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: http://wyss.harvard.edu/
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 seeking an experienced development professional who will
contribute to strategy development and execution of key outreach
and stewardship initiatives focused on the engagement of corporate,
foundation, and individual donors. Reporting to the Senior
Director of Strategic Engagement, you will work closely with Wyss
Executive Leadership, Faculty, Business Development, and
Communications Team to identify, prioritize, and engage prospects
in close collaboration with the Harvard University Development
What you’ll do:
- Strategic Planning
- Operationalize Wyss-specific fundraising strategies in close
alignment with existing systems and key stakeholders in the
Harvard-wide development community.
- Contribute to the development of a strong prospect strategy
focused on finding and engaging donors with no prior affiliation
with the Wyss Institute through effective integration of existing
processes and the development of new systems where
- Under the direction of the Senior Director, act as a liaison
between Strategic Engagement and Wyss administrative and academic
personnel in order to develop deep content knowledge of Wyss
scientific and commercialization activities.
- Use information gathered from key stakeholders across the
Institute and University to develop and execute key strategies for
donor engagement, and the development of new initiatives in support
of fundraising goals.
- Build the corporate, foundation, and individual donor
solicitation program processes to achieve on-going growth in both
cash and future commitments of support, including developing both
long-term solicitation strategies and an effective stewardship
effort to maintain support from existing donors.
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with key
stakeholders of corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
Manage the timely reporting of progress and evaluation to the
Director, Strategic Engagement.
- Support the development of metrics and important milestones to
realize strategic engagement goals for the Institute’s long-term
sustainability goals and report progress on the achievement of
these milestones on a regular basis to the Wyss Executive Team,
Board of Directors and other Stakeholders.
- Prospect Research and Information Process
- In conjunction with the Wyss Communications Team, create a
donor monitoring strategy to identify new areas of interest in
Institute initiatives and upcoming events.
- Work with the prospect research team to create a moves
management process and build a prospect pipeline.
- Work independently and with the University Development Office
on alumni and external prospect identification, strategy, proposal
submission, and gift policies.
- Donor Engagement
- Foster 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.
- Lead on the creation of key philanthropic and stewardship
communications, compiling data from Finance, Communications, the
Executive team, and relevant scientific stakeholders.
- Produce content that is audience-specific and consistent in
message, tone, and style, with particular sensitivity to the
differentiation/balance between academics and marketing.
- Create development planning documents, concept papers, gift
opportunities, gift proposals, and other content that advance Wyss
fundraising priorities. Ensure all content is thoroughly researched
and accurate, well written and edited, and compelling. Seek input
from and vet materials with the appropriate academic,
administrative, and development leadership.
- Develop and maintain engagement with high-level Wyss Lumineers
and other alumni to identify prospects and oversee gift
- Establish and maintain relationships with colleagues at Harvard
schools and affiliates to coordinate donor identification and
stewardship. Work in collaboration with the Harvard UDO development
staff to plan and implement fundraising efforts in accordance with
Harvard Fundraising procedures and gift acceptance policies across
areas of mutual opportunity.
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural
awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with
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.
- 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