This role is responsible for leading communications, media relations, and fundraising strategy for Making Caring Common. The Director will lead the development and execution of a national media and communications strategy to support and advance MCC's goals, including developing, writing, and promoting MCC's reports and publications; writing and editing articles and commentary for placement in top-tier media, leading communications strategy and social media initiatives; building and maintaining relationships with reporters and other media-related partners; and directing all media and communications activities. The Director, in conjunction with the Faculty Director, will also lead MCC's fundraising efforts, including the development and execution of a fundraising strategy and work plan; drafting concept notes and proposals for prospective funders; communicating with HGSE and Harvard development and sponsored projects offices; and communicating with and facilitating reporting to key funders. This role will collaborate with MCC's Faculty Director and two other MCC project directors to develop organizational goals and execute organizational strategic plans; to direct the activities and priorities of select MCC team members; to build and maintain relationships with key strategic partners; and to oversee project administration and budget. This position reports directly to MCC Faculty Director Richard Weissbourd.
Key Management/Leadership Responsibilities: Supervise communications and development staff (currently temps and student interns).
Working with MCC's Faculty Director, the Director will: 1. Define MCC's strategic media goals and develop and implement an original media strategy. This includes the generation of key media messages, and the development and execution of a national media strategy utilizing diverse media outlets and partner organizations. 2 Direct the framing and release of key reports, articles, and communications to diverse public audiences and organizational partners. 3. Lead the development and facilitation of special media-related activities, including campaigns. 4. Cultivate, build, and maintain relationships with key media partners and partner organizations to increase the visibility and strength of MCC. 3. Develop strategic communications plans that consistently tell MCC stories in top-tier mainstream, online, and specialty media outlets. 4. Organize and define key messages, create content, and create strategies to execute communications plans. 5. Serve as a subject matter expert on trends and developments in media relations. 6. Develop and oversee MCC social media and potential advertising initiatives so as to increase MCC's reach and scope. 9. Monitor the progress of all MCC media-related activities. 10. Oversee all activities of MCC media and development staff. 11. Lead, with Faculty Director, MCC fundraising activities. 12. Oversee ongoing reporting of MCC activity and progress to funders and key partners. 13. Liaise with funders and strategic partners on behalf of MCC. 14. Occasionally represent MCC at public speaking engagements.
Working with MCC's Faculty Director and two Co-Directors, this position will: 1. Develop and execute short and long-term organizational goals, strategic plans, priorities, and campaigns. 2. Oversee the activities and work plans of some MCC staff, ensuring organizational goals are met; provide supervision to select MCC staff, as needed. 4. Collaborate with MCC staff and leadership to cultivate, build, and maintain relationships with partners and partner organizations to increase the visibility and strength of the project. 5. Oversee general MCC administration, including project finances and budget, as needed. 6. Complete other tasks as requested by MCC Faculty Director.
This is a one year term position with potential for renewal
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Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
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Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
● Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications or related discipline. ● Minimum five years of experience managing modern media campaigns. ● Demonstrated experience in a communications and media relations setting required. ● Demonstrated experience in development work required. ● Experience developing and managing contemporary media campaigns, including knowledge of campaign development, advertising, social media applications
Candidates wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume
● Candidate must possess the ability to work collaboratively across teams and with a variety of projects and constituencies. ● High attention to detail and strong organizational skills are a must. ● Must be innovative, strategic and conceptually manage projects simultaneously and handle difficult situations with a high level of professionalism. ● Must be able to listen carefully as well as to influence others. ● Collegiality and team-orientation are important attributes. ● A background in education or social services is a plus ● Has a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and rapidly produce high-quality content in a variety of forms. ● Is comfortable in a fast-paced, high-energy, entrepreneurial environment. ● Is flexible. ● Must have experience at the intersection of new and traditional media. ● Experience developing and managing contemporary media campaigns, including knowledge of campaign development, advertising, social media applications, emerging technologies, and web content management systems. ● Prior success generating and maintaining partnerships with a variety of media, particularly related to social and/or social justice issues. ● Prior success generating and maintaining partnerships with a variety of funders ● Superb writing and editing skills, including the ability to write in both formal and informal styles. ● Excellent oral communication skills. ● Is knowledgeable of, passionate about, and committed to the MCC mission.
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