Program Manager, Social Innovation and Change Initiative (SICI) at the Harvard Kennedy School

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Program Manager
Harvard Kennedy School

Job Summary

The Social Innovation and Change Initiative (SICI) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has an immediate opening for an experienced and motivated Program Manager to join a high performing team of faculty, staff, students, and practitioners as they create and execute on projects designed to advance the field of social innovation. SICI (pronounced “sigh-see”) was created to transform how we support social innovators – both on and off campus – as they navigate the challenges of initiating and implementing breakthrough social change around the world.

Working as an integral part of an energetic and growing team, the Program Manager will report to SICI’s Assistant Director of Programs. The Program Manager will work as a meaningful thought partner, engaged collaborator, and proactive problem solver throughout the development, execution, and evaluation of strategic programming for this initiative at HKS.

Application Deadline & Interview Timeline: We will begin reviewing applications in earnest beginning the week of September 20th, and will continue review applications received thereafter on a rolling basis. Interviews will likely commence the week of October 4th.

Job Code
359056 Admin Dept/Program Admin

Job-Specific Responsibilities
Develop and Deliver Educational Programming
Manages delivery and independently drives execution of the New World Social Innovation Fellowship, Beck Visiting Social Innovator Program, and additional education-related programming.
Responsibilities include:

  • Content Design: Collaborate with SICI’s Assistant Director of Programs, guest faculty, and/or visiting practitioners on content development, pedagogy, and in-person facilitation of programs.
  • Program Delivery: Independently execute regular and off-cycle programming and events (i.e. program sessions, Annual Social Innovator Showcase, bi-annual retreats, program kick-off/closing). This includes approximately 1 evening/week and 1 weekend/semester.
  • Relationship Management: Build positive and effective relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including the SICI team, students, alumni, staff, faculty, Harvard partners, and other collaborators to proactively enhance and elevate educational programming.
  • Program Evaluation: Systematically track, organize and analyze trends related to programmatic activities and outcomes; use data to inform and improve performance and impact.
  • Mentoring Social Innovators: Coach and advise students to advance their learning, leadership, and social innovation efforts.
  • Recruitment and Selection: Independently execute recruitment and selection process for existing programs. Collaborate with Assistant Director of Programs and SICI leadership on strategy for Fellowship expansion across Harvard University in the coming years.
  • Alumni Management: Manage on-going program alumni engagement.
  • Culture Ambassador: General upkeep and reinforcement of important cultural norms and values in SICI community.

Advance Strategic Priorities
Proactively and systematically contributes insights to SICI’s strategic priorities such as pedagogical codification, dissemination, influence, and expansion.
This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Collaborate with SICI Leadership to inform and respond to evolving needs of the social innovation ecosystem and key constituencies (SICI faculty members, the HKS Dean’s Office, Harvard partners, etc.). Assistance with developing programming accordingly.
  • Prepare for and contribute to SICI strategy meetings and weekly team briefings on SICI’s progress, proactively identifying potential obstacles and opportunities to advance SICI’s mission.
  • Lead special projects and other duties, as needed.

Additional Information

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire with very strong possibility of renewal.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.
Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.
We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Salary Range: $62,700 – $102,500
Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership-because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.
Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Harvard Kennedy School’s mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. Our teaching, research, and engagement with practitioners focus on these priorities:

  • Protecting security, freedom, and human rights
  • Strengthening democracy
  • Advancing social justice
  • Increasing economic well-being
  • Enhancing sustainability
  • Improving public leadership and management

You can be part of this endeavor. Explore and learn more about Harvard Kennedy School.

Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
    Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

Center for Public Leadership

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

EEO Statement
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience with program delivery, project management, or related responsibilities.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The successful candidate will be a motivated and resourceful self-starter that thrives in a fast-paced workplace and with a demonstrated commitment to positive social impact and inclusive innovation.
They will drive and meet deadlines, creatively and independently problem-solve, track multiple projects and deliverables, and communicate clearly with a broad range of stakeholders including senior leadership, staff, potential donors, faculty, and students.

Coaching/facilitation experience is strongly preferred, as is:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High self-motivation, learning mindset, and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as instinct to seek and take direction appropriately.
  • Humility, curiosity, and desire to learn and develop new areas of expertise.
  • An independent, creative thinker with a point of view and the ability to lead through influence.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite Canvas, and Qualtrics.
  • Candidates hoping to quickly build their knowledge and experience with social innovation pedagogy and research, and reputation as a reliable, organized, driver of high impact programming for social good, are encouraged to apply.

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