The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is an ambitious joint effort of Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School in close collaboration with and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to advance leadership, management, and innovation in cities. Entering its third year, the Initiative equips mayors and senior city officials with the skills, tools, and techniques to tackle the leadership and management challenges they face in their cities. The Initiative also aims to identify and fill gaps in research on city leadership, and to generate new and customized curriculum. This approach is designed to help unlock the full potential of cities and optimize their performance. If mayors and their organizations thrive, cities can adapt, endure and thrive as well.
Each year, the Initiative supports 40 cities around the world, anchored by the participation of a mayor and two senior officials in each city crucial to affecting organizational change. Each cohort kicks off with an in-person program comprised of several days of classes and workshops facilitated by Harvard faculty. Beyond the core classes, over the course of the following year, participating cities are provided with deeper programming, services, support, and staff development to advance key practices in their city halls. The Project Manager will serve an integral role in working with cities, faculty, and partners to build, manage, and improve this yearlong programming and support.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Working with the Initiative's leadership and faculty, advance and/or develop new services and partnerships, including partnerships in coordination with other centers at Harvard, that support participants in their development as leaders, in applying the learnings from the Initiative, and in improving the capacity to solve problems in their cities.
Strengthen the pipeline of graduate student opportunities across Harvard to work in and with cities to help city leaders make progress on pressing organizational challenges.
Provide first-rate follow-up and support to participants.
Contribute to Overall Program Design
Share insights gathered from interaction with cities with relevant Bloomberg Harvard colleagues to inform and shape various facets of the design of the Initiative: including programming, assessment of impact, and development of content.
Stakeholder Support and Partnerships
Serve as lead/point person in preparing for key meetings with stakeholders and other potential partners.
Work with the Initiative's Faculty Director and Executive Program Director to ensure appropriate actions and follow up.
Analysis and Presentation
At the discretion of the Initiative's Faculty Director and Executive Program Director, produce high-quality documents about programs, plans, and partnerships that translate complex ideas into clear, accurate, and actionable information.
Foster and contribute to a culture of excellence grounded in learning, problem solving, and teamwork.
Collaborate with colleagues to identify recommendations for programmatic improvements.
This is a part-time term appointment ending one year from start date.
The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We are committed to diversity and welcome people of varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and disciplines. We actively seek applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, persons with disabilities and underrepresented backgrounds.
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's Degree and 5 years of progressively responsible experience inclusive of supporting cities, working for cities or other similarly complex organizations, or providing technical assistance to cities on innovation, strategy, operations, or service delivery.
Understanding of the leadership, managerial, and organizational challenges associated with governing cities.
Demonstrated familiarity with methods, strategies, and approaches to leader development, innovation, managing change, and/or organizational development – especially within municipal government.
Strong customer service orientation and persistent follow-through in service of clients.
Strong team-builder with an ability to build productive relationships and lead work across all levels across a diverse organization.
Track record with mayors and executive leaders a plus.
Skill in managing multiple diverse activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.
An ability to drive to big picture goals while maintaining a strong attention to detail.
Proven organizational, creative problem-solving and analytical skills.
A relentless work ethic—coupled with an enthusiasm for rolling up their sleeves to do whatever it takes to get work done—whether strategic and/or routine and mundane.
Excellent interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds.
The ability to communicate persuasively, concisely, and clearly in speech and writing.
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Visio, Project, and PowerPoint.
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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