Managing Director, Alumni and Development Services
Harvard University Law School
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 63870BR
The Managing Director will serve as a member of the senior management team at the Harvard Law School Alumni Center (HLSAC) and will be responsible for aligning alumni and development services business support functions, policies & procedures, and technology infrastructure with the strategies, resources, and priorities of HLS. We are looking for an experienced and strategic leader with a proven track record of success to work collaboratively with the Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, as well as other senior leaders, in both short-term and long-term planning to achieve the Law School's fundraising and alumni engagement goals.
This Managing Director will oversee a larger team that includes Donor Services, Donor Engagement, Prospect Development, and Donor Relations & Development Communications. They will work in close partnership with other leaders in the organization to develop a strong sense of team, a spirit of collective enterprise, and a shared commitment to HLSAC's organizational goals, policies, and procedures. Working with the department heads, this position will seek ways for team members to help each other and exchange best practices and information for mutual success.
The Managing Director will work strategically to generate innovative ideas for growth in a complex fundraising and alumni engagement environment. They will exhibit an understanding of the crucial role of alumni and development services to the success of advancement goals, displaying excitement and passion for the opportunity to positively influence development and engagement success.
As Managing Director you will:
Lead strategic planning, evaluation, and implementation of functions and operations for the Alumni and Development Services teams and ensures integration across departments.
Develop effective partnerships with colleagues across the organization to ensure collaboration between all areas to achieve objectives.
Lead and support departments, providing direction and guidance in strategic planning, deployment of financial and staffing resources, annual operating plans, goals, and performance metrics.
Establish and manage a systematic flow of information and coordination within HLSAC and with HLS Finance with regards to gift accounting and policy, gift reporting, compliance, and in the preparation of fundraising projections. Works in accordance with University and FASB guidelines.
Oversee the gift agreement process, often navigating complex gift issues and ensuring accurate and compliant documentation.
Oversee daily activities related to development and alumni communications, donor engagement outreach, reporting, research and prospect management, and stewardship and donor recognition programs and events.
Institute a customer service culture and consultative approach across the department and with campus partners. Ensures that Service teams work with colleagues to understand business needs and work collaboratively and in partnership with stakeholders to solve problems.
Lead strategic projects that align with fundraising and alumni relations activities, including building readiness for a future comprehensive University campaign.
Partner with University Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) colleagues to comply with, maintain, and steward the University's alumni and gift database. Serves on AAD committees, representing HLS in university-wide projects.
Create, maintain, document, and update administrative systems and policies to manage daily operations.
Work closely with HLS administration, faculty, staff and students to support a wide range of initiatives and activities related to development.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, along with at least 10 years of progressive experience working within a development or advancement environment. Must have experience managing multi-functional teams within a broad-based and fully integrated fundraising operation.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
We are looking for people who have:
A successful track record as a leader, manager, and strategist in a complex organizational environment, preferably at an institute of higher education.
Knowledge of FASB guidelines and University gift policies as it relates to gift administration.
A proven ability to effectively deal with a wide-range of, and sometimes challenging, leadership issues.
Effective written and verbal communications skills with demonstrated ability to build relationships and alliances with internal and external constituencies, key service vendors, and select external leaders.
The ability to effectively manage projects and strategic initiatives, be able to evaluate problems accurately, come up with creative solutions, display sound judgement and a high level of confidentiality.
Extensive knowledge of alumni and donor database platforms.
Experience working on a comprehensive campaign in a complex environment is preferred.
Experience in leading or playing an integral role in the implementation and integration of information systems, including database conversions, is preferred.
A commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Occasional evening and weekend work will be required, including staffing for alumni and donor events on campus. Some travel may be required to attend off-campus donor events.
We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.
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.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
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