The Senior Director of Media Relations and Communications is responsible for developing and executing integrated public and media relations efforts designed to advance Harvard Law School's mission and key priorities in traditional and new media. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs, the Senior Director of Media Relations and Communications serves as a key member of the Harvard Law School (HLS) communications team and a media and communications strategist for colleagues across the school. Responsibilities include issues management and crisis communications; media relations, including serving as the primary HLS media contact and spokesperson; content creation; and development and implementation of proactive communications strategies and tactics in support of the Law School, its leadership, and its many programs and initiatives.
The Senior Director of Media Relations and Communications also serves as a communications/media lead on a range of school-wide initiatives and works closely with individual departments and units to develop communications plans and media strategy for HLS programs, activities and events.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages and releases news, fields day-to-day media inquiries, and plays a lead role in the Law School's issues management and crisis communications efforts. Serves as a critical member of the emergency and crisis communications teams, responding proactively and creatively in a fast-paced media environment for a brand with high visibility.
In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs, helps strategize and implement communications and media relations efforts in support of the Dean and other HLS leaders.
Develops communications plans and key messages in support of HLS programs and initiatives.
Works collaboratively with a broad number of constituents within the Law School – including faculty, staff and students – to identify and promote newsworthy stories.
Writes news releases, media statements, talking points, speeches, op-eds, briefing materials, Q&As, internal communications and other materials for internal and external audiences.
Develops news articles and other content for digital and print publications and channels.
Builds and maintains productive relationships with international, national, regional, local and industry news media.
Provides media relations support to HLS faculty.
Works closely with student organizers as they plan events that may involve media coverage externally or for Harvard publications.
Tracks and monitors HLS press coverage and disseminates information as needed.
Performs other duties as necessary.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and minimum 10 years significant experience and proven success at the highest levels of media and communications work. Direct experience serving as a spokesperson and managing complex, confidential issues.
Superior written and verbal communications skills.
Successful track record as a leader and strategist in a large, complex organization and experience creating and executing strategic communications plans to drive proactive narratives and to respond to complex issues.
Crisis communications and issues management acumen and experience.
Strong organizational and planning skills and an ability to set priorities and manage multiple, often competing demands and projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment and often under tight deadlines and pressure.
Strong judgment and an extremely high level of professionalism, diplomacy, discretion, collegiality and problem-solving ability.
Ability to advise senior leaders effectively as well as to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, listen carefully and influence and persuade others.
Strong interpersonal skills and proven success in developing collaborative relationships across diverse constituencies.
An understanding of digital and social media and its use in promoting content with journalists and other audiences.
A highly skilled writer who has written news articles for both print and digital publications, press releases, op-eds, internal communications and speeches is strongly preferred.
An interest in the law and experience in a higher education environment is a plus.
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.
Internal Number: 48270BR
About Harvard University Law School
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.