The Government Performance Lab (GPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School conducts research on how governments can improve the results they achieve for their citizens. An important part of this research model involves providing pro bono technical assistance to state and local governments.Through this hands-on involvement, the GPL gains insights into the barriers that governments face and the solutions that can overcome these barriers. The GPL has grown quickly since its founding in 2011, and today has 28 fellows and managers assisting state and local governments across the United States.
Our technical assistance helps governments develop pay for success contracts using social impact bonds, adopt results-driven contracting strategies for their critical grants and procurements as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' "What Works Cities" Initiative, and transform the performance of government agencies' core operations. The GPL also helps governments implement systematic change in certain policy areas such as education, behavioral health, child welfare, criminal justice, and workforce development.
The Executive Assistant will provide high-level administrative support to the GPL's Director, working to maximize his productivity and that of the entire organization. The Executive Assistant role has three main components. First, the he/she will provide administrative support to the director, handling scheduling, answering the phone, drafting and proof-reading documents, making photocopies, and scanning and electronically filing documents, among other responsibilities. Second, the he/she will provide chief-of-staff-like support to the director, managing and making strategic decisions about the allocation of his time, making sure information flows in both directions between the director and GPL staff, preparing his daily briefing book, and handling relationships with many other parts of the Kennedy School and outside organizations. Third, as the director is also the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy, the Executive Assistant will serve as the director's faculty assistant, interacting with students and helping to prepare course materials and support other teaching and research related needs.
The Executive Assistant will work closely with the GPL's Director of Strategy and Operations and its Director of Research and Innovation in effectively allocating the director's time to maximize the organization's impact and effectiveness.
This position is a fully benefits eligible term appointment ending September 30, 2018 with the possibility of renewal.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
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Two years of administrative experience required. Internships will count towards experience.
Bachelor's degree preferred.
Experience with scheduling and calendar management.
Proficiency with MS Office, Google Docs, database, and e-mail computer applications required. Strong writing, proof-reading and verbal communication skills.
Must work independently, as well as collaboratively as an effective team player, using sound judgment, discretion, initiative, and humor.
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment. Excellent organizational skills with particular ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and conflicting demands.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively prioritize time and tasks.
High level of maturity and empathy with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
Eagerness to learn, discretion on confidential matters, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task are critical.
Commitment to GPL's mission of improving government performance and solving social problems.
Team player with the proven ability to build strong relationships and develop trust with colleagues.
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