The Growth Lab (GL), a Harvard research program, seeks an entrepreneurial, creative, and detail-oriented candidate for an immediate opening for a Communications & Outreach Specialist. This position reports to the Director of Communications. This position is key to disseminating insights from the lab's frontier research around the world—Africa; Eastern Europe; Latin America; the Middle East; and the US. The Communications & Outreach Specialist will further the lab's impact in the world by managing and marketing its in-person and hybrid events; creating content, promoting researching insights and driving social media engagement; and liaising with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. This position also coordinates events and outreach for a second research program, Building State Capability (BSC).
At the Growth Lab, we push the frontiers of economic growth and development policy research, collaborate with policymakers to design actions, and share our insights through teaching, tools and publications, in the pursuit of inclusive prosperity. The Growth Lab is a high-profile research program with a fast-paced environment with friendly and energetic staff and fellows.
Plan and execute all Growth Lab events including flagship events; seminars, project workshops, technology launches, recruitment drives, and internal retreats.
Lead traditional and digital marketing campaigns to promote Growth Lab public events and technology launches to Harvard and the broader community. This includes email and social media marketing campaigns, the development of content for digital screens and posters, and promotion via Harvard and press outlets.
Research and generate content for event descriptions, speaker invitations, and other promotional materials.
Coordinate logistics planning with internal and external providers (marketing, catering, security, vendor negotiation, etc.)
Manage communication assets including web content, podcasts, and social media. With director, identify opportunities to build online presence. Draft original web content related to faculty news, research, events, and other activities of the Growth Lab.
Produce podcasts for both Growth Lab and BSC. Identify topics, and collaborate with research teams on participants and subject matter.
Manage social media presence for Growth Lab, and the Atlas. Develop a strategy for social media communications, and create and schedule social media posts. Report on monthly analytics and ideas to target audiences.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire with a very strong possibility of renewal.
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This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.
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