Harvard Library's Communication Team is looking for a resourceful producer and nimble writer who can use innovative strategies, tools, and tactics to produce and connect the Library's work with faculty and students, as well as general public and staff audiences.
Reporting to the director of communications, the Writer is a key member of a small, agile communications team that underpins a complex organization. You'll draft and implement thoughtful communications plans that advance the organizations strategic priorities with key audiences. You'll pitch story ideas to the press, build connections with Harvard's internal publishers, and work with the Editor to produce marketing content for social promoting the Library's one of a kind collections, services, and tools. You'll serve as the point-person for all incoming media requests and draft responses. From Gazette articles to welcome emails, you'll write stories that advance the Library's business goals, maintaining a clear user-focused lens.
We're looking for someone who can write clearly under deadline, edit to sharpen ideas, and is confident conceptualizing, drafting, and editing user-focused content. You are a self-starter, who is easy to communicate with and great at being organized. You're always looking for ways to improve. You see the through line beneath complicated ideas and can convey it with clarity, purpose, and simplicity. You're capable of connecting content priorities to user needs and business goals. You thrive on the process of research and information gathering that can support decision making.
Create press releases (or media alerts) about relevant Library activities including upcoming exhibits, new acquisitions, and digitized material; pitch ideas and library content to press as well as internal Harvard channels
Engage and maintain relationships with the press and connect the Library with viable media opportunities; responding to press requests, shape Library responses and advise leaders on approach
Coordinate media interviews on campus, including arranging logistics and accompanying television and documentary crews; help expert staff prepare for media interviews, if requested
In coordination with the Editor, write and produce a variety of feature stories for the Gazette and produce quarterly public newsletters; collect and report on analytics using the data to improve
Pitch and produce content for social; repackage content for multiple channels and a variety of primary audiences; report on analytics
Prepare other written materials, such as proposals, marketing pieces, talking points, and other content as needed; edit and proofread
Take photos, create boomerangs, and produce other social-geared design collateral
Use a content strategy lens to plan and promote organizational initiatives; draft and implement effective communication plans
Compose and prepare high-level communications from leadership
Write stories for the Harvard Gazette that advance the Library's strategic priorities
Coordinate any relevant vendor work—including podcasters, photographers, videographers, designers, etc.
Other duties as assigned
How to apply:
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a piece of your professional writing you're excited to share. Some questions to consider in your cover letter:
With the variety of work that goes on within research libraries, what are some examples of press coverage that you think Harvard Library should get?
What are some social accounts you think Harvard Library could learn from?
What stories do you look to for inspiration?
This position is part of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC) on the Harvard Library Communications team. As a client-focused group, Communications supports Harvard Library with a director, an editor, and an internal communications specialist, as well as a social media intern and graphic design intern, with a video producer working with us through July 2020. This position will collaborate with HPAC's Media Relations and Gazette staff.
A global leader, Harvard Library is an unparalleled resource for learning and research and a cultural heritage institution. Engaging users through curated discovery, one-of-a-kind digital collections, innovative physical space, and specialized research support, we deliver exceptional experiences for the Harvard community and provide access to the largest university library collection in the world.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
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 options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
At least three years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, higher education, communications or related field
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, political science, or related field
Passion for learning and experimenting with new methods to deliver solutions.
Strong communication skills, highly organized, and committed to a team environment and maintain a professional demeanor.
Ability to manage multiple projects, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.
Experience working in a complex organization with multiple stakeholders; ability to work effectively in a team environment and with all levels of management.
A keen eye for design and experience working with a small team of creative colleagues like videographers, graphic designers, and writers.
Familiarity with Agile-like project management and user research 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: 49210BR
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