Assistant Director, Reunion Giving Harvard College Fund

Harvard University - Cambridge, MA4.3

Job Code300057 Development Professional
Duties & Responsibilities

This full-time exempt position in the Harvard College Fund reports to a Managing Director and is responsible for planning and executing Class Reunion fundraising efforts. The incumbent secures both capital and annual support from alumni with an emphasis on support for the College, but also for other FAS and University priorities. S/he manages a portfolio of Harvard College alumni classes, and works closely with staff and alumni leaders to identify, recruit, and manage diverse and inclusive volunteer committees to maximize dollar and participation results. The Class Officer is responsible for developing and implementing class-wide fundraising plans and individual prospect strategies. Travels regularly over the course of the year to survey, enlist, solicit, and coordinate top donor prospects and volunteer leaders. This position requires a command of basic fundraising principles, a high level of organization, professionalism, and a broad familiarity with the objectives of both annual and capital fundraising. Strong written and oral communication skills are mandatory for this role.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manages Harvard College alumni classes in and out of reunion.
  • Responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding top prospects in assigned classes:
  • Determines independently, and with management assistance, solicitation strategies for prospects being asked to join the Associates ($1,000+);
  • Strategizes with prospect managers on prospects in their portfolio;
  • Conducts leadership-level solicitations;
  • Enlists and manages volunteer leadership.
  • Responsible for planning and managing a reunion gift campaign:
  • Establishing a calendar;
  • Setting goals;
  • Monitoring metrics;
  • Reporting results;
  • Conducting reunion gift committee meetings and calls;
  • Devising strategic social events.
  • Responsible for the identification, enlistment, management, and stewardship of volunteers:
  • Works with HCF management, FAS Capital Giving, and UDO Principal Gift Officers to identify key class leaders;
  • Intentionally guides conversations around diverse and inclusive representation;
  • Collaboratively and independently enlists volunteers, setting clear expectations around roles and responsibilities;
  • Strategically guides volunteer committees and their work in support of FAS and HCF priorities and goals;
  • Makes solicitation assignments;
  • Provides resources to facilitate solicitations;
  • Follows up to close gifts and document pledges;
  • Appropriately stewards volunteers ensuring a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
  • Collaborates with the HCF Management Team, Capital Giving, Gift Planning, Principal Gifts, FAS Research, Harvard Alumni Association (College Alumni Programs), Alumni & Development Services, volunteers, and donors to further the cause of Harvard engagement and fundraising efforts.
  • Manages, trains, and mentors a shared, full-time Staff Assistant.
  • Collaborates periodically on special projects with the HCF Management Team and the FAS and UDO fundraising staff broadly to further overall fundraising objectives.
  • The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree with minimum 4 years of experience in university fundraising and administration or related transferable experience.
  • Computer literacy required; must have experience with Windows and databases.
  • Travel expectations required approximately 20 percent of working days on the road, depending on responsibilities. Some evening and weekend work required.

Additional Qualifications
  • Knowledge of academic communities preferred. Demonstrated success in annual or capital giving or applicable ability, writing fundraising materials, devising sophisticated cultivation and solicitation strategies, and events management. Proven ability to motivate, engage and work with alumni, university officials, faculty, and staff or similar constituencies.
  • Must have definite abilities to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound and confidential judgment. Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change. Must have ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, manage multiple projects, and handle difficult situations with a sense of humor. Must be highly organized, detail oriented and efficient. Must exhibit great attention to detail and have the ability to produce clear documentation. Excellent public speaking and presentation skills and written communication skills required. Must be creative and proactive yet disciplined, discriminating, and able to streamline work volume in order to maintain bottom line efforts in midst of multi-tasking and daily re-prioritizing, with managing director’s guidance.
  • Must be a professional, confidential, honest, and trustworthy person. Must have an even disposition and be able to deal effectively and politely with people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of difficult situations. Must maintain a professional and caring demeanor and have a strong work ethic. Must be collaborative, conscientious, and results-oriented. Must be able to listen as well as to influence and persuade others.
  • Must complete a six-month University probationary period.

Additional Information

Please note: this position has been posted with a Strong Internal Candidate.

Please include a cover letter with your application.

Skills testing may be a component of the interview process for this position.

The department of Alumni Affairs and Development at Harvard University is committed to diversity. We welcome applicants who bring varied experience, thought, and practice to the department’s mission to maintain and enhance an engaged community of alumni and friends worldwide and to lead the University’s fundraising efforts.

Harvard University Benefits Package
Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year.
Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: 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 Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus.
Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.

Job Function

Alumni Affairs and Development




USA - MA - Cambridge


Harvard College Fund, Reunion Giving

Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade


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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.