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Harvard University Assistant Director, Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts

61285BRAuto req ID:61285BRJob Code:318057 Print Production Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director, DesignSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communications, or related field preferred.

  • 4 or more years of related experience

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, presentation software such as PowerPoint and Keynote, and website builders

  • A creative portfolio showcasing recent work samples

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience in and an understanding of mission-based organizations

  • Ability to work on multiple projects and complete high-quality work against strict and conflicting deadlines that are dictated by clients and management

  • Excellent content judgment

  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities; a self-starter

  • Exceptional interpersonal and verbal communication

  • A strong desire to embrace new technology

  • A positive, collegial attitude and a high level of professionalism are essential

Additional Information:This position requires a 3 month orientation and review period.

Please include a cover letter with your application.

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

Harvard University Benefits: Information can be found at

Accommodations: 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.

Vaccine Requirements: Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees are required to provide proof of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage ( . Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website ( .Department:Alumni Affairs and DevelopmentPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Alumni Affairs and Development, CommunicationsPosition Description:

  • Under direction of the Managing Creative Director, design and develop multimedia projects, executing design on video, digital and print process, and other tools

  • Conceptualize and create fresh and original design concepts and final assets for production within project scope to meet specific client needs

  • Work with a creative team to integrate design deliverables into Harvard Alumni Affairs & Development communications

  • Participate and collaborate in concept development and design ideation with members of the AA&D communications team serving the University Development Office, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard Alumni Association as well as university-wide partners

  • Edit video and media for presentations as needed

  • Contribute to efforts to make content social media-friendly

  • Collaborate with development team to create user-friendly designs for a variety of products

  • Design mockups and prototypes for microsites, email templates, and additional digital products as needed

  • Additional duties as assigned

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, in a hybrid work environment.

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.

AA&D Resources

AA&D Resources encompasses teams that support all units across AA&D plus all schools and units across the University. AA&D Resources includes Technology and Support Services, Business Process and Operations, Alumni and Development Services (ADS), Administration and Finance, Events, Communications Creative Services, Research and Prospect Management, Human Resources, and the AA&D Talent Program.


The Creative and Communications Services team is a full-service, inhouse agency committed to providing top-tier, award-winning creative assets, ​and collaborative program management that works to advance the mission of the Harvard Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) department to our AA&D partners to meet their strategic, marketing, and communications needs. We endeavor to be trusted partners that deliver innovative and exceptional work, ​creative solutions, and outstanding experiences by continually measuring the engagement outcomes of our efforts.


The AA&D Creative Services team seeks a professional with a strong design background who is comfortable working in video, digital and print software to create stunning content across mediums. The Assistant Director, Design develops and produces creative concepts in conjunction with the managing creative director and design team. The Assistant Director will help in the development, improvement, and/or maintenance of video projects, multimedia presentations, and other efforts on behalf of AA&D priorities.

The ideal candidate has a strong desire to partner with a team of creative professionals and project managers on compelling projects. This person will be organized and proactive, have excellent attention to detail, and work both quickly and creatively.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.