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Senior Scientific Writer and Researcher

Harvard University
Job Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
Laboratory and Research
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job-Specific Responsibilities
The Senior Scientific Writer and Researcher (SSWR) provides support to the Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on a range of written communications for internal and external audiences. These may include speeches, briefing documents, op-eds, letters, talking points, short concept notes, blogs, PowerPoint presentations and other special projects to be determined. The SSWR will also conduct required research to facilitate impactful writing on behalf of the Dean, and will work independently to conceptualize and execute writing assignments from first to final draft.

This position is part of the administrative team that directly supports the Dean. They will work closely with the Chief of Staff, the Senior Administrative Manager, the Senior Strategic Communications Advisor to the Dean, and the Dean's Office events team.

In addition, the SSWR will collaborate beyond the Dean's Office, including with the Office of Communications, the Office for External Relations, and other administrative offices at the School and University. The SSWR will also be responsible for performing other duties as required.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit writing samples (i.e. - speeches, op-eds, concept notes, PowerPoint presentations, etc.).

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually - including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
  • 7+ years of related experience required
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
  • Master's degree
  • 5+ years of experience working on significant speeches, briefing documents, op-eds, and other high-stakes communications projects
  • Experience and familiarity with both higher education and public health, along with a strong commitment to the School's educational and public health missions
  • Strong research skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication, as well as judgment, discretion, and attention to detail
  • Experience interacting effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, visiting dignitaries and other guests
  • Capacity to quickly understand and synthesize research, and translate to written materials
  • Experience prioritizing multiple time-sensitive projects and adjusting to shifting priorities
  • Experience working independently (while seeking guidance as needed), as a team member, and across institutional departments
  • Commitment to high quality of work, and experience seeing tasks through to completion
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
Additional Information
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School's mission, objectives, and core values and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off:3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision:Excellent and affordablemedical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginningas of an employee's start date.
  • Retirement:University-funded retirement planwith full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs:$40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
  • Transportation:50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness & Professional Development:Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90day orientation and review period
Job Function

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
CM0958 Communications Sr Spcialist I


Dean's Office Administration

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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