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Harvard University Sr Dir for City Support &Stdnt in Cambridge, Massachusetts

65323BRAuto req ID:65323BRJob Code:361059 Administrative Manager Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Senior Director for City Support and Student EngagementSub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:30-Jun-2024Salary Grade ( :059Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications: BA/BS degree and at least 8 years of progressively responsible management experience in a similarly complex environment. Additional Qualifications and Skills: In addition, the Senior Program Director for City Support and Student Engagement will have many of the qualifications and experiences listed here:

  • Strong team-builder with an ability to build productive relationships and lead work across all levels of a diverse organization.

  • Strong influencing and team management experience, including effective management, empowerment, and connection of, and advocacy for, teams with distinct areas of focus.

  • Ability to lead, problem solve, make decisions, and communicate effectively in a complex stakeholder environment.

  • An agile mindset along with natural curiosity, and an ability to take in and synthesize information from multiple sources to create actionable plans.

  • Skill in managing multiple diverse projects and activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.

  • Entrepreneurial and creative ability to design and build processes in a complex stakeholder environment while ensuring role clarity and process efficiency.

  • An understanding of student development and learning and creativity in how students can be supported in city internships and fellowship.

  • Confident, diplomatic, proactive, strong character and values, respectful and humble.

  • Ability to build trust and credibility and have impact in a complex stakeholder environment.

  • Passion for solving urban issues, deep commitment to the work of the center, and an enthusiasm for doing whatever it takes to get work done.

  • A systems thinker with an ability to drive to big picture goals while maintaining strong attention to detail.

  • A skilled and thoughtful communicator, strong presentation skills with the ability to distill complex information into digestible formats.

  • Experience in project management, effective scoping of work, and coordination and implementation of deliverables. Experience in an academic environment is helpful; experience in management consulting, and/or city government environment is preferred.

  • Political acumen, persuasive communication, and an ability to effectively navigate competing demands.

  • Periodic travel to New York City is required.

  • An advanced degree ( MPP/MPA, MBA, PhD) , is preferred but not required.

Additional Information: Application Instructions:

Beth Schaefer and Laurie Casteen of Koya Partners/DSG, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, have been exclusively retained for this search. View the full position profile on their website:

Senior Program Director for City Support and Student Engagement – Diversified Search Group (

To express interest in this role please submit a compelling cover letter and resume by filling out our Talent Profile. ( All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodation for the interview process.

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending June 30, 2025, with possibility of renewal.

Learn more about our work culture ( and see yourself at Harvard Kennedy School.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference 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. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Salary Range: $99,300 - $173,900

Note: Starting salaries are determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Department:Bloomberg Center for CitiesPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Position Description: Specific responsibilities for this role include:

City Support

  • Oversee the planning and execution of programming intended to enable cities to improve key practices and capabilities– ensuring various interdependent components work effectively in concert.

  • Oversee the planning and execution of services (e.g., coaching, public narrative, 360 instrument) intended to foster leadership development among program participants.

  • Manage the recruitment and acceptance of program participants and cities into city support programs and services.

  • Ensure first-rate follow-up and support to participants.

  • Make connections between cities and leverages Harvard resources and external partnerships to support cities.

  • Lead the development and deployment of services and programming to “alumni” of the initiative; and

  • Ensure ongoing improvement in services and support provided.

    Student Support and Engagement

  • Oversee the initiative’s work to develop and execute programming that expands the initiative’s impact with and through students – and situates students for meaningful work and careers in city government.

  • Lead efforts to drive student and faculty engagement in field-based and experiential learning (e.g., field courses, thesis work, and similar projects).

  • Oversee the initiative’s fellowship programs for enrolled students.

  • Ensure that participating cities take advantage of the broad network of alumni and students graduating from Harvard in hiring for full-time and/or intern positions; and

  • Oversee the Initiative’s and Center’s efforts to recruit students to RA positions, graduate Fellowships, undergraduate Internships, and other initiative activities.

    Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellowships

  • Oversee the City Hall Fellowship program that places graduates of Harvard masters’ programs in two-year fellowships in municipal leadership in city halls across the United States.

  • Ensure an effective training and support program for fellows; and

  • Oversee city selection process.

