The mission of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is to improve the governance of cities, counties, states, and metropolitan regions through research, teaching, publications, events, and supporting current and future public servants. The Center supports research on a wide range of topics, including urban mobility and transportation, economic development, public infrastructure, and public sector innovation and performance management.
Through a variety of activities, the Center serves three important audiences: urban scholars, state and local government policy makers and practitioners, and students. Key programs, initiatives, and topics include: Government Performance Lab; Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; Program on Education Policy and Governance; Transition Term Program; Autonomous Vehicles Policy Initiative and urban mobility; Economic Development Seminar Series and other economic development programming; and Urban Leadership Trek.
This position is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Works closely with the Center's Executive Director to plan, coordinate, and implement key Taubman Center programs, including the Economic Development Seminar Series, Transition Term, and AV Policy Initiative. This involves proactively developing and managing programmatic work plans; student application, selection, and onboarding processes; coordinating state and local government speakers and host locations; developing and distributing program and presentation materials; and supporting Taubman Center student Research Assistants.
Collaborates with the Center's Director of Communications to identify and disseminate stories and substance developed via Taubman Center programs and initiatives.
Plans, organizes, and executes public and internal events hosted by the Taubman Center and its affiliate initiatives, including conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops, internal faculty and staff events, and Taubman Center Advisory Board meetings.
Manages all multifaceted logistics related to events, including coordinating with speakers, attendees, facilities, media services, ordering catering, other vendors as needed, and event registration, set-up, and take-down.
Assists with event-related travel and budget planning.
Collaborates with other HKS Centers in identifying opportunities for and successfully co-hosting events of shared interest and strategic alignment.
Works closely with the Director of Communications on event promotion, outreach, and responding to event-related inquiries.
Develops and tracks event success measures.
Student & Alumni Engagement.
Serves as a liaison to support and enhance the overall student experience engaging with the Taubman Center while at HKS.
Works with student Professional Interest Councils (PICs) and other diverse student groups to help shape and coordinate programming, events, and other student-facing activities, including the annual Urban Leadership Trek.
Supports students and state & local governments in creating research and employment match-making opportunities.
Develops opportunities to engage and leverage relationships with alumni of Taubman Center programs and initiatives, including participants of the Economic Development Seminar and Transition Term.
Assists the Center's Executive Director, managing a complex calendar, arranging meetings, office hours, and some travel, and processing corporate card transactions.
Performing office administrative tasks and financial transactions for the Center, such as processing payments to outside vendors, processing reimbursements, assisting, and coordinating travel arrangements.
Undertaking other operational tasks as needed.
This is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire with strong possibility of renewal.
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Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's
Minimum of 3 years of administrative and event and/or project management experience is required.
Any combination of the following is a plus:
Exceptional organizational and project management capabilities, with a demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively prioritize time and tasks.
Creative thinking and problem solving, with interest and ability to improve processes, introduce innovative ideas to the team, and learn new technical and financial tools.
Team player with the proven ability to build strong relationships and develop trust with colleagues and stakeholders.
Strong writing, proof-reading, and verbal communication skills.
Technology proficient, including with MS Office and collaboration tools such as Google Docs and Dropbox. Experience with Salesforce preferred.
Available to staff events and programs 1-2 evenings per month during the semester.
Passion for supporting students, as well as helping state and local governments improve their outcomes and solve social problems.
High level of maturity and empathy with outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills.
Eagerness to learn, discretion on confidential matters, and attention to detail are critical.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and flexibility to adapt to changing needs and priorities.
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.
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University seeks to strengthen teaching and research about pressing ethical issues; to foster sound norms of ethical reasoning and civic discussion; and to share the work of our community in the public interest.
Widespread ethical lapses of leaders in government, business and other professions prompt demands for more and better moral education. More fundamentally, the increasing complexity of public life - the scale and range of problems and the variety of knowledge required to deal with them - make ethical issues more difficult, even for men and women of good moral character. Not only are the ethical issues we face more complex, but the people we face them with are more diverse, increasing the frequency and intensity of our ethical disagreements.
Given these changes in the United States and in societies around the globe, the Center seeks to help meet the growing need for teachers, scholars, and leaders who address questions of moral choice across many of the professions and in public life more generally, and promotes a perspective on ethics informed by both theory and practice. We explore the connection between the problems t...hat professionals confront and the social and political structures in which they act. More generally, we address the ethical issues that all citizens face as they make the choices that profoundly affect the present and future of their societies in our increasingly interdependent world.