The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is an ambitious joint effort of Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School in close collaboration with and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to advance leadership, management, and innovation in cities. Now in its second full year, the initiative equips mayors and senior city officials with the skills, tools, and techniques to tackle the leadership and management challenges they face in their cities. The initiative also aims to identify and fill gaps in research on city leadership, and to generate new and customized curriculum. This approach is designed to help unlock the full potential of cities and optimize their performance. If mayors and their organizations thrive, cities can adapt, endure and thrive as well.
Each year, the initiative supports 40 cities around the world, anchored by the participation of a mayor and two senior officials in each city crucial to affecting organizational change. Each cohort kicks off with an in-person program comprised of several days of classes and workshops facilitated by Harvard faculty. Beyond the core classes, over the course of the following year, participating cities are provided with deeper programming, services, support, and staff development to advance key practices in their city halls. The Program Manager will serve an integral role in working with cities, faculty, and partners to build, manage, and improve this yearlong programming and support.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Serve as a product manager for a subset of the services offered to participants.
Manage build, delivery and execution of programming intended to enable cities to improve a key practice over the course of the year – ensuring various interdependent components work effectively in concert.
Drive ongoing improvement in services and support provided.
Working with the initiative's leadership and faculty, develop and pilot new services and partnerships that support participants in their development as leaders, in applying the learnings from the initiative, and in improving the capacity to solve problems in their cities.
Nurture a Network of Support
Leverage, build, and maintain a network of partners, faculty, and practitioners that can share information and insight in support of the initiative's participants.
Connect participants to relevant innovations, solutions, and approaches to common problems across cities.
Manage Engagements with Cities
Serve as primary liaison for a portfolio of participants in ten to twelve cities, maintaining in-depth understanding of organizational priorities, and the ways in which the initiative's services and support can advance their progress.
Provide first-rate follow-up and support to participants.
Contribute to Overall Program Design
Share insights gathered from interaction with cities with relevant Bloomberg Harvard colleagues to inform and shape various facets of the design of the initiative: including programming, assessment of impact, and development of content.
Foster and contribute to a culture of excellence grounded in learning, problem solving, and teamwork.
Collaborate with colleagues to identify recommendations for programmatic improvements.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending September 30, 2020 with very strong possibility of renewal.
The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We are committed to diversity and welcome people of varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and disciplines. We actively seek applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, persons with disabilities and underrepresented backgrounds.
Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree and 7 years of progressively responsible experience inclusive of supporting cities, working for cities or other similarly complex organizations, or providing technical assistance to cities on innovation, strategy, operations, or service delivery.
MBA or MPA preferred.
Understanding of the leadership, managerial, and organizational challenges associated with governing cities.
Demonstrated familiarity with methods, strategies, and approaches to leader development, innovation, managing change, and/or organizational development – especially within municipal government.
Strong customer service orientation and persistent follow-through in service of clients.
Strong team-builder with an ability to build productive relationships and lead work across all levels across a diverse organization.
Track record with mayors and executive leaders a plus.
Skill in managing multiple diverse activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.
An ability to drive to big picture goals while maintaining a strong attention to detail.
Proven organizational, creative problem-solving and analytical skills.
A relentless work ethic—coupled with an enthusiasm for rolling up their sleeves to do whatever it takes to get work done—whether strategic and/or routine and mundane.
Excellent interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds.
The ability to communicate persuasively, concisely, and clearly in speech and writing.
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Visio, Project, and PowerPoint.
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.
Internal Number: 48710BR
About Harvard University Kennedy School
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