    Donor Collaboration, Alignment, and Reporting

  • Align with the donor on support offerings to cities and key changes; and

  • Report to donors on ongoing progress and impact.

    Program Integration

  • Play a leading role in ensuring that any programming is coordinated across all relevant facets of the initiative.

  • Integrate initiative-wide objectives, including equity goals, into the planning, development, and execution of the City Support and Student Engagement portfolio; and

  • Ensure that we learn in all we do, including building in data and processes throughout our work to capture data for process improvement and impact assessment.

    Coaching and Team Advancement

  • As a member of the senior leadership team, serve as a key influencer in shaping the initiative’s organizational development agenda.

  • Foster and contribute to a culture of excellence grounded in learning, problem solving, and teamwork.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the initiative to identify recommendations for programmatic improvements .

    Organizational Leadership

  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify recommendations for improvements.

  • Contribute to a positive culture: Leads by example, a diplomat and creative problem-solver; thinks outside the box. Forward thinking about building organizational agility, cohesion, and workforce capability. A holistic thinker who intentionally shapes and influences a positive work culture; and

  • Communicates through conflict and engages proactively when faced with difficult or complex situations.

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 Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative seeks a creative, entrepreneurial, and results driven program leader to serve as the Senior Program Director for City Support and Student Engagement. The Senior Program Director leads a team of colleagues who provide programmatic support for mayors and senior city government officials as well as programs and fellowships that place Harvard students in city halls around the world. The Senior Program Director provides vision and leadership in partnership with Harvard team members, faculty, and students, and Bloomberg Philanthropies and other collaborators, in the design and delivery of these high-impact programs.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Program Director will grow the impact of a slate of programs that support city leaders and students in improving the lives of residents of cities around the world. The Senior Program Director will lead, mentor, and support a team of eight.

The Senior Program Director for City Support and Student Engagement will lead a dedicated and collaborative team to apply and advance learning beyond the classroom for city participants and students. Reporting to the Executive Director, this key leadership role works closely with faculty, our donors, and collaborators in delivering support to cities, city leaders that participate in our programs, and Harvard students.

The team is organized around three key programmatic areas that often work in concert: City Support, Student Engagement, and City Hall Fellowships. The Senior Program Director will lead a team of eight in delivering on the scope of activities.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

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. ( 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-ES2Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.About Us: The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative ( —a program of the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University—is a collaboration between Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to equip mayors and senior city officials to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their residents.

The Initiative offers high-impact executive development programs for mayors and senior level city government officials to focus on their personal leadership and organizational practices within their cities. The Flagship Mayors Program ( welcomes 40 mayors and senior leaders each year. The Program for New Mayors ( engages mayors as they transition into office and over their first 100 days. A range of additional targeted programs include Managing Talent Acquisition in City Government, Leading City Procurement Reform, Negotiation for City Leaders, and Leading Civic Engagement.

As mayors and city leaders seek to further develop key capabilities, the Initiative also offers supplemental support through coaching, collaborations with technical support organizations, and additional coursework.

Since 2017, the Initiative has supported more than 300 Harvard students across a range of internships, fellowships, and research opportunities as we seek to develop future generations of city leaders and scholars. Through data analysis, insights, and recommendations, students have brought their talents to cities’ top priorities while gaining valuable experience in the field.

Underlying the work of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a foundation of research and curriculum development designed to address practical challenges faced by cities and to close the gaps in critical knowledge needed to support effective city leadership.

Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University

Founded in 2021 with Bloomberg Philanthropies ( , the Bloomberg Center for Cities ( at Harvard University serves a global community committed to improving public management, leadership, and governance in cities. The center unites expertise across disciplines and schools at Harvard to produce research, train current and future leaders, and develop resources for global use. The center is designed to have widespread impact on the future of cities, where more than half of the world’s people now live, by supporting, informing, and inspiring local government leaders, scholars, students, and others who work to improve the lives of residents around the world. The center features over 50 affiliated faculty ( from nine different Harvard schools and collaborates with peer institutions across the globe.

The center is building a community in which scholars, students, and city leaders make connections through joint research, programming, field work, experiential learning, and events. It is a platform for leading thinkers, rising academic stars, and accomplished leaders working on, and in cities. It hosts faculty convenings and student study groups around current urban issues.