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Harvard University Prg Chair, Sr Exec Fel Exec Ed in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64800BRAuto req ID:64800BRJob Code:361061 Administrative Manager Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Program Chair, Senior Executive Fellows, Executive EducationSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :061Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

10 or more years of related work experience and a graduate degree.

Additional Qualifications and Skills: The Program Chair is an experienced, adaptable, and strategic leader with evident expertise in public administration, policy, and leadership and organizational management. The Program Chair will possess strong teaching skills, proven and extensive leadership experience, and an ability to generate visibility and excitement about SEF. The Program Chair is an innovative community builder and collaborative leader with significant experience in program planning and delivery.

The ideal candidate for this role will bring a combination of US Federal professional experience and substantial academic / teaching experience in the adult education space. They will be motivated and inspired to advance the leadership and professional skills of the US government workforce. They will be skilled in connecting with a diverse range of participants from many backgrounds and will thrive in the lead program role.

The Program Chair will be able to envision and implement a powerful learning experience that is responsive to the US OPM Executive Core Qualifications. A gifted instructor, they will demonstrate experience teaching in an executive environment. They will also exhibit the gravitas and collaborative skills to attract faculty colleagues to the teaching team.

Operational support for Executive Education programs is provided by a skilled staff of program professionals, so the Program Chair must also be a good collaborator, bridge builder, and communicator, working within a strong system that enables the Harvard Kennedy School to deliver 70+ program sessions each year.

The Program Chair will have many of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

Experience in Adult and Executive Education: An innovative, creative approach to program design, including developing and introducing new strategies and ideas in professional education, while honoring the traditions of the SEF program within the Kennedy School of Government, and an understanding of how to create a transformative educational experience.

Ten years experience in a related environment: Previous senior executive education leadership experience in a public policy school, or relevant leadership experience in a government setting.

Communication Skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse and inclusive community in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.

Faculty partnership and pedagogy: Appreciation of faculty expertise and culture, as well as ability to grow, develop, and coalesce faculty who can thrive in delivering executive education programs. Currency with emerging technologies and pedagogical approaches in online and classroom education.

Strong record of building, managing and sustaining productive partnerships: Experience developing relationships and working successfully with culturally diverse individuals and organizations, both locally and globally.

Comfort and Confidence speaking to large groups: Confidence in presenting to a variety of audiences including program participants, faculty, administrators, and senior officials across sectors.

Data and Assessment: Demonstrated evidence of assessment and strong operational skills in using data to inform decision-making.

Credentials: An advanced degree with evidence of subject matter expertise achieved through significant government or professional experience or research. Additional Information: Beth Schaefer and Laura Bertonazzi of Koya Partners/DSG, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit a compelling cover letter and resume by filling out our Talent Profile here: Program Chair, Senior Executive Fellows, Executive Education – Diversified Search Group ( .

All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodation for the interview process .

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Salary for the role is currently anticipated to range from $200,000 – 250,000 commensurate with experience, skills, and the qualifications required for this role. In addition, Harvard offers a generous employee health and benefits package.

Learn more about our work culture ( and see yourself at Harvard Kennedy School.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Department:Executive EducationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Position Description:

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, the Program Chair leads the Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) program in close partnership with faculty, serving as its intellectual architect, convener of the teaching team, designer of an integrated curriculum, and an active instructor and facilitator. In addition, the Program Chair provides hands-on oversight and plays an active role during the program itself both in the classroom and at participant gatherings whether on campus, online, or off site. Working collaboratively with a dedicated Executive Education administrative team, the Program Chair also contributes to effective market outreach assuring that every program session reaches a robust, balanced, and qualified cohort of learners.

