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Executive Director

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 11, 2023

Job Details

Job Summary

The Executive Director works closely with the Faculty Director in providing strategic leadership and management for the Asia Center, an inter-faculty initiative which focuses on its initiatives, events, and students and faculty grants on East, South, and Southeast Asia, which and emphasis on topics that cross national boundaries and academic disciplines. A priority of the Asia Center is the development of Southeast Asian Studies at the University.

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Job Code

361060 Administrative Manager

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

Executive Director


Social Sciences

Salary Grade


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible management experience, preferably in research or academic administration. Budget management, fundraising, and grants management experience required. Supervisory experience required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Experience in grant writing and donor reports. Fluency in at least one Asian language and prior work or academic experience in Asia is a plus. Experience managing federal and non-federal sponsored programs. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success leading collaborative projects, achieving exceptional operational results, and possess a strong reputation for being an organized and dynamic leader.

Additional Information

This position will require a minimum of 3 days a week on campus and for events and meetings as needed.

We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.


Asia Center

Pre-Employment Screening

Credit, Criminal, Education, Identity

Job Function

General Administration

Position Description
  • In close partnership with the Faculty Director conceptualizes and develops new programs, strategies, and initiatives to advance the academic, research, and programmatic agenda of the Center.

  • Coordinates and fosters linkages between programs concerned with Asia at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and other faculties at Harvard and facilitates cross-regional research and cooperative efforts between the University’s libraries, museums, and regional centers and institutes.

  • Takes a lead role in identifying funding sources for Center program initiatives, developing new and managing existing relationships with foundations and donors, and developing a strong program of stewardship activities. Writes grant proposals and reports and supervises the efforts of other Center staff in these endeavors.

  • Manages the implementation of current and future Center programs including: sponsored research, publications and abroad array of conferences, seminars, working groups, exhibits, and other special events.

  • Overseeing services for Asia-related Centers at Harvard and facilitates organizational relationships to support their activities.

  • Regularly communicates and consults with colleagues in other Asia-related centers on the Asia Center’s plans and activities.

  • Identifies opportunities to supplement other Asia-related programs and institutes around the University providing a focal point through the Asia Center for interaction and exchange on topics of common interest for the Harvard community and Asian intellectual, political, and business circles.

  • Serves as chief administrator, responsible for the organization and management of the Center’s three units: Programs, Finance and Administration, and Publications. In consultation with the Faculty Director and Center leadership team, provides oversight of sponsored programs, human resources, and infrastructure, identifying and implementing program goals and priorities, allocating staff and resources, and aligning fundraising targets with the Center's mission.

  • Manages Center staff. Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse, inclusive, and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating, nurturing and developing direct reports; providing staff development and mentorship; and ensuring compliance with Harvard and FAS policies and procedures.

  • Is a member of the Center's senior management team and Administrative Action Group, coordinates work with other FAS and Harvard research centers and administrators, and collaborates with counterparts in other Harvard Schools and with University administration. Serves as the primary administrative point of contact for, and collaborates closely with, FAS administration.

  • Serves on the Center's Steering Committee, Advisory committee, and the Council on Asian Studies. In consultation with the Director, develops agendas or discussion items and ensures implementation of action items generated by the committees.

  • Networks and collaborates with other regional research centers within FAS and other relevant schools and departments of the University.

  • Represents the Center with FAS administration.

  • Participates in FAS and University-wide committees and initiatives as appropriate.

  • May also contribute to the Center’s intellectual mission through teaching, writing, and/or research.

  • The Executive Director will oversee and collaborate with the Program staff for all strategizing and implementation of Center programming.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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.

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.


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)

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Work 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.


 Harvard FAS

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the home of Harvard’s undergraduate program (Harvard College, founded in 1636) as well as all of Harvard’s PhD. programs (the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1872). The 40 academic departments and more than 30 centers of the FAS support a community unparalleled in its academic excellence across the broadest range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Together, the FAS seeks to foster an environment of ambition, curiosity and shared commitment to knowledge and truth that elicits excellence from all members of our community and prepares the next generation of leaders through a transformative educational experience.

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