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Harvard University Coordinator II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

49361BRAuto req ID:49361BRJob Code:403040 Coordinator II Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Coordinator II (Senior Strategic Priorities Coordinator)Sub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:055Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of related experience; a combination of education and experience may be considered

      Additional Qualifications:

  • BA/BS is strongly preferred

  • Experience in persuasive and/or proposal writing is strongly preferred

  • Degree/work experience focused on public health or science is preferred

  • Communication, project management, and/or a degree in a related field is a plus

  • Interest and/or experience with development and/or academia is a plus

  • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint is a plus

  • Experience analyzing and working with data is a plus

  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills preferred

  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred

The ideal candidate must be well organized, effectively prioritize, and use discretion with sensitive or confidential information. Keys to success in this role include: strong interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment, exceptional attention to detail, comfort in a fast-paced environment, adaptability, and deomostrate poise under pressure. The ideal candidate will work well independently and as a part of a robust team. Sense of humor preferred.Additional Information:Duties and Responsibilities continued:

Research Translation & Communication

  • Keep current on trends, research, and scientific news; advise and train appropriate staff accordingly (ex: sending weekly digest of relevant media and scheduling team presentations about on faculty research).

  • Coordinate logistics for educational opportunities, including OER brown bag and all-staff Q&As featuring faculty, staff, and students to promote effective storytelling and messaging.

  • Develop and maintain office resources, such as the Fundraiser Toolkit and the Communication Station (ex: development materials for the team and donors).

Team Support & Special Projects

  • Drive project management tools and processes to help maintain workflows with shifting timelines for better organization and transparency (ex: proposal queue and team expense tracking).

  • Work independently with minimal supervision in a work environment of multiple and conflicting priorities (ex: serve as a resource to the team when the Associate Director is out of the office, willingness to pick up extra projects across OER when the team is understaffed, ability to write and edit under tight timelines).

  • Support the Associate Director of Strategic Priorities and Deputy Vice Dean for Development with special projects and assignments, as needed

  • Overall, performs other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: The interview will include a one-page proofreading test. Candidates may be asked to share a short writing sample.    

PLEASE NOTE: This is a benefits-eligible position with a 40 hour work week.


The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

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

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts 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!

Department:Office for External RelationsPre-Employment Screening:Identity Job Function:General Administration Duties & Responsibilities:The overarching mission of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health through learning, discovery, and communication. The Office for External Relations (OER) is committed to securing the financial resources, time, and loyalty of alumni, friends, and philanthropic organizations to promote the School’s work of educating new generations of public health leaders and producing powerful ideas for a healthier world.

The Senior Strategic Priorities Coordinator reports directly to the Associate Director of Strategic Priorities. The team's focus is aligning the School’s development efforts with the Dean's strategic priorities: the Harvard Chan Frontiers and the School's core needs (including unrestricted dollars, financial aid, professorships, and infrastructure needs). The team builds collaborative partnerships within OER and across the Harvard Chan School to identify gift opportunities and articulate a compelling case for philanthropic support. To effectively support the Dean’s Office, the Strategic Priorities team is responsible for assuring quality control with development information flow, such as sharing new research with a public audience and crafting compelling proposals for potential donors.

This Senior Strategic Priorities Coordinator supports the creation, organization, and distribution of fundraising materials, including (but not limited to): talking points, one-pagers, concept notes, formal proposals, and reference guides. Additional responsibilities include coordinating Strategic Priorities events and activities, such as faculty talks at OER team meetings and the Strategic Priority and Research Knowledge (SPARK) Workshop series.

The position necessitates strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Coordinators must also be adept at organizing, analyzing, and presenting data. The Strategic Priorities team's work can evolve quickly, requiring flexibility and nimble communication. Team members are encouraged to show initiative and must be comfortable working with a range of stakeholders across the Office, School, and University. The successful candidate should demonstrate a high level of organization, professionalism, and discretion. Keen adaptability and attention to detail are key.

Gift Opportunities & Proposals

  • Partner with the Associate Director of Strategic Priorities to write/edit/proof compelling proposals to secure philanthropic support for the Harvard Chan Frontiers and core needs of the School (ex: unrestricted dollars, financial aid, professorships, and infrastructure needs)

  • Maintain team records, including the proposal queue and archive, for institutional memory, version control, and metric tracking

  • Support the Associate Director of Strategic Priorities in ensuring that gifts meet School and University criteria (ex: coordinate with Operations team on gift terms and Gift Policy Committee reviews)

Faculty Support & Office Coordination

  • In partnership with the Associate Director, serve as a subject matter expert/source of information on strategic priorities for the School, including donor materials, news sources, current research, and Harvard Chan Story Spotlight engagement (ex: SPARK Workshops, Brown Bag Lecture Series, and OER All-Staff Meetings)

  • Collaborate with the Communications team to coordinate messaging and amplify strategic content that supports the Harvard Chan Frontiers and core needs of the School

  • Facilitate engagement with faculty across the School (ex: interviews, educational opportunities with OER, etc.)

Duties and Responsibilities will be included in the "Additional Information" section.

PLEASE NOTE: The interview will include a one-page proofreading test. Candidates may be asked to share a short writing sample.    

PLEASE NOTE: This is a benefits-eligible position with a 40 hour work week.

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.

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