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Opportunity: Program Coordinator

Opportunity: Program Coordinator


Introduction: The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks a program coordinator for educational programs and research as part of our work on a new emerging Pop-up Institute for “Rebooting Social Media”, which will be a hub for programming, research, and convening series on the future of social media and online communication. The program coordinator will join the Berkman Klein Center’s world-class community of scholars and practitioners, and work in close collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center and Institute’s team of staff, fellows, and faculty to advance a range of interdisciplinary, cutting-edge programs and research related to the study and development of Internet & society.

Job Specific Responsibilities:

As Program Coordinator, you will:

  • Provide administrative and operational support to implement Institute programs and research activities, including scheduling and organizing meetings, developing and implementing administrative systems and processes, monitoring overall timelines and outputs, and contributing to project deliverables and grant reports;
  • Coordinate program activities, including the review of applications for fellowship programs, schedule and organize seminar series, events, workshops, and meetings, and maintain online project management tools;
  • Communicate with and serve as a point of contact for internal and external partners, including students, faculty, and program participants;
  • Support program communication efforts, including producing basic graphic design for materials and writing and editing web content, blog posts, memos, and other internal and external documents;
  • May research and prepare briefing and background materials for educational program sessions, meetings, and events; may supervise interns and research assistants as needed.
  • Assist with presentations and program facilitation;
  • Support the creation of program communities and contribute to Institute and Center goals by accomplishing related duties as required

Basic Qualifications:

Three or more years of related experience. Education beyond high school may count towards experience.

Additional Qualifications:

We are looking for people who are/have:

  • Organizational and substantive work experience for non-governmental or academic organizations strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of or prior work experience with Internet, technology policy, social media related issues, and/or internet research and publishing tools is preferred
  • Proactive, highly organized, detail-oriented, and remain calm under pressure.
  • Effective communication and facilitation skills, including solid writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • The ability to work flexibly in independent and team environments
  • Keen coordination and project management skills
  • Motivated to thrive in a committed, collaborative community that encourages creativity and supports deep inquiry

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. This position is intended to be an important role within the pop-up for the duration of the 3-year initiative.

Based on the changing needs of the Center, the program coordinator may be called upon for other tasks at short notice. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required. Depending on the public health situation, 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.

We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position

Organization: The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is dedicated to exploring, understanding, and shaping the development of the digitally-networked environment. A diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, technologists, policy experts, and advocates, we seek to tackle the most important challenges of the digital age while keeping a focus on tangible real-world impact in the public interest. Our faculty, fellows, staff and affiliates conduct research, build tools and platforms, educate others, form bridges and facilitate dialogue across and among diverse communities. More information at

The pop-up Institute for Rebooting Social Media is an ambitious three-year initiative that seeks to contribute to the growing body of work on social media and the future of online communication: more clearly defining both the harms and opportunities of social media; envisioning new, healthier futures for online social engagement; forging, testing, and amplifying new and under-discussed ideas to make progress in this space; and partnering to implement and socialize the best of these ideas to impact broad change.

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.