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Program Manager, Tan-Yang Center for Autism Research at Harvard
Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 12/14/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Harvard Medical School


Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Tan-Yang Center for Autism Research at Harvard aims to understand the biological basis of nervous system development as it relates to autism spectrum disorder. We are seeking a Program Manager who will be responsible for planning scientific events and outreach activities, running a postdoctoral fellowship program, managing a website, newsletter, and social media, developing new community-building activities, and liaising with the related scientific and administrative units at Harvard University, as well as our sister Center at the McGovern Institute at MIT. This individual would serve as a convening force bringing together bench scientists from different member labs, and also building bridges between these academic researchers and autism awareness and advocacy organizations. Applicants with a passion for connecting diverse groups of people and fostering community engagement are encouraged to apply.

Job Specific Duties:

  • Event-related duties will include organizing regular scientific meetings for Center labs and postdoctoral fellows, annual retreat and symposia, journal clubs, outreach lectures, guest speaker visits, and scientific advisory board meetings.
  • Communications-related duties will include managing center website, newsletter, mailing list, and social media, gathering and synthesizing scientific reports from members labs, and writing reports on Center outreach activities for advisory board and donors.
  • Liaising duties will include working with the finance office to track and manage Center funds, development office on stewardship, sister Center on joint programming, and advisory board members on annual meetings. The Program Manager will also work to integrate the Center’s new ventures with existing neuroscience activities of the Department of Neurobiology and Harvard Brain Science Initiative.
  • Other duties will include administering the postdoctoral fellowship program and any internship programs offered by the Center. This may include managing an application and review process and coordinating educational activities, housing, logistics, and social activities for summer students.
  • The Program Manager may also be asked to assist faculty with grant applications or support the work of other centers, programs, or initiatives associated with the Department of Neurobiology and Harvard Brain Science Initiative.
  • This position will report jointly to the Department of Neurobiology and Harvard Brain Science Initiative Liaisons for the Tan-Yang Center, with dotted line to Faculty Directors of the Center.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and minimum 5 years of relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

PhD or advanced degree preferred. Work experience in a university or non-profit setting is ideal.

Excellent interpersonal skills and writing ability are essential. Strong communication skills, creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, ability to read and synthesize complex scientific reports, ability to prioritize, and ability to navigate relationships with multiple stakeholders who may have competing priorities. Willingness to learn new skills and adapt to changing needs of Center as it grows. Mindset of doing whatever is needed, big or small, to get tasks done from start to finish.

Commitment to diversity and increasing opportunities for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in science.

Please note, there may be an occasional need to work after hours for special events, and to travel to different campuses within Harvard University, affiliated hospitals, or our sister Center at MIT.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. 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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ . 

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding 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, incredibly affordable classes directly 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 complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Job Function

General Administration, Research


USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

358057 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib


Neurobiology - Administration


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity


​35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

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.

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