Reporting to the Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications, this role will oversee the development of creative, innovative and proactive storytelling strategies to advance the mission of Harvard University. Managing highly effective teams to ensure best in class products and projects across all mediums, requires an emphasis on the intersection of deep digital, journalistic and multi-media brand building.
Manages the Harvard Gazette, the university's flagship news publication, as well as a team of creative, multimedia and digital strategists. Responsible for ensuring these teams and content strategies are integrated into broader University communications and public affairs efforts, as well as ensuring the stewardship of digital communications capabilities and resources available to Harvard's schools and other units within the University.
Will be expected to bring creative and innovative approaches to advance the university's long-term integrated creative and content strategy, incorporating and advising on evolving best practices from within and beyond higher education that cut across the portfolio. Requires the ability to adopt and champion innovative ideas that take advantage of the broader communications landscape to drive deep and measurable engagement with Harvard's multiple constituencies, and to advance Harvard's messages and areas of impact through a variety of mediums including the University's range of digital platforms.
Strong leadership and management skills will be required. Demonstrated ability to recognize and foster talent, nurture and develop ideas, and collaborate across disciplines. As a member of the HPAC senior leadership team, works closely with the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications and with peers across the department and the University.
Collaborate closely with peers across HPAC's communications and government relations functions to ensure consistent positioning and messaging, coordinated relationship building and strategic outreach, including around various internal and external events and relationship management with key stakeholders.
Must be an accomplished team leader and collaborative colleague with a relevant portfolio, and will have the capacity to build and lead a communications program. Must have exceptional writing, editing, proofreading, and oral communication skills as well as experience in producing communications pieces, across a variety of platforms.
Should have a track record of driving successful content strategy across multiple channels. Additionally, should have in-depth understanding of current social media platforms, analytics, and the ability to use social media for comprehensive communications and marketing strategies.
Creativity, initiative and team orientation skills are required. Must have the ability to, on occasion, be available to work evenings and weekends.
Oversee a large team communications professionals, and responsible for hands-on management, training, and mentoring of staff. Establish processes that will ensure integration and collaboration across the team and the department, staff accountability, maximum effectiveness, as well as clearly defined goals, objectives, and metrics by which to measure success. Create strategies to enhance staff retention and office morale and provides opportunities for professional development for both individual and group success. Provide meaningful development and career growth opportunities for existing staff while simultaneously developing a pipeline of future talent. This role demands a strong office presence and a leader who will encourage and provide opportunities for staff to collaborate across the department and to work comprehensively across functions to effectively obtain relevant information and to disseminate communications expertise, tools and content across multiple channels.
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.
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.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Fifteen or more years of experience in print journalism, advertising or marketing communications. Graduate of accredited four-year college. Five or more years of management experience.
Experience overseeing communications functions, preferably in a complex or decentralized setting Experience developing and implementing communications strategy, managing direct and indirect reports, and overseeing departmental budgets.
Ability to think strategically as well as operationally. Must have demonstrated the ability to successfully initiate change and/or oversee major institutional projects within a highly decentralized environment. Able to juggle multiple projects and work in a collaborative and deadline-oriented environment.
Advanced digital and social understanding; fluent in use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and web-based project management tools.
Proven ability to function effectively in highly complex organizational environments
Skilled communicator in many different media and for multiple audiences.
Experience developing social media campaigns Experience with mobile marketing programs and SMS Strongly committed to the higher education mission, with a willingness to function effectively as a University citizen.
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: 50040BR
About Harvard University Administration
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.