The Office of Communications serves as the primary information resource for the School. We can help journalists with their print, web, TV, and radio stories by identifying experts for interviews on a wide range of public health topics. We create content for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health website and other Harvard publications. Our office also writes press releases announcing the latest research and news coming out of the School.
The Senior Digital Content Manager is a member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office of Communications and serves as the Office's point person for digital content management and strategy, with the primary objective of enhancing and furthering the School's mission and digital brand. This role contributes to the strategic planning and creation of digital content; helps coordinate management and updating of web content on primary websites and microsites; consults with departments, divisions, and centers to assist in creating, rethinking, and maintaining their website content; and ensures that all content on the Harvard Chan School website is accurate, up to date, appropriate, and consistent with School standards.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Help manage the day-to-day web content activities for the Office of Communications; prioritize work and troubleshoot issues, including developing new material by gathering relevant content from departments, organizing and repurposing existing content, and, when necessary, assisting departments in creating new content for the site
Ensure that content on the Harvard Chan School website is accurate, up to date, and appropriate and that it adheres to School and University standards and to School style; proofread and edit text for consistency across the site; ensure that the site follows best practices
In coordination with the Directors of Creative and Digital Strategy, develop and manage a content strategy to extend the School's online brand across all digital channels and all current and future websites, focusing on audience needs, content value, information architecture, and usability throughout the online creation process
Collaborate with the IT department to train members of the School community in using the content management system (WordPress); create and maintain training documents and support documentation; organize group and individual training sessions for internal users working on various web sections; and provide advice and support to other content creators at the School
Provide website content and design strategies; analyze site traffic, organize usability testing, and filter test results for recommended improvements to the School's website; collaborate with the IT team on improving the School's website
Help implement integrated marketing strategies (online and traditional) for driving new visitors to the site and other digital media channels
Keep abreast of new technologies and industry best practices and actively seek ways for the School's web presence to be more effective by suggesting new features, integrating new tools, and researching changes in web technologies
Conduct nontechnical website fixes and improvements
Assist with the Office of Communications' other communications and media efforts, as needed
Support and coordinate with offices around the School on event website creation and promotion
Contribute to high priority digital projects for the Dean's office as requested
Support creation and distribution of weekly and monthly newsletters, as needed
Provide general administrative support for members of the Office of Communications and other duties, as needed
Perform other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates may be required to provide a writing portfolio and/or sample.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
5+ years of related experience, including in news, marketing, and/or web writing, editing, or publishing, required
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in online content strategy and creation required
Experience translating and reformatting complex content for a wide audience required
PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates may be required to provide a writing portfolio and/or sample.
Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, English, journalism, or a closely related field preferred
Experience with content related to public health, life sciences, or social sciences, and in an academic or higher education environment, preferred
Strong oral and written communication skills, including writing, editing, and proofreading strongly preferred
Experience using website content management systems, including WordPress, preferred
Experience with multiple forms of marketing analytics, including social media, Google website analytics, and creating digital marketing reports preferred
Experience with SEO and writing for the web preferred
Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, and Audition, preferred
Experience with graphic design and print production, as well as with social media management and email marketing, a plus
Strong problem-solving, organizational, and time-management skills; strong interpersonal skills, including capacity to respond to constructive feedback; commitment to customer service and positive relationships; experience working effectively on a team to coordinate and work with others to accomplish assigned tasks; experience working under time pressures, simultaneously manage multiple projects with competing priorities, and meet specific deadlines preferred
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: 53872BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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.