The mission of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School is to improve the governance of cities, states, and metropolitan areas through research, teaching, publications, and public events. The Center supports research on a wide range of topics including urban economics, infrastructure, and transportation; public sector innovation and management, education policy and governance; and civic engagement and social capital. Through a variety of activities the Center serves three important, but quite different, audiences: urban scholars; government and nonprofit practitioners in public policy; and students. Key programs and research include: the Government Performance Lab (GPL); the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; the Program on Education Policy and Governance; the Program on Crisis Leadership; and The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America.
The GPL 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 40 Fellows assisting state and local governments across the United States.
The Program Coordinator's work will span both the Taubman Center and the Government Performance Lab. In support of the Government Performance Lab, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for administering the GPL's hiring, onboarding, and offboarding processes; supporting Fellows through the completion of paperwork related to their positions; and coordinating our process of executing MOUs with the governments our fellows assist. The Program Coordinator may also process and approve expenses as well as perform other activities related to the operations of the GPL as needed.
In support of the Taubman Center, the Program Coordinator will coordinate events, perform office administrative tasks, process and approve financial transactions, and process HR actions; the individual may undertake other operational tasks as needed, too. Event Responsibilities include planning, organization, execution and follow-up for all Taubman Center events, including conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops, and Taubman Advisory Board meetings. He/she will manage event-related details including logistical organization, communications, and event promotion, as well as assisting with budget planning and responding to event-related inquiries.
This is a fully benefits eligible term appointment, ending one year from date of hire, with the possibility of renewal.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
At least 3 years of administrative experience required.
Bachelor's degree preferred
Exceptional organizational and project management capabilities, with a 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.
Strong writing, proof-reading, and verbal communication skills.
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