As the most religiously diverse divinity school in the United States (with students from 40+ different faith backgrounds, including those who are unaffiliated with a traditional denomination), HDS is grounded in pluralism and fosters the kind of thoughtful, respectful exchange of ideas that is vital for human flourishing. With a commitment to producing leaders who understand the complex, vital role religions play in all societies and cultures, HDS attracts students, faculty, and staff from a variety of perspectives, academic interests, and intersectional identities. Harvard Divinity School seeks to continue respecting and learning from the cultures and beliefs of the members of our diverse community.
Reporting to the Assistant Director, Digital Content and Strategy, the Digital Communications Specialist provides strategic and operational support in proposing, developing, and advancing communications in order to amplify the reach and impact of the HDS mission. The Digital Communications Specialist creates social media content, works on a range of content projects, supports media and website maintenance, provides editorial assistance such as proofreading and copy editing, gathers and interprets digital analytics, and manages projects throughout HDS Communications.
This is a term position ending no later than June 30, 2024.
Social media & web support
Pitch content ideas for social channels (@HarvardDivinity) based on current events and happenings at HDS.
Under the direction of the news team, help to conceive and gather information for text, video, and social media stories about the School's faculty, students, programs, and public events.
Develop daily, platform-specific content for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Instagram Stories under the direction of the Assistant Director, project managing the entire process of content creation and deployment. Content may include video, photo, and design work in addition to writing social media copy.
Monitor social channels to gauge engagement and triage responses (when needed).
Gather and interpret analytics (web, video, social media, newsletters) to identify successful/unsuccessful trends in editorial direction and channels for regular review.
Process and publish longer-form HDS videos on YouTube, managing closed captioning, transcripts, and other accessibility methods.
Assist with HDS website updates, corrections, and new page edits as needed.
Attend selected events and on-campus editorial support, including interviewing, photography, videography, reporting and writing for social media and other digital content (note: some events and on-campus coverage may take place outside of regular office hours)
Liaise with teams and departments across the School to stay aware of upcoming events and potential news stories and assist with promotion and coverage.
Track project requests, timelines, reference materials, and completed content to streamline and optimize workflow across the Communications team.
Provide formatting, proofreading, and style guide support for a range of work, including web copy, news/magazine stories, invitation text, and report content.
Support the writing process (including research, drafts and reviews) for publications such as the Dean's Report.
Maintain templates for recurring work, such as event briefings, talking points, and major events (e.g., Convocation, Commencement, Alumni Awards, and Dean's Council meetings).
Organize digital filing systems, such as shared drives, Microsoft Teams, and Asana.
Curate key faculty information, such as book publication lists, awards, lectures, articles, and events.
Assist in content projects relating to Alumni Affairs and Development (including alumni and/or donor events, fundraising collateral, and annual publications like the Dean's Report).
Harvard Divinity School seeks to respect, understand, and learn from all cultures, beliefs, and faith backgrounds, including those who are unaffiliated with a traditional denomination, of the members of our diverse community. HDS actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities.
Founded in 1816, Harvard Divinity School is most religiously diverse divinity school in the United States and is one of 12 graduate/professional schools at Harvard University. HDS is grounded in pluralism and fosters the kind of thoughtful, respectful exchange of ideas that is vital for human flourishing. The School's degree programs prepare students for careers in academia, ministry, and a wide range of roles across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.
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3 years of experience managing communications and website projects. Education beyond high school may count towards experience.
Basic knowledge of HTML, Drupal-based and WordPress CMS systems, and other web-based collaboration tools.
PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample.
Additional Qualifications and Skills:
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Proven expertise in creating digital content for specific communications platforms, experience in photography, videography, and/or design for social media content a plus.
Demonstrated knowledge of website content administration and leveraging analytics (such as Google Analytics) toward project goals.
Ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, and manage multiple projects simultaneously and proactively.
Demonstrated ability to prepare and publish materials in many media for diverse audiences
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with impeccable attention to detail.
High degree of initiative, motivation, and self-direction.
Ability to work independently and with students, faculty, and project partners.
Ability to work with team members and clients to define user needs and project objectives.
Self-motivated and comfortable using editorial judgment to develop digital content on public-facing channels.
Experience working in a scholarly or nonprofit environment preferred.
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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.
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.