Executive Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
$107,000.00 - $189,000.00
Mar 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Harvard University

Executive Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Job Summary
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a research center at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Center analyzes the power and impact of media, in all its forms, on public policy and politics. The Center seeks a strategic, creative, and results-oriented leader to fill the role of Executive Director.

The Executive Director reports to the Center Director and is responsible for the strategic administrative and financial management of the Center, including oversight of annual expenditures of over eight million dollars, a 12+ person administrative staff, and all daily operations. The Executive Director works in concert with the Center Director on implementing overall strategy and goals of the Center, including research initiatives, fundraising, high-profile events, recruiting visiting fellows and faculty, journalism awards and lecture programs.

Job-Specific Responsibilities
The Executive Director will manage Shorenstein Center activities and connect to national and global audiences in all sectors (academic, public, non-profit and private) regarding the mission and operations of the Center. The Executive Director is a collaborative relationship builder, who can work effectively with faculty, staff, university leaders and internal and external stakeholders. They are a strong manager and leader of people, who will engage, motivate, and mentor staff. They are a strategic partner to the Director and will develop and execute the plans for moving the Center forward. They are a creative problem solver, who will anticipate issues and roadblocks along the way.

We believe in fostering a collaborative, diverse and inclusive community of staff, students, and faculty; we and seek applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their work and service a commitment to collaboration, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Directs Center operations, including all aspects of logistics and programmatic development; takes the lead in anticipating and resolving issues in collaboration with Center staff and project leaders
  • Hires, manages, evaluates, and mentors program staff, ensuring a high level of professionalism, teamwork and focus on excellence. Promotes the professional development of new and more junior staff.
  • Works closely with the Center Director to oversee and develop research initiatives including the Journalist's Resource website, the local news project, the misinformation project, and the Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability project.
  • Exercises financial management and oversight of all Center programs and directly manages the Director of Finance for the Center. This includes oversight of sponsored funding and gifts, working collaboratively with the HKS Research Administration Office.
  • Oversees the Center's communications strategy on several active websites, social media, newsletters, research reports, and promotional brochures. Directly manages the Communications Manager.
  • Develops strong working relationships with Center faculty and fellows; keeps faculty informed of all major program related activity and/or decisions.
  • Helps develop the overall timeline for the Center's multiple programs, coordinating the efforts of staff, faculty, and fellows.
  • Collaborates with faculty, staff and student groups on all events.
  • Reads, comments and/or writes drafts and final versions of all Center publications including reports, grant proposals, communications for the Director, Fellows research papers.
  • Will handle sensitive situations and confidential information with discretion and problem-solving efficiency

Application Instructions:
Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter along with a 1-2 paragraph statement describing how you have worked to create and foster an inclusive work environment.

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.

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.

Salary Range: $107,000 - $189,200
Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard Kennedy School's Mission and Commitment to 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, inclusion, and belonging.
Harvard Kennedy School's mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. Our teaching, research, and engagement with practitioners focus on these priorities:
  • Protecting security, freedom, and human rights
  • Strengthening democracy
  • Advancing social justice
  • Increasing economic well-being
  • Enhancing sustainability
  • Improving public leadership and management
You can be part of this endeavor. Explore and learn more about Harvard Kennedy School.

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.

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Credit, Criminal, 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.Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree and at least 10 years of relevant work experience managing complex projects and organizations OR Master's Degree and at least 7 years of relevant work experience. Supervisory/Team Management experience required.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter along with a 1-2 paragraph statement describing how you have worked to create and foster an inclusive work environment.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership background, ability to work with minimal supervision, and excellent judgment. Superior organizational and financial management skills, able to prioritize, excellent attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Excellent oral and written communication skills with a strong editing background. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as major social media platforms and management tools. Experience with budgets, sponsored research grants and University processes would be helpful. Experience in in higher education administration is an advantage. Strong interest in media, technology, politics and public policy is a plus; general curiosity about everything is also an advantage. Some travel is required.


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