Publisher of the Harvard Magazine

April 12, 2023
Cambridge, MA

Job Summary

About the Company: Harvard Magazine was founded independently by alumni in 1898 and is published today by a separately incorporated nonprofit affiliate of Harvard University. Harvard Magazine staff have excellent access to University news and news sources, but the magazine is written, edited, and produced—like any independent news medium—with readers' interests foremost in mind. That is to say, the magazine is not published with the aim of promoting financial donations to the University, as development and other University publications properly are.

Audience: Harvard Magazine aims to reach and engage the global Harvard community, including alumni, faculty, administrators, students, and other affiliates. The magazine also appeals to a general audience who have an affinity for Harvard. The readership is characterized by its demographics, influence and affluence, making it an attractive audience for advertisers/sponsors.

Position Description

We are seeking an innovative hands-on Publisher to co-lead Harvard Magazine in the digital age. The ideal candidate will have a passion for journalism and higher education, and experience in applying digital tools to increase reach and develop sustainable business models. The Publisher will work in partnership with the Editor to lead the organization.


  • Ensure the Magazine’s future sustainability by successfully positioning the publication as a model of high-quality journalism with a commitment to independence and integrity.
  • Directly oversee the following functions: digital strategy and audience development, technology, advertising and sponsorship, fund raising, marketing, and finance/operations.
  • Collaborate with the Editor to develop and implement a comprehensive digital strategy for the magazine that leverages a variety of media formats, including but not limited to the magazine’s website, social media, podcasts, videos, webinars, interactives, email newsletters, etc.
  • Foster an organizational culture that prizes innovation, collaboration, and growth.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a strategy to better engage the target audience--the global Harvard community and general audiences who have an affinity for Harvard.
  • Increase the frequency of visits to the magazine’s website and maximize reader engagement.
  • Identify and pursue new advertising, sponsorship and membership opportunities to increase income.
  • Manage budgets and financial performance of the magazine.
  • Oversee the production of the print magazine and other media formats.
  • Represent Harvard Magazine at alumni events and conferences.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a field requiring strong writing and communication skills.
  • 8 years of hands-on experience in publishing, media, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong understanding of digital media platforms, including social media, websites, and mobile apps.
  • Strong financial and operational acumen.
  • Ability to effectively motivate and manage staff in a hybrid workplace, and manage, build, and influence relationships with colleagues across the University.
  • Proven track record of creating and executing successful digital strategies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, presentation skills and negotiation skills required.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills.
  • Passion for journalism and higher education.

Additional Information

All applicants must formally apply via Harvard Careers (61979) and provide a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected for further consideration will be asked to review the Harvard Magazine website, social media and other publishing formats and provide their critique and ideas on increasing the reach, awareness, and engagement with the target audience as well as business model and revenue innovations.

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:


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Job Code
CM0160 Publications Print Prod Dir


Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Harvard Magazine

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Employment, 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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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