Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Associate Director of Communications will identify and develop content for the communications channels of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) that align with School and dean's priorities, additionally assisting in the development and implementation the School's strategic goals. Key responsibilities include: writing and assigning stories; management of the GSAS website, including a website redesign; leadership of School-wide communications initiatives; and management of freelancers. The Associate Director will strengthen engagement with constituencies across GSAS, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard University, including with students, faculty, and staff, with the aim of raising GSAS's profile within the University and beyond.
Candidate will be a creative, collaborative, experienced, and energetic communications professional interested in learning and communicating ideas that span the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Identify interesting student and alumni stories
Determine best channel for content: website, publications, email, social media, video, podcast
Write feature-length and news stories for GSAS website and alumni magazine and work collaboratively to write, edit, and/or review content for other print and digital deliverables, including e-newsletters
Manage freelance writers and multimedia producers
Oversee GSAS website, including annual update process with GSAS staff, and manage relationship with developer and hosting platform
Ensure accuracy of content and adherence to accessibility guidelines
Work with members of the communications team to add content
Project manage website redesign, including work with various partners to ensure goals are met
Participate in the development of key messages and strategies to communicate complex information to multiple audiences and constituencies using traditional, new, and emerging communications tools, with a particular focus on digital platforms
Represent GSAS communications at meetings with University partners
With the Director, utilize analytics and other measurement tools to assess the impact of digital media campaigns and overall marketing strategy (for website, e-newsletters, and social media).
Work to place stories in University-wide communications vehicles and in the external media
Assist the Director with media inquiries, as requested
Produce or manage production of video and podcast content
Develop communications strategy for dissemination
The ideal candidate will have a proven record of accomplishment within a complex environment, with excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills. They should have experience as an operational manager who can build on existing strengths and develop new approaches when needed through action-oriented, coordinated, consistent yet flexible, and innovative approaches. The Associate Director must be self-motivated and resourceful with the ability to work independently while establishing strong, collaborative team relationships. They should be analytical with solid problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and a customer-service orientation. The successful candidate must have the ability to exercise good judgment on a range of issues, many of which are confidential in nature, and to manage complex projects through to completion. They will thrive in a fast-paced, idea-driven, creative environment; acting as a catalyst and amplifier to accomplish communications and engagement goals for GSAS.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
7+ years experience in communications, marketing or public relations, digital and multi-media
Highly motivated, with superior organizational and written communication skills, including excellent editorial judgment, as well as project management, analytical, and technical skills
Experience creating and managing content and creating and executing communications strategies in a scholarly environment preferred
Creative, positive, innovative thinker, action-oriented, versatile, ability to adapt in dynamic environment, resourceful and honest
Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse, high-level constituencies
Highly developed attention to detail and extended experience with self-editing and fact-checking of content.
Experience with Microsoft products (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite, social media aggregators, Drupal-based editors, email management systems and other web-based collaboration tools; Google Analytics experience a plus.
Experience with photography, podcasting, and videography desirable.
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: 52008BR
About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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