Director of Development wanted

27 11 2007

We’re looking for a professional Director of Development and Alumni Affairs to manage alumni interaction and fundraising to create a stable, long-term financial foundation for the Independent, under direction from the Indy’s graduate board.

Activities are expected to include:

  • Working with the graduate board, developing and executing a long-term fundraising strategy aimed at building the Independent’s endowment.
  • Overseeing the development and rollout of an alumni-only web site (analogous to that will include private message boards, updates on alumni and opportunities for alumni involvement with the Independent.
  • Creation and distribution of a quarterly email update with information about the paper and alumni news.
  • Management of alumni communications, including outreach and response to requests.
  • Oversight of preparation and mailing of annual solicitation.
  • Together with the Independent’s alumni, engagement in one-on-one and small group solicitation of major gifts.
  • Planing and executing alumni events (e.g., reunion time open house).
  • Management and maintenance the alumni database.

Job parameters: Anticipated to take an average of 10-15 hours a week, fluctuating based on circumstances (e.g. reunion week will be intensive). Event-related work (rare) will involve evenings and weekends. While much of the work can be done from home, candidate must live or work within commuting distance of Cambridge. Reports to the graduate board.

This position requires a command of basic fundraising principles, an ability to work creatively and independently, and when appropriate, to collaborate with both alumni and undergraduate editors.

Required and desirable credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least two years’ experience in fundraising and development, preferably in an academic context.
  • Demonstrated ability in writing fundraising and alumni relations materials, devising and executing cultivation and solicitation strategies, and event management.
  • Excellent writing ability.
  • Comfortable engaging one-on-one with potential donors.
  • Facility and aptitude with email, Web, and electronic communications.
  • Knowledge of or relationship with Harvard community strongly preferred.


Annual compensation: $10-$15K, depending on experience, plus possible performance-based incentive compensation.


Interested candidates should send a resume to: Steven Asher, Treasurer, Graduate Board, stevena472,at,yahoo

And feel free to pass this announcement along to anyone you think might be interested.

– S.A.




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