Senior Advisor, Project on Predatory Student Lending (part time)
July 7, 2018
USA - MA - Jamaica Plain
The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks to hire a senior advisor to manage and support internal and external communications, including communications strategy development, media relations, and external stakeholder engagement. The senior advisor works in collaboration with the Project Director, Director of Litigation, and Project Manager and is responsible for team leadership, generating new project initiatives, and providing guidance to the Project's leadership team.
As part of their core duties and responsibilities, the senior advisor will:
Set strategy for the external and media relations of the Project, including the development of key messages, materials, and key relationships, ensuring that outreach is effectively coordinated with broader Project initiatives.
Build and maintain affiliations with external stakeholders and media outlets to ensure effective relationships are developed with key constituents and organizations that are integral to the Project's success.
Work closely with the Project leadership in the advancement of the Project's overall communications plan.
Direct and supervise the activities and deliverables of the external communications firm (CTP) assigned to the Project.
Oversee the work of Project attorneys as it relates to the communications functions of their roles.
Identify and troubleshoot issues developing both internally and externally that have the potential to generate public interest and affect the Project's external reputation; and recommend and implement tactical approaches for anticipating and responding to these issues.
Provide strategic communications counsel and develop the communications materials for Project leadership.
Produce reports and presentations as required, track Project highlights for major audiences, and present activity information to ensure best practices are maintained.
Manage teams for special project work as assigned by the Project Director. May have other management responsibilities as needed.
Perform other duties as directed.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2019, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and 5 or more years of experience in communications, marketing or public relations, digital and multi-media.
Strong aptitude for critical thinking and ability to navigate complex topics and issues with a focus on developing communication solutions that achieve established goals.
Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of academic, corporate and nonprofit stakeholders.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, ability to develop strategy, messaging and positioning on complex topics and issues.
Proven good judgment and an ability to work collaboratively across functions and groups to achieve stated objectives.
Ability to work with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
Strong organizational, project management skills and workflow coordination skills.
Exceptional attention to detail.
Ability to think creatively and propose bold ideas.
Demonstrated ability in handling multiple priorities and meeting tight deadlines.
Ability to quickly analyze and integrate information from relevant (and sometimes disparate) sources.
Familiarity with the Project's work is strongly preferred. Experience in communications with foundation-funded projects is preferred. Experience in communications related to public policy or social change is strongly preferred.
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: 46274BR
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