Posted On: April 25, 2017
Media Organization: Harvard University
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Program Coordinator for Content and Communications for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
Harvard Kennedy School
USA - MA - Cambridge
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Duties & Responsibilities
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is an ambitious joint effort of Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School in close collaboration with and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to advance leadership, management, and innovation in cities. It will be an engine for Executive Education, original research, curriculum development, and engagement with practice about the art and science of innovative problem-solving in cities. Together, the two organizations will equip mayors and their senior leaders with the tools, skills and support increasingly required to tackle the complex leadership and management challenges faced in governing cities around the globe.
A full-time Executive Program Director, who reports to the Faculty Director for the program, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the overall project, supported by a full time staff of five people dedicated to the program, including three senior level Program Managers and two Program Coordinators.
Reporting to the Program Manager for Content and Communications, the Program Coordinator for Content and Communications working closely with the Ash Center's staff (where the program is housed) and HKS Executive Education leadership, will provide research, writing, editorial and production support on all aspects of the content dissemination and communication strategy for the initiative. Both staff members will work collaboratively with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ash Center, Harvard communications staff, and external consultants to market the initiative, strategically develop and position the program's “brand,” and capture and share new knowledge generated through the initiative.
The Program Coordinator's responsibilities are to support the Program Manager with editing, producing and disseminating content materials from the initiative to ensure ongoing support and stimulation of Mayoral leadership and innovation. S/he and the Program Manager for Content and Communications will work closely with the Faculty Director, faculty, program participants including city government staff and students, and other contributors to create content based on research, experiences in practice, and insights generated through the program and programs resulting from the initiative. These practitioner-¬focused materials could include scholarly articles, multimedia cases, online learning tools, podcasts, mini-¬video tutorials, and interactive exercises all produced to the highest design standards to share proven solutions. The two content and communications staff would also create content such as website text and other program-¬related communications such as newsletters, invitations, etc.
S/he will also help the Program Manager develop maximum accessibility to these knowledge materials and create national and international recognition through a state of the art web presence, traditional and social media, and practitioner focused outlets. In addition, the coordinator will help oversee production, in coordination with external vendors, of all graphic design, video, and audio, and digital content.
The Program Coordinator's responsibilities also include providing administrative and logistical support for the program. Administrative support includes purchasing supplies and materials, recordkeeping, processing expenses and preparing reimbursements, coordinating travel for team members, scheduling and arranging internal and external meetings, and other administrative requirements of the team. The Program Coordinator may also assist in drafting and stewarding contracts through the approval process when contracted services are required. The Program Coordinator will work with the Ash Center's Director of Financial Management and Planning to ensure adherence to all Harvard University financial policies and procedures.
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is currently funded as a four year project. This position is fully benefits eligible term appointment for two years, with a strong likelihood of renewal for the next two years.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
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.
Basic (Required) Qualifications
• Minimum of 3 years of administrative or communications experience and prior editing experience
• Experience working on digital communications teams and demonstrated understanding of social media
Additional (Preferred) Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree strongly preferred
• Multimedia production experience preferred, e.g. Photoshop, podcasting and light video editing
• Experience in branding and marketing preferred
• Understanding of scholarly work and its translation for a wider audience
• Excellent written, interpersonal and cross - cultural communication skills
• Team player capable of handling multiple tasks independently
• Professional and highly organized, including the proven ability to manage and prioritize multiple shifting priorities
• Intellectual curiosity and passion for public sector innovatio
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