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Harvard University SDP: Postsecondary Programs Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

55867BRAuto req ID:55867BRJob Code:358057 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:SDP: Post-secondary Programs ManagerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, public policy, political science, economics, or a related field, prior to starting in the position.

  • At least 5 plus years of professional work experience (staff & project management, designing and launching programs, conducting training sessions); relevant coursework may count towards this experience.

  • Candidates wishing to be considered must submit a resume and cover letter.

  • All candidates invited to interview may be asked to complete a performance task and present their recommendations during the in-person interview.

  • Any applicant wishing to be considered for this position must indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements in either the cover letter or resume.

  • Ability to travel up to 30% time.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Proven ability to work under pressure, accurately assess problems, and develop solutions;

  • Experience working with (or in) higher education, institutional research, or data coaching preferred;

  • Strong adult facilitation skills;

  • Change management, systems management, or management consulting experience a plus;

  • Demonstrated success managing completion of projects;

  • Driver's license

Additional Information:

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.

We do this by:

• Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;

• Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;

• Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;

• Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;

• Communicating transparently and respectfully; and

• Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit:

Department:CEPRPre-Employment Screening:DMV, Education, IdentitySchedule:Mon-Fri 35 hoursJob Function:General Administration, ResearchJob-Specific Responsibilities: Partner and Fellow Support

  • Serve as liaison between partner institutions and organizations and SDP program team, maintaining in-depth understanding of partners’ organizational priorities and the ways in which SDP’s training and programming can support their work.

  • Create systems & procedures to manage and grow connections across partners to share learnings and encourage cross-site collaborations.

  • Collaborate with SDP leadership, Harvard faculty, and partner agency staff to refine and improve the Fellowship model.

  • Connect current fellows to faculty and alumni experts for mentorship.


  • Design trainings in cooperation with the Principal Investigator, SDP’s Director of Postsecondary Programs, and Faculty.

  • Evaluate fellowship program to ensure curriculum is effective, current, and evolves to meet the needs of professionals participating in SDP higher education programs, and make appropriate changes.

    Project and Staff Management

  • Manage program support staff (hire, monitor performance, etc.)

  • Manage budget for network activities, including allocating and reallocating funds based on needs.

  • Manage partnership with external vendors and subcontractors and assess performance, including the selection of vendors, negotiations with vendors, and continued management to ensure responsibilities are being met.

  • Track staff and progress and manage relationship with fellows and partners

    This position is a term appointment for one year from date of hire, with a strong possibility of continuation.

    School/Unit:Harvard Graduate School of Education 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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions: NOTICE: Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: Job Summary: The Strategic Data Project is a national network of data leaders committed to using data to improve student success. The SDP fellowship program includes more than 450 fellows and alumni in over 200 partner organizations .

    After a decade of success in K-12, SDP is creating a new suite of offerings for postsecondary institutions . The SDP Higher Education Fellowship Manager will help implement these new programs, including managing fellowship trainings and networking opportunities, serving as a point of contact for fellows and partner organizations, and working the program director and senior CEPR leadership to think through future program modifications. This work includes planning and leading conversations with partner agencies and fellows, managing and delivering content and tools to support the network, and ensuring all logistical needs of the fellowship network are addressed.

    The Higher Education Fellowship Manager will join the SDP team. They will:

  • Help build and maintain a national network of higher education partner organizations and fellows;

  • Provide regular support and programming for fellows across SDP’s two current postsecondary fellowship programs.

  • Support Fellows placed in CEPR partner institutions and systems in building a culture of using data to improve outcomes for students;

  • Work with SDP’s Director of Postsecondary Programs and Sr. Outreach and Events Coordinator to deliver a coherent curriculum and robust set of professional development workshops focused on strategies for improving postsecondary outcomes, analytic methods to identify issues and measure program impacts, and change management in complex organizations.