wanna work for Harvard?

Seriously, do you? I’m on an email list for various DC-like jobs (organizing and press stuff mostly), and an email went out looking for a Director of Internal Communications for Harvard College. Not exactly an easy job, so I’m not surprised they’re having to do a little trolling for applicants. Reading the job application solicitation is certainly entertaining though, and, more importantly, very telling about how the Harvard administration approaches its role:

Director of Internal Communications, Harvard College

Harvard College seeks an experienced communications professional to assume leadership of branding efforts for internal communications College-wide, utilizing print and web media. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, this is a new position, created to advance one of the strategic priorities of the College: building a Harvard College community.

The Director will develop and guide strategies, policies, and standards for the production of College handbooks and other major print and web publications such as those of the Freshman Dean’s office, Residential Life, Registrar, and the Office of Academic Programs. The Director will provide communication support for the Dean and Deputy Dean. S/he will work with the College Senior Management Team to create a unified brand for Harvard College across publications and websites; develop a three year plan to digitize major publications; and assess and manage web-based media across the College. The Director will serve as liaison to FAS information technology, communications, development, and alumni relations, and with other University entities to determine, prioritize, and produce college related documents meant for public consumption.(more in expanded post)

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of success in positions of progressive responsibility in communications, including branding, for a complex and fast-paced organization, preferably a college or university. He/she will have exceptional interpersonal, project and staff management, and writing skills; the ability to set priorities and manage competing demands in a changing environment; the ability to set and maintain quality controls; and flexibility. The qualified candidate will have a proven record of working collaboratively and persuasively with a wide range of constituents, including senior leadership. Master’s preferred, BA required.

Application procedure: Harvard University has retained the services of New Leadership Group to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications (resume and names of three references) and nominations should be sent to Gale Batchelder, Principal, New Leadership Group, at galebatchelder@verizon.net. For further information about this position, contact 617-547-3159.

What do you think? Wanna work on the Harvard brand for a living?

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2 responses to “wanna work for Harvard?

  1. wannatakethisoutside

    Harvard is also looking for a Women’s Center Director.

    See http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~womctr/index.html for more details.

  2. Could you expand a little on what the job post says about “how the Harvard administration approaches its job”?

    Just curious….

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