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Assistant Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 55852BR
The Assistant Director of Communications and Public Affairs actively promotes to external media press-worthy news about GSD faculty and students, their respective research initiatives and practices, and the School's programs more generally. In doing so, the Assistant Director seeks to showcase the GSD's success, innovation, and impact in the context of the wider field of design and through its contributions to other fields including economics, public policy, engineering, governance, medicine and public health, art, and the humanities. To uncover such news, the Assistant Director will be very active in engaging faculty and students from across the School's departments, degree programs, and research initiatives to maintain a deep and rapid awareness of press-worthy developments as they occur across the GSD community.
To organize and implement these efforts, the Assistant Director will be expected to develop and execute a media plan in accordance with the GSD's long-term mission and near-term priorities and communications goals, and in collaboration with the GSD's external PR partners. Toward that end, the Assistant Director will produce announcements, press releases, and other campaign communications with input from stakeholders from across the School, and will actively support the University's communications priorities in making regular pitches for university coverage of relevant stories featuring the School. The Assistant Director will also assist in drafting a steady rhythm of important public announcements and other communications on behalf of the School's leadership.
A critical component of this position is the capacity to generate and express an original narrative point of view—and to do so in a way that reflects an awareness of the field of design. It is essential that the Assistant Director possess the knowledge and creative agility to realize and articulate engaging, as-yet unreported story lines on the impact of the GSD's output on both the field of design and the world beyond it. The Assistant Director will collaborate closely with the Editorial Director and her team to produce and pursue story ideas, and to decide the most effective format for communicating about them. The Assistant Director will also be expected to contribute regularly to the School's digital editorial channels, under the Editorial Director's direction.
Of equal importance is that the Assistant Director possess strong writing skills, and that the selected candidate be able to work independently and be able to juggle competing priorities and deadlines while moving an agenda forward in an organized and timely fashion.
The Assistant Director reports to the Assistant Dean and Director of Communications and Public Programs, and will work in close collaboration with other communications colleagues who produce the School's publications, manage its website and social media platforms, and organize its exhibitions and public programs. Applicants must submit a selection of writing samples and other work demonstrating their writing and editing skills, and ability to position, frame, contextualize, or otherwise present in narrative form a story or activity to media and/or public audiences.
This position is temporarily open to remote work in the following states where Harvard University is authorized to execute payroll: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, California, and Maryland, for at least the first few months. As circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, however, it is expected that this position eventually will be based full-time in Cambridge.
Actively promote to external media press-worthy news about GSD faculty and students, their respective research initiatives and practices, and the School's programs more generally
Actively engage faculty and students from across the School's departments, degree programs, and research initiatives to maintain a deep and rapid awareness of newsworthy developments as they occur across the GSD community
Develop and execute a media plan in accordance with the GSD's long-term mission and near-term priorities and communications goals, and in collaboration with the GSD's external PR partners
Produce announcements, press releases, and other campaign communications with input from stakeholders from across the School
Actively support the University's communications priorities in making regular pitches for university coverage of relevant stories featuring the School
Collaborate closely with the Editorial Director and her team to produce and pursue story ideas, and contribute regularly to the School's digital editorial channels under her direction
Attend and contribute ideas to regular team-wide editorial meetings, and coordinate School announcements and PR initiatives with other editorial and communications colleagues
Assist in drafting important public announcements and other communications on behalf of the School's leadership
Perform other duties as assigned, as part of a team that manages a wide portfolio of projects related to external communications, public
The Harvard Graduate School of Design is passionate about fostering a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment. Applicants of all race, ability, gender expression and identity, sexuality, religion, education, class, national origin, and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is required. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future. We regret that we cannot sponsor a work visa.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required, with 6+ years' experience in communications, public relations, public affairs, media relations, or similar field
Demonstrated ability to produce high quality writing and review others' writing with a keen copyeditor's eye
Master's degree in a design-related field, architectural or art history, journalism, English, communications, the humanities, or the equivalent preferred
Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-pressured environment and be self-motivated to bring projects to completion at agreed upon deadlines
Must be able to work independently and be enthusiastic about engaging with and across groups of highly ambitious individuals operating near or at the tops of their professions
Ability to synthesize complex information into exciting and persuasive communications
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple and disparate projects simultaneously
Must be able to exercise discretion and
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.
About Harvard University Graduate School of Design
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University seeks to strengthen teaching and research about pressing ethical issues; to foster sound norms of ethical reasoning and civic discussion; and to share the work of our community in the public interest.
Widespread ethical lapses of leaders in government, business and other professions prompt demands for more and better moral education. More fundamentally, the increasing complexity of public life - the scale and range of problems and the variety of knowledge required to deal with them - make ethical issues more difficult, even for men and women of good moral character. Not only are the ethical issues we face more complex, but the people we face them with are more diverse, increasing the frequency and intensity of our ethical disagreements.
Given these changes in the United States and in societies around the globe, the Center seeks to help meet the growing need for teachers, scholars, and leaders who address questions of moral choice across many of the professions and in public life more generally, and promotes a perspective on ethics informed by both theory and practice. We explore the connection between the problems t...hat professionals confront and the social and political structures in which they act. More generally, we address the ethical issues that all citizens face as they make the choices that profoundly affect the present and future of their societies in our increasingly interdependent world.
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