Seeking a Project Coordinator to advance efforts on the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence at the Berkman Klein Center

June 15, 2017

Please note that applications for this full-time position must be submitted through the Harvard Human Resources website, and will not be collected directly through the Berkman Klein Center.

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks a project coordinator to perform diverse activities associated with our work on artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and related technologies. They will join the Berkman Klein Center’s world-class community of scholars and digital architects, and work in close collaboration with Berkman Klein faculty, staff, and fellows to advance a range of interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research related to the study and development of Internet & Society.

Working alongside the Center’s growing team of project managers and project coordinators, the project coordinator will be tasked with: integrating the efforts of multiple team members, including editing written materials to establish common voice; coordinating research activities; communicating with external partners; monitoring overall timelines and outputs including project and grant deliverables, events, and grant reports; and doing research and writing, including outputs such as blog posts, grant proposals, memos, newsletters, and reports.

Additionally, the coordinator will interface with the administrative and communications teams on relevant aspects of the projects; help to organize events; maintain online project management tools; and oversee web presence. The project coordinator will help to guide the work of interns and research assistants.

Based on the fast-paced and changing needs of the Center, the project coordinator may be called upon for other tasks at short notice. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required. Travel opportunities may arise.

The right candidate will thrive in a committed, collaborative, and tight-knit community that encourages creativity, supports deep inquiry, values novel approaches to solving problems, strives for transparency, continually builds upon best-practices and lessons learned, and supports its community members’ independent and collective goals.

As with all Berkman Klein appointments, this is a June 30, 2018 term-limited position; continuation anticipated but contingent upon funding and business needs.

Basic Qualifications

College degree preferred or an equivalent of education plus relevant experience in an office environment.

Additional Qualifications

Solid writing, editing and proofreading skills along with strong written and oral communications skills. The flexibility to work independently and also within teams is critical.  Knowledge of current Internet issues.  

Bachelor’s degree preferred, advanced degree in fields such as social science, media studies, communications, data science, library and information science, anthropology (ethnography), or law is helpful. Experience doing substantive and organizational work for non-governmental or academic organizations strongly preferred. Prior research on Internet related issues is preferred. Progressive research skills required, including proficient knowledge of research tools, both Internet- and non-Internet based. Candidate must pay great attention to detail and be highly organized. Ability to work under tight deadlines a must. Solid writing, editing and proofreading skills required. Fluency in Internet research and publishing tools are highly desirable. Candidate would thrive in dynamic, entrepreneurial, self-motivated environment.


To apply for the AI Project Coordinator position visit the Harvard HR site


About the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Artificial intelligence and complex algorithms, fueled by the collection of big data and deep learning systems, are quickly changing how we live and work, from the news stories we see, to the loans for which we qualify, to the jobs we perform. Because of this pervasive impact, it is imperative that AI research and development be shaped by a broad range of voices—not only by engineers and corporations—but also social scientists, ethicists, philosophers, faith leaders, economists, lawyers, and policymakers.
To address this challenge, several foundations and funders recently announced the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will support interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops in a way that is ethical, accountable, and advances the public interest. The Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab will act as anchor academic institutions for this fund and develop a range of activities, research, tools, and prototypes aimed at bridging the gap between disciplines and connecting human values with technical capabilities. They will work together to strengthen existing and form new interdisciplinary human networks and institutional collaborations, and serve as a collaborative platform where stakeholders working across disciplines, sectors, and geographies can meet, engage, learn, and share.
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Last updated

July 7, 2017