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Harvard University Program Assistant in Cambridge, Massachusetts

58185BRAuto req ID:58185BRJob Code:403033 Staff Assistant III Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Program AssistantSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :053Time Status:Part-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications: At least one year of administrative experience (internships will count toward experience). Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience with Zoom Meetings/Webinars, Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Google Docs/Sheets is required.

  • Experience with one or more of the following is desirable: Mailchimp, Salesforce, backend webpage management.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (works and communicates with many people throughout HKS), strong writing/editing skills, and the ability to work well with people of many different backgrounds

  • Eagerness to learn new things.

Additional Information: This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment one year from date of hire with 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: This is an in-person/on campus position based in Cambridge, MA, with possible flexible work options.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Salary Range: $50,122 - $78,291

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 offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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.

Department:Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and GovernmentPre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule: 20 hours per week to be distributed 4 hours per day. Job Function:General Administration Position Description:

The Program Assistant position supports the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, based in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. The Program Assistant will perform administrative tasks including but not limited to:

  • Financial management (processing corporate card purchases, purchasing card (P-card) purchases, invoices/honorariums, and reimbursements)

  • Website management (including uploading news stories to HEEP website, updating HEEP and other affiliated webpages with content, uploading publications and photos, updating events pages, updating course pages, updating webpage calendar

  • Providing course support for faculty-led bi-weekly seminar (communicating with faculty presenters, student support, technical/media support, necessary classroom supplies, publicity for seminar, etc.)

  • Events support (Zoom Meeting/Webinar administration and support, in person support, photography, organizing media/catering support as needed, event publicity, point of contact for event participants and presenters);

  • Management of publications (PDF formatting, printing, updating);

  • Database management (contact databases (Salesforce, Mailchimp, Outlook, etc.).

    The Program Assistant reports to the Program Manager.

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.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: 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 ( .