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Harvard University Director, Social Enterprise In in Cambridge, Massachusetts

61753BRAuto req ID:61753BRJob Code:361060 Administrative Manager Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Director, Social Enterprise InitiativeSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :060Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • 7+ years of relevant general management experience is required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Evidence of excellence in a mission-driven, social-impact-focused setting.

  • Accomplishment within a complex multi-stakeholder environment.

  • Have a passion for and experience in the field of social enterprise, with a firm cross-sector understanding of the application of management and leadership skills to advance social change.

  • They will have a proven record of accomplishment within a complex environment, with excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

  • Familiarity with the management and operation of academic programs within a research environment a plus.

  • The candidate must be self-motivated and creative, as well as adept at managing up, building collaborative relationships throughout the organization, and driving multi-stakeholder processes forward amidst competing priorities.

  • Capability to support and engage a diverse community of stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing and leveraging a close-knit, experienced team.

  • MBA or other advanced degree strongly preferred.

Additional Information:This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA-based campus 2-3 days per week. Specific days and schedules will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website.

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here InitiativesPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Position Description:The Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) partners with the SEI faculty co-chairs, core faculty members, and senior administrative staff to refine and implement a strategy designed to leverage SEI’s intellectual capital, its network, and its executional capabilities. The core pillars of SEI’s strategy include:

  • Building a collaborative, multi-faculty vision and action plan for cutting-edge research and teaching around the discipline of systems change to affect positive social impact.

  • Democratizing access to SEI content through high-volume, low-cost distribution models.

  • Deepening engagement and sparking action among SEI’s most dedicated, high-potential practitioner constituencies through a carefully curated set of programs and activities.

To advance SEI’s mission and strategy, the Director interfaces with a wide range of constituents including HBS faculty, staff, students, and alumni; Harvard faculty and administrators; leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector; academics; and other social sector thought leaders.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with SEI faculty to drive SEI’s overall strategy and operations. and optimize its progress toward goals.

  • Provide managerial and intellectual leadership to guide strategic planning effort, in deepening and broadening engagement with internal and external constituents and bringing an equity lens to our work.

  • Lead existing and emerging efforts relating to core strategic priorities around systems leadership, centering equity within SEI programs to drive change within the sector, expanding access to SEI content through online learning, and activating and deepening engagement with core alumni and practitioner segments.

  • Develop and nurture a deep knowledge of the research and most current thinking in the field on topics encompassing the range of SEI’s work including business for social impact, nonprofit strategy and governance, impact investing, K-12 education, and more.

  • Develop communities of practice by linking faculty and practitioners with shared interests, serving as a subject matter expert for the Initiative and as an ambassador for the School.

  • Partner with faculty members in the design and execution of faculty-led efforts to enhance research, course development, teaching activities, seminars, conferences, and knowledge dissemination.

  • Provide oversight of the portfolio of MBA student-facing programs and activities (including field-based learning and career support programs); the portfolio of Social Enterprise Executive Education programs for corporate, education, and nonprofit leaders; and social enterprise alumni outreach and engagement efforts.

  • Develop and oversee a communications and digital marketing strategy to showcase the work of SEI through multiple media to elevate SEI’s external presence among thought leaders and key influencers through the dissemination of research, information about related activities, and the work of students and alumni in the field.

  • Provide staff leadership for collaborating with SEI advisors, as well as the broader Harvard University community.

  • Oversee the internal operations of the Initiative including staffing, budgeting, and resource allocation.

  • This role is responsible for other roles as assigned.

School/Unit:Harvard Business School 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.Job Summary:Harvard Business School (HBS) is now accepting applications for the role of Director, Social Enterprise Initiative. The Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) aims to educate, support, and inspire leaders across all sectors—private, public, and nonprofit—to solve society’s toughest challenges and make a difference in the world. HBS pioneered the concept of “social enterprise” 30 years ago with the founding of its Social Enterprise Initiative. Today, SEI applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive high-impact social change through its key constituencies—faculty, MBA and Executive Education students, alumni, and leaders in the field. SEI is a focal point for the creativity and energy of its worldwide community at all stages of their careers. For more information, visit:

The Social Enterprise Initiative works in close partnership with the Institute for the Study of Business in Global Society, recently formed to provide a research-based platform to integrate and amplify work from throughout the School focused on society’s most urgent challenges. SEI is one of several Initiatives at HBS—research-fueled “communities of engagement” where faculty, students, and alumni connect with practitioners in the field to focus on topics that are too complex for any one discipline or industry to solve alone. For more information, visit: and

The work of the Social Enterprise Initiative is strengthened by the diversity of our network. Becoming a more equitable department is a business priority within the Initiatives and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)