HBS seeks a half-time Research Associate (RA) to work with a faculty member and his small research team on an interdisciplinary project that examines the choices that leaders make that allow them to lead impactful lives. The team is building a qualitative dataset of biographical profiles of leaders in business, politics and the military, social activism, the arts and sciences, and sports.
The main responsibilities of the RA will be to research and write leader profiles, with a fair amount of latitude in the selection of the specific subjects. The process primarily involves individual, independent reading, research, and writing and participation in a weekly, in-person team meeting on the HBS campus for editorial feedback and thematic discussion.
Primary Duties: Under the general direction of the faculty, the RA will:
Develop profiles based on at least one biographical book source, with judicious supplementation from additional perspectives (including, when available, autobiographies, obituaries, and press articles).
Identify, synthesize and cite relevant facts that illustrate and support the characterization of the subject's life choices. In addition, creatively interpret and summarize the subject's life mission and meaning.
Write, edit and revise the profiles, following the project's framework, that are approximately 10 – 15 pages in length (4,000 to 7,000 words) for each subject, incorporating weekly feedback from the faculty and team.
Provide some developmental review feedback on team members' written analyses.
Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in the humanities preferred.
Excellent writing and interpretive skills; knowledge and interest in Business Strategy/Management/Human Culture/Organizational Behavior preferred.
The position is flexible, with no travel or field research requirements.
Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant qualitative data, research, news, and literature is necessary. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required. Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis necessary. Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. Strong skills related to Microsoft Word are expected.
The candidate must have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, strong organization skills, and absolute commitment to task completion. He or she must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization like Harvard Business School. Preference for candidate who plans to seek an advanced degree.
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: 47608BR
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