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Harvard University Assistant Director, Program De in Cambridge, Massachusetts

55785BRAuto req ID:55785BRJob Code:359057 Admin Dept/Program Admin Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director, Program DevelopmentSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications: Minimum of 5-7 years related experience. Proven track record of developing new programs and markets, negotiating contracts.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelors’ degree with interdisciplinary focus preferred (such as public administration, public policy, international relations, etc.)

  • Ability to create and grow institutional relationships.

  • Outstanding written and oral communications and research skills.

  • Experience developing online content and programs as well as working in international business or academic setting preferred.

  • Fluency in one foreign language preferred.

  • Experience working in cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to exercise leadership in support of the school’s mission and the department’s long-term plans.

  • Able to travel, both domestic and international.

  • Knowledge of Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School, and its Executive Education programs a plus.

Additional Information: We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Please note: This is an in-person/on campus position based in Cambridge, MA, with possible flexible work options.

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 “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .

Salary Range: $69,100 - $116,100

Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.

Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging. (

Harvard Kennedy School’s mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. Our teaching, research, and engagement with practitioners focus on these priorities:

  • Protecting security, freedom, and human rights

  • Strengthening democracy

  • Advancing social justice

  • Increasing economic well-being

  • Enhancing sustainability

  • Improving public leadership and management

    You can be part of this endeavor. Explore and learn more about Harvard Kennedy School ( .

Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Department:Executive EducationPre-Employment Screening:Identity Job Function:General Administration Job-Specific Responsibilities: As a member of the Program Development team, develop outstanding online and on campus

Executive Education programs that meet public sector demand and leverage faculty strengths to meet the mission and priorities of Harvard Kennedy School.

Open Enrollment and Custom Program Development

  • With guidance from the Executive Director, lead the design and development of one to two new open enrollment programs annually--online and on campus--in new leadership and policy areas. Lead program launch team, undertake market research, collaborate with EE marketing to design and implement market engagement campaign, establish relations with key organizational accounts to support program launch, work closely with faculty on program content and design, and work with Harvard-wide resources in instructional design and technology to ensure innovative and cutting-edge course architecture and pedagogical design.

  • Lead the development of three to five new custom programs annually for domestic and international clients to meet key Executive Education goals. Cultivate qualified leads, understand and refine client needs, develop proposals/budgets, collaborate with faculty on content and design, and conduct negotiations and conclude contracts with client organizations per university guidelines.

  • Work closely with EE Marketing on the market engagement and outreach for new program launches and with the Program Management team to achieve a smooth transition of open enrollment and custom programs from the development to the delivery stage.

  • Create and leverage collaborative relationships with HKS faculty, HKS Research Centers and Programs, and university-wide resources in instructional design and technology toward the development of new Executive Education courses.

  • Develop familiarity with overall EE programs.

    New Market Development

  • Maintain strong ties to key institutional partners and develop new institutional relationships in critical markets.

  • Assess new market opportunities—undertake market analyses for market expansion or new market development.

  • Maintain strong alumni connections to support market development

    Other duties as required. School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School 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.Job Summary: Harvard Kennedy School is the premier resource for Executive Education for public leaders around the world. Under the direction of the Executive Director, this important role will contribute to the development of new professional development programs targeted to public leaders from around the world. The successful candidate will be a member of a team that collaborates with faculty in program design, works with institutions around the world interested in public policy training, and expands interest in our programs. This individual will lead the development of several new programs each year, representing a mix of contract and open enrollment programs. This role also works directly and regularly with the Program Management, Marketing and Finance teams.