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Harvard University Assistant Director, Editorial in Cambridge, Massachusetts

65616BRAuto req ID:65616BRJob Code:CM1057 Communications Management II Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director, EditorialSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, with 6+ years’ experience as an editor, writer, public relations professional, or similar.

  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality writing and review others’ writing with a keen copyeditor’s eye.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a design-related field, architectural or art history, journalism, English, communications, or the humanities. Master’s degree preferred

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to cultivate relationships with design and media professions

  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-pressured environment and be self-motivated to bring projects to completion at agreed upon deadlines

  • Must be able to work independently and be enthusiastic about engaging with and across groups of highly ambitious individuals operating near or at the tops of their professions

  • Ability to synthesize complex information into exciting and persuasive communications

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple and disparate projects simultaneously

  • Must be able to exercise discretion and sound judgment with sensitive and confidential information

Additional Information: 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.

For more information about Harvard GSD see:

Department:CommunicationsPre-Employment Screening:Identity Job Function:Communications, General AdministrationPosition Description: TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and produce editorial content about GSD research initiatives and practices, and the School’s programs more generally

  • Actively engage faculty and students from across the School’s departments, degree programs, and research initiatives to maintain a deep and rapid awareness of newsworthy developments as they occur across the GSD community

  • Develop and execute a media plan in accordance with the GSD’s long-term mission and near-term priorities and communications goals, and in collaboration with the GSD’s external PR partners

  • Produce announcements, press releases, and other campaign communications with input from stakeholders from across the School

  • Actively support the University’s communications priorities in making regular pitches for university coverage of relevant stories featuring the School

  • Collaborate closely with the Editorial Director and his team to produce and pursue story ideas, and contribute regularly to the School’s digital editorial channels

  • Attend and contribute ideas to regular team-wide editorial meetings, and coordinate publications, both and print, with other editorial and communications colleagues

  • Assist in drafting important public announcements and other communications on behalf of the School’s leadership

  • Perform other duties as assigned, as part of a team that manages a wide portfolio of projects related to external communications, public programs, exhibitions, and publications


    There are no supervisory responsibilities associated with this position.

    School/Unit:Harvard Graduate School of Design 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.Physical Requirements: There are no known physical requirements related to this position. Work is mainly performed in an office setting.

    Working Conditions: This position will be based in Cambridge, MA. The work is mainly performed in an office setting. Flexible work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process.

    This position is hybrid and open to candidates residing in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. However, it is expected that the Assistant Director will spend a significant amount of time on campus in Cambridge to engage with the school community. During the academic year, it is essential for the Assistant Director to be present at the GSD on a weekly basis.

    Job Summary: The Assistant Director, Editorial, develops news stories and other editorial content about Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty and students, their respective research initiatives and practices, and the School’s programs more generally. In addition, the Assistant Director creates and executes a public relations strategy to promote press-worthy news about the School to both external media and Harvard University communications channels. The Assistant Director supports the overall mission of the Communications office to showcase the GSD’s success, innovation, and impact in the context of the wider field of design and through its contributions to other fields including economics, public policy, engineering, governance, medicine and public health, art, and the humanities.

    Seeking stories from within the GSD community and beyond, the Assistant Director maintains a deep awareness of the research and practice undertaken by students, faculty, and affiliates across the School’s many departments, degree programs, labs, and initiatives. With a strategic understanding of communication priorities, the Assistant Director conceptualizes and produces innovative editorial content. A critical component of this position is the capacity to generate and express an original narrative point of view—and to do so in a way that reflects an awareness of the field of design. It is essential that the Assistant Director possess the knowledge and creative agility to realize and articulate engaging, as-yet unreported storylines that underscore how the work of the GSD community is relevant to broader public discourses. The Assistant Director will collaborate closely with the Editorial Director and his team to produce and pursue story ideas, and to decide the most effective format for communicating about them. Potential formats for these communications include, but are not limited to, digital features for the GSD’s website, print publications, email newsletters, video, and social media.

    In collaboration with the GSD’s external PR partners, the Assistant Director will also produce announcements, press releases, and other campaign communications with input from stakeholders from across the School, and will actively support the University’s communications priorities in making regular pitches for university coverage of relevant stories featuring the School. The ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with media partners is essential for this position. The Assistant Director will also assist in drafting a steady rhythm of important public announcements and other communications on behalf of the School’s leadership.

    Successful candidates for this role possess strong writing skills and news judgement. They will also have the ability to work independently, juggling competing priorities and deadlines while moving an agenda forward in an organized and timely fashion.

    The Assistant Director reports to the Editorial Director. Applicants must submit a selection of writing samples and other work demonstrating their writing and editing skills, and ability to position, frame, contextualize, or otherwise present in narrative form a story or activity to media and/or public audiences.

    Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits: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.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-LP1Work 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.