Program Director, News Misinformation Project/First Draft
February 10, 2018
USA - MA - Cambridge
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.
First Draft is a new project at the Shorenstein Center. It is a research and learning project, designed to help newsrooms, scholars, fact-checkers and technology companies collaborate and encourage real-time verification of information on the social web. We will bring together a team of researchers who will track and test different ways of responding to misleading, manipulated and fabricated information, using the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a test case.
The Program Director will facilitate and scale the Shorenstein Center's growing work on misinformation and disinformation on social platforms. The Program Director will manage the project's events, research, and administrative components. S/he will report to the director of the Shorenstein Center. The Program Director will:
Develop plans and strategies for the project based on current grants, as well as establish the execution of the training and research agenda.
Recruit, hire and train a talented staff to run the 2018 midterm elections information verification team and other aspects of the misinformation project.
Work closely with Center staff to plan and execute small and large scale trainings, events, conferences.
Work closely with Center staff to build a communications strategy for social media, public relations, and printed materials including research reports and event materials.
Coordinate all aspects of the Misinformation project, synthesizing feedback from Shorenstein Center leadership, HKS and Harvard staff, and community of practice collaborators.
Develop and distribute weekly, monthly and quarterly progress reports and communicate with funders.
Handle sensitive situations and confidential information with discretion and problem-solving efficiency.
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 February 28, 2020 with the possibility of renewal.
Travel to domestic and international locations will be required.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and at least 10 years of professional experience managing complex projects.
M.A. or Ph.D. in relevant area such as journalism, communications, political science, or data science strongly preferred.
A background in data science, familiarity with existing research in misinformation and disinformation, and experience with social networks is highly desirable.
Staff management experience strongly preferred.
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. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Well organized, able to prioritize. Strong attention to detail. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to work with minimal supervision. Excellent judgment.
Strong interest in media, politics and public policy is a plus.
Travel to domestic and international locations is required.
Experience with sponsored research grants and budgets is a plus.
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: 44846BR
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