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Harvard University Editorial Assistant III Specialist (Project Content Writer) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

53832BRAuto req ID:53832BRJob Code:402034 Editorial Assistant III-Spclst Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Editorial Assistant III Specialist (Project Content Writer)Sub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :054Time Status:Part-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of relevant experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered

    PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a portfolio (with a minimum of of 2) of writing samples.

    Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree in English, Communications, Journalism or other related fields strongly preferred

  • A degree in public health, epidemiology, biology, or other population health field is also a plus

  • Professional experience working in higher education is a plus

  • Experience in data visualization and storytelling is preferred

  • Knowledge of and interest in policy aspects related to India is a strong plus

  • Experience in designing and creating infographics and other types of figures for publications is preferred

  • Experience with search engine optimization (SEO) and social media optimized writing (SMO) is a plus

  • Experience translating scientific, complex information for a lay audience strongly preferred

  • Experience with copyediting for grammar, spelling, format, and tone preferred

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop) and web content management systems is preferred 

  • Responsive to requests, and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written preferred

  • Excellent writing skills, including aptitude to write in another person's voice, synthesize and communicate complex subjects clearly and concisely, and adapt writing styles for varied audience preferred

  • Effectively engages journalists and media members as needed

  • Excellent organizational skills and experience managing multiple priorities under tight deadlines preferred

Additional Information:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review (O&R) period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.

  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.


The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/orientation/harvard-chan-core-values/) .

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • 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 options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

    Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

    Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

    Department:Center for Population and Development StudiesPre-Employment Screening:Identity Job Function:Communications Job-Specific Responsibilities: Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work closely with the Lab team in identifying newsworthy areas of the research

  • Distill complex information into clear, easy-to-consume, and engaging content for a variety of internal and external audiences

  • Draft high-quality content often under tight deadlines

  • Proofread and copyedit research manuscripts

  • Review content (e.g., existing dashboard descriptions) and make improvements and edits as needed

  • Disseminate news and research findings to various email listservs

  • When warranted, conduct background information and fact gathering in preparation to crafting content

  • Proactively promote research to journalists and coordinate interviews with PIs and other team members

  • As time allows, contribute to grant report writing

  • Other duties as assigned

    PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from date of hire, with the possibility of extension.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a part-time, benefits eligible position with a 21 hour work week.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a portfolio (with a minimum of of 2) of writing samples.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Cambridge, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it. School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health EEO Statement: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.Job Summary: The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS), located in Cambridge, MA, is dedicated to understanding how demographic changes and social and physical environments impact global population health worldwide. As a University-wide, interdisciplinary initiative that is administered by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the HCPDS brings together scientists from all corners of the campus to make critical advances in population research.

The HCPDS has an immediate opening for a part-time Project Content Writer to work on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded-project entitled “India Policy Insights,” in its Geographic Insights Lab. This flagship project is led by Harvard Chan School Professor S.V. Subramanian and HCPDS Visiting Scientist Rockli Kim. The overarching goal of this project is to improve precision public policy, public financing, and governance in India related to indicators of population health and development. Specifically, the project aims to achieve this goal by data collation and analytics; the development of a novel, web-based intelligent public data and analytics platform; and knowledge translation and dissemination.

The Project Content Writer will prepare high-quality content for print, digital, and multimedia platforms that highlights the project's research in improving population health and development globally. This will take the form of policy briefs, op-eds, media statements, website stories, and dashboard descriptions. The ideal candidate will be able to create and disseminate content that engages multiple stakeholders, including elected officials, national and international agencies, civil society groups, academics, the general public, and journalists in order to foster evidence-based policy discussions and spur action.

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