The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) research center dedicated to increasing understanding of how people access, create, and process information, particularly as it relates to news and societal issues, and describing potential solutions to the problems facing our information ecosystem.
The Center advances its mission of protecting the information ecosystem and supporting healthy democracy by addressing the twin crises of trust and truth that face communities around the world. It pursues this work through academic research, teaching, a program of visiting fellows, conferences, and other initiatives.
About the Public Interest Tech Lab
The Public Interest Tech Lab at Harvard provides Harvard students and faculty with access to technological infrastructures, gadgets, algorithms, know-how and key resources to better understand how technology can either worsen or address society's greatest challenges. At the Lab, we cultivate a practical, hands-on understanding of today's technologies that deepens understanding and uncovers hidden insights. We're creating an environment that enables students and faculty to work toward a society where technologists expect and demand technologies be created and used responsibly, shine a light on where technology can better deliver services, and question the appropriate use and design of certain technologies should be created at all.
We have established fbarchive.org with two primary goals: (1) to provide researchers and journalists, and eventually the public, around the world with searchable, indexed access to curated versions of the internal Facebook documents; and (2) to encourage collaborative analysis of the documents to improve understanding.
The archive consists of images of documents taken by Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who disclosed tens of thousands of pages of internal Facebook research. Teams at Facebook used social science and data analytics to help the company's leadership understand adverse consequences from their decisions and technology designs. The documents provide a wealth of material for academic and journalistic study and a unique opportunity for collaborative investigation and understanding. We have removed personal names and other sensitive content that appear in the images for privacy reasons. We are unable to share the raw material as we believe it would be irresponsible to release images without this type of redaction and curation.
FBarchive is a research project across the Public Interest Tech Lab, the Technology and Social Change Project, and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Our research aims are to construct an innovative tool for collaborative investigation of image artifacts, to curate content about the images for improved understanding, and to measure and assess the de-identification of personal names found in images. We welcome collaborators and participants.
The Shorenstein Center and the Public Interest Tech Lab are looking for a detail-oriented and highly motivated individual to serve as the Project Manager for all aspects of our FBarchive project, an online archive of the internal Facebook documents. This person will work closely with the team at the Public Interest Tech Lab—including founder/director Latanya Sweeney—and the Technology and Social Change Project teams.
Duties and Responsibilities (included, but not limited to):
Becoming facile with all aspects of the user experience of the archive;
Attaining an in-depth understanding of the subject matter found in the archive;
Serving as a resource for researchers about the contents of the archive;
Supporting the infrastructure of the project in collaboration with its developers—Latanya Sweeney and Joan Donovan—as well as the Executive Team at the Shorenstein Center;
Coordinating outreach to students, faculty, stakeholders and fellows by providing consistent communication; supporting human resource efforts with hiring and monitoring termination dates;
Collaborating with the team at the Shorenstein Center on the planning, supporting, and execution of any external events such as guest lectures, workshops, webinars, or trainings;
Anticipating the needs of the project as it develops in terms of technology, grant writing, and staff development;
Liaising with interested parties and potential project partners both internal and external;
Administering access to the archive;
Maintaining a database of users of the archive;
Corresponding with Human Resources for the hiring and supervision of FBarchive team members;
Archiving the history of the project on the Public Interest Tech Lab's website;
Overseeing financial aspects of the project in coordination with Latanya Sweeney, the Public Interest Tech Lab, and the Shorenstein Center's finance team including (but not limited to) drafting budgets, writing narrative reports, processing invoices, making purchases, and manage spending on appropriate grants and/or gifts;
Supervising Research Assistants and/or Data Entry team when necessary;
Serving as a representative of the project at center-wide meetings.
At least 2 years of related experience in a professional office environment with progressive growth in responsibilities and independent action, preferably in an academic or similar environment.
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and online calendaring systems.
If you have some but not all of the following, we encourage you to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn:
BA/BS degree strongly preferred, but not required.
Ability to research and collect data.
Must be a self-starter and have excellent follow-through skills.
Demonstrated sound work ethic and attention to details.
Must be able to interact professionally with all levels of staff, faculty, potential donors, and the public.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously.
Exceptional oral and written skills.
Ability to work as part of a close team of staff sharing responsibilities when necessary to meet the needs of the project.
Project Management certification useful, but not required.
Experience and interest in coordinating events preferred.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire with strong possibility of renewal.
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This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.
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Salary Range: $63,893 - $104,541 Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.
Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
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Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
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