The Opportunity: Harvard Business School (HBS) has an exciting opportunity for someone with intellectual curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit to help faculty conduct innovative and ambitious field experiments with firms and other organizations around the world.
Position Summary: The Manager, Field Experiments and Research Partnerships supports the efforts of HBS faculty conducting randomized control trials (RCTs or field experiments) at corporate, government and non-profit organizations. As a member of the Division of Research and Faculty Development (DRFD), the Manager will work with HBS faculty, other service providers in the DRFD, and colleagues across HBS to facilitate connections, develop relationships, and support research activities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Senior Director, Research Administration, and operating as part of a cross-functional team dedicated to the support of faculty research, the Manager, Field Experiments and Research Partnerships has responsibility for the following portfolio of activities:
Identifies opportunities for research partnerships with organizations and creates a plan to develop relationships that facilitate these partnerships. Expands and nurtures existing relationships, identifying successes that can be leveraged in other collaborations. Acts as an ambassador for HBS field experiment opportunities, educating organizations about RCTs, communicating both the value proposition and the requirements of scientific research methodologies.
Works with colleagues in Executive Education and across HBS to highlight faculty research activities, increasing awareness and disseminating information about opportunities to participate in field experiments.
Works with HBS faculty and organizations to establish research collaboration agreements, data use agreements, and other compliance documents in coordination with partners across HBS and Harvard University (HU).
Works with HBS faculty, DRFD service providers, and partner organizations to determine on-site staffing and support needs for individual field experiments. Ensures that logistical and operational needs are met as well as the successful implementation of field experiments in process. Communicates regularly with faculty and partner companies and organizations on the status of on-going projects.
Helps direct faculty and research support staff to academic literature and practical resources that identify best practices in field experiments, and trains research support personnel when needed.
Organizes and supports community events such as workshops for HBS researchers and an annual hosted conference that would bring together academics and companies who are engaged or interested in conducting field experiments.
Works with other administrative units at HBS and HU to ensure compliance with regulations governing research with human subjects, as well as institutional, state and federal regulatory policies and procedures. Facilitates the development of policies for managing potential conflicts of interest that may exist between faculty and companies.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
An MBA or a master's degree in economics, public policy, or a closely related field with 5-7 years of experience in a business development role is required.
Familiarity with RCTs preferred.
An interest in academic or applied business research and experience working with faculty in an academic or research environment preferred.
Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, capacity to multi-task and meet competing deadlines.
Ability to work independently to initiate and maintain relationships with faculty, leaders in the public and private sector, staff members, and other individuals/groups that could contribute to the growth of the program.
A strong customer service orientation and excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to write clearly and persuasively and to tailor communications to various constituents. Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
An interest in ensuring evaluations and interventions are implemented following best research practices.
Candidates with a PHD in economics or a closely related field and fewer years of relevant experience may be considered. A track record of success in project planning and management with demonstrated ability to move projects forward while anticipating future needs, challenges, and opportunities required.
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.
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