In October, 2020, Harvard Divinity School launched Religion and Public Life (RPL) – an innovative, nondenominational cross-disciplinary program to promote a robust understanding of the rich, complex role that religion plays in all facets of human existence
RPL serves as an umbrella for programs, research and scholarship on the many ways religion interacts with, and influences, institutions such as government, education, journalism and other professions, and more. RPL includes a new degree program, the Masters in Religion and Public Life (MRPL), and related certificate programs; the Religion, Conflict & Peace Initiative; and the Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative.
Reporting to the RPL Program Director, the RPL Communications Specialist provides strategic and operational leadership in proposing, developing and advancing RPL communications in order to amplify the reach and impact of its mission to advance the public understanding of religion. Working closely with RPL and HDS Communications staff, faculty, fellows and others, the RPL Communications specialist leads on a range of projects related to website content and design, special events planning, publicity and marketing, teaching materials and other collateral. The RPL Communications Specialist also leads on development of an overall communication strategy for the program, including developing content guidelines and best practices, and proposing methods for assessing progress and effectiveness.
This is a term position ending no later than June 30, 2023.
Website content and design
Maintain vibrant, dynamic RPL website presence through regular updates and new content
Design and create new content for all RPL programming and initiatives
Propose and implement design modifications
Events, Publicity and Marketing
Co-plan and help implement public engagement for major events, including events, webinars, symposia and professional education training for teachers and others
Design and disseminate announcements of events, on-line and in print to both Harvard and non-Harvard audiences
Delegate special events support duties to Staff Assistant, monitoring travel arrangements, contracts, invoicing and reimbursements, catering, and event setup/cleanup
Maintain RPL online calendars, which includes RPL's calendar of events
Develop and advance integrated social media strategies to increase public exposure and participation
Develop layout design and assist with content and marketing of newsletters for RPL and its major programs
Develop content for event posters and publicity that can be easily adapted
Design and set up interactive blogs
Develop other marketing materials as needed
Establish and help maintain data bank of photos
Create and edit video and conduct interviews with speakers, students, and other participants in RPL events, programs, training and internships
Develop copy about RPL events, featuring speakers
Develop copy for other digital and print needs
Create professional templates for case studies and other classroom resources. Assist with design of materials and other collateral for professional workshops with media executives and others
Develop educational videos designed to demonstrate the importance of religious literacy for professionals in various fields (journalism, entertainment media, public health, etc.)
Coordinate communications internally within RPL through ongoing Communications Working Group
Coordinate communications for RPL within HDS, and with other Harvard professional schools
Maintain strong working relationships with HDS Communications Department colleagues and others
Work closely with RPL Leadership Team and HDS Communications in developing overall strategy for expanding RPL's public reach and profile
Partner with HDS Communications to ensure maximum integration of RPL communications strategy within wider HDS Communications strategies
Develop approaches for assessing the effectiveness of RLP communications/engagement strategies
Negotiate contracts, as needed, with outside vendor for technical and other services
Manage student interns, temporary employees and others in support of communications functions
Provide regular reporting on RPL communications
***This is term position ending no later than June 30, 2023.***
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.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
3 years of experience managing communications and website projects.
Basic knowledge of HTML, Drupal-based and WordPress CMS systems, and other web-based collaboration tools.
PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample.
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Proven expertise in digital platforms and selection of appropriate communications channels.
Demonstrated knowledge of web technologies and leveraging analytics toward project goals.
Demonstrated ability to prepare and publish materials and digital media for diverse audiences.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with impeccable attention to detail. High degree of initiative, motivation, and self-direction.
Ability to work independently and with students, faculty, and project partners.
Ability to work with team members and clients to define user needs and project objectives.
Self-motivated and comfortable using editorial judgment to develop multimedia content to public-facing channels.
Experience working in a scholarly or nonprofit environment preferred.
Ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, and manage multiple projects simultaneously and proactively.
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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.
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