Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 59465BR
The Director of Development Communications will inspire some of the world's most influential people to help Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health create a healthier and more equitable future. The School's Office for External Relations is seeking a mission-driven individual with a passion for philanthropy, an interest in science, a background in data-driven marketing and strategic planning, a track record of project management success, and experience writing, editing, and leading creative, collaborative teams.
If you can articulate the goals and vision of complex initiatives, clearly explain how something works and why it matters to diverse audiences, including individual philanthropists and sophisticated foundations, weave in strategic messages that make a compelling case for support, lead a project from inception to completion, be a supportive and detail-oriented manager and mentor for writers and other staff members, source and lead a stable of freelance writers, designers, and market researchers, then you could be the ideal candidate for this Director of Development Communications position in our fundraising organization.
The Director of Development Communications reports to the Managing Director of Engagement (to be hired). The incumbent will work with the Dean's office, administrators, staff, and faculty to identify communications objectives and develop a comprehensive strategy, a suite of communications tactics, and materials for the Office for External Relations (OER) team. They will advise OER teams and staff on key communications-related activities. The incumbent will participate in team meetings with directors and staff, as well as faculty, in order to support strategic communications objectives determined by OER leadership. They will also determine and execute the communications strategies and tactics in the OER strategic plan.
The Development Communications team is responsible for producing general and highly customized engagement, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship communications, for individuals and institutions along with managing select special projects and publications, as requested.
The Director will set the overall direction and expectations for the team and ensure that the team is structured and deployed in a manner that best supports the organization's growth goals and greatest needs with a spirit of collaboration. The Director will also work closely with program leadership and major, principal, and institutional gift officers to ensure that their prospect and donor communications needs are being met and will be the primary liaison to the School's Communications department to ensure effective collaboration between the Office for External Relations (OER) and the School's Office of Communications.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Understand Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health fundraising goals, articulate how these goals advance the mission of the enterprise, and convey the impact of philanthropy to a variety of audiences.
Develop deep understanding of donor segments and engagement metrics; create consistent system for compiling, analyzing, and regularly sharing learnings with OER team to gather actionable data to better tailor messaging and programming to meet prospect and donor interests and needs.
In collaboration with the School's Office of Communications, develop a comprehensive communications strategy with core materials and tactics for OER initiatives. Set strategic direction and expectations for the OER Development Communications team.
Leverage relationships, content, and resources from the Harvard Chan Office of Communications, faculty and across Harvard Chan including the Leadership Studio, Dean's Office, Office of Research Strategy & Development (ORSD), and the Office of Education.
Develop digital engagement strategy and upgrade tools to meet needs of various OER teams and work well with those being used by Office of Communications
Build capacity with a team of in-house staff members (2 direct reports) and a stable of external freelancers to accomplish priorities. In collaboration with the OER Vice Dean and senior leadership, manage the development of an agenda and materials (including but not limited to dean's talking points, slides, faculty presentations) for the Board of Dean's Advisors meetings and other events. Through collaboration with the Vice Dean for Strategic Communications, and faculty, lead the creation of compelling and comprehensive materials to engage the School's most involved donors.
Serve as the lead representative for communications engagement between OER and University Development communications colleagues and primary OER liaison to the Harvard Chan School Communications department.
Serve as the OER lead for all major organizational communications for fundraising and alumni relations.
Work collaboratively with faculty, various teams within the Harvard Chan School and across Harvard University to develop targeted communications products that inspire giving and engagement.
Maintain relationships with gift officers and donor relations team, and make salient recommendations on communications strategies.
Oversee the research, writing, and editing of content, including gift stories, appeals, proposals, brochures, letters, one-pagers, bios, and other marketing and event collateral.
Tailor written materials to inspire different audiences, including alumni, donors, volunteers, and friends, through a variety of channels. Create systems to manage on-time and on-budget production of communications projects and publications.
Oversee updates and re-development of the web pages intended for potential donors, donors, and alumni.
Source and manage freelance writing, design, and market research resources and lead outsourced projects.
Other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must submit a cover letter with their application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be required to submit 2-3 writing samples as part of the selection process.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. We are also working primarily remotely at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until our return to campus, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will support flexible work schedules upon this return, subject to individual departments' business needs.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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