Director of Strategic Engagement and Development
Harvard Kennedy School
Duties & Responsibilities
The Center for International Development (CID) has an immediate opening for a Director of Strategic Engagement and Development to support the Center Director. The role is an extremely exciting opportunity to help grow Harvard's premier international development research center to further its vision of deploying the best talent available at Harvard and beyond to work on the most pressing problems facing the world today.
The director will work with and report to the (Faculty) Director of CID leading fundraising activities, strategic communications, and helping develop and support the overall growth strategy for CID. They will also work closely under the guidance of the Senior Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and Resource Development (ARRD) as well the Associate Dean for Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA).
CID plans to expand the scale and scope of its work substantially over the next few years. By playing a critical role in this transformation, the position offers a unique opportunity for personal growth and fulfilment, enabling CID to catalyze sustained positive impact in the world - especially in places where and for people for whom it is most needed.
Three key areas of work expected: fundraising, strategic communication, and external strategy.
Masters and 5 years' experience or Bachelor's and 7 years' experience; 5+ years of strategy, fundraising, marketing, communications and/or related experience required; diverse international experience also required.
Preference for those with social science/international development background and/or a graduate degree in a related field. Must have major gift fundraising experience with a track record of soliciting and closing major gifts. Demonstrated experience in leading organizational growth and strategy, along with a demonstrated ability to think and execute strategically and critically; superior organizational skills, excellent writing, editing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills; ability to work across a diverse prospect portfolio; ability to multi-task and work in a dynamic team environment. Must have the ability to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound, and confidential judgment. Must have the ability to innovate, think conceptually, and handle even difficult situations with calmness and professionalism. Must be detail and results focused; ability to work both independently and as a team member; proven ability to motivate, engage, and work with prospects and volunteers, university officials, faculty, and staff or similar constituencies. Must maintain a professional and caring demeanor and have a strong and tenacious work ethic. Experience with events management and knowledge of best practices; experience in developing marketing and communications initiatives; ability to travel domestically and internationally and regularly work evenings and weekends. An entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to building a highly productive development organization; ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and to develop and implement forward-thinking and creative strategies; experience working in a diverse portfolio of regions, especially Asia, Middle East, and Africa.
Harvard's Center for International Development ("CID") is recognized as a global leader in research that expands the understanding of development challenges and offers viable solutions to global poverty.
Visit our website to learn more: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/cid
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment, ending one year from date of hire, with the possibility of renewal.
Alumni Affairs and Development
USA - MA - Cambridge
Center for International Development
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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.
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