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Harvard University Director of the Institute of Politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts

60095BRAuto req ID:60095BRJob Code:361062 Administrative Manager Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Director of the Institute of PoliticsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :062Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; 10 years at senior levels of electoral politics or other government positions at the federal, state, or local levels, or equivalent public service experience in areas such as journalism and non-profit organizations. Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Interpersonal skills needed to represent the IOP publicly, to work successfully in an academic environment (particularly with academic leaders and undergraduate students), and to interact with a variety of prominent people active in public affairs.

  • Demonstrated success in managing teams and organizations.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and critically.

  • Demonstrated experience with and enthusiasm for engaging with students.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

  • Familiarity with the IOP, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard University is preferred.

  • Some fundraising experience helpful, but not required.

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.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage (

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:Institute of PoliticsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Position Description: The Director is charged with energetically setting the strategy and priorities of the IOP in order to push the institution to new heights. The Director should serve as an inspirational leader but also a nimble manager to a roughly 15-person team, with a focus on developing innovative and policy-relevant programs that will encourage the next generation of public leaders and build on the IOP’s national platform for discourse on policy and politics. The Director reports to the Dean of the Kennedy School and collaborates closely with the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee (which comprises well-known public leaders). The Director oversees the Student Advisory Committee (which comprises undergraduate Harvard students who are especially committed to the IOP’s mission). The Director is supported by an Executive Director.

The Director also works collaboratively with a wide range of other constituent groups. The Director works closely with Harvard undergraduates who are interested in politics and public service, showing skill and enthusiasm in supporting their aspirations and activities. The Director works constructively on matters of common interest with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of the broader Kennedy School community and of Harvard University as a whole. The Director represents the IOP in public, including speaking in engaging ways at Forum events and IOP conferences.

The Director is a person of stature who maintains a strong presence on the Harvard campus and attracts leaders from across the political spectrum, the country and around the world. The Director must be a dynamic leader and innovator who will encourage critical thinking by supporting a diversity of ideology. We seek a Director who supports and embraces all aspects of diversity and inclusion and will contribute to the excellence of our community of staff, faculty and students.

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: The Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School bridges the worlds of academia and practice in order to expose students to the “real world” of politics and public life, with a mission to inspire young people—especially undergraduates—to become leaders in the world of politics and public life.

The IOP offers wide-ranging opportunities for Harvard students and acts as a convener for the broader Harvard community with the goal of stimulating and nurturing a passion for politics and public service regardless of party affiliation. Some of the most significant political figures over the last 50 years—Presidents, would-be presidents, Governors, Senators, other policymakers—have either been Fellows at the IOP or participated at events in which they imparted their practical insights about navigating the world of politics and public service. The first of its kind, the Harvard IOP has become an international model which has been replicated at many other academic institutions

The activities of the IOP are extensive. For 50 years, the IOP has welcomed Fellows who participate in semester-long resident programs. These individuals have served at all levels of government and civil society and represent the full political spectrum; campaign managers and consultants, representatives from advocacy organizations, and journalists have served as Fellows. The Fellows run student study groups and participate in other student programs. The IOP also runs an extensive public service internship program; conducts educational seminars for elected officials; organizes conferences that bring together academic, political, and government leaders; and hosts world leaders and other high-level speakers at events in the John F. Kennedy, Jr., Forum at the Kennedy School.

Commitment to Equity, 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 Equity, and Anti-Racism. (