Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Alumni Affairs and Development


Job Summary

Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) comprises the University Development Office (UDO), Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Development, AA&D Resources, and the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). There is a unique relationship between the University and the FAS fundraising operations, resulting from a long history in which University fundraising ultimately grew out of College fundraising

Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Development
FAS Development is responsible for the fundraising efforts supporting the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including Harvard College, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. FAS Development staff work with Harvard College donors, alumni, parents, and friends who provide critical support for the FAS and often for other parts of the University.

The Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development leads the development enterprise on behalf of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and is a senior member of the Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) organization. As the Chief Development Officer of FAS, the Dean for FAS Development oversees a staff of more than 180 people and an annual budget of almost $33 million, including approximately 20 staff members from AA&D resource service teams that are dedicated to FAS development and are considered part of the full FAS development team.

This leadership position is responsible for developing, leading, and executing on the fundraising ambitions and priorities of FAS. In close partnership with the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS and Vice President of AA&D, the Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development will shape the fundraising vision and priorities that will continue to fuel the fundraising momentum that was fostered throughout and in the time since Harvard’s last comprehensive campaign. At this critical moment of leadership transition at Harvard University, and within the FAS, the Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development will help the institution reach its ambitious aspirations with the support of the loyal base of FAS alumni and donors that have served as the core of FAS’s philanthropic resources and volunteers; new donors inspired by the transformative impact of the educational and research mission; and a more diverse population of alumni, parents, and friends of the institution.
The Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development is a member of the FAS Dean’s leadership team and will work with the academic Deans and unit leadership to shape and strengthen the development agenda and ensure that it remains aligned with the priorities established by the Dean of FAS.

In addition, the Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development serves as a member of the AA&D Vice President’s executive team, which is composed of the Vice President and the leaders of AA&D’s four operation units, the Associate Vice Presidents. They are responsible for leading their respective units and simultaneously have a responsibility to serve as leaders of the AA&D organization as a whole. The executive team leads AA&D strategic and tactical planning, identifies and evaluates metrics, shapes the agenda for leadership teams, monitors and assesses organizational culture, and serves as the principal liaisons to key stakeholders across the institution.

This position is located on campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with frequent travel required.

Position Description

Leadership and Management
Oversee fundraising efforts across the FAS, including the following areas: Harvard College, the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Science, the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Division of Social Science, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Department of Athletics, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, FAS Library, and the Division of Continuing Education. Develop and execute annual and multi-year operating plans that reflect the priorities and desired outcomes of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Recruit, supervise, and mentor a senior leadership team responsible for overseeing the major functions, including development, the Harvard College Fund, development communications, stewardship and donor relations, and planning and operations.

Serve as a member of the AA&D Vice President’s executive team and the FAS Dean’s leadership team. Serve on other leadership committees and steering committees as requested.

Develop, manage, and steward the annual operating budget of $33 million in alignment with the FAS Dean’s directives and the overall resource administration practices of AA&D.

Fundraising Leadership
Partner closely with the FAS Dean and members of the Academic Planning Group to shape concepts and ideas that frame the development agenda; provide expertise on the agenda’s feasibility based on data- driven analysis and assessment of prospect viability.

As the Chief Development Officer for FAS, develop and execute annual and multi-year fundraising objectives aligned with FAS priorities and capture the participation of diverse alumni, parents, and friends.

Expand and nurture a broad and diverse community of volunteers and donors that reflects the diversity of the ever-evolving university community and our world.

Personally hold responsibility for a principal gift portfolio composed of FAS top prospects; work in collaboration with colleagues to generate, at minimum, $100 million in gift commitments.

University-wide Leadership and Participation
Understand the coherence, power, and synergy of the partnership between the FAS and the university’s AA&D; strengthen a “One Harvard” culture of philanthropy through establishing relationships built on mutual trust across FAS, AA&D, and the broader institution, including academic and administrative leadership, fundraising and governance volunteers, faculty, staff, alumni and other external constituents, and advancement professionals.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience leading a large development enterprise within a complex university or similar institution; a history of building strong teams of highly functioning and collaborative individuals, as well as an exemplary background in recruitment and retention of talented staff.
  • Considerable breadth of knowledge; strong intellectual curiosity, interest in, and capacity for, learning across a wide range of fields; and a sincere excitement about and commitment to the teaching and research mission of FAS.
  • Exceptional track record of working with a wide range of donors, leading to important and transformational gifts and the execution of highly sophisticated stewardship strategies.
  • Demonstrated track record of impacting an institution on the dimensions of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with experience acting as a key collaborator and team player, creating productive and respectful relationships across diverse and disparate stakeholders on behalf of an organization.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including public speaking and experience serving as the face of, and advocate for, an organization, with evidenced ability to handle difficult situations with diplomacy and judgment.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is strongly preferred.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Impeccable character and integrity; someone whom the institution and community can trust completely and without reservation.
  • Intelligence, compassion, courage, resilience, and humor.
  • Creative thinker able to respect, honor, and balance the long-standing strengths of Harvard’s development operations while envisioning and implementing innovative approaches.
  • An optimistic, joyful spirit.

Additional Information

Please note : Spencer Stuart is leading this Associate Vice President and Dean for FAS Development search. For a detailed job description, to submit a nomination, or to apply, please

This position requires a 6 month orientation and review period.

Why AA&D?
We are a dedicated team of 400 alumni affairs and development professionals supporting Harvard’s advancement activity through roles that include front-line fundraising, alumni and volunteer engagement, technology, events, communications, prospect management and research, business process, talent management and many other areas.

Harvard’s Alumni Affairs and Development team inspires and galvanizes alumni, friends, and members of the University community to support Harvard through philanthropy, governance, and active engagement. AA&D believes a workplace that reflects the diversity of our society and our ever-evolving University constituency makes us a stronger and more effective organization. Our goal is to create an environment of respect that values the many talents, perspectives, and experiences of our community, to deliver the strongest possible results by incorporating diverse perspectives into our daily work, and to make AA&D a great place to work for everyone. AA&D strives to live our values of respect, inclusion, trust, collaboration, innovation and sharing of information in our daily interactions and our work.

To learn more about how Harvard supports diversity and inclusion throughout the University please visit the Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at .

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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 - Cambridge

Job Code

302063 Development Manager

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


Alumni Affairs and Development


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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