This is a full benefits, term-limited position currently scheduled through June 30, 2023 with the possibility of renewal.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Academic Ventures and Engagement, the Associate Director will manage and implement a portfolio of pilot initiatives, initially related to youth leadership and civic engagement and to law, education, and justice. Work will entail close collaboration with colleagues in the department, the Radcliffe Institute, other parts of Harvard, and a broad range of local community-based organizations and public entities in the Boston-Cambridge, MA area.
In collaboration with the Executive Director, leads the development and implementation of select projects and initiatives, working closely with Radcliffe colleagues, Practitioner(s)-in-Residence, Harvard students, Harvard faculty, and other stakeholders, including community organizations. Initiatives presently fall within two focus areas, although these areas are likely to evolve over time:
o Youth leadership and civic engagement, including the Radcliffe Emerging Leaders Program, scheduled to launch in spring 2021, and other programming that supports students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) as they engage with scholarship and develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills to tackle pressing societal issues and become life-long engaged citizens; o Law, education, and justice, including, but not limited to, programming and projects that directly address topics related to the broad social, educational, and family impacts of mass incarceration as well as questions of education access (including prison education) and school pushout;
Serves as department point of contact in the Executive Director of Academic Ventures and Engagement's absence;
Advises department and Institute leaders on opportunities for mutually beneficial engagement with Harvard student and community-based organizations, in collaboration with other staff;
Participates in program planning related to pilot areas, ensuring relevance to community concerns, and helping the Institute reach new, more diverse audiences;
Coordinates the work of Practitioner(s)-in-Residence in the substantive focus areas;
Participates in curriculum development and facilitation for pilot projects, in collaboration with Institute colleagues, contractors, and partner organizations, as needed;
Designs data collection and analysis systems for record keeping, monitoring, assessment, and evaluation;
Manages project timelines and keeps projects on schedule; maintains relevant and shared project and Institute-wide data, tracking documents, and spreadsheets; reports on projects and metrics as needed, orally and in writing;
Creates and maintains excellent working relationships with departmental colleagues, Institute leadership and staff, Harvard faculty, students, and staff, as well as with other internal and external stakeholders;
Represents the Institute to internal and external audiences
Supervises the work of assigned staff, students, and/or interns;
Carries out supervisory responsibilities according to the Institute's / University's management policies, procedures, and any applicable laws;
Responsibilities include hiring and training, planning, and assigning work, conducting performance appraisals, addressing performance issues, and resolving problems.
Please note that cover letters are required for all position applications at the Radcliffe Institute.
About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures and Engagement fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute's commitment to women, gender, and society.
Our recently completed strategic plan Radcliffe Engaged, 2019-2024, articulates our goals for the next five years. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to achieving our goals through the efforts of a highly skilled, diverse workforce. With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University may be exactly the employer you have been looking for.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis the interview process will occur virtually using Zoom. After hire the position will have virtual on-boarding and work will be conducted remotely until we return to our Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study does not provide Visa sponsorship.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Advanced degree (Master's or higher) in relevant field. Additional research, writing, and practical experience desired.
Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in program management and design, preferably related to youth leadership and civic engagement and/or law, education, and justice.
Experience working with high-school and college students (or organizations that engage with them) strongly preferred.
Significant knowledge of relevant community organizations in the Boston-Cambridge area preferred.
Outstanding organization and project-management skills, including the proven ability to set, manage, and meet timelines.
Established track record of initiating, developing, and sustaining productive, positive, and successful relationships with schools, nonprofit, and community organizations.
Demonstrated ability to initiate, develop, and maintain productive relationships with students, staff, and faculty.
Demonstrated ability to write quickly, clearly, accurately, and persuasively on a range of subjects.
Strong interest in the intellectual work of the Institute and the pilot initiatives.
Commitment to collaboration, good judgment, ability to take initiative, integrity, trustworthiness, and respect are required.
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: 52898BR
About Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.