Harvard Business School seeks a Research Associate (RA) to partner with a faculty member in the Marketing unit on the development and delivery of new cases, notes, and related materials for the upcoming academic year. This is a terrific opportunity for those interested in researching the challenges of nonprofit management and how the adoption of social products and ideas influences the role of marketing within nonprofit organizations.
The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to faculty supervisor and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office. Ideal RA candidates will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to use discretionary judgment.
Under the direction of the faculty, the RA will conduct background research, draft new cases, and update existing cases or materials for classroom use. Gather, analyze, edit, and draft all forms of academic writing; produce original written materials.
Exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. When confronted with unexpected research data, be able to make deductions, add insight, and draw conclusions to share with faculty. Make recommendations to and create original written material for faculty based on independent research.
Ensure compliance with department, University and federal regulations. Complete work with only general direction. Be aware of department, School, University policies and potential outside research policies.
This is a half-time term appointment starting as soon as possible through June 30, 2020 with potential for reappointment. All HBS RA roles are structured as one year appointments with the potential for renewal. Half-time positions are benefits-eligible can be paired with another half-time role to create a full-time position.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, a cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample, and transcript(s).
HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
An advanced degree or a bachelor's degree with significant and relevant work experience is required. Interest or familiarity with Economic Development, Philanthropy, and Nonprofit Management would be a plus.
Evidence of academic excellence and of independent research experience. 2-4 years of relevant experience. Demonstrated skill at navigating complex organizations. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing, and background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature. Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis, as well as produce a creative interpretation, is a must. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected. All positions will be given a writing exam.
This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. The candidate must have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, strong organization skills, and absolute commitment to task completion. He or she must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School.
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: 48956BR
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