Jointly reporting to the Chief of Staff to the Provost and the Director of Media Relations and Communications in Harvard Public Affairs & Communications (HPAC), the Communications Officer will lead the development of a communications and engagement strategy for the Provost, with a focus on project planning, content strategy, and production, including the development of communications plans, content packages/materials, web and social media. The Communications Officer will lead the development and implementation of the Provost's overarching communication strategy to effectively engage with diverse constituents, and convey planning, goals, progress, and accomplishments to stakeholders and partners both on and off campus. This work will highlight Provostial activities that amplify the ideas and efforts generated by the larger Harvard community of students, faculty, postdocs, and staff.
The position is dedicated to serving the communications needs of the Office of the Provost, a substantial portion of which will be focused on the Office of Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA):
Works with Provost's Office leadership to align communications strategies, goals, work products and outcomes with priorities
Leads development and maintenance of various communications materials including websites, brochures, newsletters, and any needed templates; creates timetables for implementation and review
Leads and collaborates with Provost's Office and HPAC staff on communications planning and execution around the release of key Provost's Office reports and information
Supervises the dissemination of timely information to internal and external audiences on key Provost's Office-related topics
Implements branding across the Provost's Office; altering existing materials and developing new materials as needed to achieve organizational goals
Coordinates with HPAC spokespersons on proactive and reactive media relations strategies; works with senior management on message development
Develops and maintains a suite of online and print materials that tell the story of Harvard's global engagement, such as the Harvard Worldwide website and annual
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's degree required
A minimum of five (5) years of marketing, community outreach or related experience - including communications planning, writing, editing, graphical, web, social media content production
Strong knowledge and experience deploying effective digital, social media and online strategies and overseeing website strategy and development.
Computer literacy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat tools, knowledge of web design tools such as Open Scholar, WordPress.
Demonstrated experience writing and editing for print and digital publications.
Understanding of integrated marketing communications, strategy development and implementation within an academic setting
Highly adept at translating complex information into relevant and understandable communications for multiple audiences.
Skilled at diplomatically and successfully achieving goals in a complex, matrixed environment.
Ability to manage projects from conception to implementation with proven record of creating project plans with deadlines and aggressive timetables for implementation and review of materials.
Experience working with outside vendors and consultants, including the ability to set project milestones and keep internal and external team members on time and on budget.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills with proven project management abilities and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across departments.
Graphic design skills and experience with desktop publishing a plus
A successful candidate must demonstrate self-motivation, professionalism, flexibility, and discretion.
The ability to balance short- and long-term deadlines, accept and process feedback, and work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels are essential skills for this role.
Flexibility, willingness to learn, and desire to innovate
Discretion, good judgment, and ability to hold sensitive information in confidence
Strong attention to detail and superb organizational, project management and creative problem-solving skills.
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: 54905BR
About Harvard University Administration
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.