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 Assistant Director, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Development Communications 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 fundraising.
Harvard University's AA&D communications teams inspire donor and volunteer engagement by providing strategic, integrated communications solutions for various development initiatives. The person in this full-time, exempt position will support the fundraising efforts of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), which is comprised of Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The FAS also encompasses academic resources such as libraries and museums, as well as campus resources and athletics.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Development Communications for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, this position is primarily responsible for managing projects in support of the FAS development effort . As an essential piece of this work, the Assistant Director must gain a comprehensive understanding of the overall goals and priorities of FAS Development; the audiences we communicate with, and the needs of those audiences; and our strategies and best practices for various communications channels.
This position requires strong project management skills and expertise shaping and executing communications solutions that inspire engagement and investment. Candidates should possess excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, familiarity with content management systems and digital tools and channels, and the ability to multi-task, organize, and prioritize while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality under deadline pressure.
The Assistant Director is expected to be comfortable working independently and providing strategic guidance on marketing and communications to frontline fundraisers, events teams, and other internal partners. Projects may include providing strategic communications guidance and recommendations to internal stakeholders and executing on those recommendations; overseeing project timelines with a close eye on deadlines, often managing shifting priorities; serving as project manager of cross-functional teams to create new products and communications streams; and writing and editing content for both print and digital channels.
Leads diverse project teams consisting of fundraisers, writers, proofreaders, designers, production managers, multimedia producers, and/or external creative consultants in the execution of tactics. Builds schedules, runs meetings, communicates deadlines, and maintains budgets.
Works with communications management in developing and executing communications strategies, tactics, and plans for internal stakeholders within FAS Development. May assist other units as requested by supervisor.
Occasionally, may write digital and print copy for FAS Development pieces, including, but not limited to, website content, event invitations, and brochure copy.
Ensures that managed projects deliver on time, on budget, and without errors.
Attends meetings of communications staff. Represents communications team in meetings with internal partners as needed.
May manage cross-departmental projects that that will assist the department in realizing its mission.
The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.
This position requires a 3 month orientation and review period.
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Skills testing may be a component of the interview process for this position.
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.
Why AA&D? 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 areas.
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 day
University-funded retirement plans
Tuition Assistance Program
Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs
Accommodations: 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.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required plus a minimum of five years of experience working with project teams, designers, and clients.
This position requires a team player with an ability to function effectively in the highly complex organizational environment of Harvard University. Must be highly organized, collaborative, creative, and deadline-oriented.
Demonstrated ability to work successfully under pressure, understand and implement complex policies and procedures, and accommodate feedback from editors, supervisors, and clients.
Must be able to influence without direct authority, coordinate project teams, and manage up to partners and colleagues at varying levels within the organization.
Candidates should have some familiarity with the world of philanthropy and fundraising. Experience working in higher education or nonprofit communications or fundraising strongly desired.
Must be able to complete assignments working independently and with a minimum amount of supervision while keeping supervisor fully informed of all project developments.
Must be willing to work extra hours during peak periods, including occasional evenings and weekends.
Graduate of accredited four-year college with a degree in English, Communications, Journalism, or the liberal arts preferred.
Should have five or more years of professional project management experience, ideally within a complex environment.
Must have excellent computer skills. Knowledge of project management software, content management systems, and email marketing tools highly desired. Willingness and ability to learn these programs required.
Demonstrated knowledge of using the web, digital tools, and social media for communications purposes is essential.
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: 52996BR
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.