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Opportunity: Events Manager

Opportunity: Events Manager


Introduction: The Berkman Klein Center (BKC) for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks an experienced and dynamic Events Manager to lead our broad range of events programming.  In collaboration with Communications, research teams, and Center leadership, they will work to select, highlight and implement events and programs. They will be excited to bring our distributed community together using virtual tools and techniques. They will have an interest in key issues in the Internet & society space and an ability to support conversation about these topics and over time they will develop a keen eye for current BKC themes.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

As an Events Manager, you will:

  • Nurture the development of events from inception to implementation. Be a partner to project and program teams in creating dynamic and participatory physical and virtual events.
  • Help event proposers to understand how to make their events most successful, given the resources available, the goals of the particular event, and the current topical themes of the Center.
  • Coordinate the Events Strategy Team, maintaining proactive and responsive process and communication, running Events Strategy meetings, ensuring team documents and follows up on decisions and guiding debriefs and reflections afterwards.
  • Spearhead virtual programs, interactions and events and virtual participation in physical events.
  • Manage the events logistics staff to enable smooth, efficient planning and implementation processes.
  • Work closely with the Communications team to ensure that our programs and community work is shared within our extended community, audiences outside our community and the public at large. Implement consistent and effective communications about all events hosted by the Center including email campaigns, social media, posters, and internal communications.
  • Conduct outreach to include other centers, departments and student groups on campus and organizations outside of the university with particular attention to the diversity of voices and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Communicate with a range of scholars about events and programs, encouraging and building engagement that leads to a strong community.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years’ experience in events management, along with supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for someone who is/has:

  • Previous management experience and excellent people and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills including demonstrated ability to write clear and inviting internal and external emails, event planning documents, facilitation guides and similar.
  • Knowledge of or prior work on Internet, technology policy, or social media related issues is desirable.
  • Experience with facilitating community events and programs with online tools such as videoconference, online learning platforms, etc.
  • Comfortable with presentation and communication technologies and able to effectively instruct others.
  • The ability to be proactive, highly organized, detail-oriented, and remain calm under pressure while effectively addressing competing priorities.
  • The desire to be a leader among staff, community and beyond, helping our passionate and supportive team and community to improve how we deliver events and programming including virtual programming.

Additional Information

As with all BKC positions, this is a term appointment and currently expected to extend through 6/30/2023, with potential for renewal, subject to funding and departmental need. To learn more about us and the work we do, please visit us at

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.

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.