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Project Manager
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 12/16/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Harvard Kennedy School


Job Summary

Professor Gordon Hanson and Professor Dani Rodrik of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) are hiring a Project Manager for a multi-year initiative to promote institutional arrangements that support a more inclusive and prosperous economy.

The project aims to develop, integrate, and disseminate three kinds of knowledge: (1) quantitative evidence on local labor market, industrial, and development policies in the U.S. and other national contexts; (2) the experiential knowledge of policy practitioners on questions of institutional constraints and opportunities; and (3) the perspectives of social and organizational theorists on the inequality-perpetuating features of existing institutions and possible alternative arrangements. The first activity involves the construction of a major new database that will document and measure a wide range of economic outcomes, government policy interventions, civic and educational institutions, and other market and non-market mechanisms for local economies in the U.S. We will use the database in our own research, communicate insights we derive from it through policy briefs and a data visualization platform, and disseminate it to communities of practitioners and scholars. The second and third activities will entail organizing and hosting meetings, workshops, and conferences at Harvard, Washington, DC, and other locations. We will create an international network of policy practitioners who are active in experimenting with new approaches to local, regional, and national economic development. For context on the project, see our recent research on combating inequality , how to build economies that create better jobs , the local labor market impacts of the China trade shock , and the political consequences of localized job loss .

The successful applicant will work closely with faculty, graduate students, and other researchers within a tight-knit academic community at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, while also cultivating relationships with policy practitioners and scholars national and internationally.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Project Management
• In conjunction with faculty PIs, manage construction of regional policy data set
• Recruit and provide research assignments and feedback to predoctoral fellows and graduate research assistants
• Assist in recruiting postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars who will join project activities
• Direct outreach to stakeholders in academia, practitioner community, and civil society
• Engage and coordinate network of policy practitioners who will participate in project activities
• Prepare and disseminate policy and research briefs and presentations
• Coordinate with managers of related research projects at HKS
• Coordinate with technical staff who will build project website and data visualization platform
• Manage timelines and deliverables for the project
• Provide project updates to PI’s and Wiener Center Executive Director

Project Administration, Finances and Operations
• Organize project meetings, workshops, and conferences (with help on logistics, facilities, catering, media services, and related tasks provided by staff assistant)
• Prepare interim grant reports and updated grant budgets for project funders
• Provide general management on finances, administration, workflow, and culture
• Supervise staff assistant who will provide administrative support
• Manage project’s finances and operations in collaboration with Wiener Center’s Director of Finance and Research Administration and Executive Director

Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or another related field
• Minimum of 3 years of experience in research project management, data analysis, and/or data collection (where related coursework in graduate school will count towards the requirement)

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Any combination of the following is a plus
• Master’s or PhD in economics, public policy or another related field
• Demonstrated interest and experience in the study of inequality, local economic development, industrial policy, place-based policy, workforce development, and/or related topics
• Strong skills in organization and time management
• Ability to work independently and in teams
• Ability to manage team members working independently
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong writing skills for policy and general audiences
• Experience in outreach to stakeholders in diverse fields
• Experience mentoring students and early-career staff members
• Strong command of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and collaborative tools (Google Docs, Dropbox)
• Comfort with Stata and/or R
• Experience building websites and data visualization is a plus

Additional Information

This is a fully benefits-eligible one-year term appointment with possibility of renewal for an additional year. 

About the Wiener Center
The Malcolm Wiener Center is a vibrant intellectual community of faculty, master’s and PhD students, researchers, and administrative staff whose mission is to address pressing public policy questions through academic research, teaching, and policy outreach. The work of the Center covers the domains of health care, human services, criminal justice, labor markets, education, political and economic inequality, and urban development. The Wiener Center addresses pressing questions in these areas by carrying out research on important public policy issues, educating the next generation of academics and policy scholars, and ensuring that research and education are closely tied to and draw from policy and practice.

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.

Harvard requires 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: $69,100 - $116,100
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, 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


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

358057 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib


Malcolm Wiener Center


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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