Harvard University Managing Director, Reunion Campaigns in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Auto req ID 42311BR
Business Title Managing Director, Reunion Campaigns
School/Unit Alumni Affairs and Development
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Job Function Alumni Affairs and Development
Time Status Full-time
Department Alumni Affairs & Development
Salary Grade 059
Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities Summary:
This full-time exempt position in the Harvard College Fund (HCF) reports to the Executive Director of Reunion and Annual Campaigns and is responsible for overseeing reunion and leadership annual fundraising activity to raise both capital and annual support from alumni for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) under the guidance of the Senior Executive Director Individual Giving and the FAS Senior Management Group. This role manages 4+ class officers (Associate and/or Assistant Directors). Monitors class fundraising plans, leadership enlistment, volunteer training, and solicitation. Assists with class campaign and individual prospect strategies. Participates in committee meetings and conference calls as appropriate. Also may have responsibilities managing a portfolio of major gift, special gift, and annual donors, collaborating with the Capital Giving, Principal Giving, Annual Campaigns, and FAS Gift Planning teams. Travels periodically over the course of the year to recruit volunteer leaders, solicit gifts, staff events and meetings, and represent the FAS Development senior staff team. This position requires a strong command of fundraising principles, a high level of organization, professionalism, and a familiarity with the objectives of annual and reunion fundraising, particularly in the context of The Harvard Campaign.
Duties and Responsibilities:
As a manager within the Harvard College Fund, participates in decision making and is responsible for carrying out policies and strategies. Works with other senior leaders to develop and guide strategic direction for the organization. Operates in close coordination with the other Managing Directors, Reunion Campaigns, to develop and implement a consistent strategy and approach to Reunion fundraising and to achieve efficiencies wherever possible across all Reunion classes.
Manages, trains, and mentors 4+ class officers (Associate or Assistant Director-level) including annual performance planning and evaluation. Oversees and helps coordinate the planning of officers’ fundraising activities and participates when appropriate. Ensures appropriate fundraising plans are in place and monitors ongoing activity.
Evaluates dollar and participation goals and results. Advises on and attends class reunion gift committee meetings and social events, approves reunion calendar, participates in class leadership conference calls, surveys class leadership and donor prospects, determines, independently and with assistance of FAS Senior Management Group, solicitation strategies for major gift prospects. Works to increase dollars, educate volunteers, and drive participation in both reunion and non-reunion classes.
Manages a portfolio of no more than 20 prospects that ranges from annual to major gift donors
Serves as a liaison to HCF Executive Committee.
Collaborates regularly across FAS Development and AA&D to further the cause of Harvard fundraising efforts for each reunion campaign, especially in the context of The Harvard Campaign.
In concert with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ needs, works periodically on special projects in collaboration with the FAS Senior Management Group and/or the FAS fundraising staff overall, above and beyond strict adherence to the needs of the Fund, in order to create team spirit and for the betterment of the overall office fundraising objectives.
Manages, trains, and mentors a shared staff assistant.
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.
Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university with a minimum of 8 years of experience in university fundraising and administration or related transferable experience. Demonstrated success in annual or capital giving or applicable ability, writing fundraising materials, devising sophisticated cultivation and solicitation strategies, volunteer management, and event management.
Excellent public speaking, presentation, and written communication skills required.
Additional Qualifications 1. Knowledge of academic communities preferred. Management experience preferred.
Must be highly organized, detail -oriented and efficient. Must be collaborative, conscientious, and results-oriented. Must have a positive and optimistic, professional demeanor. Must have the ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, manage multiple projects and handle difficult situations. Must be able to listen as well as to influence and persuade others. Must exhibit great attention to detail and have the ability to produce clear documentation.
Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change.
Proven ability to motivate, engage, and work with alumni, University officials, faculty, and staff or similar constituencies.
Must be creative and proactive yet disciplined and able to streamline work volume in order to maintain bottom line efforts in midst of multi-tasking and daily re-prioritizing, with executive director’s guidance.
Travel expectations in the range of 20 percent of working days on the road, depending on reunion and program responsibilities. Some evening and weekend work will also be an expectation of the role.
Computer literacy; must have experience with Windows and databases.
Additional Information This position includes a six-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.
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.
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EEO Statement 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, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.