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Communications Assistant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA

About the Position: 
The Communications Assistant position is a fully benefits-eligible, term-limited position that is funded for one year. Reporting to the Communications director, the communications assistant performs a range of complex administrative and support duties to coordinate the activities and procedures of the Communications Department at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The communications assistant serves as the primary contact for the Institute's internal clients who seek communications support and assists generally with Communications Department efforts.

Responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Serving as the primary contact for internal clients seeking communications support
  • Acting as liaison and managing the intake of all internal communications requests, and maintaining the Communications department calendar
  • Providing department-wide communications support:
  • Working in content management system (CMS), makes updates and corrections to web content
  • Resizing photos (with training and supervision)
  • Performing rough edits of photo and video assets (with training and supervision)
  • Organizing and implementing administrative systems and procedures performing necessary support duties, including basic financial support
  • Drafting correspondence, reports, and other communications materials as assigned
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • At least three years administrative experience in communications, journalism, multimedia, or publishing (education beyond high school may count toward experience)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and draft a range of written materials
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and work effectively with others.
  • Familiarity with a content management system and Adobe Creative suite highly desirable
  • Prior communications experience in a higher-education setting is a plus
  • Familiarity Windows and Mac operating systems, HTML, Adobe Photoshop and experience managing websites preferred.


About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study:
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The commitment to excellence and inquiry that characterized Radcliffe College is maintained in the innovative and wide-ranging work at the Radcliffe Institute, where advanced study is furthered through the Fellowship Program, Academic Ventures, and the Schlesinger Library.

We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to achieving our goals through the efforts of a highly skilled, diverse workforce. With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University may be exactly the employer you've been looking for.

Please combine your cover letter and resume into a single document that is uploaded when you are instructed by ASPIRE, Harvard's online application program, to "Upload my resume/CV from my computer." Please note that cover letters are required for every application for a position at the Radcliffe Institute.

Interested applicants must apply for the Communications Assistant position through ASPIRE, Harvard University's online employment application system. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. 

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