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Managing Director of Engagement and Annual Giving

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Development and Fundraising
Harvard Medical School


Position Description
As a critical member of the Alumni Engagement (AE) team within the HMS Office of Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD), the Managing Director of Engagement and Annual Giving is an experienced leader responsible for providing strategic direction and short and long-term planning for alumni engagement and annual giving programs. This position supervises two staff members and reports to the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

Primary responsibilities include:
Alumni Relations
  • Create and implement policies that build and maintain a connection between the School and its 10,000+ alumni constituency.
  • Manage the 20-member Alumni Council, Harvard Medical Alumni Association's leadership committee, working closely with Council and HMS leadership to develop and implement Council projects.
  • Represent the School with the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA); work with the HMS Alumni Directors to the HAA; oversee HMS-related activities at HAA Director Board meetings, which occur three times annually.
  • Strategic oversight and execution of all aspects of Reunion and Alumni Day, including working with alumni leaders and HMS administrators to conceptualize and create Reunion Symposium, core programming, and class-specific activities. Work closely with the Special Events team, ensuring efficient planning and execution of event logistics. Collaborate with the Development Communications team on marketing event collateral.
  • Create and manage impactful programming for in-person and virtual activities that engage and steward donors and the broader alumni community. Analyze engagement results, adjust strategies, produce regular progress reports that maximize efforts, and create a foundation for stronger future engagement.
  • Responsible for the development of strategies and collaboration with the Development Communication team to formulate and execute print and digital engagement.
  • Manage the MD Student program, identifying student leaders and student groups for alumni engagement, fundraising, and educational purposes.
Annual Giving and Engagement Marketing
  • Responsible for strategies, implementation, and stewardship for:
    • Annual giving program, which raises more than $5M annually in gifts less than $100,000 via direct marketing and communications.
    • Engagement marketing and communications for alumni benefits, Reunion, Alumni Day, Alumni- Student mentoring programs, and other alumni activities.
    • The strategic direction of the Annual Reunion Report Program.
AE Leadership
  • Meet with alumni (virtually and in-person) to engage, listen, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward to build community and philanthropy.
  • Manage annual giving and event budget, including reviewing and negotiating vendor contracts.
  • Develop and leverage partnerships with AAD, HMS, University, and professionals at peer institutions to enhance engagement and fundraising strategies.
  • Oversees Director of AE Marketing and Special Projects and a Development Assistant.
  • Represent AE at AAD management and key University meetings; communicate information and best practices to and from AAD; ensure integration and coordination with University policies; serve as a resource for members of the HMS community, including Dean of the School and other administrators.
  • Create and manage overall fiscal year and midyear planning for annual giving and engagement program to include goal setting and fundraising forecasting.
  • Seek out best practices in engagement and annual giving to implement at HMS.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 10+ years of related experience, preferably in higher education, particularly in the areas of alumni relations, special events, volunteer management, and annual giving.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Proven track record of success in implementing all facets of alumni engagement programs, event strategies, volunteer management, and annual giving.
  • Staff management and mentorship experience.
  • Ability to think strategically about objectives and operationally in its execution.
  • Sound judgment, attention to detail, ability to forward plan, and problem-solving skills a must.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage and prioritize multiple complex projects.
  • Ability to lead and work with internal teams, administrators, alumni volunteers, and donors to advance engagement and fundraising goals.
  • High level of integrity and commitment to ethical engagement and fundraising practices.
  • Discretion with highly confidential information.
  • Understanding and comfort with technology and an interest in learning and embracing new technologies to enhance programs.
  • Aptitude for policies, procedures and strong follow-up skills.
Additional Information
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.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

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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.

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
302060 Development Manager

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


Salary Grade

Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD)

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

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