Chief development officer for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences reporting to both VP AA&D and Edgerley Family Dean of FAS
Responsible for strategic direction and management of all fundraising for Harvard College, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Accountable for reaching or exceeding specified fundraising and participation goals for FAS
Ensures FAS Development operates in manner consistent with needs of FAS administrative offices with particular focus on Administration & Finance and Faculty Affairs
Accountable to FAS financial administration for direction of funds toward critical budget priorities, including annual targets for current use unrestricted cash receipts
Helps develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of FAS that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donor and volunteers.
Works in close collaboration with UDO on coordination of University principal gift strategies for top FAS alumni
Leads FAS Development in its ability to identify, cultivate, recruit and develop fundraising volunteers and leadership.
Serves as a key point of contact for many of FAS's leading volunteers and will manage and present to many of FAS's volunteer committees
Facilitates, monitors and manages cross-school giving by FAS alumni as appropriate
Represents FAS Development as member of the University Council of Fundraising Deans, and with alumni individually and in groups externally
Requires excellent communication skills including public speaking, and the ability to handle difficult situations with diplomacy and judgment
Evaluates internal operating procedures within the organization that support development
Oversees operating budget of $28.5 million, including annual budget request submission and on-going monitoring of spending and evolving needs
Strategic oversight of Development Communications for FAS
Manages, leads and motivates diverse and talented staff of approximately 169 staff members
Maintain strong relationships with the Harvard Alumni Association, University Development Office and the staff at University Hall.
Is an active member of the VP for AA&D's senior management team with the expectation to lead collaboration among and helping to manage communication within the 400+ person organization of central Alumni Affairs and Development.
Will be responsible for a small group of critical donors and prospects for FAS
Oversees the multiple functions of FAS Development including Academic and Development Coordination, Capital Giving, Reunion and Annual Giving, Leadership Giving and Planned Giving.
Provides strategic direction to fundraising services groups that are managed through the University Development Office but support FAS fundraising activities. This includes leading the FAS Development Management Team in on-going collaboration and prioritization of work provided by these service groups.
Plays a critical role in balancing the need to provide the philanthropic resources that will make FAS strong, while also understanding the critical role that FAS alumni play in providing support to important initiatives across the University.
The Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development is the chief development officer of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, overseeing a staff of 169 FTE's and a budget of $28.5 million. This person will need to sustain and build upon the loyal base of FAS alumni and donors which have served as the core of FAS's philanthropic resources and volunteers. At the same time, a successful candidate will need to explore new ways of effectively responding to the changes in the philanthropic landscape and the increasing diversity of Harvard's alumni population.
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 employees; 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. As a member of the AA&D Senior Management Team, this role will be expected to support and execute this mission.
The Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development will work closely with the Edgerley Family Dean of FAS and senior FAS academic leaders to align FAS development efforts with the academic and financial priorities for the FAS.
Works in close collaboration with the University Development Office (UDO) and the other Harvard schools on coordination of University principal gift strategies for top FAS alumni
Successful candidates will bring the ability to build and lead a diverse team with diverse perspectives and will contribute a fresh perspective in their own right.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile. A minimum of three references should be included. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.
These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Harvard University's consultants Manny Berger and Melissa Fincher at HarvardAVPDeanFAS@wittkieffer.com and submitted to the Harvard Career's website. The consultants can be reached via the desk of Candice Jones by telephone at 630-575-6929.
Harvard University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
Benefits: Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year's, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year. Medical/Dental/Vision: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools. Transportation: 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus. Wellness Options: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.
Salary Grade: 063
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Minimum of 15 years of experience leading a large development enterprise. He or she will have an exceptional track record of leadership, engagement, and fundraising in large and complex universities or other similar institutions. The AVP/Dean will have worked successfully with a wide range of donors, leading to important and transformational gifts and the execution of highly sophisticated stewardship strategies.
A bachelor's degree is required
Ability to travel is required.
Advanced degree is strongly preferred.
Familiar with the economics of higher education.
Considerable breadth of knowledge, strong intellectual curiosity, interest in and capacity for learning across a wide range of fields, and a profound excitement about and commitment to the teaching and research mission of the FAS.
Outstanding communication skills and the ability to advocate strongly and persuasively for the interests of the FAS in numerous settings.
Excellent interpersonal skills. He or she must be able to relate well to, and build positive, productive relationships with, academic and administrative leadership, fundraising and governance volunteers, faculty, staff, alumni and other external constituents, and advancement professionals across the University. He or she must be a skilled collaborator and a team player, creating relationships built upon mutual trust.
Demonstrated effectiveness as a manager, with a history of building strong teams of highly functioning and collaborative individuals, an exemplary background in recruitment and retention of talented staff, and a strong personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Ability to learn and respect the long-standing strengths in Harvard's development operations; at the same time, he or she will be a creative thinker, able to envision and effectively implement innovative approaches.
Must be comfortable with a joint reporting structure.
Must be a person of impeccable character and integrity, whom the institution and community can trust completely and without reservation.
The AVP/Dean will have intelligence, compassion, courage, and humor.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47877BR
About Harvard University Alumni Affairs and Development
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