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Opportunity: Executive Assistant


Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is a University-wide research center and one of the largest and most influential conveners and accelerators of scholars, technologists, activists, and makers working on cyberspace and related law and public policy matters in the public interest. This opportunity comes at a critical and exciting time as we are implementing a strategic plan to deepen our ways of working in collaboration, educating, and nimbly addressing the quickened pace of Internet and society research. The person in this role will be a critical part of these efforts, working closely with the Managing Director, and once hired, the incoming Executive Director.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

As Executive Assistant, you will: 

  • provide substantive and administrative support of various projects and Center-wide initiatives, including monitoring timelines, keeping daily to-do lists, and tracking outputs; 

  • organize senior meetings including maintaining agendas and other documentation, and keeping the calendars of the Executive Director and Managing Director, including managing complex and highly dynamic scheduling tasks; 

  • coordinate correspondence with numerous external partners, funders, and affiliates; 

  • integrate the efforts of multiple team members of the Center’s administrative and research staff, and the senior staff engagement with the faculty board; 

  • assist with staff recruiting efforts for core administrative and research roles, including screening resumes and interviewing applicants in person;  

  • and contribute to Center goals by accomplishing related duties as required 

Basic Qualifications

Five or more years of administrative support or related experience in a business or customer service environment. Education beyond high school may count toward experience. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have: 

  • Excellent organizational skills with particular ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple interests.  

  • Proven project and/or program management skills.  

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in highly collaborative teams.  

  • Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion.  

  • Competency using a variety of technology offerings 

  • Experience doing administrative or organizational work for non-governmental or academic organizations is preferred 

Additional Information

This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2022 with potential for renewal, subject to departmental funding and need.

Commitment to Diversity

The work and well-being of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society are profoundly strengthened by our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, ability, and more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, including Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic, and Latino/Latina/Latinx people; LGBTQIA+ people; non-binary people; women; people with disabilities; people at intersections of these identities; and people from and working across the spectrum of academic disciplines.