The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) Department of Communications seeks an Administrative Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Communications department creates and manages internal and external communications for the School, including print, web, social media, video, podcasts and other projects. It manages the main HDS website and guides the websites of HDS programs and centers (the Center for the Study of World Religions, the Women's Studies in Religion Program, the Program on Religion and Public Life, to name a few). In addition, the department leads HDS marketing programs, working with Admissions, Alumni Services, and Development (fundraising). The team also manages media relations for the School and works with Harvard's central Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC) to reinforce and coordinate information important to all members of the Harvard community. This position will help implement and carry out critical projects that span the scope of work and functions within the department.
This is one year term position, to begin in September 2021 and end in August 2022.
Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion efforts. We seek to attract talented professionals—in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups—to promote leadership opportunities and careers in higher education. The University encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and others who may contribute to the diversity of Harvard's leadership. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month talent management experience complemented by a professional development program. Please visit the program's website [https://hr.harvard.edu/administrative-fellows-program] for more details.
The Administrative Fellow will be part of an integrated, collaborative communications team that conceives, creates, and distributes stories and other content about the School in all media. The Fellow's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, content creation, integration of that content through all our channels, and strategic analytics research that will sharpen our ability to engage the world with the mission of Harvard Divinity School:
Help execute an integrated communications strategy that presents stories on our news site, our social media channels, our audio (podcast) and video (YouTube) channels
Have a hand in the entire editorial process – from brainstorming ideas with the news and content teams to creating stories, launching them in the right forms in various media, and analyzing the impact of those stories after the fact
Bolster storytelling efforts (e.g., content research, idea pitches to the team, interviews with HDS students/staff/faculty/alumni, story writing, image selection, publication to the website, and translation to social media content appropriate to each of our channels, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook)
Analyze post-publishing metrics both for tactical success and strategic importance (e.g., analyzing admissions recruitment campaigns), find trends, identify what's working and not working (strategic patterns), and present findings and recommendations to the team for further action
Support development communications efforts by helping conceive, create, and analyze content (e.g., an expert panel on a topic) for the effectiveness of our engagement with alumni, prospects, and donors
The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) seeks to respect, understand, and learn from the cultures and beliefs of the members of our diverse community and cultivate an environment in which all members of our community can participate and thrive. We endeavor to accept responsibility for the impact of our actions on our community, our environment, and the world as we advance our shared commitment to education and scholarship. We are dedicated to building a community, and, ultimately, a world, in which people can peacefully live and work together across religious and cultural divides. HDS actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods to contribute to our mission to educate students of religion for intellectual leadership, professional service, and ministry.
Harvard Divinity School is a nonsectarian school of religious and theological studies. To help build a world in which people can live and work together across religious and cultural divides, Harvard Divinity School educates scholars, teachers, ministers, and other professionals for leadership and service in religious, government and public service spheres.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required
Five years' experience in a communications or marketing role or relevant experience relating to communication
Experience with managing, updating, and maintaining website content
Administrative Fellows Program Requirements: On your cover letter, please write a Statement of Purpose/Interest that briefly describes your professional and academic interests as related to employment with Harvard University, and more broadly, the field of Higher Education and how participation in the Administrative Fellowship Program can help advance these interests. Be sure to explain:
1. Why you are seeking a Fellowship
2. What you hope to gain from the experience
3. How you might contribute to the hiring department
Experience with (or an interest in) reporting, interviewing, and writing online news stories or other expository content stories.
Familiarity with data analysis and interest in how it applies to content and marketing strategy (e.g., spot trends and understand what stories and presentations resonate most strongly with our intended audiences).
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Proofreading skills and ability to follow a style guide.
Understanding of social media stories and posts, and an ability to follow HDS social-media guidelines.
Demonstrate sound judgment, high ethical standards, discretion, and tact.
Thrive working both independently and closely with teams and collaborators in a diverse, dynamic environment.
Demonstrate enthusiasm, a can-do attitude, and a good sense of humor.
Have a strong desire to advance the mission and strategic goals of Harvard Divinity School.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your cover letter and resume should be combined into a SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab. Cover letters are required for every position at Harvard Divinity School.
We regret that the Harvard Divinity School does not provide Visa sponsorship.
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: 54677BR
About Harvard University Divinity School
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.