Professors Nesson, Zittrain Seek Executive Assistant


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Duties & Responsibilities: We are searching for a “rock star” executive assistant who possesses initiative, judgment, good cheer, and the highest integrity. He or she will provide stability and organization in a hectic and sometimes chaotic team-based office environment. A strong work ethic, tenacity, and the desire to work in a teaching- and learning-based institution will prove invaluable.

This EA relishes the opportunity to oversee and manage the academic lives of two full-time Harvard Law School professors and Center co-directors. Professor Charles Nesson requires a high competency when it comes to course planning, scheduling, and online services such as course websites and lodging legal filings, as well as the ability to think laterally when solving problems, with a willingness to take broad ideas and pare them down to manageable action items. Professor Jonathan Zittrain requires an intense ability to focus on calendaring and scheduling mindful of a variety of people and priorities; a willingness to multitask and add, drop, or reorganize priorities at a moment’s notice; and openness to changing or rethinking existing practices.

Professor Nesson and Zittrain’s work with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society adds an extra layer of responsibilities to a typical EA role, including some scheduling of events and meetings at BKC, as well as working with BKC staff to coordinate projects, papers, and directors’ meetings. Professor Zittrain is also the director of the Harvard Law School Library, which requires working directly with Library staff, including its Innovation Lab, on projects, papers, and initiatives, and ensuring timely follow-up in all interactions.

A successful candidate will be committed to supporting Professors Nesson and Zittrain, as well as Harvard as a whole, in achieving academic success; all the while honing his or her own administrative skills and developing into a supportive leader within the office and the University.

Basic Qualifications: 3+ years of experience supporting high level, busy professional.

Additional Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have solid experience managing calendars and interacting/problem solving with a wide range of constituents, and working both independently and as part of a team. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Proven strong organizational skills, superior attention to detail, ability to handle large work volume and juggle priorities independently. Proactive, flexible, self- motivated work style and proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, critical. Ability to learn new software programs as needed.

Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Salary Grade: 054
Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm
How to Apply: Apply directly on the Harvard jobs website. Search for the job using the following requisition ID: 43179BR.  All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

EEO Statement: 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.

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Last updated

September 18, 2017