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Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
USA - MA - Boston
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Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 58925BR
The Office of Communications is seeking a versatile and highly collaborative Writer to support the Dean's Office in producing a wide array of content for multiple platforms.
The Writer will work with a close-knit communications team to support the Dean's Office, including the Dean of Faculty and other senior members of the office, notably the Executive Director of the Reform for Resilience Commission, a global initiative to promote more sustainable, healthier, and more resilient societies. The Writer will be expected to gain subject matter expertise in multiple public health arenas and to draft content ranging from social media posts to speeches to op-eds to internal statements for the Harvard Chan community. In addition, the Writer may draft heavily policy-focused content such as white papers and concept notes for new initiatives. The Writer may also use their subject-matter expertise to help craft agendas and work closely with event planning staff to coordinate and stage symposia, summits, and other programs tied closely to Dean's Office priorities. While the Writer will be focused primarily on supporting on the Dean's office, they may spend up to 15-20% of their time on other Office of Communications writing assignments.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Research and draft materials for the Office of the Dean in multiple formats, for both internal and external audiences, including social media posts, blogs, speeches, talking points, briefing books, op-eds, newsletters, notes to the School community, and more
Work with the event programming team in the Office of Communications and the Dean's Office to develop, program, and produce high-visibility events that advance the School's mission and support the Dean's initiatives
Think creatively about ways to expand and amplify Dean Office's communications
Support administrative work, such as building and maintaining document library and coordinating with external vendors (such as external designers) as needed
Other writing support for the Office of Communications, as needed
Other duties as needed
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must include cover letter and three writing samples to be considered; these can include pieces you have written on behalf of clients even if your name is not on the byline. Please include at least two samples with strong focus in a specific subject area (i.e., a policy statement, talking points for a panel, or op-ed, as opposed to general introductory remarks.)
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. We are also working primarily remotely at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until our return to campus, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. This position has the potential to remain primarily remote, or to shift to local, on-campus work once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it. The position can be fully remote as long as the Writer is able to travel on occasion to Boston (estimated 2-3 times a year) to work on in-person events if needed.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
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
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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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