The Strategic Initiatives Manager for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications will manage and implement a portfolio of special projects and strategic initiatives articulated by university and department leadership. He/she will lead integrated campaigns, communications, research efforts, and other activities with a specific focus on project, program, and content planning across stakeholders and platforms. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, this role will work across channels and outreach strategies to advance key leadership objectives and messages consistently and with a broad audience. The Strategic Initiatives Manager will liaise with stakeholders to determine needs, concerns, and viewpoints to understand and synthesize the goals of a project.
Develop and implement research, project, and other outreach events and communications in support of defined priorities and objectives. Convene and staff strategy and planning meetings, including preparing materials, documenting decisions and monitoring status and next steps.
Advise Vice President, Chief of Staff and other relevant senior staff on proactive pitching, marketing and publicity campaigns, and other substantive project-related matters and drive implementation.
Develop programmatic content, including working with faculty, students, and other university staff, for assigned strategic initiatives, including but not limited to participating in the planning and implementation of related public and internal programs.
Write press releases, reports, presentations, and other public-facing materials, and execute outreach with broadcast, print, and digital media related to assigned projects, working in close coordination with relevant subject matter experts.
Write, edit, and distribute briefings, talking points, and other preparatory material for university leadership as they relate to key initiatives, events, or programs.
Gather and report on quantitative and qualitative data, analyzing trends and information that may be useful in formulating new initiatives or outreach. Perform research analysis and make recommendations for next steps to advance outcomes based on analytics and key performance metrics. This also involves analyzing current practice or policies, evaluating the effects of proposed activities, or legislation, and reporting on findings.
Manage relationships, budgets, and procedures with external agencies or vendors, including developing content-specific RFPs and managing review and selection process as well as conducting necessary research and follow up on related projects.
Manage and make recommendations on content and design for web properties and external materials related to news, communications, and other cross-departmental priorities.
Author comprehensive monitoring and research packages including synthesized media intelligence briefs, research, analyses, and recommendations for senior university leadership. Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding media monitoring tools and process. Manages and provides real-time news analysis for senior HPAC leadership including crisis communications, breaking news alerts as needed throughout the day and aggregated reports.
Participate in other special projects for the department as needed.
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications is committed to diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission.
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.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required with 7-years work experience, preferably in a communications or government relations setting.
The ideal candidate must have exceptional interpersonal, project management, and reporting, writing and editing skills and a proven record of working collaboratively with a wide range of constituents.
Experience with digital communications channels necessary.
Computer literacy required. Must have experience with Windows and databases. Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Should have a demonstrated record of success in complex and fast-paced organization, preferably a college or university; should also possess the ability to set priorities and manage competing demands.
Candidate should have a highly analytical background and enjoy tackling new challenges in a fast-paced, growing environment.
Media relations or high-level principal experience preferred.
Candidate must possess the ability to work collaboratively across teams and with a variety of projects and constituencies.
High attention to detail and strong organizational skills are a must.
Must be innovative, strategic and conceptually manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle difficult situations with a high level of professionalism.
Must be able to listen carefully and influence others.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49467BR
About Harvard University Administration
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.