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Harvard University Writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

59561BRAuto req ID:59561BRJob Code:315056 Writer Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Senior Writer and EditorSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • 3+ years of professional experience as a writer/journalist/content creator.

  • Any candidate wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume showing that they meet the required basic qualifications.


  • Writing samples and samples of past work will be requested for those interviewed for this position.  

  • Finalists may be given a writing test.

    Please note this search is being conducted by The HiPo, High Potential High Performer Network.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Proven track record as a communicator.

  • Excellent reporting and writing skills; proficiency as an editor; proficiency in other communications skills and tools, including social media.

  • Experience in journalism (digital or print) strongly preferred.

  • A demonstrated ability to generate compelling, timely story ideas and narratives

  • A deep interest in education’s impact in society — and in education policy, child development, and/or issues facing families.

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

  • Strong editing skills.

  • Media relations skills — the inclination and ability to develop content and events that will earn media attention; the ability to pitch content to media and to interact with members of the media.

  • The confidence, tact, and thoughtfulness required to build productive relationships with faculty and researchers.

  • Ability to read and engage with academic research and education policy; ability to learn how to “translate” complex topics to ensure accessibility and wide audience uptake.

  • Familiarity with contemporary tools of journalism and digital communication — including social media.

  • Familiarity with digital publishing environments. An understanding of how to format web content for search optimization, ease of reading, and audience uptake.

  • Ability to learn to post content to the HGSE website using the Drupal content management system.

Additional Information:

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.

We do this by:

• Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;

• Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;

• Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;

• Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;

• Communicating transparently and respectfully; and

• Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment

Department:MarComPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Communications Position Description:

Specific duties:

  • Create actionable, insightful content for HGSE’s Usable Knowledge initiative, with a goal of making education research and best practices accessible and shareable with educators, leaders, families, and the general public

  • Develop compelling ideas and great guest lists for HGSE’s Education Now webinar series — and assist in producing the events with the programming team

  • Create synergies between web stories, social content, and events, to maximize impact

  • Develop compelling story ideas and find the sources needed to report those ideas

  • Develop and maintain a strong familiarity with the field of education, and with education researchers, journalists, and organizations. Build an understanding of the topics that are trending with educators, leaders, nonprofit partners, families, and communities

  • Develop synergies with media, creating avenues to share content to increase HGSE’s media presence

  • Create social media content and initiate other content initiatives across digital platforms

  • Occasionally develop content initiatives that support HGSE’s institutional goals, such as enrolling a diverse cohort of graduate students, amplifying faculty strengths, and, in an overall sense, advancing the HGSE mission and brand.

  • Work in collaboration with key stakeholders in the Office of Communications and Marketing, in the Dean’s Office, and within the HGSE and Harvard faculty.

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.Working Conditions:

This position is based in Cambridge.

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Digital Communications, the Senior Writer and Editor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will create actionable, solutions-oriented education journalism for an audience of practicing educators, education leaders, policymakers, families, and the wider public.

The Senior Writer and Editor will be the staff writer and lead content creator for HGSE’s Usable Knowledge initiative, a web-based series of stories, strategies, tips, Q+A’s, and other content that translates academic knowledge and research into easily accessible and shareable pieces that educators, leaders, and families can use in their daily roles. In addition, the person in this position will provide leadership to HGSE’s Education Now series — short, highly topical webinars broadcast on Zoom and livestreamed across platforms — designed to address immediate challenges in the field of education, particularly in relation to pandemic recovery. The person will also create social media content and could lead other multimedia initiatives. Finally, the person will handle some media relations duties, including developing/maintaining a contact list of education journalists and interfacing with members of the media in pitching content and in taking media calls.

The Senior Writer and Editor should be a curious and knowledgeable reporter, well-versed in digital storytelling conventions and passionate about finding and sharing insight and solutions. The person in the role should have the ability to identify topical stories and trending issues, as well as to summarize and communicate academic research and other content sourced from researchers or faculty.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.