Assistant Director of Development Data
Assistant Director of Development Data Operations position

Please apply online at the Harvard Careers website. Upload a cover letter and resume to: jobs and keyword search to requisition #53293BR.

Reporting to the Director of Operations & Administration, the Assistant Director of Development Data Operations is responsible for fulfilling a range of strategic data needs for the GSD’s development and alumni relations department. Identifies and completes projects designed to identify new leadership, major, and planned gift prospects, re-evaluate known prospects, and helps to build the pipeline of potential donors, working alone or in collaboration with teammates. Provides end-user support for development data systems, including ongoing training of teammates. Maintains existing reports, adds new features, or creates new tools to maximize efficiency and efficacy to meet both strategic and operational needs of the department. Prepares prospect strategy recommendations using data analysis. Works closely with fundraisers regarding gift procedures, donor gift inquiries, and to support analytics and metrics needs across the department. Manages all departmental reporting.

Development Data Strategy and Operations
• Analyze data to assess individual capacity and make direct connections between School priorities and prospects’ giving interests based on available data.
• Identify, design, document, and execute annual projects that will identify potential new leadership, major, and planned gift donors for the School.
• Interpret development data and produce assets to help the Director of Operations and Administration and the Managing Director of Regional Development to develop appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
• Coordinate the presentation of newly identified prospects to the management team.
• Manage the regular reporting cycle to help inform the team of progress towards goals.
• Fulfill ad hoc complex data queries to meet team needs.
• Conducts research projects to substantiate prospect cultivation and solicitation strategies as assigned by the Director.

Data Management & Business Intelligence
• Manage regular meetings to coordinate the capture, maintenance, and interpretation of development data.
• Develop reports, software tools, and business process improvements to meet the needs of the DevAR team as related to fundraising, volunteer management, and alumni relations.
• Leads interdepartmental efforts to capture, aggregate, and share GSD data school-wide to advance development and alumni relations goals.
• Ensure compliance with Harvard Alumni Affairs and Development’s Advancement Technology Support Services and Business Intelligence departments’ policies and data requirements. Serves as the GSD’s designated Local Product Manager for Ellucian Advance and QlikView systems.
• Oversee access to and use of the development information systems, including all aspects of data maintenance, staff training, security and integrity audits, and record-keeping.
• Serve as GSD representative to schools and units University-wide regarding alumni and donor data.
• Participate in university-wide data management workgroups; ensure GSD’s interests are represented in the development of university-wide data management policies and that the DevAR team is equipped and trained on current hardware and software technologies necessary for all business operations of the office.
• Train new and current staff, proactively when necessary and at their request, on the effective use of data management tools to meet business needs.
• Assists the Director in the active management of the prospect management system and creation of prospect management policies and procedures as well as the training and management of staff responsible for data entry of all fundraising activity.


There are no supervisory responsibilities associated with this position.


• Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
• Minimum 5 years' experience in fundraising administration environment preferred.
• Experience with relational databases required.
• Must be highly organized, detail-oriented and efficient.
• Ability to take initiative, create, and manage projects required.
• Experience with SQL (Structured Query Language), QSL (Qlik Selection Language) or comparable query languages for relational databases management systems required.


• Experience with BSR Advance preferred. Strong MS Office skills: Word, Excel, Access.
• Experience with QlikView and/or QlikSense preferred.
• Experience designing user interfaces for Business Intelligence reporting platforms to meet high-level specifications and end-user business requirements a plus.
• Must have strong written and verbal communication skills with experience writing functional requirements and an appreciation for structured development techniques in conjunction with software release management processes. Public speaking and presentation skills preferred.


• Position involves frequent use of computer keyboard and mouse


The Harvard Graduate School of Design is passionate about fostering a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment. Applicants of all race, ability, gender expression and identity, sexuality, religion, education, class, national origin, and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is required. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future. We regret that we cannot sponsor a work visa.

Please apply online at the Harvard Careers website. Upload a cover letter and resume to: jobs and keyword search to requisition #53293BR.

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
Ref Code: 53293BR

Contact Information
Michelle Goldberg
[email protected]
Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, 02138