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Harvard University Communications Management II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

51251BRAuto req ID:51251BRJob Code:CM1057 Communications Management II Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director, FAS Development Communications (Time Limited)Sub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of 5 years of experience working with project teams, designers, and clients.Additional Qualifications:

  • This position requires a team player with an ability to function effectively in the highly complex organizational environment of Harvard University. Must be highly organized, collaborative, creative, and deadline oriented.

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully under pressure, understand and implement complex policies and procedures, and accommodate feedback from editors, supervisors, and clients.

  • Must be able to influence without direct authority, coordinate project teams, and manage up to partners and colleagues at varying levels within the organization.

  • Candidates should have some familiarity with the world of philanthropy and fundraising. Experience working in higher education or nonprofit communications or fundraising strongly desired.

  • Must be able to complete assignments working independently and with a minimum amount of supervision while keeping his or her supervisor fully informed of all project developments.

  • Must be willing to work extra hours during peak periods, including occasional evenings and weekends.

  • Graduate of accredited four-year college with a degree in English, Communications, Journalism, or the liberal arts preferred.

  • Must have excellent computer skills. Knowledge of project management software, content management systems, and email marketing tools highly desired. Willingness and ability to learn these programs required.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of using the web, digital tools, and social media for communications purposes is essential.

Additional Information:This is term position for 1 year from the start date.

Please include a cover letter with your application.

Skills testing may be a component of the interview process for this position.

The department of Alumni Affairs and Development at Harvard University is committed to diversity. We welcome applicants who bring varied experience, thought, and practice to the department’s mission to maintain and enhance an engaged community of alumni and friends worldwide and to lead the University’s fundraising efforts.

Harvard University Benefits Package

Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year.

Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus.

Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.Department:Alumni Affairs and DevelopmentPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Alumni Affairs and Development, CommunicationsJob-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Leads diverse project teams consisting of fundraisers, writers, proofreaders, designers, production managers, multimedia producers, and/or external creative consultants in the execution of tactics. Builds schedules, runs meetings, communicates deadlines, and maintains budgets.

  • Works with communications management in developing and executing communications strategies, tactics, and plans for internal stakeholders within FAS Development. May assist other units as requested by his or her supervisor.

  • Occasionally, may write digital and print copy for FAS Development pieces, including, but not limited to, website content, event invitations, and brochure copy.

  • Ensures that managed projects deliver on time, on budget, and without errors.

  • Attends meetings of communications staff. Represents communications team in meetings with internal partners as needed.

  • May manage cross-departmental projects that that will assist the department in realizing its mission.

  • The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.

School/Unit:Alumni Affairs and Development 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:Harvard University’s Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) communications teams inspire donor and volunteer engagement by providing strategic, integrated communications solutions for various development initiatives. The person in this full-time, one-year time-limited position, will support the fundraising efforts of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), which is comprised of Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The FAS also encompasses academic resources such as libraries and museums, as well as campus resources and athletics.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Development Communications for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, this position is primarily responsible for managing projects in support of the FAS development effort. As an essential piece of this work, the Assistant Director must gain a comprehensive understanding of the overall goals and priorities of FAS Development; the audiences we communicate with, and the needs of those audiences; and our strategies and best practices for various communications channels.

This position requires strong project management skills and expertise shaping and executing communications solutions that inspire engagement and investment. Candidates should possess excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, familiarity with content management systems and digital tools and channels, and the ability to multi-task, organize, and prioritize while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality under deadline pressure.

The Assistant Director is expected to be comfortable working independently and providing strategic guidance on marketing and communications to frontline fundraisers, events teams, and other internal partners. Projects may include providing strategic communications guidance and recommendations to internal stakeholders and executing on those recommendations; overseeing project timelines with a close eye on deadlines, often managing shifting priorities; serving as project manager of cross-functional teams to create new products and communications streams; and writing and editing content for both print and digital channels.

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