Harvard University Admin Dept/Program Admin in Cambridge, Massachusetts

46692BRAuto req ID:46692BRJob Code:359057 Admin Dept/Program Admin Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Assistant Director of ResearchSub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:31-Dec-2019Salary Grade:057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:- Bachelor's Degree required

  • 5+ years of related experience, with progressive responsibility in program management, required

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates proceeding to the second round of interviews will be asked to submit two (2) writing samples. Examples of writing samples include: a professional email, a piece of academic writing, or a PowerPoint presentation.

Please include your last name in the file name for your samples and a brief description of the context and audience for each sample. For each writing sample, you should be the sole author, or share a section of writing for which you are the sole author if originally from a group project.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to provide an academic transcript.

Additional Qualifications:- Master's Degree in public health, development, economics, or a related field preferred

  • Prior supervisory experience preferred

  • Experience managing project timelines, finances, team dynamics, and programmatic deliverables preferred

  • Experience managing USG funded projects, including budget and subcontract management, preferred

  • Strong attention to detail, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills preferred

  • Discretion with sensitive information and excellent follow-up preferred

  • Experience working independently experience working quickly, calmly, and efficiently on multiple projects and activities with tight deadlines preferred

    Additional Information:Duties and Responsibilities continued:

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strategic, Administrative, and Financial Management:

  • Liaise with external partners from the private sector and other academic institutions, as well as several functional departments and offices within the School and University, to successfully execute current projects as well as develop proposals for future research

  • Represent Professor Bloom’s research group in front of key audiences at meetings, trainings, and briefings

  • Evaluate the design, development, and coordination of project implementation plans, budgets, and proposals with project partners, as well as liaise with key Harvard offices to ensure proper reviews in accordance with School and University policies

  • Identify potential obstacles to programmatic success in a timely fashion and implement corrective actions as needed

Supervising Research & Administrative Staff:

The Bloom Research Team currently consists of eight full-time employees – four Research Assistants (RAs), one Research Associate, one Visiting Scientist, one Faculty & Program Coordinator, and the Assistant Director of Research, in addition to Professor Bloom – and others that visit throughout the academic year (including students and visiting researchers from other institutions). The AD directly supervises the Faculty & Program Coordinator, and assists in the day-to-day workflow management of the overall research team. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ensure that team members have the resources and support necessary to execute project implementation plans and budgets in a timely and efficient manner

  • Coordinate the annual review and goal setting processes for staff

  • Secure work spaces and materials for all staff and visiting researchers

  • Ensure that the paperwork and funding needs of visiting personnel are properly addressed, and compliant with School and University policies and processes

  • Initiate and manage the appointment process for visiting researchers

  • Support Professor Bloom’s fall course, GHP272 Foundations of Global Health and Population, by advising teaching fellows and research staff on the execution of their responsibilities with regard to organizing guest speakers, evening sessions, and other components of the course as needed

Research Event Execution:

  • Lead the organization and execution of research workshops, in concert with the RAs and Coordinators on the team (including planning the agenda, invitation lists, discussion questions, group activities, overseeing venue organization, coordinating participant travel, catering, and other logistical details)

  • Monitor costs in relation to the budget and ensure that all financial matters such as invoices, contracts, and reimbursements are handled accurately, swiftly, and in accordance with School, University, and funder policies.

Drafting & Editing Written Materials:

  • Draft and edit project deliverables such as academic and thought leadership articles, donor reports, teaching cases, trainings, and speaking notes, with high attention to detail and a high degree of professionalism

  • Develop concept notes and research proposals

  • Draft and edit updates to individual donors, external steering committee members, and program officers at donor institutions

Conducting Research:

  • Conduct literature reviews and interviews

  • Monitor and analyze relevant publications, media, and online sources

  • Lead the preparation of forms and approval processes (i.e. – IRB review) for internal and external partners


To learn more about Harvard's outstanding benefits package, please visit this website: https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards.

Department:Global Health and PopulationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration, ResearchDuties & Responsibilities:The Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) seeks to improve global health through education, research, and service from a population-based perspective. The 21st century has arrived with a complex set of demographic patterns, disease burdens, and health policies. These create challenges that affect all societies, rich and poor, developed and developing. The department’s approach to these problems combines the analysis of population and health using quantitative and qualitative methods, the investigation of policies that affect health, and a concern with the politics and ethics of health and development.

The Department of Global Health and Population seeks an Assistant Director of Research (AD) to manage multiple complex research projects, and to ensure unified and efficient management of Professor David E. Bloom’s research portfolio.

Specific, existing projects in the portfolio of the AD include the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) project, to carry out a large, complex, multi-year study of aging in India; the Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA), a P30 Center Grant that funds aging-related pilot research projects; and the Value of Vaccination Research Network (VoVRN), a multi-year effort to fund and encourage new research on the social and economic benefits of vaccination.

Duties and Responsibilities will be continued in the \"Additional Information\" Section.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of 12/31/2019, with possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: This position may require occasional domestic and international travel.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates proceeding to the second round of interviews will be asked to submit two (2) writing samples. Examples of writing samples include: a professional email, a piece of academic writing, or a PowerPoint presentation.

Please include your last name in the file name for your samples and a brief description of the context and audience for each sample. For each writing sample, you should be the sole author, or share a section of writing for which you are the sole author if originally from a group project.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to provide an academic transcript.

School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health EEO Statement: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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.