Co-Director of Public Relations | Harvard Innovation Labs VP
incubated - Accelerator, Non-Profit (part-time, remote, volunteer)
Do you want to improve the world? Have you ever wondered what it
would be like to learn and grow at a world-changing organization
just as they started growing rapidly? Excited by the opportunity to
power world-class entrepreneurs and Changemakers as they work to
positively impact the lives of 100,000’s & 1,000,000’s?
If you answered yes then we would love to talk more.
At Ignite Mental Health we're accelerating world-class mental
health entrepreneurs and mobilizing key change agents to catalyze
the scalable innovations and legislative changes needed to
transform the future of student mental health literacy and access.
Using this approach, we're working to make the impossible
inevitable; helping build and scale lasting legislative changes and
breakthrough organizations to be as impactful as Google and
Facebook that focus solely on equipping every student with a
standard measure of mental health literacy and access.
All of us at Ignite have experienced first-hand, or through that
of loved ones and friends, the pain caused by how broken our
approaches towards mental health really are. This has driven us to
come together to unite some of the best minds and doers to fix it,
on a national scale and accelerated timeline.
Become a member of a bold and ambitious mission-driven team
which grew rapidly with the support of the Harvard Innovation Labs
Venture Program, to become a nationwide effort in just nine months!
You will perch atop a fast-growing organization working
to catalyze national and global change with the opportunity to
learn, grow, and hopefully thrive in our fast-paced,
entrepreneurial, and impact-driven environment.
More about you
We are looking for an incredibly resourceful,
entrepreneurial, and boundary-pushing Co-Director of Public
Relations who is enthralled by the challenge and excited by the
opportunity to build, lead and inspire a world-class Public
Relations team to drive sweeping improvements in mental health
while also pushing Ignite from a startup to a nationally and
globally recognized powerhouse for social change.
If you are an experienced PR guru looking to join a tight-knit,
mission-driven and world-class team investing and giving back their
time to help reduce suffering and save lives on a national scale,
then this may be the perfect opportunity for you.
Also, as you saw from the title, we're straight up - we're not
funded by a zillionaire (yet!) and this is a non-compensated
opening which is volunteer in nature at a social impact
We’re expanding our world-class team... This is where you come
What you’ll do Co-lead (alongside 1-2 other Co-Directors),
direct, and execute Ignite's national public
relations and media strategy to drive media mentions
Collaborate with our Talent Director to recruit, build and
co-direct a world-class PR & Media relations team.
Develop and implement strategies for increasing the reach, media
mentions and impact of Ignite’s news releases, bylined
stories, op-eds, interactives, and other materials issued to the
Must haves 10+ years of public relations experience, including a
minimum of 2 years at an agency, and 3 years of PR leadership
Deeply driven to transform the future of mental health (but
that's a given!).
A track record of securing impressive media mentions and the
ability to operate on a low budget.
Established relationships with key editors and other contacts at
major industry publications, newspapers and blogs.
Passionate, positive, self-starter who enjoys working in a
fast-paced, and sometimes unstructured, startup environment.
Success in this role may involve volunteering 5 to 10 hours per
week. The Co-Director may join a team of 1-3 Co-Directors who will
split areas of responsibilities. The successful candidate(s) will
be welcome to join the HQ team remotely or in-person* either during
or after 9-5 EST hours, with an array of integration and team
interaction options available.
Ignite Mental Health currently operates a tight-knit and
uniquely high-skilled, volunteer run non-profit social impact
organization; efficiently coordinated by a core HQ team of
exceptionally dedicated leaders, collectively lending their time to
help reduce suffering and save lives on a national scale and
This position is non-compensated and volunteer in nature. We
assist all candidates who are enrolled in or work for a University
or Sponsoring Organization, with the preparation of all
documentation required to support applications for stipends,
non-profit work pay related programs, financial fellowships or
financial scholarships. As a relatively new non-profit our
incoming Capital Raising Team will be working hard to establish
partnerships to fund stipends, renumeration etc. At this moment
however we are unfortunately unable to commit to renumeration of
Third-party websites may provide erroneously calculated salary
projections for positions. These estimates are not provided by
Ignite and are incorrect.
Location Our Co-Director of Public Relations would be welcome to
work remotely or in-person with our Founder and key team members in
the Boston area. In-person options may be dependent on a range of
COVID-19 health and safety related factors.
Have fun while you make a difference
Develop new skills, insights & experience in a fast-changing
Join an amazing community of like minded peers across the US
while working on high-impact projects
Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an
Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can help
you stay relevant in a fast-changing news business
Ignite Mental Health is not a department of Harvard University,
nor are we in anyway owned or operated by the
University. Ignite's only connection with the University
is that we were founded by Harvard students/ alumni and are
incubated by and worked (pre-covid) out of the Harvard Innovation
Labs Venture Program. We ask that all communications are directed
to Ignite and not the Harvard Innovation Lab. This
description is intended to describe the general nature and level of
work which may be performed by persons assigned to this position.
It is not intended to include all duties, responsibilities or other
potentially relevant information which may change between the date
of this posting and potential interviews.
We're working to scale innovative solutions and legislative
changes —unafraid of transforming traditional approaches—that
tackle the root causes of some of the biggest problems affecting