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Opportunity: Managing Director for the Berkman Klein Center

We are seeking a capacity-building Managing Director to join our community

Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (“BKC” or the “Center”), an interfaculty research center and one of the largest and most influential conveners of scholars, activists and makers working on cyberspace and related law and public policy matters, seeks a capacity-building Managing Director.

This is a rare and unusual opportunity to join a flourishing, intellectually robust community of faculty, students, fellows, and affiliates from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, committed to studying and improving the digital space by building in it. The Center works on the cutting edge of research and development while operating in the midst of one of the most revered educational institutions in the world. We enjoy legacy and innovation, history and future-vision, visibility and humility. The reach of the Center is global and local, and our passionate, committed community builds, studies, educates and connects. We make a difference in the world. And we are looking for a very special leader to join our team, appreciate our history, and help us shape the future of the Center and its long-term impact in a rapidly changing world.

Reporting directly to Executive Director Urs Gasser and working closely with Faculty Director Jonathan Zittrain and other senior staff, the Managing Director will be an integral member of BKC’s leadership team, serving as chief administrator for all of the Center’s daily operations and programs. The Managing Director will also serve as deputy to the Executive Director and as a primary contact and resource for BKC’s diverse community, including fellows, faculty associates and affiliates. The Managing Director will supervise, support and work closely with five direct reports, including a Research Director, Financial Director, Communications Director, Director of Technology and Community Manager.

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Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading all operational processes and systems at the Center—including management, information flow and organizational planning—in support of BKC’s entrepreneurial mission;
  • collaborating with other internal and external stakeholders on strategic planning and leadership growth, management training and mentorship, capacity building, as well as diversity and inclusion programs;
  • providing diplomatic on-the-ground leadership in a complex multi-stakeholder setting, including savvy operational and distributed human resource management for a highly networked and engaged community;
  • screening and prioritizing new projects, activities and initiatives;
  • managing the Center’s core administrative team, whose dynamic activities span a range of institutional initiatives including special projects, events, community programs, digital media, communications and office management;
  • developing and maintaining a general overview of Center-wide project activities, responsibilities and timelines to support management, task allocation and efficiency gains;
  • overseeing, fostering, and deepening staff relations, training, and professional development;
  • liaising with the BKC leadership team and practice area leads as well as the relevant Harvard administrative offices on personnel management and HR interactions;
  • planning and leading internal meetings, collaboratively implementing technology resources, and instituting other process and structure improvements to support effective organizational functioning and intercommunication;
  • strengthening relationships in the community within and surrounding BKC, with an eye to promoting both internal and external collaboration;
  • participating in financial management, budget planning, fundraising, and grant management, including helping to generate proposals for future research and programs;
  • participating in and contributing to the decision making between the Executive Director and Faculty Director and communicating their vision and priorities to BKC staff;
  • exhibiting broad knowledge of Center events and activities; and
  • performing other important and tasks as needed.

Qualifications: Subject matter expertise in an area of concern to the Center and professional experience in a large-scale, complex academic institution, commercial enterprise, advocacy group, or charitable organization would be advantageous and are strongly preferred. At least seven years of administrative management experience is required, including at least two years of direct professional staff supervision. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have the capacity and inclination to quickly assimilate the Center’s history, culture, and norms and the ability to thrive in a professional setting whose tensions are both friendly and productive. The ability to honor the history and legacy of BKC will be balanced with the passion and ability to bring innovative thinking to the table. The successful candidate will be a strategically minded, analytical leader; a discreet facilitator and problem solver with a high tolerance for ambiguity, as well as an autonomous self-starter with intellectual confidence and flexibility, a command of process, and technical savvy. Well-developed and deployed emotional intelligence is critical to the success in this role; candidates should present an authentically cheerful and energetic disposition, while demonstrating the ability to build trust with and engage academics, entrepreneurs, activists, and other professionals, both as a collaborative project manager and an individual contributor. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience, in addition to Harvard University’s exceptional employee benefits. As with all Berkman Klein appointments, this is a June 30, 2020, term-limited position with continuation anticipated but contingent upon funding and business needs. The search is on an accelerated timeline: review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. A complete application will include a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae. Appointments will be contingent upon dialogue with up to five professional referees who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this specific opportunity, as well as a successful completion of a background check.

Expressions of interest, applications, nominations and inquiries should be directed to Harvard’s search consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, Jr., LLC, at All communications will be held in confidence and referees will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent.

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Harvard University is 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, pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. The work and wellbeing of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.