The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks a senior-level professional to serve as our Operations Director, the chief administrator for all of the Center’s daily activities, operations, and programs.
You will serve as an integral member of the Center’s leadership team, reporting and acting as deputy to the Executive Director. Following in the footsteps of previous incisive and big-hearted leaders who have helped to build the Berkman Center, you will be a tireless and dedicated leader working among some of the most influential scholars on the future of the Internet, and will have the opportunity to help shepherd the Center into its next exciting phase.
As an enterprising, agile, and progressive Operations Director, you will own the roadmap for the Center’s diverse portfolio of activities: you will oversee the comprehensive planning and implementation of the Center’s programs and pursuits; craft strategic initiatives to support and strengthen the Center’s functional responsibilities and culture of serious fun; and inspire and empower the talented Berkman team in the development of scholarship with impact and in their own professional development.
You will manage Berkman’s dynamic core administrative staff and programs, work closely with the Research Director to facilitate high-level institutional coordination and staffing allocation across research projects, and share responsibility with the Center’s financial management for other operational aspects of the Center. In addition, you will lead the cultivation and maintenance of collaborative relationships across the Berkman Center, at Harvard Law School, and throughout Harvard University, and with other colleagues and organizational partners in Cambridge and abroad.
A full position description for the job can be found below and on the Harvard Human Resources website.
Please note that applications for this job must be submitted through the Harvard Human Resources website, and will not be collected or coordinated directly through the Berkman Center. Apply here.
Director is a new position at the Berkman Center. You’ll have a great
deal of say in defining this position, and among your responsibilities
you will not be required to perform research, you will share a strong
commitment to furthering the work of our human network and fostering
rigorous “scholarship with impact” by strengthening the operations of
the Center. You will thrive in a committed, collaborative, and
tight-knit community that encourages creativity, supports deep inquiry,
values novel approaches to solving problems, strives for transparency,
continually builds upon best-practices and lessons learned, and supports
its community members’ independent and collective goals. Finally,
you’ll have heart, verve, and vigor, a can-do attitude, a keen sense of
humor, and a strong desire to effect change in the world.
Direct management of several positions, currently including: Community Manager, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Administrative Coordinator and Staff Assistant.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible administrative management experience, including at least 2 years of prior experience in direct staff supervision.
preferred. Experience in project and organizational management,
including coordinating project teams; managing work flows; creating and
deploying systems and procedures; creating and facilitating events.
Experience with direct supervision and mentoring of staff is essential, and working in research or entrepreneurial non-profit setting highly beneficial. Must be able to roll with the punches, adapt to new situations and shift priorities rapidly; make independent decisions and build consensus as needed. Strong interpersonal skills, proven capacity to work independently and as a team member, sound judgment, an entrepreneurial attitude, exceptional ethical standards, deft management abilities, and outstanding writing and verbal skills, and a keen sense of humor are all necessary.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is a research center founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace, and work with researchers, computer scientists, activists, librarians, musicians, and more from all corners of the university and beyond to advance cutting edge research. For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/.
The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek and welcome applications from all applicants, including people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.
Last updated February 13, 2014