The mission of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is to improve the governance of cities, states, and metropolitan areas through research, teaching, publications, and public events. The Center supports research on a wide range of topics including urban economics, infrastructure, and transportation; public sector innovation and management; education policy and governance; and civic engagement and social capital. Through a variety of activities the Center serves three important, but quite different audiences: urban scholars; government and nonprofit practitioners in public policy; and students. Key programs and research include: the Government Performance Lab; the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; the Program on Education Policy and Governance; the Program on Crisis Leadership, and the Saguaro Seminar.
The Taubman Center seeks a highly talented individual to serve as Executive Director. Reporting to the Faculty Director, the Executive Director will have four main responsibilities:
First, the Executive Director will manage the Taubman Center's core administrative staff, operations, and budget, and work with the Harvard Kennedy 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 School. The Executive Director oversees all financial and administrative functions of the Center and serves as a key liaison between the Center and the Kennedy School, the Harvard community, and audiences beyond the University.
Second, the Executive Director will lead the Center's work in support of students who have interests in state and local government and related policy areas. The Executive Director develops the Center's speaker series, runs its fellowship selection process, and will be expected to develop and execute creative new ways to support and spark student interest in state and local government, including workshops, conferences, study groups, research seminars, and field work.
Third, the Executive Director will play a leadership role in building a sustainable fundraising framework for the Center. The Executive Director will work closely with the Advisory Board chairs and Advisory Board members in maintaining current donor relationships and cultivating new ones so as to increase the resources available to support the Center's activities. In this effort, the Executive Director will work closely with the HKS Alumni Relations and Resource Development Office.
Fourth, the Executive Director will be expected to contribute to the Center's substantive and intellectual work. Depending on the Executive Director's background, this could involve developing teaching cases for executive education and degree program courses, coming up with a communication strategy to magnify the impact of Center research, writing research reports, and speaking publicly about State and Local government issues. The Executive Directorwill be responsible for staying abreast of new trends and best practices in state and local government policy and management.
The Executive Director must have the background, knowledge, interest, and presentation skills to connect to a wide set of audiences, including those in the academic, public, non-profit, and private sector. The Executive Director must have the capacity to work successfully with very high level leaders from all of these sectors.
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Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree and 7 years of senior management and leadership experience.
Experience in fundraising, strategic planning, staff management, and budget oversight.
A strong record of achievement in public policy and/or public sector management and background in state or local governance.
A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with faculty, students, colleagues, government officials, donors, and board members.
An entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated capacity for rigorous thinking and outstanding communication skills.
A successful history of managing, motivating, supporting and leading a team, as well as experience in shaping and sustaining a program in an academic, public, or non-profit setting.
An advanced degree is preferred.
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