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Communications Manager, Center for International Development

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The Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School has an immediate opening for a full-time Communications Manager. This position develops and manages the infrastructure and flow of communications and research dissemination on behalf of the Center for International Development. The Communications Manager will report to the Assistant Director and may manage additional staff or interns.

The Manager will assist in the development of an integrated strategic communications plan to promote CID research to the Center’s external audiences including policymakers, academics, students and the general public. The Manager will be responsible for executing this strategy utilizing a variety of channels and creating and managing content which promotes the objectives of the Center.

Responsibilities include:

conceptualizing, designing and building infrastructure to support CID communications and research dissemination; this will include identifying appropriate mechanisms, including media options to reach CID constituents (via CID website, video, and print, digital and social media);
writing and editing web content (including the Weekly Calendar and opportunistic Communiqués), press releases and assisting team members with external communications efforts;
translating CID research themes and reports appropriately for the various CID constituents;
coordinating timely content and research updates and the dissemination of CID research, working papers and policy briefs.
the development of a CID newsletter including writing, editing, managing the over-all execution of production, coordinating contributions from faculty and other team members and evaluating impact;
developing CID collateral materials and managing public relations with the goal of increasing the Center’s visibility and ensuring messages align with CID objectives;
engaging with the HKS Communications office and other center communications managers to leverage best practices and participate in university-wide communication initiatives;
developing and managing relevant listservs and databases of the Center’s audiences and supporters;
The successful candidate will gain exposure to economic development issues in a high-profile, fast-paced office, alongside friendly and energetic staff. The Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID) is recognized as a global leader in research that expands the understanding of development challenges and offers viable solutions to global poverty.
Basic Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism or related discipline required. At least five years relevant working experience in professional communications role including writing promotional copy for publications, editing and proofreading, web content development, marketing and communications management required.
Additional Qualifications
Master’s Degree and demonstrated interest in international or economic development preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills are essential, including strong editing and proofing skills, as well as the demonstrated ability to prepare and publish informational materials for diverse audiences. Journalism or international development background preferred with knowledge of effective research dissemination channels. Willingness to learn the business of CID in order to master related content is a must, as is an interest in research and ability to synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources.

Prior experience with print and web design, information architecture, content management, and proven ability to take text and transform it into web-oriented visuals and links, utilizing CMS, FTP Clients, Acrobat, Illustrator, HTML and Photoshop. Prior experience in both administration and strategic planning; demonstrated ability to create and implement a strategic plan. Ability to anticipate and prioritize cross-organization needs to formulate communications plans for an integrated, multipart organizations. Applicants should be flexible and able to work with all levels of staff, funders, faculty and program participants. Strong organizational, time and project management skills and the ability to see a project through from conceptualization to completion are necessary. The ideal candidate will be collaborative and deadline oriented, with the ability to work successfully under pressure, understand and implement policies and procedures, and accommodate revisions to copy form editors, supervisors, and clients with tact, judgment, and high level of discretion. Understanding of and familiarity with Web 2.0 initiatives and culture preferred as is experience developing web communities. Prior related experience in a university setting preferred, as is knowledge of Harvard’s history and organizations.
Additional Information
Please upload your resume and cover letter as one document.

This position is a fully benefits eligible term appointment ending one year after date of hire with the possibility of renewal.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

The Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID) is recognized as a global leader in research to advance human well-being and social progress in the developing world by expanding the understanding of development challenges and offering viable solutions to problems of global poverty. The CID has an immediate opening for a Communications Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with the CID’s administration to create and implement an overall communication strategy. The position will be responsible for managing the execution of all communication, research dissemination and marketing, including press releases, print collateral such as newsletters and brochures, web presence and email updates to external and internal audiences, and media relations. The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of international development matters and the ability to dissect related, complex topics.
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