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The Project Manager enforces conceptual integrity of the project, its goals, and the alignment of stakeholders. The primary project will be the redesign of The Harvard Gazette digital platform; in this project the Project Manager will guide the process, from input (discovery, research, goals) to output (strategy, design, website development). The PM will track completion of all deliverables. The Project Manager will collaborate closely with members of HPAC's content strategy team, Gazette editorial leadership, and the creative/multimedia team, as well as any third-party vendors.
At HPAC this role will work independently and collaboratively on high-quality websites or other digital experiences. This individual will:
Work with stakeholders to identify and articulate business goals outcomes for the Gazette website redesign project.
Manage responses from relevant Requests for Information (RFIs) or Requests for Proposals (RFPs) where necessary to solicit strategies and approaches for audience research, design, and/or technical implementation, and to identify final vendor partners.
Collaborate with vendor partners but take the lead in developing overall project work plans and timelines, from initial stages through project completion.
Keep track and manage the project scope, developed timelines and schedules, as well as all other deliverables to ensure the project stays on track. Document the process and communicate the progress to stakeholders.
Troubleshoots challenges that arise and develop action plans to address problems.
Be a champion the Gazette redesign project from start to finish
Document progress and communicate regularly and effectively with leadership, team members, and other stakeholders.
Develop and implement project plans, negotiating an appropriate balance among established practices, available resources, and opportunities for innovation.
Contribute to broader activities of HPAC
Assist in selection and implementation of project management tools (software) that can work across teams and keep the department organized.
Participate in and contribute to internal team meetings and activities focused on the practices of content strategy, social media, data analytics, user research, user experience, and other digital innovations.
Contribute to discussions and documentation of best practices, especially on topics relating to project management, but also toward the management of all best practice topics, and the evangelism of best practices in general through outreach and events such as the digital academy.
Consult on the management of content and other digital assets, including, but not limited to rich text, photography, video, events, and other structured data and assist as needed with the systems we use for content management, events management, email delivery, and digital asset management.
This role works across HPAC teams and functions to integrate activities, tools and information in service to broaden overall departmental priorities.
Other duties as assigned.
This is a two-year, time-limited position with an expected end date of June 30, 2024.
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.
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.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
BA/BS from accredited institution. Two or more years of work experience that includes project management capabilities for web sites and/or related digital properties or technologies.
Understanding of online journalism
Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
Aptitude for learning and applying new technologies quickly and effectively
Proven successful work experience in higher education, digital media, publishing, web technology, and/or content strategy
Demonstrated ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and levels of expertise
Experience using project or product management technology tools and applications
Ability to work consistently and constructively in a fast-paced, highly matrixed environment
Understanding of accessibility best practices for online news, video, and photography
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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