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Communications Specialist

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The Communications Specialist is responsible for managing all aspects of CAS's communications strategy and policy. The communications portfolio includes broadening CAS programs visibility through content creation, design and development, marketing and branding, reports and publications (both print and electronic), media relations, oversight of the CAS website and other social media platforms for the Cambridge and Africa offices. This position supports CAS leadership with new programming, strategic planning, donor stewardship, and alumni engagement.  

Position Description

Communications Strategy:

* Oversight of the CAS communications strategy and associated budgets. Experience developing a multifaceted strategic communication policy that serves the needs of constituents in both Cambridge and Africa in alignment of CAS's goals.

Content Creation

* Independently manages and creates content and is responsible for the overall content, production, and distribution for the CAS website, social media platforms, mailing listservs, and contact database as well as summarize program and research themes such as the Climate, Agriculture and Health, Business and Entrepreneurship, Religion and Public Life, Africa-Asia and African Art Initiatives into manageable content ideas for visibility and utilization by constituents.

Brand and PR/Media Management

* Oversight on the CAS brand and ensures appropriate use of the Harvard and CAS name, brand, and trademark as outlined by the Office of the Provost and other internal constituents.

* Develop and maintain media contacts across a range of outlets (local, national, and international; print, broadcast, radio, and electronic) as well as draft and distribute media releases under the guidance of the Executive Director and Faculty Director.

Basic Qualifications

Two or more years of experience in communications, public relations or marketing

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • College background preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Experience producing publications (reports, newsletters, promotional material, etc.)
  • Experience creating audiovisual content and knowledge of graphic and web design, publishing, and/or photo and video software applications (such as Open Scholar, Canva, InDesign, and/or Photoshop)
  • Experience in copy editing
  • Familiarity with social media platform
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and work quickly, accurately and efficiently with acute attention to detail
  • Excellent oral, writing, editing, and proofreading skills required
  • Must be able to take initiative and demonstrate discretion with sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to work under pressure and against tight deadline
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Familiarity with or experience living or working in Africa
Additional Information
This is a one year term position with possibility of renewal.

Some nights/weekends and occasional travel may be required.

We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
402042 Publications Coordinator

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Center for African Studies

Social Sciences

Time Status

Salary Grade

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Appointment End Date

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EEO Statement
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