Associate Director, Strategic Engagement

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7100364

Posted: May 18, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About Us:
The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the freedom of academia and the focus of industry in order to translate revolutionary technologies into commercial products and solutions. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions, collaborate with staff scientists, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to invent and de-risk new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit:

About You:
You are a collaborative, results-focused development professional who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to furthering the mission of the Wyss Institute by integrating and coordinating the engagement of current and prospective donor prospects to support the development of enduring relationships. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a results-oriented, innovation-driven environment. You have experience working in a science/healthcare-oriented organization supported by an active philanthropic effort. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and contributing your fundraising expertise to support innovations that can change the world.

About the Role:
We are looking for an experienced development professional who will contribute to strategy development and the execution of key donor outreach and stewardship initiatives. Reporting to the Senior Director of Strategic Engagement, you will work closely with Executive Leadership, the Business Development Team, and Wyss Faculty to identify, prioritize and engage new donor prospects, and to develop new strategies to streamline our philanthropic efforts in close collaboration with the University Development Office.

What you’ll do:

Strategic Planning:
Use research data to develop and execute key strategies for donor engagement, and the development of new initiatives in support of fundraising goals.
Develop detailed multi-year plans to support existing technology platforms and create new future opportunities for the creation of new donor-driven initiatives.
Operationalize Wyss-specific fundraising strategies in close alignment with existing systems and key stakeholders in the Harvard-wide development community.
Contribute to the successful execution of the team’s approach to integrate and coordinate the engagement of current and prospective donor prospects to support the development of enduring relationships.
Support the development of metrics and important milestones to realize strategic engagement goals for the Institutes long-term sustainability goals
Enhance Prospect Research and Information Processes
Monitor prospect research in order to effectively manage constituent data to support engagement, communication strategies, and reporting.
Contribute to the development of a strong prospect research strategy through effective integration of existing processes and where appropriate the development of new systems.
Donor Activities
Fosters a supportive and collegial work environment with the Wyss Institute and the greater Harvard community that focuses on shared values and common goals and that encourages mutual respect, constructive feedback, and openness to change.
Takes responsibility for writing memos, major gifts event briefings, and stewardship reporting as needed.
Works on special projects as assigned.
Creates development planning documents, concept papers, gift opportunities, gift proposals, and other content that advance Wyss fundraising priorities. Ensures all content is thoroughly researched and accurate, well written and edited, and compelling. Seeks input and vets materials with appropriate academic, administrative, and development leadership.
Under the direction of the Senior Director, acts as a liaison between Strategic Engagement and Wyss administrative and academic personnel. Develops deep content knowledge of Wyss scientific and commercialization activities.
Produces content that is audience specific and consistent in message, tone, and style, with particular sensitivity to the differentiation/balance between academics and marketing.
Over time will develop and maintain close personal contact with high-level Wyss Lumineers and other alumni to identify prospects, and oversee gift solicitations
Works with other Harvard UDO development staff to strategize and implement fundraising efforts across areas of mutual opportunity (e.g., major gifts, planned giving)
Establishes and maintains relationships with colleagues at Harvard schools and affiliates to coordinate donor identification and stewardship ​​​​​​
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others

What you'll need:
Bachelor's degree in Business or related field, Advanced degree may count towards years of experience
A minimum of 7 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising /development with significant experience in prospect research.

Desirable Skills:
Master's Degree Preferred
Prior experience in a science / healthcare orientated organization with an active philanthropic effort
Previous experience in Institute or University department fundraising operations with insights into strategy development, planning operations, development of metrics and execution
Highly effective written and oral communications skills; proficient at meeting facilitation

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Job posting number:#7100364
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
United States
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