Harvard University Senior Director in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Director, University Development Office International, Asia

Harvard University

Alumni Affairs and Development


Job Function
Alumni Affairs and Development

Time Status

Alumni Affairs & Development

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities
As a Principal Gifts fundraiser in the University Development Office, the Sr. Director plays a leadership role in shaping the University's international fundraising strategy and engagement of individual principal gifts donors located outside the United States and those in the U.S. Diaspora, leveraging the platforms of the President, Provost, and Vice Provost for International Affairs.

The position reports to the Associate Vice President and serves as a senior leader within the University Development Office. The Sr. Director will be Cambridge based with a portfolio focused on University principal gifts prospects based in Asia, and U.S. based Asian Diasporas, with an emphasis on prospects in China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan, but encompassing the broader region and top international prospects and donors.

The Sr. Director will build and manage a principal gifts portfolio of select 50+ active prospects, donors and volunteer leaders, and will expand the portfolio by identifying, engaging prospects with the capacity of giving $25 million or more. The Sr. Director will need to be creative in identifying new prospects beyond the traditional Harvard donor base, as well as working closely with University volunteer leaders to identify and engage large donors in support of campaign priorities.


1. With colleagues in UDO and across the schools lead the overall international advancement strategy and continue to build the University International principal gifts program.

2. Identify and develop robust principal gifts prospect pools from Asia, and U.S. Asian and International Diasporas, as well as top international donors more broadly. Work with campaign leaders and volunteer leaders to build prospect and donor activity in Asia and internationally.

3. Manage a personal prospect portfolio with the donor capacity to give $25 million or greater.

4. Manage the international donor engagement of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, and assist with the international donor strategy and activities of the President and Provost and deans as appropriate and needed.

5. Serve as an active member of the Principal Gifts Team in helping to develop the best strategy for principal gifts prospects across the University

Basic Qualifications
The ideal candidate has a minimum of 12 years of experience in business, government, finance, fundraising or related professional experience.

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