The Emirates Leadership Initiative (ELI) Fellowship Program Manager will oversee a leadership fellowship program at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and serve as a liaison with key players at the school to provide advanced training in public management and leadership development for emerging leaders in the Arab world. The Emirates Leadership Graduate Fellowship of the Emirates Leadership Initiative Fund provides full-tuition scholarships, health insurance and a living stipend to up to ten fellows each academic year and provides co-curricular programming designed by the ELI Program Manager in partnership with the Fellows Team at the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) and the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at the Belfer Center.
The ELI Fellowship Program Manager, in collaboration with CPL's Executive Director and Strategic Engagements team, will also work with high level partners in the United Arab Emirates to help support an annual Executive Education Program for senior officials in the UAE, and collaborate with MEI on research opportunities and programming related to scholarship in the region that would be relevant to the CPL student fellows, including events that allow for the interactions and collaboration of MEI fellows and engagement with MEI's faculty and resources for student fellowship sessions and professional development. 20% of time is spent in the UAE working on recruitment and alumni engagement and 80% of time is dedicated to on-campus Emirates Leadership Initiative fellows programming and student focused work on leadership development across Harvard, including support for Arab student leaders.
This position reports to the Director of Fellowship and Leadership Development Programs and works in close collaboration with the Director of the Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center and provides reporting back to the donor and CPL leadership.
Oversee the ELI Fellowship
serve as part of the Fellows Team at CPL, working closely with colleagues to design overall leadership development curriculum for CPL fellows including a welcome retreat and all-fellows workshops and programming
lead the design and implementation of customized cocurricular programs focused on the unique context of the ELI fellowship including a leadership discussion series with eminent practitioners on topics of Arab leadership and governance, a speaker series on the unique leadership needs of the Middle East, and semi-annual dinners with program funders
allow for several touch points between MEI and ELI fellows to ensure better integration and cross-learning and coordinate programs for Arab students across Harvard
provide coaching and mentorship to fellows to create individualized learning plans for developing core leadership competencies over the course of the academic year
guide/mentor/coach fellows into organizing an annual Spring Institute that will allow them to travel for a weekend in another state/city in the US to learn about important issues faced by Arab-American leaders on a policy interest of their choice
serve as selection committee chair of the ELI fellowship application review process including identifying and recruiting faculty, staff, alumni and practitioners to serve on the reading and interview committees, and leading the process from application reading to fellows selections
determine, allocate and implement the ELI fellowship budget including, but not limited to allocations for programming, professional development, payment for faculty and practitioner workshop speakers, annual recruitment of fellows and support for Arab student leadership development across Harvard
organize and collect content related to the production, writing and editing of the annual stewardship donor reports including semi-annual progress reports on fellows' activities and provide regular updates on the ELI programs to donor and CPL leadership
Manage Outreach and Recruitment efforts for the ELI Fellowship Program
partner with fellowship program managers, Office of Admissions, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Director of Communications and Events to organize recruitment activities that are intended to attract diverse and talented UAE and Arab students to apply to the HKS and the ELI student fellowship
design and deliver an intensive UAE-based recruitment strategy, including forging deeper ties with key UAE government entities to support the strategy, designing recruitment admissions webinars, engaging various stakeholders in the region including Harvard, HKS and ELI alumni groups, strategic higher education institutions and organizations to increase applications for HKS and the ELI student fellowship
serve as initial point of contact for prospective Harvard Kennedy School students interested to apply to the ELI student fellowship
develop targeted databases to identify key
Master's degree and at least 3 years' related work experience in program or project management. Demonstrated experience in leadership development or public policy related to the Middle East. Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to addressing the leadership needs of the Middle East.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and strong attention to detail is a must. Demonstrated organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and work independently.
Experience running complex programs and dealing with high-level constituents in a fast-paced environment needed.
Ability to work with diverse stakeholders to achieve shared goals.
Proven ability to manage a budget. Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Proficiency in written and spoken Arabic and fluency in English are strongly preferred.
Note: 20% travel to the Middle East is required.
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