Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will oversee multiple programs with the Institute of Politics (IOP) to support the development and leadership of Harvard College students active at the IOP. The Director of Student Programs must have the background, knowledge, and interest to support ambitious young people in executing their programs. This person must effectively collaborate with a wide range of constituency. This position requires an extremely high level of professionalism, awareness of risk management, confidentiality, sound and mature judgement, and collegiality.
Overall responsibilities of Director of Student Programs include:
Developing an overall strategy and set of goals for each program and working with student leaders to ensure they are fully supported in executing the programs in pursuit of those goals. Determine metrics for each program to measure programs' effectiveness. Evaluate and make recommendations for programmatic changes and future goals.
Mentoring student leaders who serve as student chairs of each program – serving as a liaison between the students, faculty and administration; working to create budgets for each program; and putting together a calendar of events across programs.
Identifying opportunities for collaboration across IOP programs and the Kennedy School to help the students scale the impact of their programs.
Managing inter and intra-university relationships to ensure program is implemented across the College community.
Overseeing communication strategy and outreach for each program's specific needs.
Managing travel and lodging logistics for program guests or guest practitioners. supervise a student leadership council of 15-25 College and HKS students
About the IOP: The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School has a rich history as the first institution of its kind with a mission to inspire young people—especially undergraduates—to become leaders in the world of politics and public life. The IOP bridges the worlds of academia and practice in order to expose students to the
Bachelor's Degree required. Minimum of 5 years of related experience in program or project management. Previous experience working with students or volunteers required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Experience working in diverse communities and on diverse teams of staff or volunteers.
Strong project management skills.
Natural team builder; respectful and respected leader.
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated experience working in partnership with major corporations or influencers.
Experience in academic institutions a plus.
Proven track record developing and implementing civic engagement campaigns, specifically around voter registration.
Evidence of ability to handle a wide variety of tasks and people in a fast-paced environment.
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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 three days per week during the academic year.
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines. Salary Range: $85,100 - $146,500 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.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
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