The Communications Manager reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Center's Directors, Executive Director, faculty, staff and fellows to increase the visibility of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) and maximize the impact of research generated by faculty and staff affiliates of the Center, initiatives and activities among policy makers, policy-influencing constituencies, and the general public. They will develop and execute overall communications strategy for the Center, in close consultation with the Center's leadership and the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).
A significant part of this role will include defining the digital strategy for the Center's numerous programs, research, and activities, which are growing and changing. This strategy may include managing and rebranding.
The Communications Manager maintains the Center's website and social media; oversees vendor relationships with web developers, printers, designers, and video producers; and promotes Center work through direct contact with a variety of news media organizations and personnel.
This position works closely with the WAPPP team with a focus on events, faculty research, donor outreach and materials for other key stakeholders. The person in this position will be capable of developing a sophisticated understanding of a wide range of programs and research subjects in order to write about them compellingly for practitioners, academics, journalists, and the general public.
Produce and oversee production of publications:
Plans, designs, and implements the Center's short-term and long-term communications strategy and execution.
Maintains graphic standards and center-wide branding efforts, in order to effectively market the WAPPP mission and programs.
Develops and maintains a communications and outreach calendar and dashboard that is monitored and updated regularly, with clear targets for expansion of reach to diverse stakeholders.
Writes, edits, and produces the Center's yearly print annual report.
Designs and delivers event, news, and research emails.
Creates donor and targeted constituency communication and event materials.
Writes and/or edits event coverage articles, takes photos, and oversees the production of accompanying podcasts.
Reviews the work of other web contributors and maintains responsibility for the integrity and consistency of the site.
Designs and supervises production, testing and delivery of HTML email messages, and maintains the Center's email lists using MailChimp and other platforms.
Designs invitations, programs, brochures, flyers, slide shows, and posters.
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Oversees all aspects of website maintenance and when needed redesign-projects, including selecting vendors, branding, and content migration.
Manages the Center's active social media presence using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms as they arise.
Directs the development of dynamic new content including videos, audio podcasts, articles, and photo galleries. Keeps up-to-date with emerging online marketing channels and develop a WAPPP presence when appropriate.
Tracks web and social analytics and use them to inform digital strategy.
Manages contracts with all related vendors, including domain registrars, web hosts, bulk email providers, editorial photo libraries, CRM platform, and website developers and contractors.
Public relations/event promotion
Develops and executes comprehensive, strategic publicity plans for large, high-profile events, announcements, and research.
Oversees the promotion of Center events with posters, online marketing, and emails. Manages live-tweeting and live-streaming at events.
Designs wall signage and plaques for WAPPP office space.
Negotiates contracts/agreements with outside vendors.
Holds authority to modify deadlines, provide additional resources, and/or prioritize multiple publications.
Represents WAPPP at communications affinity group meetings, IT affinity group meetings, web affinity meetings, and others as necessary; works closely with HKS Office of Communications, HKS IT Department, and Harvard Web Publishing.
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
Bachelor's degree and minimum of 7 years work experience in communications, media relations, or related field. Experience must include developing and implementing communication plans, leveraging digital communications channels and social media, and producing press releases and other promotional materials.
Strong written and verbal communications skills, including copy editing, proofing, and comfort in major manuals of style. Exceptional interpersonal skills and proven record of working collaboratively with a wide range of constituents. Must be proactive and able to complete complex tasks with minimal direction. Must be able to work as part of a larger team and balance the interests and needs of a variety of stakeholders in a highly decentralized environment. Proven ability to manage projects, establish priorities among multiple simultaneous, deadlines and multi-task. Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, experience with web design, and enthusiasm for learning new technologies. Interest in media and gender preferred.
Writing samples may be requested.
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: 47348BR
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