Director, Principal Gifts, University Development Office
Harvard University Alumni Affairs and Development, United States
|We are seeking a Director of Principal Gifts on the University Development Oﬃce team within Harvard Alumni Aﬀairs and Development.
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.
University Development Oﬃce (UDO)
UDO works closely with the President and Provost, and their teams, to determine their development eﬀorts, leads fundraising for University principal gifts, initiatives and international fundraising, and coordinates cultivation and stewardship strategies for a select group of top prospects.
As a Principal Gifts front-line fundraiser in the University Development Oﬃce (UDO), the Director plays a leadership role in shaping Harvard’s engagement of individual principal gifts prospects for eight- and nine-ﬁgure gifts.
This role will have a 6-month probationary period.
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.
We are a dedicated team of 400 staﬀ who foster engagement with alumni, parents, and friends of Harvard through roles that include front-line fundraising, alumni and volunteer engagement, technology, events, communications, as well as many other areas. Our department recruits for over 100 positions annually that range from entry-level to senior leadership roles.
Additional beneﬁts can be found at h ttps://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards .
|The ideal candidate has a minimum of 10 years of experience as a seasoned fundraising professional.
The ideal candidate has a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of fundraising principles and practices, an orientation toward action, and a high level of intellectual curiosity.
Additionally the Director will exhibit strong soft skills that include an ability to form strong relationships within the University and externally, an ability to work eﬀectively as a member of a team, an ability to leverage volunteer leadership in advancing donor relationships and gift discussions, an ability to translate a broad range of academic areas into inspiring visions for donors, and a high level of adaptability and ﬂexibility as needs and priorities change.
Due to frequent interaction with senior administrators and faculty and donors, the Director must possess excellent communication skills, the ability to process and maintain conﬁdential information, and ably lead others in moving prospect strategy forward.
Candidates with experience in higher education, particularly, at a major research university, are preferred.
The Director will demonstrate professionalism, collegiality, self-motivation, and organization.
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: 52688BR