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Student Engagement Lead

Harvard Radcliffe Institute
Massachusetts, United States
$80,000.00 - $90,000.00
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Reporting to the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, the Student Engagement Lead is responsible for promoting and advancing HRI's student programs throughout the Harvard University community. Working closely with all three of the Radcliffe Institute’s core programs, the Student Engagement lead will build on strong existing student programming at HRI, while exploring and creating new dynamic learning experiences that foster interdisciplinary scholarship and civic engagement. They will design, develop, and regularly evaluate HRI’s student engagement and programming efforts in alignment with Institute’s strategic goals for enhanced student engagement.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Co-chair cross-institute student engagement team that will work collaboratively to design and implement student-centered programs aligned with overall student engagement priorities; assess and enhance the quality of the student experience; manage content development, outreach to participants, and related administrative processes.  
  • Conduct extensive outreach and generate greater awareness of HRI student programming opportunities; build and deepen cross-university partnerships, HBCUs, and other community partners with whom HRI seeks to collaborate; serve as a knowledgeable institutional ambassador to better connect students with HRI programs.  
  • Create a coherent and branded student experience which will include HRI opportunities in the following categories: research with fellows or Radcliffe faculty, independent research, professional development workshops, experiential learning, and special events.
  • Convene and facilitate the Radcliffe Student Advisory Board; recruit student volunteers; engage student perspectives in planning efforts in select Institute-wide programs.  
  • Oversee logistics and programming for newly established Radcliffe student coffeehouse, in collaboration with Facilities and the Student Engagement Team.  
  • Develop and monitor student engagement metrics; support collection and analysis of data to determine effectiveness of student programs and drive continuous improvement. 
  • Partner with program departments to ensure alignment in student-related communications. Present student engagement work to partners regarding ongoing opportunities and upcoming student activities. Use social media platforms to tell stories and recognize partnerships.   
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise assigned contingent workers including Harvard students, temporary employees and/or interns. 


 Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience (preferably with some experience in student engagement strategy and demonstrated commitment to student development, and collaborating with multiple stakeholders) 
  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines and adhere to strict schedules on multiple projects. 
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) 
  • Ability to represent HRI professionally both internally and externally. 
  • Social media savvy 

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Strong professional, interpersonal, and collaborative skills required; demonstrated inclusiveness and diplomacy in working with diverse populations. 
  • Must possess sound judgment, be resourceful, and demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and solve problems. 
  • Must be detail-oriented and efficient. Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change. 
  • Ability to work independently, get projects done by enlisting the cooperation of others, and take ownership of work. 
  • Must possess facility with a variety of software programs, and willingness to learn new systems.


Work Environment

  • This job is primarily performed in a temperature-controlled office environment. 
  • There is some flexibility to work in a hybrid work environment. When working remotely, employee is expected to have reliable internet access to be able to do the work.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.


How to Apply:

Interested applicants must apply for the Student Engagement Lead position through Harvard Careers, Harvard University’s online employment application system.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. 

Please note - cover letters are required for every application for a position at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Please address your experience with serials cataloging in your cover letter, combine it with your resume into a single document and upload it when you are instructed by HARVARD CAREERS, Harvard’s online application system, to "Upload my resume/CV from my computer." 


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