The Development Office of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is seeking a creative, versatile, and strategic Senior Development Writer to prepare compelling, meaningful, and persuasive print and multi-media content in support of the School's stewardship, engagement, and fundraising efforts. The Senior Development Writer will play a key role in communicating HGSE's impact on the future of education to a diverse donor base. This role will be responsible for collaborating with colleagues throughout the Development Office, HGSE, and the University to envision and create a variety of assets, including reports for individuals and broad audiences, acknowledgement letters, profiles, appeals, proposals, case statements, brochures, appeals, fact sheets, and more that inspire philanthropic support for the School.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Work closely with the Development Office, HGSE and University staff, faculty, researchers, students, and donors to produce compelling content that connects current and prospective supporters to the HGSE mission and demonstrates the impact of giving.
Develop deep content knowledge of the School's programs and priorities, and serve as a resource on those areas for the Development Office and HGSE colleagues.
Cultivate an understanding of individual donor priorities, and ensure that reporting and messaging aligns with their interests and philanthropic wishes. Craft meaningful and timely donor acknowledgements and reports.
Produce content that is creative, audience specific, and balances academics and marketing.
Write and prepare annual fund appeals. Work closely with internal and external vendors to prepare appeals for print and email distribution.
Work with HGSE staff to ensure the sharing of information, consistent messaging, and to avoid duplication of effort and resources. Maintain a library of information and assets.
Drive multiple projects to completion while meeting editorial deadlines. Establish priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, and approval.
Conduct research and interviews with internal and external stakeholders to acquire information quickly and accurately. Seek and vet materials with appropriate academic, administrative, and development leadership.
Write with a consistent quality, tone and style and ensure adherence to HGSE and Harvard standards for content, graphics, and design. Use strong editorial judgement and skills in writing, proofreading, and editing.
Undertake various fundraising- and stewardship-related projects as needed, and contribute to the planning, processes and policies that support the Development Office.
Assume additional responsibilities as required.
Basic requirements: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required 3+ years related work experience required
Any candidate wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume showing that they meet the required basic qualifications.
Please Note: writing samples may be required of those applicants invited to the interview.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Additional Qualifications The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
Experience in communications with extensive responsibility for writing
Track record of efficiently researching new topics, synthesizing complex information, and translating those concepts into written materials
Excellent written and oral communication skills, with strong attention to detail
Comfort working effectively across silos, collaborating with multiple departments as well as with external stakeholders
Ability to juggle multiple time-sensitive projects and adjust to changing priorities
Strong strategic thinking, sound judgment, and a collaborative spirit
Interest in education and willingness to stay on top of news in the field
Annual fund experience a plus
HGSE is currently developing dynamic workplace models which will actively support a combination of on-campus and remote work (within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business) where business and operational needs allow. You and your manager will discuss the best schedule based on your role and operational need. If your role allows for remote work, please note that all remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA (Only Exempt), CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Please also note that Harvard will withhold each applicable state's required tax and other withholdings from your paycheck for the time you work there.
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.
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HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education. HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows everyone to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
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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About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.