Assistant Director, Government and Political Pathways
Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 62869BR
Student Recruiting and Advising
Performs primary oversight of advising students about civic pathways related to term-time, summer, winter, and post-graduate work in the government and political sphere.
Performs primary oversight of recruiting students for leadership and professional development opportunities
Reading student applications and recommending candidates to our community partners.
Develops resources to engage all students with an emphasis on supporting incoming first-year students and students from underrepresented communities.
Manages operations for a suite of public service programs for students.
Managing the Stad Fellowship Program and supporting several programs including: the Mindich Service Fellowship Program, the Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship Program, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship Program, the SPARK program for pre-matriculated students, the Fong Family Winternship Program, and the Priscilla Chan Summer Service Stipend
Community Partnership Building
Supports partnership building work related to term-time, summer, winter, and post-graduate programs.
Collaborates with several departments on campus to support campus conferences and regionally-based partnerships and programs, such as nonprofit board recruitment fairs and graduate school networking nights.
Manages social media efforts, with a focus on efforts that connect students to professional development opportunities
Supports for departmental events. Some of these events currently include Public Service Recruiting Day, the First-Year Day of Service, SPARK, the Public Interested Conference, the Scholarship and Social Justice Research Conference, and a series of alumni engagement activities.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 3 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, intermediate Excel skills
Communication skills (both written and verbal)
Uutstanding interpersonal skills who can work with a diverse array of constituencies.
Strong organizational and time management skills with strong attention to detail and discretion.
Familiarity with careers in U.S. government, politics, or campaigns preferred
2-4 years of progressive leadership experience related to community engagement work
Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time
Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion
Work is performed in an office setting
May be required to work nights and weekends
The Assistant Director of Government and Political Pathways provides programmatic oversight of student engagement programs within Phillips Brooks House. The Assistant Director of Government and Political Pathways oversees day-to-day program functions related to student leadership development, residential student engagement strategies, summer fellowship experiences, winter break volunteer opportunities, and post-graduate public service employment opportunities for current Harvard undergraduates and recent graduates in the public interest sector. Phillips Brooks House programs focus extensively on student civic engagement, building community partnerships, and alumni/ae engagement. Harvard College provides support to a wide-range of community service organizations, alumni/ae Clubs, Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), and public service initiatives.
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.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
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About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.