Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is a dynamic research initiative that brings analytical insights, typically from economics, to the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. EPoD directly engages with governments and local organizations to identify key questions, design innovative new policies or interventions, and test these using the tools of economics and data analysis, including large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, sustainable development, and access to finance.
EPoD is currently seeking a Program and Faculty Assistant to support financial, programmatic and research administration, and the successful execution of program and research activities.
Duties and responsibilities
Are you drawn to the community and energy on a college campus? Can you see yourself supporting distinguished academics and a fast-paced, dynamic research program? If so, consider joining our team as a Program and Faculty Assistant at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School. This position works closely with faculty and staff to make valued contributions in support of Harvard Kennedy School's mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. This position provides support on financial administration, project management grant proposals, policy outreach, teaching, and administrative tasks for an HKS professor's research portfolio focused on development economics, especially issues related to education, governance, finance and labor.
This position is based in the US but may require some international travel.
Specific tasks include (but are not limited to):
Assist in research project management (e.g. coordinating logistics of field research, coordination of resources, tracking of deadlines of project deliverables)
Support the preparation of written research and policy outputs (e.g. edit, develop and proofread research papers, presentations, grant reports, grant proposals, policy briefs and public communications pieces)
Grant support and reporting (e.g. preparing, editing and proofreading research proposals, reports and other documents, including coordinating the completion of requirements for sponsored and non-sponsored research)
Financial support (e.g. processing reimbursements, preparing spreadsheets for budgets, drafting, monitoring and processing vendor payments, tracking and processing subcontract invoices, monitoring account levels, preparing and producing financial reports using online financial systems)
Support systems for ethical use of human subjects in large field-based research studies (e.g. preparing and submitting applications for IRB approval, supporting the process for data use and non-disclosure agreements)
Manage course delivery: get copyright clearances for course readings and post them on Canvas (online course website), track student work, liaise with guests, coordinate audiovisual support, draft PowerPoint presentations, order books and other materials, organize in-class activities, assist with exam logistics, manage office hours for faculty
Coordinate with teaching staff (e.g. TFs, CAs etc.), students and faculty advisees (including coordinating reference letters to be written by faculty)
Support travel arrangements for research projects, including for faculty, co-Principal Investigators, fellows and managers as needed (including coordinating travel visas and in-country hotels)
Plan events: communicate with guests, reserve rooms, order catering, and manage all logistics
Contribute to EPoD's success through other responsibilities as needed
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending July 1, 2020 with strong possibility of renewal.
Anticipated start date: July 2019.
We regret that Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.
Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
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2 years of research and administrative experience.
Bachelor's degree strongly preferred.
Strong organizational skills, ability to attend to details and to work both independently and as a member of a team are important.
Additional skills in website management, PeopleSoft, Google tools, and technical computer support preferred.
Experience in field research, financial management, office support, and grants will be evaluated favorably.
Excellent communication, English writing and financial skills.
Computer literacy (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is vital.
Experience traveling and working abroad is preferred but not required.
Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills with experience providing complex administrative and programmatic support to one or more supervisors.
Demonstrated interest in economics, international development, and policy in developing countries.
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.
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About Harvard University Kennedy School
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.