Harvard University — Executive Director, Center for Public Leadership

Harvard University

Harvard Kennedy School


Job Function
General Administration

Time Status

Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Center for Public Leadership

Salary Grade

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities
The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School seeks a highly talented individual to serve as Executive Director. In addition to successful experience as a manager and innovative leader, the new Executive Director must have a dedication to nurturing a rising generation of public leaders, a capacity to collaborate across a wide spectrum of senior leaders across the Harvard community and beyond, and an ability to serve as a visible, effective advocate for leadership development and social change on behalf of the center.

Reporting to the Faculty Director, The Executive Director will manage CPL’s core administrative staff, operations and budget, and work with School’s leadership, faculty, students, benefactors, and others in ensuring that the Center’s initiatives move forward and are integrated into the larger mission of the Kennedy School. The Executive Director of CPL will help to map out the overall strategy and goals of the Center and will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation, overseeing the areas of programming, fellowships, research and faculty support. In addition to working closely with students and staff, The ED will work to support faculty affiliated with the Center and their research agendas. The Executive Director must build upon the Center’s record of encouraging diversity across its many activities. The individual will also help to build and grow a sustainable fundraising framework for the Center.

The Center for Public Leadership has four main pillars: student fellowship programs, leadership development, social innovation and behavioral research. The Executive Director will not only contribute to the content of these activities but serve as overall manager. These activities include workshops, student fellowships, conferences, speaker series, study groups, research seminars, and field work. The ED will actively engage with a diverse student population, continuing the Center’s work with Kennedy School students in leadership development that has been central since its founding some 16 years ago. Along with the Faculty Director, the Executive Director serves as a key liaison between the Center, HKS leadership, and the broader HKS and Harvard Community, in addition to organizations and leaders beyond the University.

The Executive Director will define and implement systems and procedures to connect the Center’s initiatives to appropriate target audiences. In conjunction with the Faculty Director, the Executive Director will maintain current and cultivate new donor relationships, and work collaboratively with other research centers and departments at HKS. The Executive Director will work closely with the HKS Alumni Relations and Resource Development Office.

The Executive Director represents CPL to various internal and external audiences. The Executive Director serves as a key liaison between CPL and the Kennedy School, the Harvard community and beyond the University. The Executive Director must have the background, knowledge, interest and presentation skills to connect to national and global audiences in all sectors (academic, public, non-profit and private). The Executive Director must have the capacity to work with the very highest level leaders across sectors.

Additional Information
The Center for Public Leadership seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge about leadership through research and faculty teaching. It is equally committed to broadening and deepening the pool of leaders for the common good through its stewardship of five different scholarship programs for students, skill-building workshops, leadership seminars, and programming for leadership and social change.

Please click on this link for additional information on the Center for Public Leadership. www.cpl.hks.harvard.edu

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