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Harvard University Sr. Case Writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

66316BRAuto req ID:66316BRJob Code:CM0057 Writer III Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Sr. Case WriterSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 7 years of professional writing experience in case writing, graduate-level curriculum development, academic writing, communications, or related. Additional Qualifications and Skills: If you have some but not all of the following, we encourage you to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn:

  • Master's degree in public policy (or related degree) and/or strong working knowledge of concepts and methodologies taught in graduate level policy courses, including: microeconomics, statistics, international development, international relations, political science, leadership and management, and social policy.

  • Deep experience in the case method, case design and case research/writing strongly preferred.

  • Experience writing graduate level curricular materials, including documents such as teaching plans, is preferred.

  • Comfort working closely with an editor or client to define and meet their goals and requirements.

  • Experience creating or collaborating on the production of multimedia materials such as videos, podcasts, etc.

  • Knowledge of ethical storytelling practices that are inclusive of historically underrepresented perspectives.

  • Comfort and experience self-teaching new technical skills and new content-area expertise to meet the needs of a given project.

  • Proven track record of juggling multiple long-form writing projects while meeting staggered deadlines and deliverables.

Additional Information: Learn more about our work culture ( and see yourself at Harvard Kennedy School.

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.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager. The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Salary Range : $74,200 - $126,200

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.

Department:Academic Deans' OfficePre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Communications Position Description: Research and develop cases and related teaching materials (90%)

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director and faculty sponsor, create a curriculum development plan that accurately scopes the case topic to meet its classroom learning objectives.

  • Conduct research, including reviewing publicly available print materials, sourcing and analyzing internal organization documents, and conducting interviews with protagonists and other sources. All research must be appropriately sourced, cited, and attributed.

  • Conceptualize and write case materials that are responsive to the faculty client’s goals and predetermined learning objectives.

  • As needed, develop original exhibits and auxiliary materials using a variety of tools, including data visualizations, maps, and web-based interactive exercises.

  • Collaborate with faculty case sponsors to develop teaching plans to accompany every new case.

  • Collaborate with the Senior Multimedia Case Producer to develop video supplements and/or multimedia cases as needed.

    Editorial and administrative support (10%):

  • Solicit, receive and incorporate editorial feedback on case materials. Provide thoughtful and actionable feedback to colleagues upon request.

  • As needed, provide oversight and feedback to student research assistants on cases that require specialized expertise (for example, translation support).

  • Other duties as assigned, including occasional administrative tasks related to case quality assurance and research best practices.

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 Senior Case Writer will collaborate with Harvard Kennedy School faculty to research and develop custom teaching cases, issue briefs, teaching plans and associated curricular materials in a broad array of fields related to public policy. This is a unique opportunity to craft original curricular materials on complex topics and drive policy discussions in classrooms at HKS and around the globe. The HKS Case Program publishes the world’s largest collection of teaching cases designed to train public leaders.

A successful candidate will be a self-starter who is deeply interested in policy issues, can independently research and write cases on complex topics with limited supervision, and has the collaboration skills to nurture productive partnerships with faculty clients, case protagonists and colleagues. The Senior Case Writer must be a quick study who is eager to pick up new skills and must be undeterred by assignments that require them to rapidly develop expertise in new content areas. Exceptional communication skills and discretion, as well as ability to give and receive feedback with tact will be key success factors.

Impeccable academic writing and research skills, as well as excellent analytical and interviewing skills are required. Candidates must be flexible, adaptable and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, delivering quality products that meet the project brief under tight deadlines. Occasional travel, both domestic and international, may be required.

The Senior Case Writer will report to the Associate Director of the Case Program and will collaborate with colleagues at SLATE (the HKS program to Strengthen Learning and Teaching Excellence initiative) within which the Case Program is housed, on initiatives related to case teaching and curriculum development. Other duties as required.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

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 Equity, and Anti-Racism. 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-ES2Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. 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.