Senior Managing Director for Public Engagement

12 Sep, 2022


Senior Managing Director for Public Engagement

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

The Senior Managing Director for Public Engagement is a senior member of Harvard University’s Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC) team responsible for building and managing community and public engagement efforts and strategies aligned with Harvard’s teaching, learning, and research mission, as well as the university’s social impact and innovation efforts throughout the Greater Boston region.

The Senior Managing Director works across university functional areas and networks to coordinate strategy, gather consensus, and ensure alignment of messages, content, data, and other advocacy and communications tools around key projects for the university’s diverse public audiences. S/he will bring a sophisticated communications and engagement approach to develop proactive message and advocacy strategies to build understanding, promote accountability, ensure responsiveness and help steward the university’s relationships in a broad ecosystem of organizations, multilateral teams, and individuals.

In partnership with leads for state and local government and community relations as well as communications and community programs, the role will focus on building a connected strategy for stakeholder engagement and relevant partnerships related to key initiatives. Working more broadly with colleagues in Harvard Public Affairs and Communications as well as from the across the university and its schools, this individual will lead a small team and manage across groups to build and operationalize a comprehensive and strategic approach to active engagement among stakeholders and will identify both partners and opportunities in advancing the university’s work in its host communities.

The Senior Managing Director will be responsible for briefing and advising senior university leadership on priorities and issues on a proactive and regular basis and will be expected to bring independent innovation and creativity to the role. This role also requires experienced judgement, strategic focus, and the capacity for seeing in both wide and long-term perspectives, the assessment and balancing of stakeholder concerns and dynamics, as well as an understanding of regulatory, reputational, political, and other relevant externalities and their relation to university priorities.

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 our work in service to Harvard’s mission. This role will be required to attend events, public meetings, and have some in-office presence in accordance with HPAC and Harvard University’s dynamic workplace guidance.

Position Description

Additional expectations for the role include:

Managing multiple stakeholder relationships and performance, including development and preparation of any potential current or future partnerships and opportunities.

Monitoring and research around relevant planning or policy proposals, critical stakeholder opportunities, and regulatory and policy architecture aligned with the university’s culture, vision and values.

Thought leadership and expertise in social impact, governance, peer analysis and best practices, closely following legal, regulatory, and market developments to inform strategic planning and conversations with stakeholders.

Advice and partnership relating to the university’s public-facing initiatives and activities, and creation and review of content collateral, presentations, and other public communications.

Supporting executive leadership in partnership, advocacy, outreach and response to key stakeholders, community in partnership with colleagues and leaders in public affairs.

Partnering with communications colleagues on general and social media inquiries, issues management, and social impact and public advocacy; and serving as a central source of data and support for requests and information.

Basic Qualifications

14+ years of relevant in-house experience in administrative leadership, planning, community engagement or stakeholder management & social impact.
Higher education or non-profit experience is strongly preferred.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Proven leadership strengths and experience managing and partnering with diverse, high functioning teams.

Excellent written and oral communications skills.

Strong leadership, supervisory, organizational and project management skills.

Excellent partnership skills – a team player with the ability to lead and collaborate cross-functionally to achieve enterprise-wide results.

Strong facilitation skills – an open communicator comfortable gathering and exchanging feedback and the sharing of ideas.

Excellent advocacy, influence, oral and written communication skills –effective in representing and advocating on behalf of institution.

Critical thinking and analytical skills, and experience with integrating political and regulatory concepts into business practice.

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Job posted: 2022-09-12