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Harvard University Director of Communications in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54110BRAuto req ID:54110BRJob Code:CM0559 Communications Management IV Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Director of CommunicationsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :059Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of experience in communications; a proven record in developing digital and social media strategies; supervisory/management experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills: Ideal candidates will also possess an advanced degree in a relevant field; experience in higher education and in campaigns or public service; be a “self-starter” who proactively anticipates organizational needs including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines as required; the ability and drive to work across an organization at all levels to ensure clear and unified goals and communication; and an ability to interact and influence diverse people to meet goals and deadlines, build and manage teams, and work collaboratively with senior leadership, colleagues, students, volunteers, and the broader Harvard community. Excellent oral and written communications skills to ensure the effective delivery of the Institute’s vision, mission, and brand; proficiency with social media platforms and web tools; an eye for strong graphic design and visual branding; strong media relationships; and a passion for public service and politics.

Additional Information: We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.

Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging. (

Salary Range: $90,200 - $157,200

Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • 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 options through participating Harvard grad schools.

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

  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Department:Institute of PoliticsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Communications Job-Specific Responsibilities: Together with a small team, the Director of Communications will establish and maintain productive relationships with local and national media; oversee website content and online presence, including digital content, social media outreach, and videos that bring IOP programming to a broader audience; manage creation of published materials including bi-annual newsletter, weekly email, brochures and other printed and digital materials; serve as a spokesperson for the IOP; and work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations to develop and administer an IOP-wide communications budget.

Examples of the Director of Communications’ responsibilities are: working with the IOP Polling Director to connect with various media outlets to publicize the semesterly millennial poll results; crafting press strategies to advance Forums and other large-scale events, including press releases/media advisories; overseeing the design of graphics and video content for IOP social media channels and the IOP website; conducting social media trainings for students; and working with students to publish blog posts on national media channels. School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School 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 Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School has a proud history as the first institution of its kind with a mission to inspire students, particularly undergraduates, to become leaders in politics and public service. Established in 1966 as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the IOP seeks to bring students together with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a nonpartisan basis to inspire them toward politics and public service.

Through its fifteen programs, the IOP engages with students in variety of ways, including weekly study groups led by Residential Fellows, civics education programs for local elementary and middle school students, formal and informal discussions on intersection of politics with gender, race, and ethnicity, opportunities to pose questions to prominent political leaders in the JFK Jr. Forum, and the crafting of the nation’s leading millennial poll. To find out more about the IOP, visit

As a member of the senior IOP team, the Director of Communications reports to the IOP’s Executive Director and will work closely with the Director. The position will develop a broad communications strategy for the Institute as a whole and for its individual programs, initiatives, and events. The Director of Communications will also work closely with student leadership to craft communications strategies for their IOP priorities and develop innovative communications methods to define the Institute’s public presence. The Director of Communications works in partnership with HKS Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the University’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications.