Harvard University Media/Communica Sr Speclst in Cambridge, Massachusetts

43142BRAuto req ID:43142BRLocation:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Director of Media RelationsSub-Unit:Harvard Public Affairs and Communications Salary Grade:059Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:Bachelor's degree required. Minimum 10 years significant experience and proven success at the highest levels of media and communications work.

Additional Qualifications:Experienced media professional and strategic thinker with a demonstrated capacity for skillful management and multi-tasking, with good political judgment, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, proven crisis management abilities, and a commitment to the mission of education, scholarship, and research.

Experience in higher education, non-profit, or a decentralized organization desired. Successful track record as a leader, manager, and strategist in a large, complex organizational environment. Must have the proven ability to advise senior leaders effectively.

Must have the ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, listen carefully, as well as to influence and persuade others. The position requires an extremely high level of professionalism, sound and mature judgment, collegiality, and thoughtful organization.

Must have excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills along with a high level of diplomacy, discretion, and problem solving ability. The selected candidate will have proven success in developing collaborative relationships across diverse constituencies. Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, often under tight deadlines, are needed. An advanced degree is a plus.

Department:Harvard Public Affairs and CommunicationsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Communications Duties & Responsibilities:Summary:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Communications, the Director of Media Relations serves as a key member of the Harvard Public Affairs & Communications (HPAC) team. Responsibilities include serving as a spokesperson for Harvard University, issues management and crisis communications, development and implementation of proactive media strategies and tactics, management of media relations staff, and assisting with media relations and strategic communications involving the University’s leadership.

The Director of Media Relations also serves as media/communications lead on ongoing university projects, in coordination with the Assistant Vice President for Communications. S/he coordinates with School- and unit-level public information officers on media inquiries and with colleagues in HPAC. As needed, works on media relations and crisis communications issues with colleagues on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration client teams.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working in tandem with the Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications and the Assistant Vice President for Communications, assists with coordinating and implementing communications/media relations efforts in support of the Offices of the President and Provost, the Office of General Counsel, and the Harvard University Police Department, among others.

  • Manages and releases news, fields day-to-day media inquiries, and plays a lead role in the University’s issues management and crisis communications efforts. Serves as a key member of the emergency and crisis communications teams.

  • Prepares news releases, media statements, talking points, briefing materials, Q&As, news articles, and other materials for internal/external audiences.

  • Develops communications and media relations plans and key messages in support of university projects and initiatives.

  • Builds and maintains productive relationships with international, national, regional, and local news media.

  • Manages HPAC media relations staff, providing effective media relations, communications and issues management guidance, and supporting and developing team members.

  • Tracks and monitors University press coverage, and disseminates information to appropriate colleagues as needed.

  • Requires a strong office presence and an ability to collaborate with colleagues from across HPAC, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and others to develop and implement integrated approaches informed by expertise from throughout the department and the University.

  • Strong understanding of digital and social media and its use in promoting content with journalists and other audiences.

  • Other duties as assigned.

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.