The Program Chair role is strongly rooted in curriculum design and instruction. Primarily an administrative position, it will also include an adjunct faculty appointment. Depending on the unique qualifications of the successful candidate, the position will also include other instructional, committee, and/or direct student-facing roles within Harvard Kennedy School. While there are no direct reports for this position, they will work closely with a Program Director and Coordinators to assure excellence in program delivery and participant experience.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Design & Develop Curriculum: Applying US federal ECQs, the Program Chair periodically reviews and assesses overall learning objectives for the SEF. In consultation with the teaching team and in alignment with budgetary guidelines, they oversee curriculum design and development and continuously assess the program for ongoing enhancement and innovation in pedagogy.

Identify, Recruit, and Lead Faculty Teaching Team: As the Program Chair, they recruit and identify subject matter experts to teach in the program, including Harvard faculty and guest speakers. As an adjunct faculty member themselves, they are responsible for ensuring all curriculum aligns with programmatic objectives. Working with the administrative team, they coordinate course scheduling and evaluation and identify opportunities to maximize the program experience for participants.

Engage Actively with the Cohort During the Program: SEF is the biggest program within the Executive Education portfolio and runs four times per year for a period of four weeks in each session. Leveraging their own area of expertise and research, the Program Chair will instruct eight to ten sessions within the program. In addition to their teaching obligations, they will nurture and sustain a culture of engagement with learners. They will be an ongoing presence within the HKS community and the university at large. When SEF is in session, the Program Chair will be a constant presence and attend cohort events, socials, office hours, networking events, and the Certificate Ceremony.

External Outreach and Engagement: The Program Chair serves as an external ambassador for the SEF program and will actively engage in recruitment and outreach opportunities. In partnership with the marketing team, they will contribute to necessary collateral to support existing enrollment initiatives and new programming. The Program Chair will further identify experiences to engage the alumni of SEF and generate ongoing opportunities for involvement in the program.

Review & Refine the Program Over Time: The Program Chair communicates a vision for the program, oversees program evaluation and disseminates individual teaching faculty evaluations to members of the teaching team. Using available data and information, they refine program design periodically based on program evaluations and changing market demands.

School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School 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.Job Summary:

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is seeking a strategic, engaging, and established professional educator with a commitment to excellence in executive education as the next Program Chair of the Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) program. Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and in partnership with faculty, the Program Chair will lead this flagship executive education program designed to prepare senior US Federal staffers for the highest level of public service. As Program Chair and as a lead instructor, they will be responsible for architecting the successful delivery of this program and collaborating strategically with university faculty, staff, and external partners to deliver an unparalleled experience for SEF’s diverse learners.

The Senior Executive Fellows Program Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) is one of the original flagship programs offered by Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. The program is designed for GS-14/GS-15 federal employees who aspire to the Senior Executive Service, alongside their corporate sector, international, non-profit, multi-lateral, and military counterparts. Cohort participants represent federal agencies including the Treasury, Department of Labor, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, NASA, and many others, as well as leaders of international governments, nongovernmental agencies, and global corporations.

Offered four times per year in both online and on campus formats, SEF is an intensive program which spans four weeks in duration. Each session hosts a diverse cohort of approximately 60-80 people, nominated to apply and funded by their organizations. Led by Harvard faculty and expert practitioners, the program is centered on helping participants gain the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), defined by the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for eligibility to attain Senior Executive Service (SES). Many US government agencies list the program as part of their SES Candidate Development Programs.

SEF is the longest and longest-standing program within the Kennedy School’s executive education portfolio. It has a proud history of innovation to keep pace with changing leadership development needs, as well as a strong track record of documented impact. The SEF Program consistently receives excellent ratings from participants for overall quality, professional value, faculty and teaching quality, and the quality of customer service.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

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 Equity, and Anti-Racism. ( Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-ES2Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.About Us: The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is seeking a strategic, engaging, and established professional educator with a commitment to excellence in executive education as the next Program Chair of the Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) program. Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and in partnership with faculty, the Program Chair will lead this flagship executive education program designed to prepare senior US Federal staffers for the highest level of public service. As Program Chair and as a lead instructor, they will be responsible for architecting the successful delivery of this program and collaborating strategically with university faculty, staff, and external partners to deliver an unparalleled experience for SEF’s diverse learners.