Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
September 20, 2018
USA - MA - Boston
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office for External Relations is committed to securing the financial resources, time, and loyalty of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to promote the School's work of educating new generations of global health leaders and producing powerful ideas that can transform the lives of people everywhere.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is seeking an energetic, creative, and charismatic Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to lead communications and marketing at the School. Working directly with the Dean of the Faculty, the Chief of Staff, and the Vice Dean for External Relations, the CCO will head a talented and highly productive team of 15 professionals (including the direct supervision of 7 full-time staff members) who are responsible for producing approximately 500 pieces of original content annually, including 50-60 press releases, three issues of the award-winning Harvard Public Health magazine, dozens of marketing and news-related videos, dozens of web features and in-the-news write-ups, and newsletters for both internal and external audiences. In addition to content production, the communications team manages media relations, yielding upwards of 50,000 media mentions annually, and external relations and public affairs. The team is also responsible for social media marketing, event communications, project management and execution, proposal writing, and other development communications.
The CCO will serve as the Dean's principal communications advisor, overseeing communications strategy, crisis communications, public statements, and the preparation of remarks, presentations, and other materials for the Dean's heavy schedule of high-level meetings and public appearances. The CCO may be called upon to join the Dean for occasional travel, including internationally, as well. As such, the COO will:
- Work with both internal resources and external consultants to lead periodic long- and short-term initiatives and special projects, including planning and oversight of web development initiatives and site releases as well as strategic communications initiatives, branding, visual identity, market research, and search engine optimization projects -- along with other projects as needed - Play a key role in fostering collaboration with other offices across the School, including the Office of the Dean, Admissions, the Office for Education, and the Office for Research Strategy and Development, as well as across the University - representing the School at University-wide meetings of public information officers and development communications professionals - Contribute to and oversee production of development communications, including principal gift proposals and concept notes produced in close consultation with School leadership, fundraising leadership, and senior faculty members - Oversee extensive event-related communications and occasional gift-related communications, including cover letters, gift announcements, etc. - Collaborate closely with the editor of Harvard Public Health magazine to set the editorial direction and ensure the continued editorial and design quality of the magazine - Oversee the School's creative services -- a small team responsible for photography, magazine production, web design, marketing collateral, invitations, event programs, email templates, and a variety of other design projects requested by the Office for External Relations and other groups across the School - Maintain the School's branding and visual identity standards, including logo production and approval of all branded merchandise produced by departments, students, and other groups - Oversee the high-volume social media marketing and project management functions of the office - Other related duties as assigned
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year. Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. 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 options through participating Harvard grad schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
- Bachelor's Degree required - 10+ years of related experience, with progressively responsible experience in the communications field, required - Prior supervisory experience required
- Master's Degree preferred - Innovative, progressive, and strategic communications leader with a commitment to the mission of education preferred - Experience managing change, prioritizing and managing multiple complex activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meeting deadlines with attention to detail preferred - Experience responding to and managing communications crises preferred - Experience leading, motivating, and developing staff preferred - Experience moving projects forward while anticipating future demands and opportunities preferred - Excellent oral and written communication skills preferred - Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as strategic and critical thinking skills 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: 47042BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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.