The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director. The Communications Director oversees the production of all print and online publications including (but not limited to) research reports, the annual report, press releases, email campaigns, brochures, conference programs, ads, and other print collateral.
A significant part of this role will include defining the digital strategy for the Shorenstein Center's numerous programs, which are growing and changing rapidly. This strategy will include managing the redesign and rebranding of multiple websites.
Manages and maintains the Center's website and social media. Oversees vendor relationships with web developers, printers, designers, and video producers. Promotes Center work through direct contact with a variety of news media organizations and personnel.
Manages one direct report, the Web Editorial Assistant, who will assist with writing and editing, website content creation, email campaigns, and the Center's podcast. Also works closely with the Director of Events and Fellows Programs and Events Assistant to promote events.
Produce and oversee production of publications:
Edit, format, and produce research papers and transcripts of lectures and conferences.
Write, edit, and produce the Center's yearly print annual report.
Write and/or edit event coverage articles, take photos, and oversee the production of accompanying podcasts.
Publish material to the Center's website, and review the work of the Web Editorial Assistant.
Design and supervise production, testing and delivery of HTML email messages, and maintain the Center's email lists of over 10,000 subscribers using MailChimp.
Design invitations, programs, brochures, flyers, slide shows, and posters, and oversee the production of these materials by the Events Assistant and Web Editorial Assistant
Oversee all aspects of a large website redesign project, including selecting vendors, branding, and content migration.
Manage the Center's active social media presence using Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms as they arise.
Direct the development of dynamic new content including videos, audio podcasts, articles, photo galleries. Keep up-to-date with emerging online marketing channels and develop a Shorenstein Center presence when appropriate.
Track web and social analytics and use them to inform digital strategy.
Manage contracts with domain registrars, web hosts, bulk email providers, editorial photo libraries, CRM platform, and website developers and contractors.
Public relations/event promotion
Develop and execute comprehensive, strategic publicity plans for large, high-profile events, announcements, and research.
Oversee the promotion of Center events with posters, online marketing, and emails. Manage live-tweeting and live-streaming at events.
Negotiates contracts/agreements with outside vendors.
Holds authority to modify deadlines, provide additional resources, and/or prioritize multiple publications.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelors Degree required
5+ years experience in publishing, journalism, political communication or related field required.
Must be proactive and able to complete complex tasks with minimal direction.
Proven project management skills and ability to meet fast deadlines.
Excellent organizational abilities and extremely detail-oriented.
Strong professional, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Strong copy-editing and proofing skills in major manuals of style.
Strong familiarity with InDesign, WordPress, Photoshop, Word, Excel required.
Must be fluent in social media platforms and tools.
Must be resourceful and creative about technical problem-solving. Enthusiasm for new and emerging technologies.
Experience with user experience design and website design preferred.
Demonstrated experience in media relations preferred.
Previous experience managing a direct report helpful.
Interest in media and politics preferred.
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: 45901BR
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