The Office of Career Advancement (OCA) Communications and Events Coordinator is a critical member of a dynamic, mission-driven team in the Office of Career Advancement at Harvard Kennedy School. Working across OCA's career coaching and employer relations, the Communications and Events Coordinator will develop, execute, and project manage the strategic communication priorities, activities and initiatives for OCA.
As the team's lead communications coordinator, this role works closely with all members of OCA to develop effective print and digital products—from concept to completion. Importantly, the coordinator also contributes to the writing and editing of strategic messaging and content for OCA materials as well as for the OCA-related pages on the Harvard Kennedy School website. This includes writing and managing content about OCA programs, supporting materials for key events, and employer recruitment/employer media channels, and in email communications. ` The coordinator must have at least three years of relevant professional experience In an organization, agency or marketing/communications firm. Mission focused work, or work in higher education a plus.
To be successful in this role, the coordinator must have impeccable writing and communication skills, be highly organized, detail oriented, and independent, have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritize and multi-task, and remain calm under pressure. Demonstrated project management, writing, and editing are critical core requirements. Experience working in content management systems, Drupal in particular, is strongly preferred.
Harvard Kennedy School values and is dedicated to building a diverse community. We welcome all applications, particularly those from candidates who will strengthen the diversity of the Harvard Kennedy School community.
Web writing, editing, and content management: Work in the Sharepoint and Drupal content management systems to write, edit, and maintain webpages on the external and internal OCA websites. Coordinate directly with OCA colleagues to write, edit, and update content regularly and ensure that the editorial voice and style are in alignment with HKS guidelines. Coordinates, writes, and edits a weekly digital OCA newsletter. Work with the DPSA Communications team to ensure that web content is developed to follow best practices (search engine optimization, page scrolls, etc.).
Copyediting: Edit content and a range of materials, including coaching and employer collateral and email communications, to be in alignment with the HKS editorial and style guidelines.
Editorial management: Collaborate closely with OCA members from start to finish, to conceptualize, write, design, print, and deliver print and digital materials for key OCA events, employer recruitment, and for our student community. Develop detailed event and project plans and timelines and monitor progress to deliver projects on time and ensure that quality standards are met. Seek opportunities for improvement and present ideas proactively for future projects
Supports the entire OCA team in the production of visual materials and presentations, and, as appropriate, in finding new and creative ways of reaching our target audiences
Events management: Works closely with members of OCA to plan and execute OCA events including professional development and employer events. Conceptualizes events as needed, and plans and manages all communications (messages, materials, publicity, etc.) in support of the event
Working closely with DPSA Communications team, and serves as OCA's representative to school-wide communications committees. Inventory management: Manage inventory of collateral kept in-house. Order new inventory as needed.
Other duties as required in support of OCA activities
We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship. Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.
We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, or in a related field in addition to 2+ years of professional experience in communications role.
Excellent writing and editing skills, and ability to build positive, effective relationships with a range of constituents. Understanding of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) a must.
Experience with email service providers (MailChimp, etc.). Experience in Sharepoint, Drupal, InDesign, HTML, and Adobe Creative Suite a very strong plus, as is experience with Symplicity career management system. Experience with web accessibility requirements. Experience working in higher education 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: 53134BR
About Harvard University Kennedy 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.