Reporting to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Dean of Administration and Finance, the FAS Director of Endowment Funds and Gifts will function as a key strategic partner of the Dean and all fund managers, including Department Chairs and Academic Center Directors, in managing the expenditure of endowment funds toward the mission of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, while ensuring stewardship in accordance with endowment terms and donor intent.
This newly created position will lead the school?s effort to optimize the use of its endowments to ensure that Harvard FAS is always at the forefront of teaching, learning, and discovery. Working in partnership with key fund-raising and management functions, including the Development Office, Office of General Counsel (OGC), FAS Faculty Affairs, FAS Chief Finance Officer, FAS Controller, and the Deans, the Director will lead the development of an analytical framework to unlock the potential of FAS?s endowed funds in the service of the school?s mission, and the missions of our Departments and Academic Centers.
The successful candidate is exceptionally well-organized and action-oriented, a data-driven, skilled analyst, an excellent listener, and a thoughtful communicator. This role offers an opportunity to work in partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders across FAS, and the successful candidate will have a record of demonstrated success working effectively across all levels of an organization from entry level staff to organizational leaders. (Including academic and administrative leaders, faculty, and staff).
Leads strategic thinking on the use of FAS's endowments & gifts? As part of the FAS management team, leads the effort to better understand the use of endowed funds. With the support of the FAS finance team, creates analysis and tools for the management of funds. Serves as a partner to key stakeholders and acts as a resource to all members of the finance functions throughout FAS. Serves as a thought leader in the effort to maximize use of resources toward school initiatives and program needs.
Engages with senior leadership, faculty, administrators, and others to provide guidance on policy, practice, and process ? develops, recommends, and communicates policy, best practice, and process for the effective, efficient management of endowment and gift funds. Serves as school-level expert on portfolio of funds by developing a deep understanding of fund terms, fund history, organizational relationships, etc.
Partners with Harvard Alumni Affairs and Development (AA & D) team and program leadership - collaborates on the development of fund terms, new accounts, and managing implementation processes. Collaborates with AAD and OGC and others to assist with creation of gift terms to ensure both donor intent and school needs are clearly and concisely captured. Collaborates regularly with the AAD Donor Relations team to develop financial components of stewardship reports to donors and endowment management of funds.
Supports development of annual budget. Works in partnership with academic administrators and FAS Finance on the development of highly complex annual budgets, including specialized financial analysis and modeling, specifically supporting plans for use of endowment and gift funds. Partners with the Accounting team to ensure standard approaches are documented, executed timely, reported, and audited.
Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience
Prior experience with data analysis
Advanced degree (including MBA, MPA, JD)
Strong analytical, writing, and communication skills
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
Knowledge of advanced financial administration principles
Demonstrated ability to build trust and partnerships
Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor
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: 58328BR
About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
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