The Taubman Center's mission is to improve the governance of states, metropolitan areas, and cities through research, teaching, events, thought leadership, and on-the-ground programs and initiatives.
The Taubman Center is generating solutions to pressing state and local government challenges through academic research, hands-on projects with governments, and convenings that bring together policy makers and thought leaders to engage with faculty, staff, and students.
Duties & Responsibilities The Director of Communications will work closely with the Center's Director, Executive Director, and affiliated faculty, fellows, and staff to develop and implement a communications strategy for the center.
The goal of this effort is to increase the impact of the center by spreading the ideas and solutions being developed within the center, including by the Government Performance Lab and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, to more state and local government officials and more state and local opinion leaders.
Key responsibilities for the communications director will include:
Engage target audiences – Working with Taubman Center faculty, fellows, staff, and alumni, the communications director will determine key audiences to disseminate information to, including state and local government policy makers, other practitioners, and conveners, and develop strategies to reach these audiences.
Create content – The communications director will collaborate with others in the center to produce content ranging from long-form policy briefs to tweets. Depending on the project, this may involve drafting original content (e.g., project features, technical guides, policy briefs), synthesizing and editing content being created by other Taubman team members, or producing derivative content (e.g., blog or social media post from a project feature).
Develop and utilize digital platforms and tools to reach key audiences – The communications director will enhance and maintain the Taubman Center, Government Performance Lab, and Rappaport Institute web sites as well as social media channels, e-newsletters, videos, and other digital communications. The communications director will also lead the development of an HKS-wide State & Local Government website and e-newsletter as a resource to policy makers and practitioners.
Implement and sustain successful PR strategy – proactively engage key media and influencers to position our affiliated faculty, fellows, and staff as topical expert resources to them, and to promote ideas, research, and work being done at the Taubman Center. This will also include securing earned media, writing and disseminating press releases, and preparing a crisis management plan.
Operationalize communications infrastructure and protocols – develop and oversee the utilization of a CRM platform, digital asset library (e.g., photos, videos, logos), content library (e.g., publications, research pieces, cases), news coverage alerts, brand guidelines, and a portfolio of marketing materials (e.g., digital and print materials, email marketing templates, event promotion materials, presentation templates, current and prospective donor materials, etc.) for the Taubman Center and its affiliated programs and initiatives.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment, ending one year from date of hire with the possibility of renewal.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and minimum of 3 years related work experience in communications, marketing, media relations, or a related field.
The best candidates for the Director of Communications role will have both the ability to develop a holistic communications strategy and the capacity and willingness to roll up his/her shirtsleeves to do the necessary implementation.
Excellent writing, synthesis, and editing skills and the ability to consistently and independently produce strong work product with only light-touch guidance.
A passion for public service, supporting public servants, and being a resource for the next generation of public leaders.
Experience developing and implementing communication plans, including the ability to shape and leverage digital communications channels (including websites) and social media, produce press releases, and design and produce other digital and print marketing materials;
Proven success engaging and getting coverage from media and influencers;
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills;
Keen attention to detail and critical-thinking skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and proven record of working collaboratively with a wide range of constituents. Must be able to work independently and as part of a larger team balancing the interests and needs of a variety of stakeholders in a highly decentralized environment.
Proven ability to manage projects, establish priorities among multiple simultaneous deadlines, and sustain timely responsiveness to inquiries and requests.
Disposition and eagerness to be creative and contribute good humor to the work and team.
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: 50057BR
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