The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) seeks a creative, enthusiastic, innovative, and highly motivated individual to join the team as Marketing and Communications Manager. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Digital Marketing and Communications of VPAL, the Marketing and Communications Manager manages the design and implementation of communications, messaging, and engagement for institutional brand awareness, including for online courses in the HarvardX and Harvard Online portfolios.
The Marketing and Communications Manager is an integral member of the VPAL marketing team and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for messaging and marketing a diverse portfolio of courses and upholding brand standards across these portfolios. The Marketing and Communications Manager is responsible for organizing and project managing the launch of all VPAL courses.
Job Specific Responsibilities
Coordinate and project manage marketing launches for Harvard Online courses
Manage institutional brand communications and build brand awareness through persuasive messaging campaigns
Craft brand messaging, ensuring consistent voice and tone across various courses and initiatives
Draft clear, engaging, and provocative course descriptions and copy; monitor best Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices for all communications, including websites, emails, social media, advertising, and blog posts
Collaborate with the marketing team, Project Leads, and Product Managers to develop and implement messaging strategies and tactics to position and promote HarvardX and Harvard Online courses
Conceptualize and research course imagery to accompany course descriptions and advertising
Manage the creation of course marketing graphics, working with external graphic designers. Collaborate with the video production team to draft scripts and create course trailers and marketing videos
Conduct market research for upcoming and current courses to optimize messaging
Evaluate and report on effectiveness of marketing plans and acquisition strategies
Supports and assist other members of the marketing team and organization as needed. Simultaneously manage multiple projects with short deadlines.
Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as a combined SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab.
VPAL is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the expectation that it will transition to onsite in Cambridge as a hybrid position when the office reopens. Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. All work must be performed in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT).
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Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of progressive digital and multi-media marketing experience
Excellent attention to detail and accuracy, as well as superior written and verbal skills
Knowledge and familiarity with all forms of existing and emerging communications opportunities across web, email, and social media platforms
Knowledge of best practices in online content strategy and creation and experience with content marketing
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, and experience with SEO
Experience with multiple forms of marketing analytics, including social media, Google website analytics, and digital marketing reports
Experience using marketing automation software to nurture prospects through the marketing funnel from initial interest to enrollment, such as Klaviyo or HubSpot
Familiarity with graphic design programs and software, such as Adobe Creative Suite
Experience with project management and strong organizational and time management skills
The successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, be highly organized, show strong initiative, and the ability to collaborate in a fast-paced work setting
Experience working in higher education is preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.