Digital Project Manager

Harvard Kennedy School

Cambridge, MA, USA Remote

Full time

$61.4k+ (annually)

Business Development


Jan 13

Job Summary

The Digital Project Manager oversees the Race, Research and Policy Portal (RRAPP) as well as all digital communications and websites for the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Candidates must demonstrate familiarity with racial justice or racial equity, exceptional communication and organization skills, and willingness to approach problems with creativity and resilience. The Ash Center is a global and values-driven community that believes diverse perspectives are paramount to better understanding and addressing real-world problems. In fostering an environment of rigor, curiosity, and integrity, we value and respect different opinions, lived experiences, and diverse research and policy areas and approaches. We actively seek candidates who share our commitment and values.

Position Description

Under the leadership of Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, IARA uses research and policy to promote antiracism as a core value and organizational norm. The Digital Project Manager is responsible at a highly independent level for broad oversight and day to day management of RRAPP, IARA’s other digital platforms, and a broader web presence that includes email, web, and social media. They will help establish RRAPP as a leading repository of knowledge and materials for the public, practitioners, researchers, and organizational leaders, further adding to the field of racial equity and the understanding of antiracist change in institutional capacity building. Specific responsibilities include:

Content Management

  • Lead the editorial process and review cycles for a robust pipeline of article summaries and other deliverables, ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Supervise a student editor and five to seven graduate student writers who synthesize current research and write/edit article summaries, from recruiting and onboarding to providing ongoing direction and support.
  • Identify and assign articles, review and edit drafts, and create multimedia such as interviewing researchers for video content that furthers the ideas and articles highlighted on RRAPP.
  •  Ensure processes flow smoothly for the people and content involved in the production of RRAPP.

Audience Building and Strategic Planning

  • Enable new audiences to discover and learn about IARA’s work and the latest research on antiracist change several dissemination activities.
  • Work with Ash Center and IARA colleagues to develop and execute a robust strategy to identify, develop, and reach new audiences for RRAPP.
  • Collect and utilize data, metrics, and other feedback to ensure relevance of content and reinforce a regular growth plan.


IARA Communications and other Project-wide Duties

  •  Lead digital web marketing strategy, including advertising and email marketing, for RRAPP and other IARA programming such as its annual Truth and Transformation conference.
  • Oversee and maintain all IARA web properties to ensure they remain user-friendly, fresh, and accessible platforms.
  • Manage IARA’s research library on Zotero, including cleaning of materials, upkeep, storage, and organization.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 3 years relevant experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

If you have some, but not all the following, we encourage you to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.

• Strong writing skills, experience in copyediting, and writing for publication

• Strong project management, coordination, and email communication skills

• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Google Docs and basic functions of Google Sheets/Microsoft Excel

• Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Comfortable developing and sending communications marketing email

• Experience with using common social media platforms

• Experience with WordPress

• Multimedia development experience, proficiency with the Adobe Suite

• Familiarity with how to develop and publish accessible content

• Familiarity with Google Analytics

• Prior experience with Salesforce

Additional Information

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment for one year with a very strong possibility of renewal.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Salary Range: $61,400 - $100,600

Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity. 

Harvard offers a generous 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.

Job Function



USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

405004 Comm Professional (N)




Ash Center

Time Status


Salary Grade



55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity


9 - 5 Monday through Friday

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism 


At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies. 


Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to Diversity Equity, and Anti-Racism. 

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.

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