Reporting to the Senior Director, Media Relations and Communications, the Communications Officer will manage communications and media relations projects supporting University priorities and strategic initiatives, with a particular focus on project planning, content strategy and production.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Media Relations and Communications, the Communications Officer will manage communications and media relations projects supporting University priorities and strategic initiatives, with a particular focus on project planning, content strategy and production. Specific duties include:
Developing and implementing communications strategies and plans to support key University initiatives, establishing clear project goals, priorities, and milestones.
Managing or representing HPAC on working groups formed to explore and promote a specific topic, initiative or issue, including preparation and management of project timelines, agenda and briefing materials, meeting reports, and internal communications, as well as progress tracking, impact analysis and follow-up.
Defining and proposing key messages and messaging opportunities around initiatives that reflect University priorities.
Creating content strategies, and content, to support key priorities and initiatives, tailored to audience stakeholders, creating and maintaining project editorial calendars, and ensuring the dissemination of timely, relevant and accurate information to internal and external audiences.
Producing and/or overseeing production of various marketing and communications materials, including briefing memos for media interviews, brochures, press releases, news stories, FAQs, and project/initiative websites as needed.
Working collaboratively with staff in HPAC and other departments and units to achieve communications and messaging goals, implement communications strategies, ensure consistent and timely communications, and achieve project objectives.
Collaborating with University spokespersons on the management of media relations strategies and efforts related to priority projects, topics and initiatives.
Managing vendor relationships as needed to ensure quality, consistency and timely completion of projects.
Other duties as assigned, including contributing as a member of HPAC's on-call team for media inquiries.
Applicants should complete an application and submit a resume and cover letter via the Harvard Careers site.
Recruitment and Hiring During COVID-19: This position will be based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this role will begin remotely. The remote nature of this job is only temporary. Once the University and the supervisor determine that it is appropriate, we look forward to welcoming the new hire to campus. At that time, the employee will be required to move work location to the Cambridge campus as a condition of continued employment. Candidates will be provided a laptop and must have the capability to support telework, including internet connection and phone.
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications is committed to diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Harvard University Benefits Package Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year's Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year. Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent.
At least five years of communications experience
Demonstrated experience in project management and implementation.
Demonstrated experience producing and managing content for print and digital platforms.
Strong attention to detail, organizational and creative problem-solving skills.
Understanding of integrated marketing communications, strategy development, and implementation within large organizations serving a diverse population.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Adept at translating complex information into relevant and understandable communications for multiple audiences.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, commitment to teamwork, and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across departments.
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.
Willingness and ability to undertake a wide range of tasks from routine communications duties to strategic planning and everything in between.
Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
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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