Assistant Director, Development Communications

Harvard Law School in Massachusetts

Date Posted June 11, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Assistant Director is responsible for drafting gift proposals, drafting content for gift acknowledgements, and creating content for a wide-range of alumni and donor stories. This position reports to the Director of Donor Engagement, with a dotted reporting line to the Assistant Dean for Communications.   Has primary responsibility for writing, editing, and preparing content and  material in support of programs and activities, including gift proposals, alumni profiles, event summaries, event remarks, and case statements.  Develops content for donor, alumni, and student profiles to be used in a variety of digital and print materials.  Researches potential topics and subjects to draft content for donor profiles, gift impact stories, and gift opportunities.  Works closely with fundraising managers to develop strategies and content for donor profiles to be featured in collateral materials.  In collaboration with event and meeting managers drafts talking points and remarks for key speakers.  Collaborates with the Dean for Development and Alumni Relations to draft gift opportunity proposals.   Duties include: researching opportunities, conducting fact-finding searches, developing the case for need, and drafting proposed terms.  Provides guidance on terms compliance and works closely with Executive Director of Advancement Services to ensure terms are reviewed and approved.   Responsible for creating and managing donor relations and campaign web pages. Collaborates with the Director of Stewardship to prepare donor endowed fund financial and activity reports.  Resolves financial and fund issues, researches fund purpose and communicates findings with donors.  Collaborates with Director of Stewardship and Donor Services Manager to identify ways to enhance and expand gift acknowledgement program, including drafting content and identifying new acknowledgement vehicles.  

Basic Qualifications
Bachelors degree required in journalism, communications, or a related discipline.  Five or more years experience in a development environment.

Additional Qualifications

Development experience in higher education preferred.

Proven ability to manage multiple projects effectively, including developing timelines, setting priorities, and meeting deadlines.  Exceptional written and verbal communications skills are required.   Must have the ability to conduct subject research in order to draft profiles and remarks.  Must also have the proven ability to draft gift proposals or grants.   Experience writing, editing, and proofreading publications and online content is required.  Attention to detail is an essential requirement.  Must possess experience and resourcefulness in fact checking.  Must be able to deal with confidential information with utmost discretion.  Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required; other technology including familiarity with philanthropic systems and databases are a plus.  Must be available to work evenings and weekends to cover events as needed.

Additional Information    

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

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