Harvard University Publications Coordinator in Cambridge, Massachusetts

46863BRAuto req ID:46863BRJob Code:402042 Publications Coordinator Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Digital Content CreatorSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:055Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:Bachelor's degree required, along with a proven track record as a communicator. Excellent writing; mastery of other communications skills and inclinations, including video, audio, photography, and editing. Familiarity with digital publishing environments and awareness of how content management systems work; willingness to learn and engage with HGSE’s Drupal CMS. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, flexibility, and professional judgment. Must be able to manage multiple time-sensitive tasks simultaneously. Strong initiative, be able to work both independently and as a member of a team. Familiarity with social media platforms. Advanced knowledge of a variety of contemporary digital-journalistic tools, including image, video, and audio editing software. Ability to innovate and think creatively about new ways to reach audiences.

Additional Qualifications:Candidates should also be flexible enough to work in a marketing-communications capacity, occasionally generating copy or creating visual assets that support the strategic marketing needs of HGSE’s admissions and development teams, among other internal partners.

Additional Information:Please attach resume and cover letter as one document.

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Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community which values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu

Department:Marketing and CommunicationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Communications Duties & Responsibilities:Reporting to the Director of Editorial Strategy, with day-to-day workflow reporting to the senior production manager, the Digital Content Creator is a dynamic, journalistically minded, and deadline-oriented communicator, responsible for developing news and feature stories, Usable Knowledge research-to-practice pieces, announcements, and profiles for HGSE’s online communications channels.

The Digital Content Creator will be conversant in, excited by, and able to plan and generate content in a wide array of digital storytelling formats — text, video, photography, audio, social, or a mixture of the above.

This individual will be contributing to an editorial team that is increasingly operating in a digital communications landscape that includes videos and other forms of visual journalism, podcasts, and social and interactive communications modes. Our goal is to tell the stories of HGSE’s remarkable campus community and its wide-ranging impact in education research, schools, and society — and to find and master the platforms best suited to tell those stories.

All interested candidates should be excellent writers and reporters, with the ability to source, pitch, and frame stories that highlight the impact, value, and innovations of HGSE’s programs, people, and events. Candidates might bring a range of other specific skills that would make them well-suited for the position: The successful candidate might primarily be a visual journalist with a strong video production background, a strong and sharp writer with a flair for creating compelling stories, or someone with an interesting track record in other formats. The common ingredient — regardless of one’s specific communications strengths and background — is curiosity, strong reporting and narrative ability, a dedication to accuracy and high standards in your work.

Candidates should have a background or a deep interest in education at all levels, as well as an understanding of higher education as the specific environment in which we work. Candidates should be able to form productive relationships with Harvard faculty, graduate students, and administrative leaders, as well as other influencers and knowledge-builders in education — possessing the tact and good judgment necessary to maintain those relationships.

Candidates should also be flexible enough to work in a marketing-communications capacity, occasionally generating copy or creating visual assets that support the strategic marketing needs of HGSE’s admissions and development teams, among other internal partners.

Specific duties:

  • Create compelling content across a variety of channels, aligning with the mission and editorial needs of the Communications and Marketing Office. This will involve generating and pitching story ideas, working with editors to refine ideas, and producing content autonomously, on short deadlines, that realizes those goals.

  • Develop shareable social media assets — including callouts, and Twitter and Facebook posts — for every piece.

  • Think about the elements of your stories: how they deploy on web pages, in our e-newsletters, on social media, and how they might better reach audiences.

  • Become fluent in the workings of HGSE’s content management system; occasionally upload and prepare stories for publication.

  • Develop an understanding of the metrics that demonstrate success across the various platforms; develop at least an entry-level familiarity with Google Analytics and other measurement systems.

  • Find and edit high-quality, compelling images (staff-generated or stock) to accompany text-based stories.

  • Copyedit and proofread the work of colleagues as necessary.

  • Support the school’s presence on social media by occasionally posting—and responding to comments—on various social platforms.

  • Other duties may be assigned by the Director of Marketing.

School/Unit:Harvard Graduate School of Education 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.