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The Belfer Center is looking for an executive to fill an important role on its leadership team by running marketing and communications, and handling all aspects of the Center's International Council, an elite advisory board that generates an important source of revenue.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Director works to maximize the impact of Belfer Center's policy analysis and research efforts among policymakers, the media, and the public. The Director develops, maintains, and executes overall communications strategy for the Center, in close consultation with the Center's leadership. Develops strong working relationships with the staff of the Center's programs and projects, providing strategic and operational communications support.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the world's preeminent university-based research center. Led by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Eric Rosenbach, the Center attracts leading students, scholars, and practitioners working in science, technology, and international relations. Diplomats, four-star generals, intelligence directors, technologists, entrepreneurs, and bestselling authors all call the Center their professional home. The Center comprises nearly two dozen research teams, covering everything from climate change in the Arctic and nuclear security to the Middle East and applied history. Uniting these diverse issue areas is a dual mission to 1) advance policy relevant knowledge at the nexus of science and international affairs; and 2) prepare future leaders for public service in these fields.
Elevating the Belfer brand: Upholds the Center's global reputation among elite audiences. Oversees branding and marketing. Supports major Center events.
Strengthening relationships: Identifies and builds relationships with important constituencies, including within the media, Administration, Congress, and business community, as well as with research centers across the university and in the broader policy community globally.
PR: Arranges major presentations of the Center's work and helps promote signature publications. Drafts press releases, personnel announcements, and timely media alerts. Handles interview requests. Works with Center and HKS stakeholders on crisis communications issues.
Innovative, impactful output: Thinks creatively to employ traditional and innovative communication channels and tools necessary to reach target audiences effectively. These include opinion essays, research reports, policy briefs, multimedia, social media, videos, podcasts, and other non-text communication tools as well as digital and printed materials.
Digital management: Responsible for the development, operation, and innovation of the Center's main website, BelferCenter.org, and related digital entities. Manages all social media.
Administration: Manages a team with specialties in digital management, multimedia and production, and press outreach. Coordinates with HKS and Harvard communications offices. Manages a dozen or more vendor relationships and the department's budget.
Editorial leadership: Serves as editor in chief for the full range of Center output, including the weekly Belfer in the News digest and the twice-yearly Center newsletter. Runs corporate communications, including external and internal messaging from the Center's leadership team.
Resource development: Strengthens relationships with existing and prospective International Council members. Works to substantially diversify Council membership. Keeps careful track of member contributions. Helps organize major Council convenings, including the Center's annual meeting each spring.
We're looking for a Director with substantial experience in linking innovative communications to policy impact – and relaying this narrative of impact to support the Center's development. We expect the candidate to be tech-savvy and unafraid to try new tools to help the Center fulfill its mission.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire, with possibility of renewal.
We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Please note:This is an in-person/on campus position based in Cambridge, MA, with possible flexible work options.
The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's
Bachelor's degree and at least five years of related experience in communications required. Experience with the policy community and media a must.
Experience working with journalists, including pitching, interview management, and crisis communications.
Comfortable engaging with VIP donors and helping to recruit new paying members to the International Council.
Must have excellent writing, editing, and communications skills, including a deep understanding of digital communications, social media, multimedia, and video.
Candidate must bring sufficient policy depth to work closely and credibly with the Center's diverse research teams.
Strong organizational, interpersonal, and administrative skills, including experience setting and running departmental budgets.
Command of statistics and analytics.
Demonstrated record of policy and media impact.
Strategic mindset a must, and experience with strategy and policy development desirable.
Master's degree in Public Policy, International Security or International Relations 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.
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.
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