Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Communications at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Editorial Director's core responsibility is to develop a pipeline of original journalistic content about GSD students and faculty and their respective research initiatives and practices, and to showcase their success, innovation, and impact in the context of the wider field of design and connection to other fields, including economics, public policy, engineering, governance, medicine and public health, art, and the humanities. Toward that end, the Editorial Director will be very active in engaging faculty and students from across the School's departments, degree programs, and research initiatives to maintain a deep and rapid awareness of newsworthy developments as they occur across the GSD community. In doing so, the Editorial Director will be expected to develop an editorial strategy in accordance with the School's long-term mission and near-term priorities and communications goals, and will develop a pipeline of original digital content to be featured on the GSD's public website and social media platforms, as well as with external PR and content partners.
The most critical component of this position is the capacity to generate an original narrative point of view—and to do so in a way that reflects an awareness of the field of design—through a range of digital tools and formats, including feature articles, podcasts, interviews, video documentary, and visual essays, among others. It is essential that the Editorial Director possess the knowledge and creative agility to realize and articulate engaging, as-yet unreported story lines on the impact of the GSD's output on both the field of design and the world beyond it. Of equal importance is that the Editorial Director possess strong writing skills and a sharp eye for visual presentation, including photography and video, and that the selected candidate be able to work independently, and be able to juggle competing priorities and deadlines while moving an agenda forward.
The Editorial Director manages a team of three communications professionals, and alongside this will be expected to recruit and manage a pool of freelance and student contributors. The Editorial Director will also work in close collaboration with other department colleagues who produce Harvard Design Magazine, Harvard Design Press, and the GSD's exhibitions and public programs.
Develops original journalistic content about GSD students and faculty and their respective research initiatives and practices, and showcases their success, innovation, and impact in the context of the wider field of design.
Actively engages faculty and students from across the School's departments, degree programs, and research initiatives to maintain a deep and rapid awareness of newsworthy developments as they occur across the GSD community.
Develops an editorial strategy in accordance with the School's long-term mission and near-term priorities and communications goals.
Develops a pipeline of original digital content to be featured on the GSD's public website and social media platforms, as well as with external PR and content partners.
Collaborates closely with other communications colleagues to coordinate dissemination of original content across the GSD's public digital channels and with external PR and content partners.
Manages three communications professionals and recruits and manages a team of freelance and student contributors.
Provides editorial support for other institutional communications needs, both online and in print, and completes other duties assigned, as part of a department that manages a wide portfolio of projects related to external communications, public programs, exhibitions, and publications.
A cover letter in addition to a resume is required to apply for the position. Work and writing samples are encouraged.
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Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in a design-related field, architectural or art history, journalism, English, the humanities, or the equivalent preferred.
At least 7 years of experience leading the ongoing development of a digital or serial publication, or otherwise producing journalistic, critical, or other editorial projects for public consumption on digital platforms.
Master's degree in a design-related field, architectural or art history, journalism, English, the humanities, or the equivalent preferred.
Demonstrated ability to produce high quality writing, and to see and construct original storylines using a variety of digital narrative devices or media.
Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-pressured environment and be self-motivated to bring projects to completion on time.
Must be able to work independently and be enthusiastic about engaging with and across groups of highly ambitious individuals operating near or at the tops of their professions.
Must be able to exercise discretion and sound judgment with sensitive and confidential information.
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About Harvard University Graduate School of Design
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