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Development Assistant, Principal Gifts, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Alumni Affairs and Development 58750BR
This position will be based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this position will be remote until further notice.
Alumni A?airs and Development (AA&D) comprises the University Development O?ce (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.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Development FAS Development is responsible for the fundraising e?orts supporting the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including Harvard College, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. FAS Development sta? work with donors, alumni, parents, and friends who provide critical support for the FAS and often for other parts of the University.
Summary: The Development Assistant is an integral member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) development team. This full-time non-exempt position supports frontline gift officers to advance the philanthropic mission of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
FAS Development is responsible for the fundraising e?orts supporting the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including Harvard College, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. FAS Development sta? work with donors, alumni, parents, and friends who provide critical support for the FAS and often for other parts of the University.
This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in building their career within higher education and learn more about alumni affairs and development.
The person in this role should be mission driven, have attention to detail, strong organizational ability, and robust communications skills. The Development Assistant will have access to and utilization of confidential information pertaining to donors and alumni where a high degree of discretion, diplomacy and professionalism are required.Position Description
The list below covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. However, it does not exclude other duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.
Provides support to frontline gift officers throughout the entire prospect management process including (but not limited to) prospect outreach, data gathering and maintenance, scheduling, meeting preparation and follow-up on action items.
Achieves proficiency in the alumni/donor database to research prospects, organize data and produce reports.
Regularly manages updates to the alumni/donor database to ensure all information is entered accurately and timely.
Partners with gift officers to write high quality donor briefings for meetings with the President, Deans, Provost, Faculty, and other staff.
Develops and prepares necessary meeting and solicitation materials prior to prospect meetings and is responsible for post meeting follow-up, including drafting thank you notes and submitting contact/visit reports.
Coordinates gift officers' travel arrangements, reimbursements, and expenses in collaboration with the budget office.
Maintains calendar for the gift officers, organizes meetings, and takes and distributes notes.
Provides customer service to internal and external stakeholders such as donors and/or alumni both domestically and internationally.
Serves as a resource for policies, protocols, and procedures.
Strategizes new and creative ways for fundraising efforts to be more efficient and productive.
Builds relationships and collaborates with other departmental teams including (but not limited to) the University Development Office, Harvard College Fund, Communications, Events, Alumni Development Services, Development Technology Services, and the Harvard Alumni Association.
Participates in various team and staff meetings throughout the year and is an engaged member of the team.
Provides other job-related duties as required.
1-2 years of related experience, education beyond high school may count toward experience.
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software
Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
Available to work additional evening hours if necessary
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.
Job Function Alumni Affairs and Development, General Administration