Director of Communications, Marketing, and Media Outreach

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job description

Harvard Kennedy School


Job Code
CM0858 Communications Management III

Duties & Responsibilities
As a member of the senior IOP team, the Director of Communications reports to the IOP’s Executive Director. He or she will develop and implement a broad communications strategy for the Institute as a whole and for its individual programs, initiatives, and events. The Director of Communications will also work closely with student leadership to craft communications strategies for their IOP priorities and develop innovative communications methods to define the Institute’s public presence. Develops strong working relationships with and may partner with the HKS Office of Communications and Public Affairs, Harvard’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications as well as communications contacts in various HKS research centers.

Together with a small team, the Director of Communications will establish and maintain productive relationships with local and national media; oversee website content and online presence, including digital content, social media outreach, and videos that bring IOP programming to a broad audience; manage creation of published materials including bi-annual newsletter, weekly email, brochures and other printed and digital materials; serve as a spokesperson for the IOP; and work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations to develop and administer an IOP-wide communications budget.

Examples of the Director of Communications’ responsibilities are: working with the IOP Polling Director to connect with various media outlets to publicize the semesterly millennial poll results; crafting press releases/media advisories for Forums and other large-scale events; overseeing the design of graphics and video content for IOP social media channels and the IOP website; conducting social media trainings for students; and working with students to publish blog posts on national media channels.

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree; seven years of experience in the communications field required.

Additional Qualifications
Understanding of digital communications tools, including social media, multimedia and video, are key requirements. Excellent oral and written communications skills to ensure the effective delivery of the Institute’s vision, mission, and brand; proficient knowledge of social media platforms and web tools; an eye for strong graphic design and visual branding; strong media relationships; a proven record in developing digital and social media strategies for corporate and/or non-profit entities; management experience; and a passion for public affairs and politics.

Ideal candidates will also possess an advanced degree in a relevant field; higher education experience; a “self-starter” who proactively anticipates organizational needs including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines as required; ability and drive to work across an organization at all levels to ensure clear and unified goals and communication; and an ability to interact and influence diverse people to meet goals and deadlines, build and manage teams, and work collaboratively with senior leadership, colleagues, students, volunteers, and the broader Harvard community.

Additional Information
The Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has a rich history as the first institution of its kind with a mission to inspire students, particularly undergraduates, to become leaders in politics and public service. Established in 1966 as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the IOP seeks to unite students with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a nonpartisan basis to inspire them toward politics and public service.

Through its fifteen programs, the IOP engages with students in a variety of ways, including weekly study groups led by Residential Fellows, civics education programs for local elementary and middle school students, formal and informal discussions on intersection of politics with gender, race, and ethnicity, opportunities to pose questions to prominent political leaders in the JFK Jr. Forum, and the crafting of the nation’s leading millennial poll. To find out more about the IOP, visit

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Job Function


USA – MA – Cambridge

Institute of Politics (IOP)

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

How to apply

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EEO Statement
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