The Communications Assistant for the Center on the Developing Child is at the core of the Center's Communications team, providing crucial administrative support for many aspects of the team's work. The Communications Assistant is also the Center's front-line contact with the general public and represents the Center by responding (usually via email) to questions and to media, speaker, and permissions requests, using excellent writing skills. This position involves handling several detail-oriented tasks and projects at the same time, often with changing and competing deadlines. It requires working collaboratively with Communications team members, other Center staff members, and sometimes external vendors in a fast-paced and dynamic office environment. The Communications department at the Center on the Developing Child provides communications support and expertise across the Center. In particular, the Communications team is responsible for translating the science of early child development to make it accessible to non-scientific audiences, such as policymakers, social service practitioners, early childhood educators and caregivers, and parents and families. Learn more about the work of the Center on the Developing Child and our people at https://developingchild.harvard.edu/about/
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Serving as the first point of contact for external requests, including interview requests from reporters, requests to use the Center's materials; and requests for speakers/presentations at non-Center events;
Forwarding inquiries to other Center staff members using Salesforce.com (training provided);
Monitoring the Center's social media account(s);
Supporting the Center Director and other staff members in developing PowerPoint presentations and serving as the Center contact for speaking engagements;
Responsible for monthly reporting of website traffic, video views, media coverage, permissions and presentation requests, and more;
Maintaining an electronic library of communications-related materials, including graphics, logos, templates, photos, and PowerPoint slides and presentations; and
Scheduling meetings, phone calls, and video conferences. Possible new skills to learn or utilize on the job:
Updating the Center's website (text, photos, videos);
Layout and design, using tools such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign and MailChimp; and
Communications and marketing writing.
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Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Two years of relevant administrative or editorial experience required. Applicants must provide a cover letter with a resume in order to be considered. The cover letter must indicate how the applicant meets the position's basic qualifications.
This is a regular part-time position (20 hours/week). The schedule is somewhat flexible within the Center's core hours of 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The schedule will be determined through mutual agreement with the position's supervisor.
Bachelor's degree preferred. Ability to communicate professionally, particularly the ability to write email responses that are clear and error-free. Other desired qualifications: strong customer relations skills; attention to detail; ability to juggle many tasks and deadlines at the same time; grace under pressure; a sense of humor; flexibility; and an interest in the early childhood field and/or non-profit communications. Prior experience with Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) is preferred. Prior experience proofreading and/or with Salesforce.com and mass e-mail communication tools (such as MailChimp, ConstantContact, or similar) is a plus.
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