The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is a community of 30+ people committed to making the world a better place for children, particularly those who face adversity early in life. Our vision is an equitable world where all kids are able to live up to their full potential. We do this by leveraging science and the real-world experience of practitioners, policymakers, pediatricians, and families to build the knowledge, skills, and tools required to create more effective early childhood policies and programs. To learn more about the Center click here.
We are excited to welcome to our team a Director of Communications. As the manager of the Center's communications team, this position will be responsible for overseeing the production of creative communication materials in multiple forms and dissemination strategies in support of the Center's mission. This role will help the Center engage target audiences and support a dynamic learning community that is united by a commitment to achieving breakthroughs in the lives of young children and families facing adversity, with a particular focus on the effects of poverty, racism, and other structural inequities on early development and lifelong health. Building on the Center's widely respected, global platform for clear, effective communication of the science of early childhood development, this position will manage the team that maintains the Center's world-leading position by continuing to innovate and create creative, credible, accurate, and memorable communication products and strategies of the highest quality. Publications, briefs, videos, podcasts, social media, presentations, and more are all a part of our current tool kit: What will be next, and how will it support our work to achieve the Center's vision?
Reporting to the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO), manage team of 4-5 responsible for web content, social media, publications, videos, design, and marketing functions, including developing content in support of the Center's other workstreams and service lines. (30%)
In consultation with CKO and other stakeholders, craft and execute multifaceted communications product development and dissemination strategy in alignment with the Center's Theory of Change
Create and oversee the implementation of plans to advance and promote the Center's priorities through a variety of platforms
Primary responsibility for driving the timely implementation of the communications strategy by managing the team responsible for its outputs and outcomes and ensuring the highest possible credibility and quality
Allocate and manage communications budget
Oversee management of contracts with vendors
Oversee the collection and use of impact and reach data/anecdotes to learn about how our materials are used and improve products and strategies
Set work plans and goals for the team and individuals, support staff and team cohesion, and attend to professional development and performance management of team members, including establishing annual objectives for staff, measuring effectiveness against goals
Provide leadership and inclusive supervision and management to the team, and promote collaborative interdisciplinary teamwork, open communication, and responsible self-direction within the department
Manage the Center's end-to-end communication product development and dissemination process (60%)
Write, delegate, and/or approve creative briefs in consultation with CKO
Edit drafts at each stage in the process with an eye toward readability and organization; approve layout and design; oversee staff to maintain accuracy and consistency of citations; final edit and sign-off on all significant communications pieces
Coordinate reviews by partners (e.g., scientists, FrameWorks Institute, diversity/equity partners, policy experts, practitioners) and make judgements about suggestions
Hire/oversee hiring of specialty contractors (design, web, video, etc.)
Consult/approve at key stages all products created by comms staff (e.g., videos, podcasts, handouts, infographics)
Lead conceptualizing/steering some high-complexity projects
Write/develop mission-critical or executive-level drafts and materials, including progress reports and proposals for funders
Maintain broad oversight of the front-facing information, visual display, and functioning of the Center's website and social media channels
Work with Digital Solutions Developer to maintain/enhance/maximize our use of global web platforms in support of the Center's Theory of Change
Employ metrics and analytics to ensure efficacy of all online and offline communications efforts
Participate in cross-Center teams of peers and staff from other workstreams as needed to ensure alignment and shared learning
Act as in-house resource for communication framing concepts and application, including Strategic Frame Analysis
Oversee the establishment and adherence to Center-wide style guidelines
Oversee staff handling media relations, presentation requests, complex permissions requests
Oversee staff providing presentation support and development, including instituting systems and processes for:
Assessing presentation requests and gathering information needed for effective preparation
Creating new PPT slides depicting complex concepts
Establishing and enforcing design guidelines for PPT and other media
Mentoring presenters in slide creation, selection, and presenting skills
Providing referrals for presentation requests
Overseeing/delegating comms team PPT support
Gathering/analyzing/acting on impact/reach data
This is a two year term position with strong possibility of renewal
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Please Note once Harvard resumes regular operations this position will no longer be remote and work will be performed on campus in Cambridge MA.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Minimum 7 years' experience in progressively responsible positions for managing start-to-finish, high-quality communication product development in multiple formats, including video, print, and web. Experience managing staff and budgets, as well as leadership and coordination of multiple complex projects simultaneously.
Applicants wishing to be considered for this position must include a cover letter in addition to their resume and indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements.
BA and/or Master's degrees in journalism, strategic communication, and/or other relevant content areas
Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills and proven deadline accountability.
Experience working in mission-driven nonprofits, science communication, and/or journalism in a relevant field
Knowledge/understanding of and experience with translating developmental science concepts for non-scientific audiences, especially child development
Knowledge/understanding of, experience with, and/or deep interest in learning the methods of the Frameworks Institute, including Strategic Frame Analysis
Ability to thrive in an environment that requires both high-level strategic, innovative thinking with the need to roll up the sleeves up and dig in to get the work done
Experience leading/managing website redesigns
Experience using the Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, and InDesign
Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with diverse stakeholders
Experience with international and multilingual communication and audiences
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: 53523BR
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.