The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is a community of 30+ people committed to making the world a better place for children, particularly those who face adversity early in life. Our vision is an equitable world where all kids are able to live up to their full potential. We do this by leveraging science, innovation, and the real-world experience of practitioners, policymakers, pediatricians, and families to build the knowledge, skills, and tools required to create more effective early childhood policies and programs. To learn more about the Center click here.
We are excited to welcome to the Center's Senior Leadership Team a Chief Knowledge Officer, who will lead and align cross-Center efforts to gather, synthesize, and communicate multi-disciplinary knowledge relating to early childhood development. As the leader of the Center's oldest and most prominent workstream—clear, credible, engaging, actionable communication of the science of child development—the CKO will bring an innovative, strategic communications perspective to the team (Center Director, Chief Strategy Officer, and key faculty) that determines what our science agenda will be. The CKO leads our thinking on how that scientific knowledge can be used to drive mindset shift in all sectors that affect the early childhood policy and practice ecosystem, with a particular focus on the effects of poverty, racism, and other structural inequities on early development and lifelong health. The CKO will collaborate with scientists and other partners to produce clear, accurate, and effective communication of scientific concepts and principles related to early childhood development and their implications for policy and practice change. The CKO will develop and drive a knowledge mobilization strategy via partner networks and oversee the teams that manage our knowledge synthesis process, produce our multimedia communication materials, and maintain our expanding global dissemination platform. As a member of the Center leadership team, the CKO will participate in setting the overall strategic direction and ensuring the sustainability of the Center.
Senior Leadership Team (50%)
Developing and operationalizing the Center's strategic plan
Aligning activities across portfolios in concert with objectives and strategies
Making decisions about project prioritization, project governance, staff and organizational development, staff expansion and reduction, fundraising, partnerships, and resource allocation
Identifying and nurturing funding relationships, drafting and/or editing proposals and annual report
Cultivate new and continue to steward an existing portfolio of Center's funders (as lead relationship manager), especially those that have a focus on communication
Major role in drafting and editing Center-wide strategy and funding documents, including overseeing the creation of informational graphics representing complex strategy concepts
Lead conceptualizing how to communicate Center strategy internally and externally
Contribute a communication-focused mindset to strategy discussions (e.g., thinking about how we'll communicate our strategy in words and imagery) and helping to simplify, clarify, refine, and sharpen the Center's thinking and planning)
Lead integration of science and communication across Center workstreams, including as a contributing thought partner of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and Harvard faculty groups, from the perspective of what knowledge is needed (and how will it be used) to effect change aligned with the Center's Theory of Change.
Spokesperson for the organization: (20%)
Meet with potential funders and partners to assess prospects for alignment, make connections inside and outside the Center, and identify next steps
Collaborate with Center Director and lead support staff in assessing and planning significant presentation and media requests for strategic potential, appropriate content and messaging, and impact on mindset shift in alignment with Center goals
Spokesperson for media & documentary inquiries and interviews to represent the Center as needed
Represent the Center at meetings sponsored by funders or partners
Consult with partners, funders, and other stakeholders on framing and communication of ECD science
Lead a strategy for creating/disseminating a knowledge base and related communication products and engagement strategies to achieve the desired mindset shift in high-leverage target audiences and measuring the impact of that shift
Set and oversee our communications research agenda, including our contractual relationships and joint funding proposals with the Frameworks Institute
Collaborate with scientists on drafting and editing well-framed scientific content in working papers and other materials for non-scientific audiences
Represent this workstream with peers leading other workstreams on the cross-Center Workstream Management Team in order to align strategy and operations in support of Center goals and targets
Oversee the teams that:
Convene researchers and others to synthesize and communicate the ECD knowledge base
Create and disseminate Center communication products and maintain/improve its platforms
Support Center-affiliated presenters/presentations
Develop communications and marketing strategies/materials for other Center workstreams and service lines
Become a content expert on communication framing concepts and application, including Strategic Frame Analysis
Final decision-maker on product concepting and development, budget, and unusual partnership, presentation, media, or permission requests
Seek communication-specific funding, maintain relationships with funders, solicit updates from comms team to draft/edit progress reports
Lead process identifying key strategic indicators of reach and mindset shift, prioritizing data to collect, and using it to learn, improve, and integrate into progress reports
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Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Please Note once Harvard resumes regular operations this position will no longer be remote and work will be performed on campus in Cambridge MA.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and 10 years of directly related experience in progressively responsible positions of journalism or strategic communications leadership in a related field (ECD, science, policy). Demonstrated experience making abstract and/or complex ideas concrete and understandable. Experience working with a team of leaders and diverse stakeholders to develop and execute strategy at both the organizational and workstream levels. Prior experience managing and supervising employees.
Applicants wishing to be considered for this position must include a cover letter in addition to their resume and indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements.
BA and/or Master's degrees in science journalism, strategic communication, and/or other relevant content areas
Exceptional writing and editing, strong public speaking, and proven deadline accountability.
Knowledge/understanding of and experience with translating developmental science concepts for non-scientific audiences, especially child development, neurobiology, or related scientific disciplines, particularly to inform policy and/or systems change
Knowledge/understanding of, experience with, and/or deep interest in learning the methods of the Frameworks Institute, including Strategic Frame Analysis
Experience in nonprofit leadership, team management, and fundraising, including leading/managing diverse teams to shared outcomes/goals
Demonstrated ability to form and nurture relationships and networks of collaborators and partners, particularly in service of a knowledge mobilization strategy
Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with diverse stakeholders
Experience with international and multilingual communication and audiences
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.
Internal Number: 53522BR
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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