Director, OPP (Office of Philanthropic Partnerships) Operations and St
Posted on May 18, 2019 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
As a senior member of the Philanthropic Partnerships team, the Director is responsible for advancing the breadth of activities and success of the Philanthropic Advisors and a wide range of colleagues across the Institute who are developing philanthropic relationships at the principal and transformative gift levels ($5M+). The Director will work with a creative set of Development Associates, Assistant and Associate Directors to supervise, manage and execute all of the back-office work of the OPP fundraising team to grow and retain relationships with ultra-high net worth individuals.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director will work closely with her/his own team in Philanthropic Partnerships, and with colleagues from Resource Development, the Recording Secretary's Office, and colleagues across MIT to ensure quality control in all of OPP's work, from senior officer trips and briefings, to goals and reports, key meeting preparation, stewardship, and managing the assistants and associates, to internal work redistribution. The position will involve a range of duties, including, but not limited to: managing the overall operations of the team, conducting all hiring, training, and professional development of non-fundraising staff, including overseeing all performance issues, key project development and management; and project planning and execution for the Executive Director.
- Responsible for effective staff management including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the development of a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative work environment that promotes creativity and innovation.
- Set clear performance standards and metrics for operations and strategy teams, evaluate performance; implement professional development activities and provide ongoing training and mentorship.
- Manage and delegate workflow for all OPP operations and strategy activities, providing general direction, delegation and oversight.
- Oversee and optimize all processes and protocol for OPP operations and strategy activities.
- Redistribute workload and create development assistant assignments pairing them with the appropriate fundraiser.
Strategy and Projects (40%)
- Serve as a key strategic leader in building and strengthening OPP's partnerships with other units, both internal and external, including SDOs; develop processes for collaboration and proactively anticipate and mitigate issues on behalf of the Executive Director.
- Direct and lead monthly meetings of OPP's fundraisers and strategy team for discussions of overarching strategy around priorities, short and long-term opportunities, senior officer travel, etc. Identify issues and priorities, develop recommendations, and track decisions/next steps and assignments. Identify ad hoc issues to be addressed.
- Develop strategies with the Executive Director to advance the principal and transformative gift pipeline over a five-year horizon to facilitate the Institute's ability to form long and productive donor relationships, continually refreshed.
- Work closely with Senior Directors in OPP to develop and optimize department-wide processes in fundraising, operations, and strategy.
- Develop OPP's annual plan document and present it to the OPP team; monitor operational and fundraising progress against the plan; report quarterly to the Executive Director on status and outstanding issues.
- Will advise Vice President for Resource Development and Associate Vice President for Resource Development with the management of their portfolios, making recommendations and managing the process of information management and strategy implementation with the OPP relationship managers who provide core team support; drafting related correspondence; and ensuring that prospects receive appropriate stewardship.
- Plan and execute Special Projects for the Executive Director that involve a high level of confidentiality and discretion, including; editing and drafting documents, pulling and analyzing data and reviewing and revising proposals.
Quality Control (20%)
- Manage process and provide quality control for the production of all written materials produced by OPP staff for the President and other senior officers. This includes reviewing, editing, and coordinating submission of briefings for visits, as well as all correspondence prepared by OPP staff for the President and other senior officers, including acknowledgment letters, briefings, trip and visit itineraries, etc.
Skills & Experience:
Bachelor's degree required. Must have at least five years related experience demonstrating success in managing, operations and general strategy, including a minimum of 2 years in development. Minimum of 2 years' experience supervising staff and managing performance required.
Direct experience in developing -- or playing a prominent supporting role -- in strategy in a team environment required. Project management ability required and experience strongly preferred. Superb writing and editing skills--particularly in relation to producing and editing highly technical, scientifically rich content-- ranging from comprehensive proposals and donor/prospect briefs to marketing copy. Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred. Exceptional judgment, interpersonal, and organizational skills required. Must be a self-starter, highly motivated and able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. High degree of attention to detail; and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information. Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage projects and keep multiple simultaneous work streams on track and within deadlines. A high level of computer competency is expected i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Ability to work evenings and weekends as required. Previous experience as a development officer a plus.
MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.