The Associate Director for Alumni Relations reports to the Associate Dean for Development and External Relations, leading alumni relations programs and overseeing annual giving for Harvard Divinity School. Harvard Divinity School—with expertise in a range of faith traditions and approaches to spirituality—educates scholars, teachers, ministers, and other professionals for leadership and service both nationally and internationally. To help in building a world in which people can live and work together across religious and cultural divides, we strive to be a primary resource in religious and theological studies for academia, for religious communities, and in the public sphere.
The Associate Director for Alumni Relations sets multi-year and annual strategic plans for alumni engagement and volunteer leadership, as well as annual giving, in coordination with the larger plans and goals of the Office of Development and External Relations. The person in this position manages one direct report, the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Officer, working closely together on strategy, planning and execution. This position requires skill in relationship and volunteer management, events and/or project management, and outreach/communications, as well as a strong connection to the mission of HDS.
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
Alumni engagement and volunteer leadership
Leads strategy and execution for alumni engagement and volunteer engagement. This includes:
Alumni communications, in partnership with the Communications team.
Regional and other network-based alumni programming, including connecting to regional Harvard Clubs.
Campus-based events, such as Alumni Days.
Connecting with Harvard Alumni Association plans and people.
Partnering with Career Services and Admissions to foster connections between alumni, students, and prospective students.
Alumni engagement in annual giving/fundraising.
Overseeing alumni relations reporting, data, operations, and budgets.
Serves as liaison and partner to the Chair, Vice Chair, and members of the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council and oversees Council business. This includes:
Providing strategic advice and support to help Council leaders and members of the Alumni/Alumnae Council to achieve their goals.
Gomes Honors selection process (annual awards) and celebratory event.
Membership renewal, including coordination with colleagues and volunteers to identify potential Council nominees and other alumni volunteers.
Alumni connections, including developing the role of
Bachelor's degree and 7+ years progressive experience in alumni relations, development, higher ed administration, or related fields. The position requires travel and some evening and weekend work, as well as welcoming alumni and friends to campus.
Advanced knowledge of fundraising preferred. Exceptional interpersonal, marketing and writing skills. Exemplary organizational skills including the demonstrated ability to effectively handle multiple tasks while paying close attention to detail. Ability to relate well to alumni constituency with intellectual curiosity and by fostering diversity, inclusion and belonging. Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers preferred. Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team. Knowledge of fundraising and alumni relations in higher education with specialization in graduate education. Interest in religion, theology, history, and the humanities preferred.
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