Reporting to the director of editorial services, with a dotted line to the dean's office, the executive communications manager is responsible for effectively articulating and promoting the vision of the dean of Harvard Medical School by developing relevant and compelling content for a broad range of internal, external, and global audiences. The executive communications manager will research, write, refine, and edit speeches, op-eds, articles, reports, letters, briefings, emails, announcements, and other materials, capturing the dean's voice and delivery style, to help advance his strategic objectives.
Translates the dean's vision, messages, themes, strategic priorities, and scientific findings into precise, accurate, yet thought-provoking and engaging narratives that connect with a wide range of internal and external audiences.
Identifies key themes and details from scientific research, institutional data, financial documents, and other complex materials, with input and guidance from HMS faculty and leadership, to help communicate and advance the dean's strategic priorities.
Develops stump-style speeches for the dean's top priorities and updates regularly to keep the content fresh.
Meets with the dean and attends speaking engagements to better understand and convey his messages, personal style, tone, cadence, and word choices so that speeches are authentic and mirror the dean's natural presentation.
Briefs the dean in preparation for participation in lectures, events, symposia, conferences, and workshops.
Builds relationships, meets with, and interviews a broad array of HMS administrators, faculty, and staff to help inform content, gather necessary background and context, stay abreast of new HMS developments, initiatives, and progress toward key goals and priorities, and ensure consistency in editorial direction and messaging.
Manages the dean's schedule of talking points for speaking engagements; helps to vet and make recommendations on the content, length, and suitability of requested speaking engagements. Interfaces with event organizers to ensure content is relevant and impactful for the intended audience.
Works under deadline pressure here, often juggling multiple speeches at the same time.
Provides fact-checking and copyediting as needed to ensure the production of accurate, error-free, quality content for the dean.
Maintains an archive of materials that can be easily accessed and shared with fellow writers, editors, and colleagues to ensure consistent messaging.
Reviews and, if needed, edits content drafted by other writers to ensure it incorporates the dean's style and voice.
Writes talking points, op-ed commentaries, articles for publication in Harvard Medicine News and other forums, and other communications as needed.
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in journalism, communications, public relations, English or the life sciences.
Minimum of seven years related work experience.
Applicants wishing to be considered for this position must include a cover letter and three relevant writing samples in addition to their resume. Finalists will be asked to complete a comprehensive writing assessment.
Strong background in speechwriting, writing, and executive communications
Demonstrated ability to translate complex information—especially scientific content—into concise, clear communications for both lay and scientific audiences. Familiarity with biomedical researchers, academic and scientific leaders, alumni and donor communities beneficial.
Experience working with senior executives, government officials, or leaders in an academic, medical, or science-related environment.
Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment required.
Superior writing and storytelling skills, with the ability to create compelling content that captures the style, voice, and preferences of the institutional leader.
Skilled in navigating organizational boundaries to collaborate effectively.
Positive attitude and team-oriented.
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects while working effectively under the pressure of last-minute deadlines and changing priorities.
Commitment to Harvard Medical School's work, mission, and community values.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suites.
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: 53790BR
About Harvard University Medical 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.