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- Reporting to the Director of Administration and Operations, the
Communications / Projects Manager is a core member of the
administrative team and has two primary functions: Communications
and Project Management. Communications: The position will develop
and manage strategic communications and outreach for the
department. It will assess and review an existing stream of
communications and will develop and implement new streams for
multiple audiences, including Harvard faculty, external faculty,
students, alumni, current donors, educational and governmental
institutions, and the general public. The portfolio of
communications includes marketing and branding, outreach,
newsletters, reports, press releases and correspondence, occasional
publications, and social media platforms. Project Management: The
position will provide project management and implementation plans
for outreach, financial, operational, and technology-related
projects across the Department. It will identify projects and
design management strategies for successful
405004 Comm Professional (N)
Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge
55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor’s degree, and at least five years of communications and
outreach experience in an organization, agency, or
Experience using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint,
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- Writing, editing, and proofreading experience necessary. Must
pay exceptional attention to details and accuracy.
- Excellent communication skills with an eye to donor-focused
communications. Experience in development highly desired.
- Competency using social media, website, bulk email/listserv,
and basic design platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn,
Wordpress, Canva, and/or others.
- Confidence to adapt/learn if not familiar with an
- Research, analytical, and creative skills are important.
- Ability to translate complex content into compelling narratives
or programs for a sophisticated and diverse audience.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to
establish and promote good working relationships with alumni,
colleagues, faculty, administrators, students, and vendors.
- Flexible and resourceful. Energetic, motivated to learn, and
curious about academia.
- Highly organized. Able to balance multiple projects, prioritize
work appropriately, and adapt easily to changing priorities.
- Must be able to treat confidential information with a high
level of discretion.
- Committed to fostering an inclusive workplace.
This position is part time, 25 hours per week.
Finalists may be required to do a writing sample onsite during the
final stages of the interview process.
We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human
Department of Government
Part time: 25 hours per week
Digital Communications Strategy:
- Develops and manages the implementation of the department’s
strategic communications plans and marketing projects, for both
internal and external audiences.
- Solicits, writes, edits, design/layout, produces and guides the
distribution of content across multiple platforms and to multiple
- Designs and implements marketing programs to generate
understanding and support among key constituents for our faculty
research, department initiatives, and special projects.
- Develops communications tools for faculty and staff.
- Designs, curates, and implements the Department’s digital
communications strategy; identifies and develops digital content
and storytelling opportunities to highlight faculty/student
- Assess the efficacy and relevance of the digital tools
currently used by the department and make adjustments as needed to
ensure that the department remains current in its use of digital
- Manages digital communications and designs guidance on best
communications practices to ensure cohesive messaging across
platforms and projects. Advise leadership and staff as needed.
- Initiates positive and proactive relationships with both
internal and external constituents.
- Collaborates with the DAO and other department leaders on
developing and implementing the Department’s outreach and
- Serves as final approver on editorial content and creative work
written by others in the department for the purpose of highlighting
Gov’s faculty research based on the preferences of targeted
- Creates digital assets, posters presentations, activity
calendars, reports, and digital email distribution including
content, layout, design, and post-production; as appropriate, find
new and creative ways of reaching target audiences in a strategic
and impactful way.
- Builds and manages a diverse portfolio of projects, including
outreach efforts, and is responsible for communication plans for
all initiatives to ensure successful implementation across
- Monitors project progress and oversees adherence to timeframes
and costs during the life of the projects.
- Evaluates and revises project plans throughout lifecycle.
- Creates sections of a large project plan or an entire small
sized project plan.
- Accountable for successful project completion.
- Partners with DAO on efforts related to increasing efficiency
on the department’s approach to data management.
- Will manage student interns and/or temporary workers.
- Creates project timelines and deliverables.
- Analyzes data and provides regular reports to the DAO.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and
pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected
This is a hybrid position required to work in-person on the
Cambridge campus four days per week during the academic year. More
flexibility will be possible during the summertime. As a
campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person
experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building
in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty,
staff, and research fellows.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and
belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and
fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to
create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of
talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing
individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities,
life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.
We invite you to visit Harvard’s
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benefits package, which may include:
- Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per
year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for
administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year,
12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal
days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks
of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
- Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and
vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with
voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start
- Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care
resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee
Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress
management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
- Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with
contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age
and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program
including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced
tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
- Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90%
reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses
taken at other accredited institutions.
- Professional Development: Programs and classes at little
or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace
Development and LinkedIn Learning.
- Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options
handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking,
half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit
passes, biking benefits, and more.
- Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access
to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus
events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various
types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure
activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)