The Associate Secretary will serve as a core member of the senior staff of the Office of the Governing Boards, with responsibility for staffing an array of committees and related operations of both the Board of Overseers and the Corporation, as well as various visiting committees charged with reviewing the work of departments and schools.
Board of Overseers
The Associate Secretary will serve as principal staff to several standing committees of the Board of Overseers and to an array of visiting committees responsible for reviewing the work of various departments and schools. In close coordination with the Overseers, committee chairs, deans, key faculty, and administrative colleagues, the Associate Secretary will:
plan and implement the activities of such committees and ensure necessary follow-up;
document and communicate key actions of these committees, including drafting or editing both minutes and reports;
serve as an advisor and liaison to a range of university constituents in their interactions with the committees and the Board more generally;
assure the proper integration of the committees' work with that of other internal and board-level groups;
participate in identifying, articulating, and implementing best practices for the visitation process and the work of the Board's standing committees.
The Associate Secretary will have principal responsibility for staffing the work of the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (CCSR) and its associated Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR). The Associate Secretary works to support both committees and their engagement with senior university leaders and serves as the liaison to the relevant staff of the Harvard Management Company in formulating agendas, preparing briefings and background research, orienting new committee members, and preparing an annual report of the committees' work to the Harvard community.
The Associate Secretary may also be called on to help staff other committees associated with the governing boards, in areas such as honorary degrees as well as facilities and capital planning.
Besides the specific responsibilities above, the Associate Secretary will participate with colleagues in planning and carrying out the broader responsibilities of the Office of the Governing Boards, including other assigned projects and responsibilities. This will include partnering with colleagues within and beyond the Office of the Governing Boards to further office-wide initiatives, to streamline and modernize processes, to build working relations with key colleagues in other Harvard offices, to enhance the use of technology (including software solutions, databases, or web-based tools), and to manage other projects as assigned.
PLEASE NOTE: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.
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Candidates must meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's degree and at least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic or similar setting.
Highest levels of discretion, diplomacy, flexibility, collegiality, and care in dealing with complex and sensitive governance matters and engaging effectively with board members and senior university officers. Intellectual capacity and institutional knowledge combined with adaptability to respond to the challenges and complexity of a leading research university. Experience in academic administration, impeccable attention to detail, and superior oral and written communication skills, including ability to draft minutes, memoranda, and reports. Capacity to relate well both to members of boards and visiting committees and to a wide range of internal colleagues, and to foster strong and productive working relationships among them. Ability to work independently, to take initiative, to set goals, priorities, and timetables, and organize and motivate groups to accomplish discrete tasks. Eagerness to embrace new approaches and to engage colleagues in a common enterprise.
Advanced degree preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Widespread ethical lapses of leaders in government, business and other professions prompt demands for more and better moral education. More fundamentally, the increasing complexity of public life - the scale and range of problems and the variety of knowledge required to deal with them - make ethical issues more difficult, even for men and women of good moral character. Not only are the ethical issues we face more complex, but the people we face them with are more diverse, increasing the frequency and intensity of our ethical disagreements.
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