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Harvard University Student Engagement Specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

55569BRAuto req ID:55569BRJob Code:359056 Admin Dept/Program Admin Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Student Engagement SpecialistSub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:30-Jun-2023Salary Grade ( :056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Four years of progressively responsible administrative or project management experience.

  • Demonstrated commitment to student engagement and student development, and experience building compelling student-facing programming.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and collaborative leadership skills. Ability to communicate and work effectively with wide range of stakeholders, including student populations;

  • Demonstrated analytical skills and excellent attention to detail;

  • High level of discretion and good judgment; ability to work with and manage confidential information;

  • Ability to multi-task, plan, and execute complex projects and take initiative and work independently.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Graduate studies or professional experience related to student engagement, civic engagement, social justice, and equity and opportunity is preferred;

  • Experience with group facilitation, including with participants from a range of ages and experiences.

  • Understanding and familiarity with Harvard University operations and the Harvard student experience, from first-year to advanced graduate students is preferred.

  • Track record of collaborating productively with diverse sets of colleagues.

Additional Information: Please combine your cover letter and resume into a single document that is uploaded when you are instructed by HARVARD CAREERS, Harvard’s online application program, to "Upload my resume/CV from my computer." Please note that cover letters are required for every application for a position at the Radcliffe Institute.

About the Harvard Radcliffe Institute

The Harvard Radcliffe Institute is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program ( annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures and Engagement ( fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library ( documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to achieving our goals through the efforts of a highly skilled, diverse workforce. With outstanding benefits ( , competitive pay ( , extensive learning opportunities, ( and a stimulating and attractive work environment, the Harvard Radcliffe Institute may be exactly the employer you have been looking for.

  • The Harvard Radcliffe Institute does not provide Visa sponsorship.

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.

    Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice

    COVID Vaccination Requirement

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:

Department:Academic Ventures and EngagementPre-Employment Screening:Education, Employment, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Job-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develops and manages AV&E-related student engagement initiatives for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students in collaboration with departmental colleagues and other across the Institute;

  • Collaborates with the Associate Director of Pilot Projects and the Community Partnership Lead to expand Radcliffe’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a mentorship program focused on gender and leadership launched at Radcliffe in 2020-21.

  • Manages student recruitment efforts and relationship management of Harvard College students selected as ELP mentors; contributes to ELP curriculum development, mentor trainings, and program delivery, including facilitation of select sessions;

  • Collaborates with Practitioner-in-Residence to support student working groups related to Radcliffe focus area on Law, Education, and Justice, including groups in carceral spaces;

  • Leads student programs connected with leading faculty, visiting speakers, fellows, and exhibitions, including content development, outreach to participants, implementation, and evaluation. Collaborates on additional student-engagement strategies with AV&E and Institute staff;

  • Identifies and develops opportunities for curricular engagement related to AV&E programs and exhibitions and coordinates outreach to relevant faculty;

  • Develops opportunities for Harvard students to propose programs and provides guidance and support to students throughout the process;

  • Manages application process and facilitates cohort experience for Radcliffe Engaged student grant programs;

  • Participates in and collaborates with the Radcliffe Student Advisory Board;

  • Presents AV&E student engagement work to internal and external stakeholders and audiences, including Radcliffe staff and leadership, faculty, donors, and others, as requested;

  • Works with Radcliffe’s Communications team and other colleagues on strategic student-facing communications, including outreach efforts, student-related sections of the Radcliffe website, and student newsletter;

  • Maintains excellent working relationships and effective communication with staff, faculty, and students across the Institute and University to promote coordination, collaboration, and information sharing;

  • Manages project timelines, budgets, and relevant project and departmental databases and documentation; collects, analyzes, and shares relevant data, including through integration with new Radcliffe CRM system; reports on projects and metrics as needed, orally and in writing;

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • May supervise assigned workers including Harvard students and/or temporary employees.

School/Unit:Harvard Radcliffe Institute 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:

Please note that this is a term-limited position with full Harvard University benefits that will end on June 30, 2023.


Reporting to the Executive Director of Academic Ventures and Engagement (AV&E), the Student Engagement Specialist is responsible for developing and managing a large portfolio of new and existing student engagement initiatives within the AV&E department and for contributing to, and coordinating with, efforts in other programs as part of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s strategic goals for enhanced student engagement.