JOB: Program Manager, Initiative on Urbanism and the Humanities, Harvard

Reporting to the co-directors of the Initiative on Urbanism and the Humanities at Harvard, the Program Manager will be responsible for a range of complex programmatic initiatives needed to successfully implement and coordinate the multi-year, multi-disciplinary, cross-University Initiative and to provide administrative oversight and financial management. This is a full-time, Research Administration position.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with the project co-directors and the faculty leadership of the four city-based research portals (Berlin-Moscow, Boston, Istanbul and Mumbai) to ensure the seamless integration of all programmatic activities;
  • Manages the daily operations of the Initiative, including the planning, coordination, and outreach for public and private events (lecture series, workshops, international summer field work, cross-school seminar/courses, etc.), and the scheduling and facilitation of all project activities and meetings of the campus-wide faculty steering committee;
  • Develops, manages, and maintains a program website to house the data, course/seminar materials, visual resources, and discussions that will facilitate the development of the Initiative and its four city portals; works with co-directors and faculty portal leaders to identify and develop content;
  • Conducts online and library research as needed to support the Project’s needs.
  • Manages the communications, publicity and outreach to inform and expand constituencies within and outside the University through in-house publications, a website, and social media;
  • Serves as a resource for faculty, researchers, and students from across the schools at Harvard interested in subjects related to architecture, urban studies, planning and the humanities;
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all administrative matters;
  • Directs the financial management of the project to include creating budgets, monitoring expenditures, and working with related departments and the University sponsored research office on financial tracking and reporting to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Composes, proofreads, edits, and prepares official correspondence, annual progress reports (narrative and financial), and other materials;
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 4-5 years progressively responsible experience in academic research and/or academic program management
  • Knowledge of financial accounting, budget preparation
  • Knowledge of web hosting platforms and website development
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects under deadline while establishing effective working relationships with a wide variety of constituents
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated proficiency in drafting documents for review by University-level faculty=
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of web platforms such as OpenScholar or SharePoint

Additional Requirements:

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience in higher education and high-level administration strongly preferred
  • Ability to present effectively to small and large groups consisting of faculty and staff
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with Harvard faculty and with staff across the Institute and University
  • Familiarity with social media, cloud-based applications, and willingness to learn new technologies
  • Knowledge of Harvard’s financial systems is strongly preferred

Please note that this is a term position through June 30, 2017, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter and resume in the Harvard Employment website (Aspire) at and search on requisition #33977BR.

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