Harvard University DSI Executive Director in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Auto req ID 42750BR

Business Title DSI Executive Director

School/Unit University Administration

Sub-Unit Office of the President and Provost

Location USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Function General Administration

Time Status Full-time

Schedule Mon. - Fri. 9am-5pm

Department Data Science Initiative

Salary Grade 060

Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to and working in partnership with the Faculty Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overall strategic, programmatic, and financial management of the Harvard Data Science Initiative. This is a new, university-wide initiative that will promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and build a world-leading effort in data science. It is anticipated that the Initiative will grow significantly over the next few years.

The Initiative is led by Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and David C. Parkes, George F. Colony Professor and area dean for computer science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The Executive Director will be responsible for oversight of all administrative and financial activities, including grants management, fundraising, budgeting, space planning, human resources and communications. The Executive Director will work closely with senior leadership in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP), the University Development Office, the Provost’s Office, Harvard University IT (HUIT), and the Office of General Counsel (OGC).

The Executive Director will:

  • Oversee programmatic activities including a postdoctoral scholar program, a competitive research fund, internal and external collaborations (including those with sponsors and donors), and new program development.

  • Work closely with faculty around Harvard, including through the management of several faculty committees.

  • Deliver a first-class research and administrative infrastructure to support the Initiative’s constituents, working closely with faculty and senior staff to meet their needs.

  • Support all DSI-affiliated research activities, including ensuring research compliance at the individual and institutional levels.

  • Develop plans and implement organizational structures for new initiatives.

  • Work closely with the faculty directors and development staff to fundraise for the Initiative.

  • Develop an organizational and staffing structure for the Initiative and manage recruiting for all staff positions.

    Basic Qualifications Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required.

  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience in an academic organization and or in a management position.

  • Experience leading, managing, and building teams required.

    Additional Qualifications Extensive experience in sponsored research administration, strategic planning, organizational design, and general management. Demonstrated leadership, supervision, and communications skills. Experience serving as an expert source of information, with a collaborative and flexible style; developing trusting long-term relationships with constituents; and creating and maintaining a team culture with a commitment to unparalleled customer service and discretion. Ability to work collaboratively across all levels of an organization. Understanding of the principles behind data science. MBA, JD, or similar preferred. Harvard experience a plus.

    Additional Information This is a three year term, renewable contingent on performance and availability of funding.

    Pre-Employment Screening Education


Appointment End Date 30-Jun-2020

EEO Statement 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, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.