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Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Development and Fundraising
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 promote the health, dignity, and justice for every human being.

Position Description
Reporting to the Managing Director of Development, with a dotted line to the Managing Director of Academic Strategy and Research Partnerships, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships leads and directs foundation and corporate related fundraising activities and is responsible for developing a comprehensive, annual plan to maintain and increase corporate and foundation support for Harvard Chan's core fundraising priorities.

The Director has deep knowledge of the regional and national foundation landscape and is skilled at spotting emerging opportunities within the corporate and foundation funder community, strategically weaving opportunities into a compelling case to positively drive revenue growth focused on institutional priorities. This position will be responsible for long-range planning, implementation, and execution of a full-service, multi-faceted corporate and foundation relations program.

Working closely with key faculty and School leadership, this position develops funding proposals to foundations and corporations; prepares briefing materials for faculty members in preparation for cultivation and solicitation meetings as well as for on-campus visits; provides detailed and comprehensive briefings for School leadership and supports their corporate and foundation outreach activities, staffing them as needed; ensures that stewardship and reporting requirements are met fully to sustain successful corporate and foundation partnerships; supports the articulation of University policies as they relate to philanthropy and partnerships developed with corporate and foundation prospects.

This position also identifies and evaluates corporate and foundation prospects in order to sustain and expand a donor base for Harvard Chan School. Proven ability to grasp complex subjects, meet project deadlines, and build productive professional relationships. A diplomatic and enthusiastic individual who enjoys working collaboratively and creatively. Must have ability to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound and confidential judgment; the ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle even difficult situations with a sense of humor; must be able to listen carefully as well as to influence and persuade others.  Must be willing to travel and work irregular hours as needed. Other duties may also be assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: Domestic and International travel for this position will be expected 20% of the time.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid position and this position will be based in Boston, MA.  Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process.  All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (exempt staff only), Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • 8+ years of experience related to corporate and foundation fundraising is required
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
  • The following job-related skills and competencies are preferred:
  • Master's Degree
  • Advanced knowledge of fundraising principles
  • Programmatic, administrative, and/or fundraising experience at a major research university is preferable, including negotiating corporate and foundation gifts to support funding priorities, preparing proposal submissions, and conducting development-related research.
  • Work with high-level decision makers, foundation program officers, committee members, and donors.
  • Possesses an intimate understanding of both higher education and philanthropy, familiarity with multidisciplinary research environments and a pro-active, entrepreneurial approach to fundraising.
  • Experience building strong relationships with major regional and national foundations; proven success in building relationships with new funders resulting in funding support.
  • Previous experience in researching and identifying major new funding prospects. 
  • Knowledge of the foundation community - locally and nationally including foundations leaders and program officers, current funding interests and opportunities and applications/guidelines.
  • Interface and work productively with senior level staff and broad leadership.
  • Prepare and make presentations.
  • Motivated, creative, and organized self-starter.
  • Team player with demonstrated aptitude to collaborate to accomplish goals.
  • Handle multiple projects and conflicting priorities.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and constant change.
  • Available to travel to meet funders and prospects.
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.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website 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

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
302059 Development Manager

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Office of Development and Alumni Relations


Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School's mission, objectives, and core values and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

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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