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Executive Officer
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 03/03/2021
Executive-Other Executive
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs facilitates the production of pathbreaking social science research on international, comparative, transnational, and global issues. Our community of scholars consists of over 400 affiliates from multiple social science disciplines and includes both Harvard faculty and students drawing from nine of Harvard's schools as well as visitors to Harvard from all over the world. We house several dynamic research programs, initiatives, and clusters; host conferences, seminars, and workshops; and provide competitive fellowships to global scholars and research funding to Harvard faculty and students.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Harvard Academy Chair, the Executive Officer is responsible for the overall administration of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Organizes and directs the Harvard Academy Scholar selection process including managing and updating the online application system, prescreening 500+ Scholar applications, organizing selection meetings and interviews, and negotiating the terms of and processing of Scholar appointments and visas. During the academic year, monitors the work of the Scholars, evaluates and processes all requests for research and travel funds, organizes Harvard Academy seminars and conferences, including Scholars' author's conferences and academic conferences for Senior Scholars, current Scholars, and former Scholars. Throughout the year, plans the Academy budget with the Chair, manages the Harvard Academy's finances, including hiring, managing, and paying research assistants, and works with the Chair in conceiving, organizing, and directing Harvard Academy fundraising programs as an active participant in all grant proposals. Prepares Harvard Academy annual report and contributes to Weatherhead Center publications. Administers the physical office and/or the functioning of the office including negotiating for space, ordering furniture and computers, and serving as editor of the Harvard Academy website and point person for Scholar IT needs. Build and maintains internal, web-based directory of current and former affiliates and promotes their scholarly work, awards, and accolades on social media. Collaborates closely with the executive director of the Weatherhead Center as a senior colleague in scholarly assessment and decision-making. Works with a part-time program coordinator. Other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

Master's degree required in international affairs, the social sciences, or area studies.

Five to seven years of administrative experience in academia, business, or government required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

PhD in political science strongly preferred. Must be able to work independently and be flexible. Must possess imagination, enthusiasm, strong interpersonal, communications, and organizational skills and the ability to represent the Harvard Academy publicly. Must be able to work with a variety of constituents both internal and external to the Harvard Academy. Strong writing and editing skills required. Accuracy and attention to detail essential. Familiarity with Harvard and/or peer institutions helpful.

Additional Information

Harvard’s Division of Social Science is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission.

Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.

Job Function

General Administration


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

359057 Admin Dept/Program Admin




Weatherhead center for International Affairs

Time Status


Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity

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.
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