Job Summary

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In October, 2020, Harvard Divinity School launched Religion and Public Life (RPL) – aninnovative, nondenominational cross-disciplinary program to promote a robust understanding ofthe rich, complex role that religion plays in all facets of human existence.

RPL serves as an umbrella for programs, research and scholarship on the many ways religioninteracts with, and influences, institutions such as government, education, journalism and otherprofessions, and more. RPL includes a new degree program, the Masters in Religion and PublicLife (MRPL), and related certificate programs; the Religion, Conflict & Peace Initiative; and theReligious Literacy and the Professions Initiative.

Reporting to the RPL Program Director, the RPL Communications Specialist provides strategicand operational leadership in proposing, developing and advancing RPL communications inorder to amplify the reach and impact of its mission to advance the public understanding ofreligion. Working closely with RPL and HDS Communications staff, faculty, fellows and others,the RPL Communications specialist leads on a range of projects related to website content anddesign, special events planning, publicity and marketing, teaching materials and other collateral.The RPL Communications Specialist also leads on development of an overall communicationstrategy for the program, including developing content guidelines and best practices, andproposing methods for assessing progress and effectiveness.

This is a term position ending no later than December 31, 2023.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Website content and design:
  • Maintain vibrant, dynamic RPL website presence through regular updates and newcontent
  • Design and create new content for all RPL programming and initiatives
  • Propose and implement design modifications

Events, Publicity and Marketing:
  • Co-plan and help implement public engagement for major events, including events,webinars, symposia and professional education training for teachers and others
  • Design and disseminate announcements of events, on-line and in print to both Harvardand non-Harvard audiences
  • Delegate special events support duties to Staff Assistant, monitoring travel arrangements,contracts, invoicing and reimbursements, catering, and event setup/cleanup
  • Maintain RPL online calendars, which includes RPL’s calendar of events
  • Develop and advance integrated social media strategies to increase public exposure andparticipation
  • Develop layout design and assist with content and marketing of newsletters for RPL andits major programs
  • Develop content for event posters and publicity that can be easily adapted
  • Design and set up interactive blogs
  • Develop other marketing materials as needed
  • Establish and help maintain data bank of photos
  • Create and edit video and conduct interviews with speakers, students, and otherparticipants in RPL events, programs, training and internships
  • Develop copy about RPL events, featuring speakers
  • Develop copy for other digital and print needs
  • Create professional templates for case studies and other classroom resources. Assist withdesign of materials and other collateral for professional workshops with media executivesand others
  • Develop educational videos designed to demonstrate the importance of religious literacyfor professionals in various fields (journalism, entertainment media, public health, etc.)
  • Internal Communications
  • Coordinate communications internally within RPL through ongoing CommunicationsWorking Group
  • Coordinate communications for RPL within HDS, and with other Harvard professionalschools
  • Maintain strong working relationships with HDS Communications Department colleaguesand others

Communications Strategy:
  • Work closely with RPL Leadership Team and HDS Communications in developing overallstrategy for expanding RPL’s public reach and profile
  • Partner with HDS Communications to ensure maximum integration of RPLcommunications strategy within wider HDS Communications strategies
  • Develop approaches for assessing the effectiveness of RLP communications/engagementstrategies

  • Negotiate contracts, as needed, with outside vendor for technical and other services
  • Manage student interns, temporary employees and others in support of communicationsfunctions
  • Provide regular reporting on RPL communications
Basic Qualifications
  • 3 years of experience managing communications and website projects.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, Drupal-based and WordPress CMS systems, and other web-based collaboration tools.
PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Proven expertise in digital platforms and selection of appropriate communicationschannels.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of web technologies and leveraging analytics toward projectgoals.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and publish materials and digital media for diverseaudiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with impeccable attention to detail. Highdegree of initiative, motivation, and self-direction.
  • Ability to work independently and with students, faculty, and project partners.
  • Ability to work with team members and clients to define user needs and project objectives.
  • Self-motivated and comfortable using editorial judgment to develop multimedia content topublic-facing channels.
  • Experience working in a scholarly or nonprofit environment preferred.
  • Ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, and manage multiple projectssimultaneously and proactively.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your cover letter and resume should be combined into a SINGLEDOCUMENT under the resume tab. Cover letters are required for every position atHarvard Divinity School. Please include in your cover letter a short description of yourexperience creating and fostering an inclusive work environment.

We regret that the Harvard Divinity School does not provide Visa sponsorship.

Working Conditions
Please Note: During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position will startas a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge when the HDS campus reopens. Weappreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conductinginterviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have anyon-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement formedical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccinationrequirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information”webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ 

Additional Information
***This is term position ending no later than December 31, 2023.***
The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) seeks to respect, understand, and learn from the culturesand beliefs of the members of our diverse community and cultivate an environment in which allmembers of our community can participate and thrive. We endeavor to accept responsibility forthe impact of our actions on our community, our environment, and the world as we advance ourshared commitment to education and scholarship. We are dedicated to building a community,and, ultimately, a world, in which people can peacefully live and work together across religiousand cultural divides. HDS actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, from acrossthe spectrum of disciplines and methods to contribute to our mission to educate students ofreligion for intellectual leadership, professional service, and ministry.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status,protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-relatedconditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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