IQSS seeks to transform social science research from the art of studying the greatest problems that affect human societies to the science of understanding and solving these problems. After generations of trial and error, researchers in this generation have finally figured out how to collect unprecedented privacy-preserving information about people, groups, firms, and countries and to invent the statistical methods, theories, and technologies that can make this data actionable. The spectacular successes we have seen in the last few years are nothing compared to what is coming.
Come join us; you can make a difference.
Help us build bridges from academia, by collaborating with industry, other academics, and governments around the world to produce public good; by incubating programs, centers, and initiatives at IQSS to become part of the Institute, other parts of Harvard, and independent nonprofits, or commercial startups; and by building the world's best social science research infrastructure so scholars can do research better, faster, bigger, and more efficiently than anywhere. Help us foster our thriving intellectual community, where students, faculty, and staff leverage each other's advances to take us all to the next level. Work with us to find new ways of supercharging academic research we haven't thought of.
One of the few university-wide institutes, IQSS is Harvard's largest social science research center, with 60-200 staff and academic appointees, and numerous affiliated Harvard faculty, students, fellows, and visiting scholars, and collaborations worldwide.
Reporting to and working in partnership with the Faculty Director (Albert J Weatherhead III University Professor, Gary King), the Executive Director manages the overall strategic, programmatic, and financial activities of the Institute. Direct reports presently include the Director of Business Operations, Director of Engineering, Chief Data Science and Technology Officer, and others. Responsibilities include building and developing a diverse workforce; planning and delegating work effectively; helping IQSS respond organizationally and programmatically to dynamic changes in the nature of social science research; conveying and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing the staff; ensuring compliance with Harvard and FAS policies and procedures; continuing to build out IQSS infrastructure, collaborations, and organization. Building communication structures that help connect staff, faculty, students, affiliates, administration, and outside collaborators. Responsible for oversight of all administrative and financial activities, including grants management, fundraising, budgeting, space planning, human resources and communications. Oversees programmatic activities including software development projects, cloud computing resources, internal and external collaborations, and new program development. Provides strategic and administrative guidance to faculty associates and the executive staff of its member units. Helps develop plans and implement organizational structures for new initiatives under the Institute's aegis. Works with senior leadership across the university, including in Harvard University IT (HUIT), the Harvard Library, several Dean's offices, Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP), the Office of President and Provost, Office of Technology Development, the Office of General Counsel (OGC), faculty, other centers, and groups around campus.
We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree Required.
Minimum of 10 years professional experience in an academic organization and or in similar management position in industry
Experience leading, managing, and building teams required.
Experience in strategic planning, organizational design, general management, program management, and financial analysis and reporting. Ability to manage complex HR issues, including delegation of tasks, at scale. Demonstrated leadership, supervision, coaching and communications skills. Collaborative and flexible style; developing trusted long-term relationships with constituents; and creating and maintaining a team culture with a commitment to unparalleled customer service. Understanding of the principles of software development, systems administration, and basic IT tools and technologies. Background in either quantitative social science or technology desired. MBA, JD, or social science degree preferred. Harvard experience is a plus.
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.
About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University seeks to strengthen teaching and research about pressing ethical issues; to foster sound norms of ethical reasoning and civic discussion; and to share the work of our community in the public interest.
Widespread ethical lapses of leaders in government, business and other professions prompt demands for more and better moral education. More fundamentally, the increasing complexity of public life - the scale and range of problems and the variety of knowledge required to deal with them - make ethical issues more difficult, even for men and women of good moral character. Not only are the ethical issues we face more complex, but the people we face them with are more diverse, increasing the frequency and intensity of our ethical disagreements.
Given these changes in the United States and in societies around the globe, the Center seeks to help meet the growing need for teachers, scholars, and leaders who address questions of moral choice across many of the professions and in public life more generally, and promotes a perspective on ethics informed by both theory and practice. We explore the connection between the problems t...hat professionals confront and the social and political structures in which they act. More generally, we address the ethical issues that all citizens face as they make the choices that profoundly affect the present and future of their societies in our increasingly interdependent world.