocates resources and applies policies for direct subordinates., 2) Serves as a chief development officer for a unit with significant responsibility for setting the strategy for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio of the highest level of individual major and principal gift prospects., 3) Develops high-level prospects through visits, events, correspondence, and regular calls. Maintains relationships with top donors, various volunteer committees, and top administrators. Solicits gifts and negotiates complex gift discussions., 4) Structures annual and long-term activity goals and short-term operating plans for alumni fundraising programs. Develops and manages the annual operating budget., 5) Performs other related work as needed.
Provide overall strategic leadership for the Harris Alumni Relations and Development team:
1) Oversee and grow a team of alumni relations and development professionals.
2) Provide oversight and engagement strategies for Harris' two leadership councils: The Harris Council and the Harris Alumni Council.
3) Develop and manage the budget for the team’s initiatives, including philanthropic revenue projections and tactics for timely gift accounting and donor stewardship.
4) Become a trusted resource to Harris faculty, academic centers, and Urban Labs leadership teams and provide insight into and involvement in fundraising activities.
5) Engage with central alumni relations and development and encourage cross-team collaborations when possible.
Lead fundraising activities:
1) Actively manage a portfolio of 75 – 100 major gift prospects.
2) Individually and in collaboration with the Harris School Dean make 24 solicitations of $100,000+ per year.
3) Develop and manage the Dean’s development-related travel schedule.
4) Engage and solicit donors for support at all levels, particularly at the highest level, to encourage long-term pipeline development and increase alumni annual giving participation.
5) Collaborate with Harris affiliated centers to systematize philanthropic support from board members and identify ongoing strategies for prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation for continuing support.
6) Create individualized stewardship plans for Harris’ top donors, volunteer leadership, and prospects.
7) Work closely with the Dean, members of the Senior Leadership team, and Central ARD to foster relationships with key community members to encourage philanthropic support to Harris.
8) Work closely with the Dean’s office team to ensure timely follow-up and documentation of the Dean’s development activity in the University’s donor relationship database.
9) Prepare the Dean for ongoing development updates with University leadership (President and Provost) on top donors and help to prioritize development goals and school-wide objectives.
Manage and oversee all alumni relation activities:
1) Provide thought leadership to the Harris Alumni Relations team with a focus on maintaining the momentum built by the Inquiry and Impact Campaign engagement goals.
2) Develop strategies to encourage a lifelong relationship between Harris alumni and the school including ongoing skills-based training, networking, and career development services.
3) Manage strategies to identify new and hard-to-reach alumni through new initiatives and platforms including direct engagement efforts, cross-constituent programming, and marketing and communications strategies.
4) Oversee Harris Connect Weekend (Alumni Weekend) in collaboration with Harris alumni relations team and events and programs.
5) Partner with central alumni relations and development to execute Harris Giving Day programming.
6) Participate and encourage alumni participation in Harris admitted student day, mentorship programs, and career development opportunities.
7) Work to develop relationships with Harris alumni, parents and friends across major markets.
8) Develop new strategies for identifying and engaging new stakeholders in the Harris mission.
9) Execute new initiatives to demonstrate the impact of philanthropy.
1) Acute attention to detail and follow-up, excellent organizational skills, and a track record of personal initiative.
2) Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse individuals in a team setting while managing multiple high-priority requests simultaneously.
3) Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach to all interactions.
4) Exceptional work ethic and can-do attitude.
5) Willingness and ability to travel (domestic and select international markets) and work some evenings and weekends as required.
Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 10+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.
1) Bachelor's degree
2) Master's degree strongly
1) Ten or more years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, preferably in higher education with demonstrated ability to raise funds from graduate and professional school alumni and non-affiliated friends.
2) Experience articulating academic goals, values, and mission to a variety of stakeholders while working in a complex decentralized setting.
3) Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) with mastery of copy editing and technical writing.
4) Comfort with donor relationship management systems, data management, and reporting.
2) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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