Full Job Description
Harvard University's Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC) team is seeking an experienced Executive Editor to join our Cambridge, MA team to lead and oversee all editorial and operational efforts of the Harvard Gazette - a digital publication covering the Harvard University community and its mission of innovation and discovery in teaching, learning, and research.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Content and Editorial Strategy, the Executive Editor is a senior manager on a team of collaborative creative professionals who deliver best-in-class content covering research and scholarship across the University, campus events, broader national and global issues, and other areas of relevance to Harvard’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and global audiences.
The Executive Editor will be expected to actively engage in sourcing and incorporating multimedia elements into the Gazette and identifying new approaches to share the impact of Harvard community members locally, nationally, and globally. More generally, the Executive Editor will be expected to drive innovation within the Gazette and as part of a broader content development and distribution ecosystem.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
As the Executive Editor, you will be responsible for:
Overseeing all operations of the Gazette team by directing, assigning, editing, and posting stories, aligning with Harvard’s brand storytelling. Guiding daily story selections that strengthen Harvard’s brand storytelling. Overseeing the layout and integration across multimedia, digital content with relevant peer managers.
Upholding high journalism standards of integrity for Gazette team members and expectations of overall excellence of editorial content.
Working with senior staff to develop a publishing schedule and ensure that the team is meeting deadlines within budget.
Managing, inspiring, and mentoring a team of high-performing writers and editorial staff charged with delivering innovative, informative, and inclusive content that engages audiences across platforms.
Leading efforts to source and incorporate multimedia elements into the Gazette, identifying new approaches to share the impact of Harvard community members locally, nationally, and globally.
Engaging HPAC colleagues and partners across the broader university campus to identify and publish important and powerful stories. Serving as the external and internal point of contact for matters of significance regarding Gazette content.
Driving innovation within the Gazette and as part of a broader content development and distribution eco-system. Devising and testing new products, innovations, or approaches that identify creative ways to amplify stories that impact Harvard’s audiences.
Managing the Gazette’s approach to creative series and integration/amplification of university priorities.
Identifying opportunities to leverage the Gazette as a strategic storytelling platform for use across the University.
Acting in a consultative capacity, for special projects and University priorities as they arise.
Other duties as assigned. This role works across HPAC teams and functions to integrate activities, tools, and information in service to broaden overall departmental priorities.
BA/BS or equivalent experience required. The successful candidate will have 7-10 years or more as a story editor with at least 5 years of management experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Applicants should complete an application and submit a resume and cover letter via the Harvard Careers site:
Recruitment and Hiring During COVID-19: This position requires a regular, onsite presence; however, due to COVID-19, the Executive Editor role will begin as a remote position and continue as remote through June 30, 2021. This can change due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic. Candidates will be provided a laptop and must have the capability to support telework, including internet connection and phone.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications is committed to diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission.
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications is committed to diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard’s mission.
Harvard University Benefits Package
Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year.
Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus.
Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.
USA - MA - Cambridge
CM0059 Managing Editor III
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.