Acts as the primary writer for the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DAR). Works with the Dean's office, key faculty and senior leadership to translate the Dean's priorities into compelling concept papers, gift proposals, and other materials for circulation among internal stakeholders and prospects, alumni, volunteers, and donors.
Conceptualizes, researches, and writes both internal and external communications for DAR. Develops content for leadership messaging and the creation of department-wide communication including leadership biographies, event materials, presentation content, talking points, speech writing and remarks.
Ensures materials are accurate and reflect well the objectives of the academic priorities and positions of the School in the philanthropic community. Seeks input from and vets materials with appropriate academic, administrative, and development leadership.
Participates in and leads major research projects needed to develop content for concept/position papers, ensuring HGSE is utilizing best practices in the field.
May travel as an active participant with fundraisers on donor calls to provide subject matter expertise during prospective donor meetings
Works with the DAR frontline team to prepare for and follow up from donor visits, including providing content for faculty and administrator briefings.
Develops, tracks, maintains, and shares information about gift-naming opportunities.
Develops and maintains an internal content and resource library and related training materials.
Partners with stewardship staff, developing and executing strategy to create content to highlight the impact of HGSE alumni in the field of education.
Analyzes data to inform strategic decisions and tactics, including using Business Intelligence tools; creating user-friendly and intuitive reports and presentations on key metrics, suitable for use with senior leadership and external committees and councils.
Will serve as the primary liaison between DAR and HGSE's Marketing and Communications office to ensure alignment on key messaging to external audiences.
Will represent DAR and serve on ad hoc committees focusing on School-wide marketing and communications strategies. This position will also engage and coordinate, as appropriate, with key internal stakeholders including the Dean's Office, Academic Affairs, Finance and other offices.
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.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
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About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required, with a minimum of seven years of related work experience in journalism, grant/proposal-writing, development writing, case-writing, preferably in an academic/fundraising setting.
Candidates wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to a resume.
Candidates must indicate meeting basic qualifications in cover letter or resume.
Must have exceptional research, writing, editing, and content strategy skills. Experience writing persuasively, as well as using visuals and data, in a communications, marketing, or journalism function is desirable.
Strong research skills and ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders to gather relevant data with tact, diplomacy, and persistence.
Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to establish and promote good working relationships with prospects/donors, alumni, colleagues, faculty, and administrators.
Excellent speaking and client-service skills required.
Ability to successfully prioritize and manage multiple assignments simultaneously and deliver materials on a strict timeline.
Must be highly organized and detail oriented. Ability to receive and integrate feedback quickly.
Must be able to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to University business and prospect information.
Must have experience working with finances and budgets.
Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change.
Experience and familiarity with gift terms, gift acceptance and gift policy a plus.
Familiarity with the workings of Harvard a plus.
Computer literacy required. Must have experience with Windows and databases.
Able to take direction regarding overarching narratives for written materials and augment with relevant research and new ideas through own initiative and creativity.
Must be highly collaborative, team-focused and able to move projects forward with independence. Must be flexible, intellectually curious, passionate about learning and furthering the HGSE's mission in education and research and dedicated to being part of and contributing to an inclusive workplace and environment.
Experience in higher education and large research universities a plus.
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: 51750BR
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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.