HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 12-30
Opening date: March 6, 2012
Initial Closing date: March 28, 2012
Closing date: April 6, 2012

TITLE: Chief, Advancement and External Affairs Officer, IS-301, Grade 14, $105,702 to $137,410/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - Office of Advancement and External Affairs
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates

DUTIES: Reporting to the Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the incumbent serves on the director’s senior team and, as supervisor of the Office of Advancement and External Affairs, oversees a multifaceted program of CfA philanthropic gift and grant activities as well as fundraising, press and public relations, special events and public programs. These programs are national and international in their scope and involve activities in sites across the U.S. and internationally. These programs are critical in enabling the Center to carry out its programs of astronomy and astrophysics research and education and to enhance its international reputation for excellence in these fields. While the incumbent is an employee of the Smithsonian Institution, the work is performed on behalf of the Center for Astrophysics.

The principal responsibility is to supervise philanthropic gift and grant activities, including major gifts, special project funding, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving and operating support. The incumbent is the Observatory’s authority on philanthropy and advises the director, associate directors and deputy directors in matters pertaining to private support. This includes identifying funding sources to meet the priority funding needs set by the Director and his team, creating and pursuing effective strategies for securing philanthropic support and providing stewardship to all donors and private grantors. The incumbent is accountable to the Director of the CfA and to the Director of External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution.

The incumbent also supervises a wide range of communications programs related to the CfA Director’s Office, and serves as the Observatory’s liaison to the Smithsonian’s Office of Government Relations and Office of Special Events and Protocol, the Harvard University Development Office and FAS Development Office, and with key Congressional offices and the district and federal level for matters pertaining to CfA priorities.


Candidates must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 in the normal line of progression which should demonstrate extensive experience in philanthropic gift and grant activities, as well as, fundraising, press and public relations, special events and public programs. Experience in non-profit, research and development or complex higher education is preferred. Travel is a regular part of the duties.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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