Communications Coordinator

20 Jun, 2022


Communications Coordinator

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Job Summary

The Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and detail-oriented coordinator to help develop successful strategies, oversee schedules, track deliverables, and create excellent products for multiple communications channels, disseminating the Center’s work and increasing its reach.

Building on the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the University-wide Center aims to strengthen city leadership and governance, and serve as a hub of world-class programs, teaching, and research on cities. The Center brings together faculty, students, and expertise from around Harvard to engage in continuous interaction with practice.

The ideal candidate will possess superb communications skills as a writer, editor, and proofreader with particular experience in short-form writing for general audiences on a variety of high-visibility platforms. A diligent task manager and deadline-driven team player with collaborative strengths and a customer service orientation, they will be at home on web and social channels with some basic design experience; awareness of tactics to reach target audiences; and eagerness to measure results in the service of ongoing improvements.

This role will report to the Senior Director of Communications.

Position Description

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing communications support with primary responsibility for creating frequent, short-form editorial deliverables for web, email, and social channels
  • Working with internal clients and external collaborators
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Tracking email and social metrics and media coverage
  • Maintaining files and deliverables in good order
  • Adopting new communications projects and tools in a dynamic environment.

Basic Qualifications

Two or more years of directly relevant professional experience in non-profit, educational, or broadcast communications; journalism; web content development; or related field.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to produce and iterate high-quality, effective, short-form and optimized writing for broad audiences on multiple platforms, including web, social, email, and print materials
  • Care and discernment in creating communications products of the highest quality, with a love of precise, evocative language and an appreciation for storytelling
  • Ability to manage requests, build editorial or production calendars, follow review and approval sequences, and collaborate well with communications team members and internal clients
  • Solid knowledge of editorial role in one or more CMS tools such as Drupal, WordPress, or Open Scholar
  • Hands-on experience with one or more CRM/marketing tools such as MailChimp, Pardot, Salesforce Marketing Cloud or Hubspot
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office/Office 365
  • Some experience with tools for light design work, such as Adobe Creative Cloud (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign) or Canva
  • Some prior knowledge of Salesforce, Dropbox, Slack, Meltwater, or Cision a plus
  • A strong work ethic and resolute integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that resonate with diverse audiences
  • We are committed to building and fostering a diverse and inclusive team of staff, students, and faculty, and we seek candidates who share our commitment and values

Additional Information

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment through June 30, 2023 with very strong possibility of renewal.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.
Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Please note: This is an in-person/on campus position based in Cambridge, MA, with possible flexible work options.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. 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:

Salary Range: $58,965 – $93,830
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.

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Job posted: 2022-06-20