Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 58624BR
As a member of the Office for External Relations (OER), the Director of Events (DOE) is a full-time position that will report to the Vice Dean of OER. The Director is responsible for envisioning and creating best in class events for donors, volunteers and alumni including but not limited to oversight of all event logistics, resource allocation and a full appreciation of donor, alumni and volunteers.
The DOE will contribute to the development and engagement-focused strategy that supports the philanthropic priorities of the School and enhances the donor and alumni experience. In collaboration with the Vice Dean, internal OER colleagues, and other school colleagues, the DOE establishes event strategy while educating and advising on event best practices related to venue selection, contract-negotiation, event collateral creation, event schematics, and confidential briefings. They manage internal and external event-related communication while working with multiple constituencies to ensure flawless event execution. Current standing events include but are not limited to the Fellowship Celebration, the 1913 Luncheon, alumni programs, donor meetings, special events and programs, as well as in-person and virtual programs.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develops, manages, and implements an annual events strategy for Office for External Relations (OER) events
Partners with OER teams such Alumni Affairs, Donor Relations, and fundraising staff to develop a comprehensive schedule of events, including in-person, virtual and hybrid programs
Attends high-level meetings within OER as the events team representative to discuss Dean's initiatives, upcoming fundraising campaigns, and prospect engagement strategies
Develops and implements policies and procedures for effective and efficient OER event planning as an ongoing strategic planning goal
Leads and develops a small team of event professionals in the planning and execution of events by providing staff supervision and coaching to current team members, in addition to interviewing, hiring, and onboarding new staff
Assists in the management and implementation of OER donor committee meetings (e.g., Board of Dean's Advisors, NRT, HPM, etc.)
Leads event planning meetings and project management of action items, including developing confidential briefings, reviewing and editing event materials and collateral, managing event budget, negotiating contracts, and managing vendors
Responsible for on-site event management including but not limited to overseeing staff, resolving conflicts, create problem solving, handling VIPs, and representing the School with vendors as required
Performs other duties as required
PLEASE NOTE: Travel and schedule flexibility, including evenings and weekends to ensure smooth execution of events is required. The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. 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 slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 180 day orientation and review period.
The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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.