Publications Coordinator

Position Title: Publications Coordinator
Supervisor’s Title: Director of Communications
Full or Part Time: Full Time
Grade: 55

The Publications Coordinator of the Joint Center for Housing Studies coordinates publications and outreach activities for a Harvard research Center with significant national visibility. Working with the team that develops the Center’s strategic communications goals, the Publications Coordinator is responsible for the production of content across multiple platforms (print and digital) to help the Center achieve its communications objectives and build its reputation as a national leader in housing research. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Publications Coordinator provides a high level of expertise across a wide range of formats, in a fast-paced environment.



  • Executes communications strategies and projects for the Center, including the formatting and production of a wide array of assets, ensuring that all collateral is well-designed, accurate, reflects the Center’s branding, and effectively communicates the Center’s mission;
  • Oversees the day-to-day upkeep of the Center’s website and blog; keeps the website up-to-date, maintains the Center’s blog schedule, copyedits, formats, and posts blogs;
  • Monitors data analytics for the Center’s digital content platforms;
  • Participates in social media outreach (posting for the Center on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.);
  • Maintains Center’s various mailing lists (media, events, etc.); delivers regular, targeted mailings;
  • Handles accessibility requests related to web content, and interfaces with Harvard Digital Accessibility Services (DAS) as needed. Ensures that all new web content is accessible, including captioning new event videos, and composing alternative text, and coordinating with web developers.


  • Uses Adobe Creative Suite to design and produce digital and print materials for the Center, including working papers, research briefs, and collateral for events, meetings, and conferences (signage, program books, etc.).


  • Manages the Center’s Working Paper series; maintains production schedule, copyedits papers and/or works with external editors as needed, formats and publishes the Center’s working papers;
  • Writes and copyedits material as needed for the Center (blog posts, press releases, event descriptions, etc.);
  • Fields copyright permission requests for the Center;
  • Ensures that all Center publications (print and digital) comply with the University’s Digital Accessibility Policy; ensures that publications produced in-house are in compliance, and oversees external graphic designers/vendors to ensure these publications are in compliance as well. Educates Center staff and external authors about document accessibility standards and practices in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe InDesign and Acrobat; and other applications as needed. Maintains updated knowledge of accessibility standards and creates/updates documents that accurately and clearly describe how to meet these standards, for both internal and external audiences;
  • Maintains Language Style Guides for the Center.


  • Represents Center at HKS, GSD, and university-wide communications groups and events as needed;
  • Participates in the administrative and programmatic life of the Center as needed, assists with events.

There are no supervisory responsibilities associated with this position.


  • B.A. in marketing, communications, or a related field required, with coursework in digital media and marketing desirable.
  • 3-5 years of relevant professional experience required.
  • Strong background in graphic design required.
  • Strong background in writing, copyediting, and proofreading required.
  • Experience with project management preferred.
  • Experience with digital accessibility strongly preferred.
  • Excellent presentation skills and written and oral communication skills required.
  • Competency using a variety of software including: Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Drupal and WordPress, and web-based and social media technologies required. Some knowledge of HTML.


  • Familiarity with Harvard University systems strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively and proactively on a collaborative team, as well as independently in a fast-paced environment under strict deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound, and confidential judgment.
  • Must have ability to innovate, think strategically, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be collaborative, conscientious, and results-oriented. 
  • Familiarity or interest in public policy and/or a demonstrated ability to learn about policy-related subjects strongly preferred.

There are no known physical requirements associated with this position.

This is a hybrid position with the flexibility to work remotely. Flexible work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. Any in-person work will be performed in an office setting in Cambridge, MA. Applications are accepted and encouraged from candidates not based in the Boston-Cambridge area, although the Publications Coordinator may need to commute to campus on occasion, and must also reside in one of our approved payroll states. Harvard registered payroll states currently include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only).Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We regret that we cannot sponsor a work VISA. Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

Please visit the Harvard Jobs website for additional details and to apply for this position.