Duties and responsibilities: The Faculty/Program Assistant provides teaching, administrative and research support for two HKS faculty members who primarily teach and conduct research in the areas of higher education pedagogy and development economics. The candidate will also provide administrative support for Evidence for Policy Design's (EPoD) Director and core activities. The candidate should have a strong interest in teaching and pedagogy, as well as an interest in technology and how it can be used to advance teaching and learning at HKS and EPoD's training and research missions. The candidate should be committed to promoting educational excellence at HKS and be willing to proactively collaborate with faculty and senior EPoD staff.
Specific tasks fall into 3 broad categories:
Teaching Support (approximately 45% of effort):
Contribute to the management of courses taught by two faculty members, which involves organizing and managing the course website (on Canvas), posting materials to the course website, ordering books and other materials, submitting requests for permissions and copyright registration, interacting productively with various members of the teaching team (faculty members, teaching fellows and course assistants), setting up and managing a classroom management system for each course, and coordinating and executing numerous activities needed to successfully set up and manage courses at HKS.
Contribute to preparation of teaching materials including: reviewing and summarizing papers, drafting presentations, locating materials online and in hard copy, copying and preparing class handouts, conducting basic analyses of survey responses, and assisting with exam logistics.
Contribute to technological innovation in teaching and learning. This involves helping faculty members experiment with a range of technologies both inside the classroom (e.g., polling software and other student participation technologies, video-conferencing solutions) and outside the classroom (e.g., classroom management systems, automating repetitive tasks) to advance the learning of the students at HKS and of EPoD's trainees around the world.
Contribute to our efforts of using data and evidence to improve teaching and learning. This involves helping devise and implement efforts to assess students' understanding before, during, and after class, and using this evidence to teach more effectively and more inclusively.
Administrative Support (approximately 45% of effort):
Financial support (e.g. processing reimbursements, preparing spreadsheets for budgets, processing vendor payments, monitoring account levels, prepare and produce financial reports using online financial systems).
Office support (e.g. purchasing office supplies, making travel arrangements, coordinating events).
Schedule meetings and manage calendars of both faculty members and EPoD's director.
Hire, train, schedule, and distribute work to students or other temporary staff.
Contributes to unit effort by accomplishing related duties as required.
Research Support (approximately 10% of effort)
Grant support (e.g. preparing, editing and proofreading of research documents, budgets and grant proposals; coordinating completion of requirements for sponsored and non-sponsored research).
Research assistance (e.g. conducting background research, formatting tables, preparing bibliographies, data cleaning and analysis).
Support in preparing research and policy publications (e.g. edit, develop and proofread presentations, reports, research papers and grant proposals; prepare copy for publications or submission of grant proposals and/or reports).
Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School is a young, dynamic research initiative that brings analytical insights, typically from economics, to the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. EPoD directly engages with governments and local organizations to identify key questions, design innovative new policies or interventions, and test these using the tools of economics and data analysis, including large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, agriculture, sustainable development, and access to finance.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire with strong 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.
Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Minimum of 1 year administrative support experience.
Bachelor's degree strongly preferred.
Outstanding organizational skills. Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision. Demonstrated interpersonal skills with experience providing complex support to one or more supervisors. Excellent English writing and financial skills. Computer literacy (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and computer skills are vital.
Outstanding ability to attend to details and to work both independently and as a member of a team are important. Comfort with learning new technologies and flexibility in adapting them to an educational environment is especially useful. Additional skills in website management and technical computer support preferred. Experience in financial management, office support, and grants will be evaluated favorably.
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: 45538BR
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