Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

companyHarvard FAS
locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023


Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) is committed to securing the financial resources, time, and loyalty of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to promote the School’s work of educating new generations of global health leaders and producing powerful ideas that can transform the lives of people everywhere.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work as a key partner to our new Dean of Faculty and leverage expertise in fundraising, and skills in transformative and visionary leadership.  Reporting into the Dean of Faculty, the Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations is responsible for leading the Office of Development and Alumni Relations – by articulating a sustainable fundraising strategy and providing leadership to inspire an expansion of high quality engagement – via alumni, donors, and key public health stakeholders. The ODAR team is comprised of ~30 staff members, each of which serve in various development and/or administrative/operations-related functions. The Vice Dean is responsible for overseeing this staff of 30, and managing 4 direct reports.


Position Description

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Dean of the Faculty to shape the strategy and overall alumni engagement and fundraising objectives for the School
  • Work with the Dean of the Faculty and external relations colleagues, as well as School’s academic, financial, and volunteer leadership, to increase an expansion of philanthropic support for the School
  • Oversee and manage the functions of the office including Development, Finance & Administration and Strategic Initiatives -- including the direct supervision of 4 full-time staff members (3 Managing Directors and an Executive Assistant) and indirect supervision of 30 staff; Recruits, retains, develops, and directs a high-performing fundraising and alumni relations staff in a highly competitive marketplace.
  • Craft and execute comprehensive fundraising plans to meet the annual and fundraising objectives, with a focus on revenue that benefits the core mission of the School; with a particular focus on building a long-term and sustainable revenue model that aligns with the research and academic mission of the School
  • Conceptualize strategies and tactics for reaching out to non-traditional prospective donor constituencies, as well as create meaningful and effective engagement opportunities for alumni, donors, and friends of the School
  • Build and operationalize business systems that support ODAR staff; and ensure the overall operation is integrated and interfaces in a systematic way with academic units and leadership
  • Collaborate closely with the Office for Research Strategy & Development, Office for Technology & Development, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, and the Office of Financial Services
  • Establish and maintain a personal portfolio of transformational gift prospects
  • Serve as a resource and partner with senior development leadership at and across Harvard University, key faculty and scientists, volunteers, and administrative colleagues to identify and develop donor relationships
  • Other related duties as required

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required
  • 15+ years of related experience, with progressively responsible experience in the development field, required
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and development
  • Prior supervisory experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Master's Degree
  • Experience applying traditional development craft to a global and dynamic enterprise which is dependent on non-traditional philanthropic constituencies
  • Comprehensive, collaborative, and quantitative results-driven approach to planning, building and managing diverse teams of development staff, faculty partners and volunteers
  • Experience managing change, prioritizing and managing multiple complex activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality
  • Professional maturity and agility to focus on constructive and enabling alliances with internal and external constituencies
  • Success in resource development, particularly at a senior level and in an academic or scientific research institution/organization
  • Experience in strategic planning, and strong organizational and managerial skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and outstanding oral and written communications skills

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

Additional Information

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 180 day orientation and review period.

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.

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) is committed to securing the financial resources, time, and loyalty of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to promote the School’s work of educating new generations of global health leaders and producing powerful ideas that can transform the lives of people everywhere.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • 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.

Job Function

Alumni Affairs and Development, Communications, General Administration

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

302063 Development Manager

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Office of Development and Alumni Relations


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Credit, Criminal, Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

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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