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Harvard University Assistant Director, Academic a in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54334BRAuto req ID:54334BRJob Code:405004 Comm Professional (N) Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director, Academic and Development CoordinationSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :056Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred. A minimum of three to five years of work experience, preferably in an academic setting.

Must be a strong and experienced writer.

Additional Qualifications and Skills: Marketing, communications, and/or fundraising background is highly desirable. Knowledge of academics a plus.

Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to establish and promote good working relationships with alumni, colleagues, faculty, and administrators. Excellent speaking, writing, editing, proofreading, research, and client-service skills required.

Must be highly organized and detail oriented. Must be able to prioritize well and handle multiple and disparate projects at once.

Additional Information: This position requires a 3 month orientation and review period. Please include a cover letter with your application.

The FAS is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace community that is as diverse as our student and global populations, where all may feel at home, whatever their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, faith, abilities, work status, or other identifying characteristics. We know that our work is enriched by the varied origins, experiences, and perspectives of the people who comprise the FAS, so whenever possible, we work with departments to recruit, welcome, train, develop, and retain talented staff from diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who demonstrate through their experience or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

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

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

    Additional benefits can be found at


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.

Department:Alumni Affairs and DevelopmentPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Alumni Affairs and Development, CommunicationsJob-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Researches and drafts compelling and accurate gift proposals and terms for fundraising officers to present to prospective donors, working with other members of the ADC team.

  • Under the direction of the Senior Associate Director, Academic and Development Coordination, acts as a liaison between the Development Office and administrative and academic offices in the FAS.

  • Working with other team members, researches and drafts training materials for fundraisers for gift priorities, and assists with training coordination on fundraising priorities and gift opportunities.

  • Is proactive in procuring information and producing documents that could assist fundraising officers in the field.

  • Serves as primary resource for ADC team and other FAS development departments in researching and maintaining data on the FAS to be used in proposals and other communications and marketing materials.

  • Provides research support for ADC team for proposals and concept papers on the FAS priorities.

  • Attends required FAS and Major Gifts training sessions, meetings, and events. Attends other training sessions, conferences, and workshops as necessary.

  • Works on special projects as assigned, including coordination of ad-hoc committees and responsibility for evaluative projects.

School/Unit:Alumni Affairs and Development 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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary: 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.

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.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Development

FAS Development is responsible for the fundraising efforts supporting the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including Harvard College, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. FAS Development staff work with Harvard College donors, alumni, parents, and friends who provide critical support for the FAS and often for other parts of the University.

The person in this full-time position researches, organizes, and writes compelling gift proposals, fundraising materials, and marketing materials for top priorities of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). This position sits within the Academic and Development Coordination (ADC) team, part of FAS Development Communications. Under the direction of the Senior Associate Director, Academic and Development Coordination, they provide writing support to content leads in the department and coordinate content for multi-area proposals. They provide research support for the development of proposals and content papers in conjunction with ADC team members and others within FAS Development. The person in this position maintains, researches, and updates data points for the FAS needed for fundraising and communications efforts throughout the FAS development organizations. Develops and maintains positive working relationships with FAS academic and administrative offices, and FAS development colleagues. The position requires a high level of organization, professionalism, and discretion. Must be a strong and experienced writer.