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Harvard University Assistant Director of Donor Relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts

55846BRAuto req ID:55846BRJob Code:300057 Development Professional Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Assistant Director of Donor RelationsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required

  • 5+ years of related experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills: The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Progressive experience in development communications, donors relations and volunteer engagement

  • Professional experience in an academic and/or health care setting a plus

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills

  • Strong attention to detail and record management

  • Experience organizing and balancing long-term projects while prioritizing daily tasks in a fast-paced environment

  • Initiative to solve problems independently and seek help from colleagues, when appropriate

    The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments

  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Additional Information: At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/about/mission/) and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/diversity/) initiatives.


Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.

    Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.


Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage (http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/) . Department:Office for External RelationsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Alumni Affairs and Development Job-Specific Responsibilities: Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Initiate, write and compile stewardship reports and accompanying financials for select restricted gifts and individual endowed funds

  • Develop clear and concise content and text, highlighting scientific research

  • Work within a system that prioritizes and tracks major and principal gift stewardship reports

  • Support the major and principal gift team with individualized and highly specialized acknowledgment letters

  • Maintain Donor Relations policies and guidelines including those for plaques, endowments, new funds, etc.

  • Develop and sustain excellent working relationships at all levels of the organization to generate interest and participation in stewardship initiatives

  • Perform other duties as assigned

    A successful candidate will be a:

  • Mission-driven leader who will appreciate and honor donors as much as we do

  • Strategic initiator who can create, manage, and execute stewardship priorities for every level of donors

  • Inspiring Communicator who can successfully chronicle stories of impact across multiple channels for our constituents

  • Emotionally intelligent individual with interpersonal skills to collaborate with a wide variety of people, including colleagues, donors, and donor officials

  • Data-driven and analytical thinker, keeping a close eye on key metrics to gauge effectiveness and achievement of goals

    PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. We are also working primarily remotely at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until our return to campus, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will support flexible work schedules upon this return, subject to individual departments’ business needs. School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 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: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office for External Relations (OER) is committed to securing the financial resources, time, and loyalty of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to promote the School’s work of educating new generations of global health leaders and producing powerful ideas that can transform the lives of people everywhere.

The Assistant Director of Donor Relations (AD) serves as an integral member of the donor relations team by creating, implementing, and measuring comprehensive donor relations programming. The AD will manage stewardship at all giving levels including reports, donor recognition societies, individual stewardship plans, bespoke donor recognition opportunities, and written/verbal correspondence with donors, and will also collaborate with OER staff, faculty, and administrators to design stewardship experiences that significantly strengthen relationships between donors and the School and increasing donor retention. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Donor Relations.

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