Harvard University — Professor of Practice in Public Leadership and Director of the Center for Public Leadership

Harvard Kennedy School is a preeminent training ground for public leaders, preparing its students to exercise leadership in a world with an array of social, political, and economic challenges. The School’s training combines rigorous academic preparation with extensive interaction with the practice of public leadership both in and out of the classroom. The School now seeks someone to serve as a Professor of Practice in public leadership and as Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership.

At the Kennedy School, Professors of Practice are senior members of the faculty who bring their insights and experiences to students through the degree-program and executive-education courses they teach and who use their distinctive perspectives to influence the School’s curriculum, research, and engagement with other practitioners. Current Professors of Practice include people who have held cabinet rank in U.S. presidential administrations and very senior positions in other governments and in civil society. The new Professor of Practice in public leadership will work to improve public leadership around the world through the tightly interwoven combination of teaching, research, and direct interaction with practitioners that characterizes the Kennedy School.

The Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership helps to drive leadership training at the School. The Center is home to fellowships that involve roughly 100 students who receive significant aid to attend the School and extensive co-curricular activities to build leadership capacity. In addition, the Center offers co-curricular activities for all students enrolled at the School, and a substantial share of students participate in those activities. The Center also supports the research and practice of Kennedy School faculty members who focus on public leadership, with particular emphasis currently on social innovation and change and on behavioral insights for policymaking. The Director of the Center reports to the Kennedy School’s Dean and is responsible for setting the Center’s strategy, cultivating relationships to develop the financial resources necessary for the Center’s success, collaborating with faculty and staff across the School, and working with the Center’s Executive Director to manage the roughly 40-person team. The Director should have a well-respected track record of leadership in the public sector and be highly committed to the development of public leadership.


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