Reporting to the Director of Communications (DOC), the Assistant Director, Communications, is a new role at the Center on the Developing Child. As part of the Communications team, this role will develop, lead, and manage key aspects of the Center's communications strategy, content production, and media relations strategy across the Center's widely respected, global platform for the effective communication of the translated science of child development.
The Assistant Director will oversee a team responsible for the creation and dissemination of written and digital content (videos, podcasts, social media) that will help the Center meet strategic goals, including engaging target audiences and supporting a dynamic learning community—across North America and, increasingly, globally—that is united by a commitment to achieving breakthrough outcomes for young children.
This role will work with minimal supervision, using independent judgment and discretion, in a fast-paced environment with multiple, conflicting, and evolving priorities.
Develop and implement strategy around the Center's content production and dissemination efforts, including identifying and tailoring materials for key audiences
Hire and supervise team members as well as vendors and freelance contributors.
Manage staffing assignments and alignment of project direction with broader Center strategy
Provide guidance, support, mentorship and direct supervision of staff and consultants in ways that help them to elevate their level of responsibility and performance. Identify key skills of each level staff and work with DOC to ensure staff have growth and professional development opportunities to build skills and capacity.
Lead the team in the generation of ideas and plan/develop new content across platforms, including print and digital formats
Oversee development of clear, concise, compelling written content across a variety of channels, including print, web, and others.
Lead the development, design, and implementation of content-related project management tools and systems for the Communications team
Develop and manage the processes and standards around implementation of content production and other Communications initiatives including media relations strategy
Oversee systems to manage and monitor project timelines and staff capacity. Work with the team to implement and run these systems
Oversee the team's development and execution of work plans for content production and dissemination, including identifying, securing, and managing external vendors to provide additional expertise and resources, as needed
Manage media relations, including building and maintaining strategic relationships within and outside the University that may foster strategic, accurate, and appropriate media coverage
Develop scopes of work and budgets for content-related initiatives and projects and manage related vendor relationships. Participate with DOC in Communications team budget planning and resource management
Collaborate with leadership across Center teams on the development of streamlined, Center-wide content production strategy, processes, and tracking. Analyze and synthesize resulting insights to inform and improve our work
Serve as primary relationship manager/project lead with external project teams on key projects and contribute to content production as needed, ensuring that projects move forward in a timely fashion and products are delivered on deadline
Work to strengthen collaborations across diverse stakeholder groups, helping to build relationships and forge consensus around new processes and strategies
Perform content/developmental editing for Communications team products and high-level products across the Center, providing actionable editorial direction and keen proofreading edits
Participate in impact measurement and analysis related to how the Center's communications contribute to achieving its intended outcomes
Oversee application of strategic frame analysis as provided by the Center's partner, the FrameWorks Institute, to content generated by the Center and others
Assist with the development of high-level communications products, fundraising proposals, and content development as needed, including writing narratives and defining scopes of work, communications with current and potential funders, and writing final reports, as needed
This is a two-year term position with possibility of extension
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
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
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or related discipline
Five +years' experience in progressively responsible writing/editing/content development roles.
Please Note: Applicants who wish to be considered MUST submit a cover letter in addition to a resume. Any candidate advancing to the final round of interviews will be asked to complete a writing exercise
Master's degree preferred.
Experience overseeing communications functions, preferably in a complex setting
Experience developing and implementing communications plans and managing direct and indirect reports strongly preferred
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, creativity, responsiveness, active listening, sound judgment, and the ability to convene and lead by influence respectively and collaboratively
Demonstrated experience problem solving independently
Experience with new media, social media applications, and emerging technologies preferred
Professional experience and knowledge about the early childhood sector is a plus
Background in education, health, policy, or social services also a plus
Experience with web content management systems preferred
Passion for the mission of the Center and serving children and families facing adversity
Foundational knowledge of EDIB principles bringing and anti-racist/anti-bias lens to communications strategies and products
MS Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint
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.
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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