The staff assistant supports the stewardship team by compiling and editing data for various mailings, writing and proofreading student bios, organizing mail merges, formatting reports, and independently overseeing the reporting processes for select financial aid donor constituencies. This team member is responsible for producing large complex mailings, printing acknowledgments and stewardship reports, maintaining record of donor contact in databases and in files, coordinating meetings, and ordering supplies. The position requires facility in data management, as well as strong writing, proofreading, and communication skills. Strong knowledge of MS Excel, Word, and Outlook are essential, along with an ability to learn how to use Harvard's BSR Advance donor database and Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Experience formatting copy and images using page layout software desired. The staff assistant must have the discretion to handle confidential materials.
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Skills testing may be a component of the interview process for this position.
The department of Alumni Affairs and Development at Harvard University is committed to diversity. We welcome applicants who bring varied experience, thought, and practice to the department's mission to maintain and enhance an engaged community of alumni and friends worldwide and to lead the University's fundraising efforts.
Harvard University Benefits Package Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year's Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year. Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.
Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
1-2 years of related experience (education may count towards experience).
Solid computer skills in a PC environment with. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and Outlook required, with ability to execute extensive mail merges.
Solid knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Ability to accurately proofread and edit correspondence under the signature of senior administrators, as well as assist in researching and writing.
BA/BS degree preferred.
Must be capable of mastering new software applications and technologies in database management and page layout.
Office experience and familiarity with higher education, donor relations, development communications, or nonprofit administration preferred.
Familiarity with databases, including FileMaker Pro and BSR Advance, as well as page layout software such as Adobe InDesign preferred. Must have ability to learn new software tools.
Must be professional, diplomatic, positive, and adaptable, with strong interpersonal and communication skills and able to collaborate and build good working relationships with colleagues, administrators, students, vendors, and alumni. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to juggle multiple complex tasks accurately under deadline pressure. Must be able to work independently, conscientiously, and proactively. Takes initiative and follows through. Must have ability to handle confidential materials with discretion and display sound judgment. Able to think strategically, creatively, and conceptually.
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: 51439BR
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.