Program Manager, Ida B. Wells Society

Program Manager, Ida B. Wells Society

Harvard University

Program Manager, Ida B. Wells Society (Admin Professional (N)
Harvard Kennedy School

Duties & Responsibilities
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a research center at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Center analyzes the power and impact of media, in all its forms, on public policy and politics.

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting (IBWS) is a new project of the Shorenstein Center. IBWS is dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. Programs include regional trainings in the use of advanced technology, open records laws, advanced interviewing techniques, fact checking, backgrounding, data reporting, finding government data, pitching stories, organizing projects, following paper trails and how to write compelling investigative narratives.

The program manager for IBWS will manage the project’s events and associated outreach activities, write administrative reports and participant engagement components. S/he will report to the executive director of the Shorenstein Center.
The program manager will:

Work closely with Center staff to plan and execute small and large scale trainings, events, conferences in various locations around the U.S. This may include advance site visits.

Work closely with Center staff to build a communications strategy for social media, public relations, and printed materials including research reports and event materials.

Work closely with Center staff on planning and implementing updates to the website and coordinating larger web-related projects.

Coordinate all aspects of the IBWS project, synthesizing feedback from Center leadership, IBWS founding board members and collaborators.

Develop and distribute weekly, monthly and quarterly reports.

Track, organize and manage all related project correspondence, research and educational materials, data, etc.

Write all material for the project, including correspondence to participant organizations, related forms and grant reports.

Handle sensitive situations and confidential information with discretion and problem-solving efficiency.


SALARY: $58,855 - $96,296 / Year
DURATION: Permanent


Human Resources


Basic Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area such as Journalism, Communications, or Computer Science, and at least 5 years relevant professional experience.
Additional Qualifications
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as major social media platforms and management tools. Excellent English oral and written communication skills. Well organized, able to prioritize, have strong attention to detail and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work with minimal supervision, excellent judgment, strong interest in diversity, media, politics and public policy and/or master’s degree in a related field is a plus. Some travel to domestic locations is required. Experience with sponsored research grants and budgets is a plus.
Additional Information
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending on October 31, 2019 with the possibility of renewal.

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

Shorenstein Center

Time Status

55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Salary Grade

Appointment End Date

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

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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 or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Deadline: March 18, 2018

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