The Internal Communications Lead for Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is part of a team of communications professionals dedicated to serving the communications needs of Harvard's central IT organization.
Harvard University is at the forefront of delivering world-class technology to our community, thanks to our remarkable IT professionals. The Internal Communications Lead will be responsible for supporting our IT organization through effective communications that help foster culture and employee engagement. Candidate must be a self-starter—bringing creative and innovative ideas—and comfortable working in a collaborative environment.
Reporting in to the senior communications officer, Harvard Public Affairs & Communications (HPAC), and working closely with HUIT's managing director of Administration & Finance and HR partners, the Internal Communications Lead will develop communications for a variety of internal vehicles including all-staff events, employee intranet, and monthly newsletter. S/he will also work closely with the University CIO (UCIO) to effectively communicate her vision and the organization's strategic objectives.
Specific responsibilities include:
Proactively creates and drafts compelling narratives for internal audiences.
Advises on and authors executive communications. Drafts outlines and remarks for University CIO presentations, as well as talking points, media briefs, and all-staff emails.
Develops programing content for internal events and all-staffs, including designing presentations, creating short videos, and coordinating speakers.
Leads, develops, and implements internal communications campaigns to support strategic cultural initiatives, programs, and policy within the organization.
Manages monthly internal newsletter and contributes to the Managers' Digest, creating original content, and surfacing and shaping content from across the organization.
Manages and creates content for employee intranet.
Participates in strategic communications planning with the senior communications officer and other members of the HUIT communications team, and takes the lead in implementing the tactical elements of internal communications plans.
Other duties as assigned
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications is committed to diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission.
Harvard University Benefits Package Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year's Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year. Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BS required, preferably with emphasis on communications, public relations, or journalism, with the ability to turn complex ideas into relatable stories.
A minimum of 5 years increasingly responsible experience, preferably with experience in internal, corporate, or executive communications.
Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills as well as the journalistic ability to source stories from employees; writing samples may be requested.
Experience with graphic design, presentation design, and multimedia creation strongly preferred.
Experience working with and writing for leadership preferred
Presentation development and PowerPoint (or similar software) skills preferred
Must be aware of and willing to learn about new developments in digital technology
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47878BR
About Harvard University Administration
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.