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This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment through June 30, 2024 with a strong possibility of renewal.
Religion and Public Life (RPL) promotes the public understanding of religion in service of a just world at peace.
Launched in 2020, RPL is an innovative, nondenominational cross-disciplinary program that promotes a robust understanding of the rich, complex role that religion plays in all facets of human existence. RPL serves as an umbrella for programs, research and scholarship on the many ways religion interacts with, and inﬂuences, institutions such as government, education, journalism, other professions, and more. It includes a new degree program, the Master in Religion and Public Life (MRPL), related certiﬁcate programs, the Religion, Conﬂict, and Peace Initiative, and the Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative.
About the Position: Reporting to the RPL Program Director, the RPL Communications Specialist provides strategic and operational leadership in proposing, developing, and advancing RPL communications in order to amplify the reach and impact of its mission to advance the public understanding of religion. Working closely with RPL and HDS Communications staﬀ, faculty, fellows, and others, the RPL Communications specialist leads a range of projects related to branding, storytelling, website content and design, special events planning, publicity and marketing, and other collateral. The RPL Communications Specialist also leads on development of an overall communication strategy for the program, including developing content guidelines and best practices, and proposing methods for assessing progress and eﬀectiveness.
News, Website, Storytelling
Lead robust storytelling and news strategy
Maintain vibrant, dynamic RPL website presence through regular updates and new content
Create and maintain a cohesive brand presence
Create and edit video and conduct interviews with speakers, students, faculty and others
Create templates and assist with design of materials and other collateral
Events, Publicity and Marketing
Coordinate and help implement public engagement for major events, including webinars, symposia and professional training
Develop, publish and disseminate regular events announcements, newsletter, and annual report
Maintain RPL public events calendars
Build and maintain RPL photo bank
Work collaboratively with HDS Admissions and Communications to promote the one-year Master of Religion and Public Life
Work closely with RPL Leadership Team and HDS Communications in strengthening overall strategy for expanding RPL's public reach and proﬁle
Partner with HDS Communications to ensure maximum integration of RPL communications strategy within wider HDS Communications strategies
Develop approaches for assessing the eﬀectiveness of RPL communications/engagement strategies
Coordinate communications for RPL within HDS, and with other Harvard professional schools
Manage student interns, temporary employees and others in support of communications functions
Provide regular reporting on RPL communications
Harvard Divinity School seeks to respect, understand, and learn from all cultures, beliefs, and faith backgrounds, including those who are unaffiliated with a traditional denomination, of the members of our diverse community. HDS actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities.
Founded in 1816, Harvard Divinity School ismost religiously diverse divinity school in the United States and is one of 12 graduate/professional schools at Harvard University. HDS is grounded in pluralism and fosters the kind of thoughtful, respectful exchange of ideas that is vital for human flourishing. The School's degree programs prepare students for careers in academia, ministry, and a wide range of roles across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Three plus years professional experience in communications (journalism, web content development, audio-visual production or social media) for non-profits, educational institutions or related fields
Basic knowledge of HTML, Drupal-based and WordPress CMS systems, and other web-based collaboration tools.
Candidates wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to a resume.
PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample.
Proven expertise in digital platforms and selection of appropriate communications channels.
Demonstrated knowledge of web technologies and leveraging analytics toward project goals.
Demonstrated ability to prepare and publish materials and digital media for diverse audiences.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with impeccable attention to detail. High degree of initiative, motivation, and self-direction.
Demonstrated commitment to just, peace, anti-racism and anti-oppression practices.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your cover letter and resume should be combined into a SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab. Cover letters are required for every position at Harvard Divinity School. We regret that the Harvard Divinity School does not provide Visa sponsorship.
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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