The Harvard Data Science Initiative is seeking an experienced professional to help shape an external engagement program to increase collaborations with, and support from, external entities (corporations, foundations, and government agencies) nationally and internationally.
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI), the Director of External Engagement manages corporate and foundation engagement activity and assumes primary responsibility for the cultivation and stewardship of new and existing external collaborators. The Director manages the HDSI's Corporate Membership Program, leads the development of gift and sponsored research proposals for corporate and foundation supporters, manages related communications, and plans and oversees various cultivation and stewardship events. The position also helps to shape the HDSI's communications to general audiences, contributing to the annual report, regular electronic newsletters, and web content. Working with the Executive Director, the Director of External Engagement provides leadership in developing strategic research and fund-raising initiatives aligned with institutional priorities, especially through the corporate members program, to advance the HDSI's research and education missions.
The Director of External Engagement serves as a knowledgeable liaison and institutional representative to corporate and individual donors and sponsors, and also to non-donor constituents in government and non-profit organizations. S/he is responsible for developing and executing collaborative projects with external partners, including research projects, workshops, seminars, and datathons, and will develop a long-term strategic plan to appropriately communicate the funding needs and priorities of the HDSI to external corporate and foundation audiences and to secure funding for its programs. This position also maintains key relationships with the University Development Office staff, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and other staff throughout the University and aligns corporate development with broader fundraising.
Key Priorities for the Director of External Engagement
Lead cultivation of relationships with potential industry partners and expand and enhance engagement in the HDSI's Corporate Membership Program;
Provide careful stewardship to existing corporate members by planning and executing events including workshops and seminars, and by presenting and executing new philanthropic, sponsored research, and other agreements;
Articulate and provide strategic direction and vision for achieving external engagement goals;
Foster effective coordination between the HDSI, University Development Office, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and School Development Offices to more holistically connect these offices and ensure that external engagement and fundraising efforts reflect academic needs and priorities;
Work with HDSI leadership and HPAC to increase the Initiative's external profile and advance relationships with external entities;
Develop written materials including briefings, strategic plans, newsletters, gift and sponsored funding proposals, and reports;
Develop and manage an external engagement budget and a five-year strategic plan that anticipates programmatic and staffing needs;
Understand the legal and financial distinctions of various academic funding vehicles – gifts, grants, contracts – and work with HDSI leadership and faculty, the Office for Sponsored Programs, the Office for Technology Development, the University Development Office, school development offices, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to ensure that all funds received by HDSI are correctly classified and funder expectations are appropriately calibrated.
This is a two-year term appointment, with possibility of renewal.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
An advanced scientific or engineering degree with an advanced degree in business and/or terminal degree. At least ten years of experience that includes staff management and a successful record of fundraising and program management.
An advanced scientific or engineering degree with an advanced degree in business and/or terminal degree preferred. Familiarity/direct experience with academic planning, private/corporate/foundation philanthropy, and financial nuances of the academic and educational sectors. Must have excellent writing skills. Must be able to develop and implement short and long-term strategies, identify and cultivate partners across sectors, and navigate complex and political environments. Experience at a non-profit or institution of higher education and strong interest in the mission of the Harvard Data Science Initiative. Harvard experience preferred. Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills. Proven ability to manage and motivate staff and collaborate with staff and senior leadership. Occasional travel and some evening/weekend work required.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50453BR
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