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Harvard University Associate Director of Communications, Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64059BRAuto req ID:64059BRJob Code:322058 Media/Communica Sr Speclst Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Associate Director of Communications, Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery InitiativeSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications: BA/BS is required, along with at least eight years of related experience. The ideal candidate must have exceptional writing and editing skills, strong interpersonal and project management skills, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Three or more years working within an academic setting is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated comfort working with faculty is preferred.

  • Must have the ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and should possess the ability to set priorities, sometimes under pressure.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated professional experience and commitment to racial equity and justice.

  • Must be an experienced writer and content producer, comfortable working in a collaborative setting, able to juggle multiple projects at once and manage time to achieve deadlines.

  • Ability to think creatively about how to reach diverse audiences (e.g., using multimedia for story telling).

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office and willingness to learn additional software applications as needed.

  • Experience editing video and audio is a significant plus

  • Comfortable working in a content management system (CMS) and willing to learn new systems as needed.

    Department:HPACPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Communications Position Description: Communications and engagement strategy

  • Contribute to and lead the development of the H&LS communications and engagement strategy, including launching/elevating the brand, messaging, and leadership positioning, internally and externally.

  • Identify priorities, tactics, and strategies that build on the communications to date, anticipating and looking ahead to priorities and opportunities for the next 6-, 12-, and 18- months.

  • Collaborate with communications, public affairs, and engagement colleagues across the University to identify priorities, strategies, tactics, and content needed to support engagement across Harvard’s Schools, local Cambridge and Boston communities, potential partners (HBCUs, etc.), and key stakeholders.

  • Establish a working calendar of announcements and updates to the community regarding the implementation work that is ongoing, initiatives that are launching or progressing, etc.

  • Propose, identify, develop, and implement effective communications channels for sharing updates and announcements with the community, leveraging existing channels, such as the Harvard Gazette and School channels, as well as new or other existing channels.

  • Collaborate with and support HPAC on media relations and issues management strategy related to H&LS priorities and opportunities, including identifying both proactive media relations opportunities around key priorities and initiatives, as well as anticipating potential issue areas that may need to be addressed proactively or reactively.

    Content strategy and production

  • Developing content strategy (including talking points), editorial priorities, and timeline based on initiatives and priorities that are moving forward across the University related to this work.

  • Managing content production, including some hands-on writing/production, coordination, and collaboration with content producers across the University (including Gazette, HPAC creative team, other Harvard School content/creative teams, etc.), and potentially identifying needs for freelance writers/producers.

    Digital, web, social strategy and execution

  • Manage the H&LS web/digital and social media strategy, including potentially leading vendor engagement for the development of a longer-term digital/web strategy and site.

  • Establish the long-term web/digital/social strategy and implementation.


  • Contribute as a key member of the H&LS leadership team.

  • Manage H&LS communications staff, including a Project Manager, and external consultants as needed.

  • Serve as the communications lead in engagement with communications colleagues across the University and with external partner organizations to ensure coordination around messaging, announcements, and other communications related to partnerships and implementation.

    School/Unit:University Administration EEO Statement: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 by law.Job Summary:

    The Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative (H&LS) is a university-wide effort to reckon with Harvard’s ties to slavery and to remedy the persistent educational and social harms that human bondage caused to descendants, the campus community, surrounding cities, the Commonwealth, and the nation.

    The Associate Director of Communications will thoughtfully, intentionally, and authentically develop and lead a communication strategy that effectively shares and elevates the story of H&LS activities. The Associate Director will be a key member of the H&LS team, reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Media Relations and Harvard Public Affairs and Communication (HPAC) and the Executive Director of H&LS. The Associate Director will be a key member of the H&LS team.

    The ideal candidate will have extensive experience leading, managing, implementing, and advising on a range of communications functions, including supporting leadership on internal and external engagement with key audiences and constituencies. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled communications professional who is passionate about addressing and advancing racial equity and justice.

    Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: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.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding 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 date.

  • 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.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-EP1Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts, with an on campus expectation of 2-3 days per week. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.