The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston strives to improve the governance of Greater Boston by strengthening connections between the region's scholars, students, and civic leaders. A university-wide entity housed at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Institute fosters policy-related interactions between Harvard's faculty and students, on the one hand and, and local policymakers and civic leaders, on the other. The Rappaport Institute also actively seeks to involve and collaborate with faculty and students at other local universities, to work with other entities in the region that develop and/or disseminate high-quality research on key regional issues, and is known as a premier venue for informed discussion about issues of importance to Greater Boston.
The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston seeks a highly talented individual to serve as Executive Director. Reporting to the Faculty Director, the Executive Director will have six main areas of responsibilities designed to execute the mission and strategies of the Institute (described below). We value and are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their experience, research or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.
Generate Research Portfolio
Work with the Faculty Director to identify major topics where Rappaport Institute research has the potential to advance public debates.
Engage leading scholars, at Harvard University and elsewhere, to conduct scholarly and applied research on topics of interest to the Institute. Administer Rappaport Institute research grants.
Maintain on-going conversations with government officials and civic leaders to identify topics that could benefit from research by top scholars.
Help scholars who seek to advance their research through relationships with Boston Area governments build those relationships.
Work with outside funding organizations to identify funding that might support research projects.
Work with researchers to develop research projects with topical focus and scope, staying in touch on a periodic basis as needs warrant.
Edit public-facing research products to assure that the writing style is clear, direct, and accessible.
Coordinate the dissemination of research products.
Coordinate one major forum each year, often in partnership with other Boston institutions, which will provide a public showcase for the Institute and its research and/or enhance the public dialog in Greater Boston around an important issue.
Identify speakers for additional events designed to illuminate important policy and governance issues in Greater Boston.
Oversee the Associate Director on the logistics of these events.
Implement Communications Strategy
Formulate and implement a communications strategy to magnify the impact of Institute research, events, and student engagement.
Enhance the Institute's website and use of social media.
Find opportunities to obtain local media coverage and place op-eds.
Oversee Fellowship Program
Support the work of the Associate Director on outreach to recruit applicants for the Rappaport Public Policy Fellows program, convening a selection committee, placing fellows in state and local government positions, and connecting them with mentors
Preside over a weekly seminar series for the summer Fellows.
Collaborate with the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College around the Summer Fellowship kick off reception and closing dinner.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities are continued below, in the Additional Information Section
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Connect Students to Opportunities in Boston Area Governments
Arrange brown bag lunches and other events to inspire and inform students about opportunities for impactful careers working in Greater Boston governments.
Advise students seeking summer internships and post-graduate employment opportunities with Boston area governments.
Connect students with potential clients for their Policy Analysis Exercise (the HKS equivalent of a master's thesis).
Develop and maintain relationships that are helpful to the HKS faculty teaching field-learning courses in identifying clients for student projects.
Meet regularly with Institute Director to discuss and coordinate research, conferences, and other major initiatives.
Supervise the Associate Director, who has primary responsibility for the Fellows Program.
Work closely with the Executive Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government as well as with other individuals within Harvard to ensure that the Center's initiatives move forward and are integrated into the larger mission of the University.
Engage a wide variety of organizations around the region involved in policy and governance, such as foundations, stakeholder organizations, government officials, and more. Confer regularly and participate in advisory groups and public forums and events.
Confer periodically with representatives of the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, which funded the Institute, to seek their wisdom and insight.
Convene Board of Advisors meetings to seek advice on Institute strategy and to engage the board in advancing the Institute's missions. Work with the Director and Advisory Board Chair to identify and recruit new Advisory Board members.
Oversee the day to day activities of the Institute, including operations, budgeting, administration, and strategy.
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Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree. A minimum of 7 years of successful senior management and leadership experience.
A strong record of achievement in public policy and/or public sector management and background in state or local governance.
Broad knowledge of public policy issues, with a particular emphasis on state and local policies pertaining to the Boston metropolitan area.
Significant familiarity with Greater Boston's governmental institutions.
The ability to write simply, analytically, and quickly.
Strong public speaking skills.
An entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated capacity for rigorous thinking.
A demonstrated ability to maintain productive relationships with faculty, students, colleagues, government officials, donors, and board members.
The ability to interact with other members of the region's policy community (public, nonprofit, and private organizations and leaders). The Institute can only thrive if it shares ideas, collaborates on projects, and leverages Institute resources in cooperation with others.
Experience in strategic planning, staff management, and budget oversight.
A successful history of managing, motivating, supporting and leading a team, as well as experience in shaping and sustaining a program in an academic, public, or non-profit setting.
An advanced degree is preferred.
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: 49406BR
About Harvard University Kennedy School
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