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Harvard University Dir, Admin and Ops, BiGS/Inits in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64234BRAuto req ID:64234BRJob Code:361060 Administrative Manager Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Director, Administration and Operations, BiGS and InitiativesSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :060Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • 10+ years relevant general management experience is required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • The ideal candidate will have a passion for and demonstrated knowledge of business and social innovation.

  • Evidence of excellence in a mission-driven setting and of accomplishment within complex, multi-stakeholder environments, including a proven record of solving strategically complex problems with excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

  • Familiarity with MBA constituents and the management and operation of academic programs within a research environment a plus.

  • The candidate must be self-motivated and creative, as well as adept at managing up, down, and across; building collaborative relationships throughout the organization; and driving multi-stakeholder processes forward amidst competing priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing, developing, and motivating a team.

  • MBA or related advanced degree strongly preferred.

Additional Information:This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus 3 days per week. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here InitiativesPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Position Description:Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee significant annual administrative, programming, and fellowship budgets and lead a department with 40 FTEs.

  • Build and sustain a culture of experimentation, innovation, and creative thinking to support the delivery of our departmental mission of making a difference at the intersection of business and society.

  • Negotiate and advocate for the resources needed by the department to support and amplify the school’s work on these critical topic areas.

  • Build alignment across BiGS/Initiatives teams and determine equitable approaches to allocating resources, time and effort across groups.

  • Manage a core team of 5+ FTEs to provide centralized support activities to all groups within BiGS/Initiatives.

  • Lead the technological and operational needs within this dynamic and evolving administrative department.

  • Work with Assistant Director of Constituent and Community Engagement to shape and support employee growth through professional development programming, employee recognition and other meaningful levers. 

  • Work with Assistant Director of Constituent and Community Engagement to drive collaborations with other large departments across the School to streamline processes and further amplify the work.

  • Work with Associate Director of Technology and Strategic Operations to oversee a technology strategy (in alignment with HBS IT priorities) in support of department-wide data, CRM, digital communications, and other technology needs to advance departmental knowledge management and constituent engagement priorities.

  • Develop approaches to help guide, manage, and measure goal achievement and impact for each group within BiGS/Initiatives.

  • Work with Dean’s Office, M&C and others to manage appropriate branding, messaging, and lexicon of the newly aligned BiGS and Initiatives teams.

  • Manage cross-functional teams by working with administrative departments across the School to facilitate and enable collaboration, optimize institutional capabilities, and address School priorities.

  • Serve as a point of contact, spokesperson, and ambassador for the department and the School.

  • Maintain a general familiarity with key content areas.

  • This role is responsible for other duties as assigned

School/Unit:Harvard Business 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:HBS Initiatives and the Institute for the Study of Business in the Global Society (BiGS) have recently joined forces to focus on issues at the intersection of business and society—challenges too complex for any one discipline or sector to solve alone. Together they galvanize the School’s intellectual and administrative acumen, activate constituencies within and beyond HBS, and create connections to practice in order to advance scholarship, foster innovation, and create meaningful impact at the convergence of capitalism and society.

The BiGS/Initiatives administrative department focuses on several important topic areas including the role of business and environment; business history; entrepreneurship; race, gender, and equity; health care; leadership; and social enterprise. For more information, visit: and ( and

The Director works closely with the Dean’s Office, business units around the School, and the Senior Associate Dean of BiGS to leverage the School’s intellectual capital, network, and executional capabilities to optimize a portfolio of research-fueled “communities of practice” where faculty, students, and alumni connect with practitioners in the field to drive business innovation and societal change. The Director partners with BiGS/Initiatives Directors and Faculty Chairs--who are the content leaders--to optimize the varied technological and operational needs of the department. This position reports to the Managing Director of Administrative and Educational Affairs in the Office of the Dean.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-AG1