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Communications Manager

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School


Job Summary

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School is seeking a versatile and motivated Communications Manager to join our team. Reporting to the Director of Global Communication and Strategy, the Communications Manager will play a pivotal role in managing the Center's day-to-day communications activities. This role requires a well-rounded communications professional who can coordinate external vendors, support social media and web content, develop email marketing campaigns, and maintain effective internal communications across the Center. 

Position Description
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of Global Communication and Strategy to implement and execute the Center's overall communications strategy. 
  • Coordinate and manage relationships with external vendors, including graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and printers, ensuring high-quality deliverables. 
  • Oversee the Center's social media presence, including content planning, posting, and engagement, to effectively communicate the Center's research and activities to various audiences. 
  • Maintain the Center's website content, ensuring it is up-to-date, accurately curated, and aligned with branding guidelines. 
  • Train new project staff on website CMS and e-mail marketing, as well as create standard operating procedures and documentation. 
  • Develop and execute email marketing campaigns to promote Center events, research, and initiatives, using best practices to engage target audiences. 
  • Create and distribute internal communications to keep Center staff informed of news, events, and achievements. 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Belfer Center experts and researchers to effectively gather information for communications materials. 
  • Collaborate with other teams within the Center to ensure consistent messaging and branding across all communications channels. 
  • Monitor communication trends and industry best practices to continuously improve the Center's communication strategies. 
  • Assist in crisis communication strategies, including drafting statements, managing media inquiries, and coordinating responses. 
  • Use analytics and metrics to assess the impact of communications efforts and make data-driven recommendations for improvement. 
  • Stay informed about current events, global affairs, and relevant policy issues to ensure the Center's communications remain timely and relevant. 
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, or a related field. 
  • 4+ years of professional experience in communications, public relations, or related roles, with a demonstrated ability to manage diverse communication tasks. 
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to convey complex information in a clear and engaging manner. 
  • Proficiency in social media management, website content management systems, and email marketing platforms. 
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines. 
  • Understanding of branding principles and the ability to maintain consistent messaging across various communication channels. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. 
  • Proficiency in using data and analytics to measure communication impact and make strategic decisions. 
  • Adept at staying updated on current events, global trends, and emerging communication technologies. 
  • Enthusiasm for the mission and values of the Belfer Center and Harvard Kennedy School. 
Additional Information
Learn more about our work culture and see yourself at Harvard Kennedy School.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. 

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA.  As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Salary Range: $69,404 - $113,558
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. 

Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

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
405004 Comm Professional (N)

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


Salary Grade

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
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