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Harvard University Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64352BRAuto req ID:64352BRJob Code:302063 Development Manager Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Vice Dean for Development and Alumni RelationsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :063Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required

  • 15+ years of related experience, with progressively responsible experience in the development field, required

  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and development

  • Prior supervisory experience required

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

  • Master's Degree

  • Experience applying traditional development craft to a global and dynamic enterprise which is dependent on non-traditional philanthropic constituencies

  • Comprehensive, collaborative, and quantitative results-driven approach to planning, building and managing diverse teams of development staff, faculty partners and volunteers

  • Experience managing change, prioritizing and managing multiple complex activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality

  • Demonstrated good judgement, professional maturity and agility to foster alliances with internal and external constituencies

  • Success in resource development, particularly at a senior level and in an academic or scientific research institution/organization

  • Experience in strategic planning, and strong organizational and managerial skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and outstanding oral and written communications skills

    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

  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

    Additional Information: 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 180 day orientation and review period.


The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Department:Office of Development and Alumni RelationsPre-Employment Screening:Credit, Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:Alumni Affairs and Development, Communications, General AdministrationPosition Description: Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Dean of the Faculty to shape the strategy and overall alumni engagement and fundraising objectives for the School

  • With ODAR colleagues work with the Dean of the Faculty and the School’s academic, financial, communications teams as well as volunteer leadership, to create an authentic culture of philanthropy across the School that will dramatically increase fundraised resources.

  • Oversee and manage the functions of the office including Development, Engagement and Finance & Administration and Strategic Initiatives -- including the direct supervision of 4 full-time staff members (3 Managing Directors and an Executive Assistant) and indirect supervision of 30 staff

  • Craft and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies and plans to meet the annual and long-term fundraising objectives, with a focus on revenue that benefits the core mission of the School. One that has a particular focus on building a long-term sustainable revenue model that aligns with the research, capital and academic mission of the School

  • With an entrepreneurial spirit conceptualize strategies and tactics for reaching out to non-traditional prospective donor constituencies, as well as create meaningful and effective engagement opportunities for alumni, donors, and friends of the School to build new and sustain existing philanthropic relationships.

  • In partnership with Managing Directors, build and operationalize business systems that support ODAR staff; and ensure the overall operation is integrated and interfaces in a systematic way with academic units and leadership that can be leveraged across the University.

  • Collaborate closely with the Office for Research Strategy & Development, Office for Technology & Development, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, and the Office of Financial Services

  • With the Dean and on their own establish and maintain a personal portfolio of transformational gift prospects

  • Serve as a resource and partner with senior development leadership (University Development Office and the Council of Fundraising Deans) across the School and University to leverage opportunities for One Harvard transformational gifts.

  • Develop relationships with key faculty and scientists, volunteers and administrative colleagues to identify and develop donor relationships.

  • Other related duties as required.

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 of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) engages, friends, alumni, corporations, and foundations who will support and promote the School’s work of rigorous scientific research and educating the next generation of global health leaders to improve health and promote equity so all people can thrive.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work as a key partner to our new Dean of Faculty, Andrea Baccarelli and be the leader of a growing team of professionals. Reporting into the Dean of Faculty, and a crucial member of the Dean’s leadership team, the Vice Dean is responsible for leading the ODAR team by setting the vision and strategy to inspire an expansion of high-quality engagement with alumni, donors, and key public health stakeholders to dramatically increase fundraising. The ODAR team is comprised of 30 staff members, each of which serves in various development, communications and/or administrative/operations-related functions. The Vice Dean has four direct reports: an Executive Assistant and the Managing Directors of Development, Engagement and Strategy & Operations.

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. Benefits: We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-AP1Work Format Details: This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment. About Us: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) 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.

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