The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center is searching for a Program Manager for Student Engagement. The Program Manager will serve a lead role in working with students, faculty, and cities to develop and execute programming that expands the Initiative's work with and through students. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest and understanding of the leadership and organizational challenges associated with city government as well as familiarity with experiential learning, academic research, or student career advancement. The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We actively seek applications from candidates who demonstrate a commitment to building diverse and inclusive communities.
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a 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 fourth 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's work with cities creates an opportunity to inspire a future generation of city leaders. Over the program's first three years, more than 150 Harvard graduate students have engaged in summer fellowships, field courses, and research for cities. These students gain experience with city government by working on real-world city issues, and in so doing so, provide immediate value to participating cities and contribute to emerging research.
The Program Manager will serve a lead role in working with students, faculty, and cities to develop and execute programming that expands the initiative's with and through students. Key responsibilities include management and development of:
Student Fellowships in Mayors' Offices. Manage interview process to place graduate students in Mayor's offices around the world, scoping of projects with cities, and professional development for students during Fellowship. Manage recruitment cycle, interview process, and orientation.
Field Courses. Execute city participation and engagement in field-courses. Identify and work with faculty to advance Bloomberg Harvard city participation new field courses.
Capstone projects / Policy Analysis Exercises. Working with faculty, students, and Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative cities, oversee the development of year-long Policy Analysis Exercises (PAE) projects in cities, in which student teams work with faculty and cities to collectively address a key policy or management challenge facing the city.
Student and Graduate Careers. Working with career advancement offices at Harvard graduate schools, ensure that participating cities take advantage of the broad network of alumni and students graduating from Harvard graduate schools in hiring for full-time and/or intern positions.
Student Recruitment for Initiative Projects. Work with program staff and cities to recruit and match students to ongoing research and projects to support cities.
Additional program development. Working with faculty, advance additional initiatives that strengthen the pipeline of graduate student opportunities across Harvard to work in and with cities.
Team Advancement. Foster and contribute to a culture of excellence grounded in learning, problem solving, and teamwork. Collaborate with colleagues to identify recommendations for programmatic and process improvements.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment through June 30, 2021 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.
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Bachelor's Degree and at least 6 years of progressively responsible experience inclusive of graduate school. Experience managing technical assistance, strategy, operations, or service delivery.
MBA or MPA preferred.
Understanding of experiential learning, academic research, student career advancement, and governance and decision-making in a university environment.
Understanding of the leadership, managerial, and organizational challenges associated with governing cities.
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.
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