Introduction: The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society seeks an experienced and dynamic Director of Communications to develop the Berkman Klein Center’s communications strategy and priorities and define how we tell the stories of the Center’s research, education, tools, and global impact. The Director will lead the communications team to implement that strategy, translating the Center’s work using channels appropriate to our many different audiences, and identify new platforms for showcasing the Center’s work. The Director will work collaboratively across the organization, leveraging and engaging our diverse internal community of staff, fellows, interns, collaborators, partners, and alums. The Director of Communications will also lead internal communications efforts including annual reports, community announcements, promotion of events, and media monitoring, and support the organization to maintain the highest quality communication practices. This role will report to the Managing Director and work closely with the Center's Executive Team.
As Director of Communications, you will:
Draft strategic priorities for the Center’s communications team (prioritization, providing direction), and creating analytic goals and frameworks to measure impact;
Develop and execute successful outreach strategies to press and target audiences;
Create and communicate a coherent set of narratives to bring our projects to internal and external audiences;
Develop and practice ongoing engagement modes to engage Center alumni, donors, and other key stakeholders such as communications professionals around the University and nearby academic communities;
Oversee the production of news stories, blog posts, reports, website content, social media content, print materials (if needed), and other forms of digital and multimedia content;
Understand the nature of the work done by individual communications team members, provide supervision and guidance on task prioritization and problem-solving, conduct performance reviews, and support team members’ ongoing growth as professionals;
Formally and informally advise BKC staff on communications best practices both within the BKC ecosystem and in general. Examples include media training; writing for different audiences, etc.;
Serve as a member of the Center's leadership team, helping to make decisions about processes, staffing, and issues as they arise.
Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years’ experience in communications, journalism or related field, as well as supervisory experience required.
We are looking for people who are/have:
Expertise in the field of communications including communications strategy, organizational storytelling across multiple media platforms, public relations, and hands-on execution;
Broad knowledge of scholarly research, public policy and legislation, and industry developments in the fields of communication technology is critical, as is the ability to effectively communicate that knowledge to diverse public and private audiences;
Experience with proactive and reactive media and social media relations, as well as crisis management;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Demonstrated sound judgment, ethical standards, discretion, and tact;
Background participating in, serving, and engaging diverse communities;
Experience in journalism including experience working at a leading media organization and a network of personal connections to media professionals’ desirable
The work and well-being of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society are profoundly strengthened by our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, ability, and more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, including Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic, and Latino/Latina/Latinx people; LGBTQIA+ people; non-binary people; women; people with disabilities; people at intersections of these identities; and people from and working across the spectrum of academic disciplines.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to one year from start date, with potential for renewal, subject to departmental funding and need. To learn more about Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, visit us at cyber.harvard.edu/about.
We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.