Harvard University Administrator (N) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

43581BRAuto req ID:43581BRLocation:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research and Communications AssociateSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:056Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Experience managing online media, including websites and social media accounts

  • 3 years of experience in writing, publications, communications and/or a related field

Additional Qualifications:

  • Commitment to GPL’s mission of improving government performance and solving social problems

  • Ability to communicate complex content to multiple audiences

  • Exceptional organizational and project management capabilities, with a demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively prioritize time and tasks.

  • High level of maturity and empathy with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

  • Eagerness to learn, discretion on confidential matters, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task are critical

  • Team player with the proven ability to build strong relationships and develop trust with colleagues

  • Proficiency with MS Office, Google Docs, database, and e-mail computer applications required

  • Superior written and oral communications skills and a proven ability to research and synthesize complex information

  • Excellent computer skills

  • Careful attention to detail

Additional Information:This is a fully benefits eligible term appointment, ending one year from date of hire, with the possibility of renewal.Department:Taubman CenterPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:M-F 9am-5pmJob Function:Communications Duties & Responsibilities:

The Government Performance Lab (GPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School conducts research on how governments can improve the results they achieve for their citizens. An important part of this research model involves providing pro bono technical assistance to state and local governments. Through this hands-on involvement, the GPL gains insights into the barriers that governments face and the solutions that can overcome these barriers. The GPL has grown quickly since it’s founding in 2011 and today has a 50-person team assisting over 50 state and local governments across the United States in policy areas including early education, behavioral health, child welfare, criminal justice, and workforce development. Our technical assistance helps governments transform the performance of government agencies’ core operations, develop pay for success contracts using social impact bonds, and adopt results-driven contracting strategies for critical grants and procurements.

The GPL is increasing its resources dedicated to synthesizing and communicating the lessons learned from our on-the-ground projects through a variety of strategies, including producing and disseminating policy briefs, teaching cases, technical training materials, and other “toolkit’ materials for government leaders, updating content on our website to allow greater access to project materials, and increased engagement with local and national press.

The Associate will support the GPL’s Director of Research and Innovation in the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy for the Government Performance Lab (GPL). The role will include significant ownership over the GPL writing and communications work product, including substantive policy writing, outreach to key stakeholders, and digital media management. The Associate will support the Director of Research and Innovation in producing GPL print and digital materials, including policy briefs, website content, media coverage, blog posts, and social media.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports the Director of Research and Innovation in development of the GPL’s long-term communications strategy;

  • Launches targeted effort to strengthen media presence and improve the GPL’s visibility to policy and practitioner audiences;

  • Ensures consistent branding, messaging, and content quality across the GPL’s work;

  • Writes and closely edits a broad range of materials, including policy briefs, blog posts, press releases, and social media posts;

  • Works closely with GPL staff across the U.S. on showcasing their project work through case studies and policy briefs on pressing social issues including criminal justice, homelessness, child welfare, and behavioral health;

  • Manages GPL’s twitter account and website, including regular upkeep of content;

  • Supports local press efforts of government partners across the country;

  • Works closely with the Harvard Kennedy School and Taubman Center communications teams to amplify GPL press efforts.

School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School 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 or any other characteristic protected by law.