Reporting to the Center for the Legal Profession's (CLP) Executive Director, this position is primarily responsible for both writing substantive content and the editorial and subscription management needs of the Center's digital publication, The Practice. Because The Practice is produced entirely by the Center—from e-commerce to backend technical details to substantive content to marketing and subscription management—the position requires an interest in and ability to move between diverse tasks. The position works in concert with Center leadership on story ideas and editorial decisions, but is expected to take the day-to-day lead in ensuring The Practice's high-quality content and user-friendly operations are maintained and developed.
In addition to The Practice duties, the position will also help drive and enhance the Center's wider communication efforts, including event publicity and follow-up, outreach to our varied constituencies (via both traditional and digital media), and broader efforts to expand the Center's impact globally. The role requires a strategic mindset and the ability to bridge between the academic and practitioner worlds.
Like everyone on the Center's small team, the position requires an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset, the ability to self-motivate, and a no task is too small or too big attitude.
As the Associate Editor you will:
In collaboration with the Center's Executive Director, drive The Practice issue and story development and execution
Produce substantive content (approximately four stories per issue; six issues per year), including story development, background research, interviews, writing drafts, and delivering final copy
Handle editorial and operational responsibilities associated with The Practice as a publication, including style guides, liaising with external contributors, issue layout and design, marketing and communications, and subscription management.
Maintain and develop The Practice and the Center's digital infrastructures, including websites and subscription management systems
Help lead Center communications and outreach, including event publicity and follow-up, drafting press releases and other communication, managing digital media, and generally expanding the Center's global impact
Please submit a cover letter with your application.
Further writing samples will be requested during the selection process.
This is a term appointment expected to extend one year from start date, contingent on funding and department needs.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and three years of related experience required
We are looking for people who have:
Exceptionally strong writing skills, including the ability to bridge academic and practitioner audiences
Experience in online writing/editing
Comfort with interviewing and interacting with high-level leaders
Communications and marketing experience, preferably in a professional service or research setting
Familiarity with WordPress and/or other digital publication tools
A demonstrated interest in the legal profession
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: 54096BR
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