Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) seeks to hire a Director of External Relations & Development for a University-wide Interfaculty Initiative. ALI is a bold, new innovation formed by faculty from Harvard's schools of law, business, government, education, medicine and public health to build knowledge about societal challenges requiring interdisciplinary leadership skills. ALI is educating and deploying accomplished leaders at later life stages to make a difference on significant societal problems. Its Fellows are pursuing path-breaking projects to save the oceans, save children from poverty, improve college affordability, increase support for mental health, and create job opportunities for veterans, refugees and inner city entrepreneurs.
Duties & Responsibilities
Reporting to ALI's Managing Director with strong oversight by its Faculty Chair, the Director of External Relations & Development is responsible for ALI's fundraising. This is a unique opportunity for a talented, results-oriented individual to play a key role in ALI's achievement of its next phase of growth and social impact.
The Director of External Relations & Development is responsible for major gifts, annual giving, and planned giving. ALI is raising funds to enable growth in its activity set as well as the achievement of its strategic, institution-building objectives. The successful candidate will establish and strengthen long-term relationships with individual donors, with the goal of securing gifts in the $100k to $5 million range. S/he will coordinate with the Provost's office and University Development officials, as appropriate. S/he will continuously engage and draw upon ALI's expanding base of alumni (ALI Coalition), a distinguished group of more than 300 advanced leaders who have a shared commitment to driving positive social change.
Specifically, the Director of External Relations & Development will:
Refine fundraising priorities in coordination with ALI senior leadership;
Identify donors who share ALI's objectives and can contribute to its success;
Ensure regular communication with ALI Coalition members and donors;
Assume lead responsibility for planning events with a development focus, coordinating closely with rest of staff team for ALI Coaltion gatherings on-campus;
Solicit funds that position ALI to achieve its long-term objectives;
Take lead role in coordinating advisory council meetings and calls;
Develop and implement a strategic, transparent donor management process;
Refine and manage gift acknowledgement process and gift reporting;
Collect alumni information, including impact data, and facilitate contacts between alumni, faculty, and staff.
This is a term appointment through December 31, 2018 with potential for reappointment.
Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values. They are:
Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community
Accountability for personal behavior
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Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required.10+ years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, revenue generation, and/or external relations in the private, nonprofit, or higher education sector.
Master's degree preferred. Track record of positioning for and achieving growth. Must possess a deep understanding of relationship building and strategic donor cultivation.
Superior written and verbal communication skills;
Gravitas and credibility with senior leaders. Must be able to effectively interact with prominent executives and top officials from many countries across industries;
Interpersonal style that leaves a positive impression and inspires confidence;
Entrepreneurial spirit to work independently and invent the new, balanced by the intelligence to understand constraints and work collaboratively;
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks;
Must exercise exemplary judgment and confidentiality;
Must be at ease as an advocate and spokesperson with internal and external audiences;
Must possess a polished and professional manner and be comfortable working with a sophisticated alumni population;
Ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining a calm, positive demeanor.
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.
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. T...he 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.