The nature and scope of work is rapidly changing, creating massive business and political challenges. Harvard Business School launched the Project on Managing the Future of Work (MFW) to research the forces of change that are reshaping the nature of work and to help business leaders navigate these forces of change. The Project invests in developing research-based content such as books, cases, research reports, whitepapers and podcasts, which is then widely disseminated to business leaders, practitioners, and decision makers through events, webinars, newsletters, social media and the MFW website. Working with a high degree of autonomy, and often as a direct contributor, the Research Associate (RA) will work closely with Professors Joe Fuller and Bill Kerr and MFW team to develop content for the Managing the Future of Work agenda.
The RA will be called upon to contribute to content development across the full spectrum of research topics covered under the Project. These include: automation and technology; the middle skills gap; the gig economy; the care economy; global talent; and spatial inequalities.
The RA will reports directly to the Program Director, faculty co-chairs of the MFW Project, and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office. Ideal RA candidate will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence and intellectual curiosity and the ability to use discretionary judgment. The RA must ensure compliance with department, University and federal regulations, and be aware of department, School, University policies and potential outside research policies.
Primary Areas of Responsibility:
Long form writing: Working with the faculty, MFW researchers, and often external research partners to create a narrative around the key research insights and create first drafts for reports and white-papers. Be responsible to multiple iterations of the draft and the final copy editing, fact-checking, design and production of the report.
Short-form writing: Working with the faculty to develop short op-eds, blogs, and articles articulating the Project's research for publications.
To manage the MFW podcast: The Project disseminates two podcasts a month on topics related to managing the future of work. These podcasts are conducted with CEOs and top decision-makers and practitioners. This role requires: preparing questions for the faculty based on research conducted by MFW RAs; ensuring the podcast is conducted to the highest standards; editing the transcription and working with a sound engineer to edit the podcast; copy editing the transcription; providing blurbs and titles; posting the podcast.
To manage the MFW newsletter: Once a month the MFW Project sends a newsletter containing the latest research and podcasts. The role entails maintaining the editorial calendar; ensuring the content is ready for each newsletter; populating the content; disseminating the newsletter using Silverpop.
To manage the MFW website: The Project website is a repository for the latest research from the MFW Project. It also hosts the latest media stories as well as curated articles. Updating the website and maintaining the content to the highest standards is part of the role.
Leads the planning and execution of communication and social media strategies by leveraging HBS partnerships, digital and social media platforms, and staff resources to develop new approaches to promoting MFW's research, podcast, and additional publications.
To work with and build a network of freelance designers, copy-editors, fact-checkers, marketing and PR colleagues, HBS/HU faculty and staff.
Set and independently manage all timelines and deliverables for multiple projects with competing priorities.
Applicants should not reach out to Professors Fuller or Kerr directly.
This a full-time term appointment starting as soon as possible through June 30, 2019 with potential for continued reappointment for the next academic year and further, as the Project expands and evolves. All RA roles at HBS are structured as one year term appointments. Preference for a candidate willing to commit for two or more years.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, a cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample and transcript(s). All positions will be given a writing exam and/or comparable exercise.
HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree, preferably in English, Journalism, Marketing or equivalent field.
Minimum five years of significant and relevant work experience.
Proven track record of long-form writing and exceptional writing and drafting skills.
Deep understanding of business and a keen interest in the management challenge of future of work.
Evidence of prior high-quality, original writing, and background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature.
Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis, as well as produce a creative interpretation, is a must.
Understanding of current communication approaches including social media.
Experience with marketing, communications, and content development.
Evidence of academic excellence.
Proven ability to work autonomously, creatively, collaboratively, and direct the work of others.
Must have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with shifting priorities and under tight deadlines.
Demonstrated skill at navigating complex organizations. Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential.
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: 47814BR
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