Harvard Business School seeks a Research Associate to assist in the preparation and delivery of a first year MBA course, Leadership and Corporate Accountability (LCA). The RA will engage with the faculty on course development, content creation, and execution. This work will cover a range of subjects, including the legal, ethical, and economic responsibilities of corporate leaders, and the management and governance systems they use to promote responsible conduct.
The RA position reports directly to faculty supervisor and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office. Ideal RA candidates will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to use discretionary judgment.
Under the faculty's general direction, the RA will conduct background research, analyze, draft, edit and publish materials for use in the classroom, including HBS cases, teaching notes, presentations, technical notes, etc.
Synthesize key concepts from scholarship about leadership in ways that make them accessible to a wide range of students.
Independently manage all timelines and deliverables for multiple projects with competing priorities. Exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. Must be able to structure assignments and keep faculty member informed as necessary, using own judgment.
Ensure compliance with department, University and federal regulations. Complete work with only general direction. Be aware of department, School, University policies and potential outside research policies.
This is a half-time term appointment starting as soon as possible and ending June 30, 2020 with potential for reappointment. Half-time roles are benefits-eligible and may be paired to create a full-time role. All HBS RA positions are structured as one-year term appointments with possibility for renewal.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, a cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample, and transcript(s). All positions will be given a writing exam.
HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Bachelor's degree required. Knowledge of or familiarity with political science, leadership, and related fields preferred.
Excellent writing and editing skills. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively.
Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected, including the ability to prepare charts, graphs, and use graphics for presentations.
Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis necessary. Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature is necessary. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required.
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, such as Harvard Business School.
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: 50901BR
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