Director of the Institute of Politics
Director of the Institute of Politics
Harvard Kennedy School
Duties & Responsibilities
The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School has a rich history as the first institution of its kind with a mission to inspire young people-especially undergraduates-to become leaders in the world of politics and public life. The IOP bridges the worlds of academia and practice in order to expose students to the "real world" of politics and public life.
The IOP offers wide-ranging opportunities for Harvard students and acts as a convener for the broader Harvard community and students at colleges nationwide, with the goal of stimulating and nurturing a passion for politics and public service regardless of party affiliation. Some of the most significant political figures over the last 50 years-Presidents, would-be presidents, Governors, Senators, other policymakers-have either been Fellows at the IOP or participated at events in which they imparted their practical insights about navigating the rough and tumble of politics.
The activities of the IOP are extensive. For 50 years, the IOP has welcomed Fellows who participate in semester-long resident programs. These individuals have served at all levels of government and represent the full political spectrum; campaign managers and consultants, representatives from advocacy organizations, and journalists have also served as Fellows. The Fellows run student study groups and participate in other student programs. The IOP also runs an extensive public service internship program; conducts educational seminars for elected officials; organizes conferences that bring together academic, political, and government leaders; and arranges headline-making events in the Forum at the Kennedy School.
The Director is charged with energetically setting the strategy and priorities of the IOP in order to push the institution to new heights. The Director should serve as an inspirational leader but also a nimble manager to a roughly 15-person team, with a focus on developing innovative and policy-relevant programs that will encourage the next generation of public leaders and build on the IOP's national platform for discourse on policy and politics. The Director reports to the Dean of the Kennedy School and collaborates closely with the IOP's Senior Advisory Committee (which comprises well-known public leaders). The Director oversees the Student Advisory Committee (which comprises undergraduate Harvard students who are especially committed to the IOP's mission). The Director is supported by an Executive Director.
The Director also works collaboratively with a wide range of other constituent groups. The Director works closely with Harvard undergraduates who are interested in politics and public service, showing skill and enthusiasm in supporting their aspirations and activities. The Director works constructively on matters of common interest with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of the broader Kennedy School community and of Harvard University as a whole. The Director often taps into the vast network of current and former IOP Fellows. The Director represents the IOP in public, including speaking in engaging ways at Forum events and IOP conferences. The Director is a person of stature who maintains a strong presence on the Harvard campus and attracts political leaders from across the country and around the world.
The Director will have the responsibility of developing a 21st century strategy that maximizes the use of technology to support the IOP's mission, networks and leverages the broad IOP community, and helps strengthen a national consensus around civic engagement and active citizenship. The Director must be a dynamic leader and innovator.
USA - MA - Cambridge
Institute of Politics
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Credit, Criminal, Education, Identity
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 or any other characteristic protected by law.
Bachelor's degree; 10 years at senior levels of electoral politics or other government positions at the federal, state, or local levels, or equivalent experience.
Interpersonal skills needed to represent the IOP publicly, to work successfully in an academic environment (particularly with undergraduate students), and to interact with a variety of prominent people active in public affairs; experience managing teams and organizations; excellent written and oral communication skills; and a demonstrated ability to think strategically and critically. Familiarity with the IOP, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard University is preferred.
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