Reporting to the Associate Director of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Editorial, the Communications Officer partners closely with the deans of Science and of Social Science in the FAS. Enterprising thinker/storyteller enthusiastic to work with faculty, researchers, and other subject matter experts to identify, frame, and deliver messages to internal and external audiences, particularly focused on Science (Life and Physical) and on Social Science.
Writes Harvard Gazette articles, news releases, and other materials intended to achieve positive coverage and create favorable impressions in campus, local, national, and international media.
Works with the Associate Director of FAS Editorial and the deans of Science and of Social Science in the FAS to develop and implement strategic communications plans for both the FAS and HPAC.
Develops and maintains strong relationships with faculty, students and staff in the FAS and with internal and external media, including Harvard Gazette editors.
Must be flexible in working with deadlines and schedules given Harvard's electronic news platforms often demand deadline-driven content; must be able to meet tight research embargo deadlines.
Must generate ideas and help execute multimedia packages for Harvard's online presence, including conducting audio (podcast) and video interviews. Collaboration with digital and multimedia teams is critical.
Required to be on-call as assigned.
Other duties as assigned
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: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BS required along with at least four years of related experience. The ideal candidate must have exceptional writing and editing skills, as well as strong interpersonal and project management skills, and a proven record of working collaboratively with a wide range of constituents.
Experience writing within the Sciences and Social Sciences preferred. Communications experience in an academic setting and demonstrated comfort working with faculty preferred. Must have the ability to work effectively with a wide range of internal and external constituencies. Should possess the ability to set priorities and manage competing demands, sometimes under pressure.
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: 51056BR
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