The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. In 2019, for the sixth year in a row, the Belfer Center was ranked the world's #1 University-Affiliated Think Tank.
The Center has a dual mission: (1) to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, environmental policy, and international affairs intersect; and (2) to prepare future generations of leaders for these arenas.
Duties and Responsibilities The Belfer Center is seeking an Executive Director for its Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P). D3P aims to identify and recommend strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks. The threat posed by such attacks to electoral systems is well documented. D3P convenes a unique and bipartisan team comprised of leading political operatives and experts in the cyber and national security world to offer concrete solutions to an urgent problem. That urgency will acutely be felt in the 2020 Presidential Election Cycle. In the continued work of its mission, D3P will run a special 2020 Election Cycle Program. The Executive Director of D3P will spearhead the launch of this program and will lead all efforts of the broader D3P project. The Executive Director will work with the D3P team to expand its current programming and advisory team. The Executive Director will report to Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center.
Lead the team of Advisors, Policy Practitioners, Senior Fellows, Students, and Technical Experts involved in D3P.
Identify new advisors to join D3P for efforts associated with the 2020 Election Cycle and beyond it for other D3P initiatives.
Oversee partnerships across the country with key advisors in government, business, and state election leadership. Provide strategic input for leveraging expertise in implementing the principal goals of D3P of providing comprehensive solutions against cyberattacks on elections.
Develop new partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country contributing towards building a network that is aligned with D3P's mission.
Lead the creation of new programs and products that fulfill D3P's mission. Oversee current programs and relevant product updates.
Advise on policy initiatives and publish work related to D3P's mission and programs.
Represent D3P in media and work with the leadership of the Belfer Center to raise awareness of the program's purpose and mission as a leading convener and thought partner on defending digital democracy.
Travel to represent D3P with stakeholders at relevant conferences, to locations needed for 2020 Election Cycle project and for the advancement of current and new programs.
Contribute to the leadership team's efforts in fundraising for D3P offering strategic advice and implementing such applicable strategies.
This is a fully benefits eligible term appointment, ending June 30 2020, with possibility of renewal.
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Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree and minimum of seven years' work experience, in politics, non-profit work, or related fields. Experience in building and leading teams of stakeholders. Experience in representing and articulating non-profit or governmental organizational missions and engaging new stakeholders.
Masters' Degree or equivalent.
Experience with U.S. electoral system and U.S. politics.
Prior work on or experience with a political campaign.
Experience and/or relevant coursework in cybersecurity, technology and related fields.
Experience in working with and mentoring students and interns in advancing an organizational goal.
Experience managing budgets and coordinating short- and long-term projects.
Experience leading, advising, and executing fundraising initiatives.
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