The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School seeks a highly talented individual to serve as Executive Director. In addition to successful experience as a manager and innovative leader, the Executive Director must have a dedication to nurturing a rising generation of public leaders, a capacity to collaborate across a wide spectrum of senior leaders, including faculty, across the Harvard community and beyond, and an ability to serve as a visible, effective advocate for leadership development and social change on behalf of the Center.
Working with, and following the lead the Faculty Director (Director, hereafter) of CPL, the Executive Director will help to map out the overall strategy and goals of the Center and will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation, overseeing the areas of programming, fellowships, research and faculty support. In addition to working closely with students and staff, the ED will work to support faculty affiliated with the Center and their research agendas. The Executive Director must build upon the Center's record of encouraging diversity across its many activities. The individual will also help to build and grow a sustainable fundraising framework for the Center. Reporting to the Director, the Executive Director will manage CPL's core administrative staff, operations and budget, and work with School's leadership, faculty, students, benefactors, and others in ensuring that the Center's initiatives move forward and are integrated into the larger mission of the Kennedy School.
We value and are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their professional career or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.
The Center for Public Leadership has four main pillars: student fellowship programs; support for faculty scholarship and research in public leadership, social innovation, social justice and decision science; public leadership training, education and development through programming and convening; and, maximizing the reach and communication of the Center's learnings and activities. The Executive Director will not only contribute to the content of these activities, but serve as overall manager. These activities include workshops, student fellowships, conferences, speaker series, study groups, research seminars, and fieldwork. The ED will actively engage with a diverse student population, continuing the Center's work with Kennedy School students in leadership development that has been central since its founding some 18 years ago. Along with the Director, the Executive Director serves as a key liaison between the Center, HKS leadership, and the broader HKS and Harvard Community, in addition to organizations and leaders beyond the University.
At the Director's direction, the Executive Director represents CPL to various internal and external audiences. The Executive Director serves as a key liaison between CPL and the Kennedy School, the Harvard community and beyond the University. The Executive Director must have the background, knowledge, interest and presentation skills to connect to national and global audiences in all sectors (academic, public, non-profit and private). The Executive Director must have the capacity to work with the very highest-level leaders across sectors.
The Center for Public Leadership seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge about leadership through research and faculty teaching. It is equally committed to broadening and deepening the pool of leaders for the common good through its stewardship of five different scholarship programs for students, skill-building workshops, leadership seminars, and programming for leadership and social change.
This is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year after date of hire, with the possibility of renewal.
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Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Minimum 7 years of successful senior management and leadership experience.
Experience with strategic planning, staff management and budget oversight.
The School seeks an individual with a successful history of managing, motivating, supporting and leading a team as well as experience in shaping and sustaining a program in an academic, public or non-profit setting. An extensive background in leadership development is strongly preferred. A background in working on public issues is also strongly preferred. Ideally, the Executive Director will have a strong understanding of the institutional context of leadership development theories and practices and will be knowledgeable, conversant in, and committed to social innovation. We seek a demonstrated ability to maintain productive relationships with faculty, colleagues and constituents, donors and board members. The ED will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated capacity for rigorous thinking. The ED must have outstanding communication skills and strong relationship building skills
To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50448BR
About Harvard University Kennedy School
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