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Harvard University
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Senior Communications Officer

Duties & Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director of Media Relations and Communications, this individual will lead strategic and proactive communications and media relations projects and campaigns in support of University priorities and strategic initiatives.
  • Manage proactive media relations strategy including developing content packages and proactively pitching Harvard stories and content to external media outlets. Develop strategic communications plans that consistently tell Harvard stories in top-tier mainstream, online, and specialty media outlets.
  • Organize and define key messages, write materials, and create and execute press strategies in conjunction with communications plans.
  • Work with HPAC senior team to define and implement key media relations strategies.
  • Act as primary communications and media strategist administrative units in both the Provost's office as well as Campus Services.
  • In partnership with Director of Media Relations, strategizes approaches to issue management.
  • Ensure Harvard's global footprint is effectively conveyed to media in key markets around the world.
  • Work with communications leaders from around Harvard central units and Schools to build storylines that support key themes of the University.
  • Provide strategic guidance for media relations colleagues within HPAC for proactive media relations support and counsel on related media matters.
  • Strategize with digital team to strengthen Harvard's earned media efforts in digital and social media outlets.
  • Develop and maintain relationships on behalf of Harvard with journalists in key areas using social and digital channels.
  • Provide editorial assistance on other forms of communications as requested, including press releases and online and print publications.
  • Also serves as communications officer on specific University events and issues, formulating integrated communications plans, coordinating responses to press inquiries, prepares press releases and briefing materials, and handling press pools at events.
  • Work on other special projects for the department as needed.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required with a minimum of 6-8 years work experience
  • Strong experience serving as a spokesperson in a communications and media relations setting required.
  • Superior writing abilities are a must, as is ability to perform on tight deadlines.
  • Computer literacy required. Must have experience with media relations tools.
  • Ability to respond to a 24/7 newscycle. This position will occasionally entail work on nights and weekends.

Additional Qualifications
  • Candidate must possess the ability to work collaboratively across teams and with a variety of projects and constituencies.
  • Must have experience at intersection of new and traditional media.
  • 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 as well as to influence others.
  • Collegiality and team-orientation important attributes.
  • Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change.

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.