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[liberationtech] Berkman Center Job Opportunity: Operations Director

Rebecca Tabasky rtabasky at
Fri Feb 14 08:43:06 PST 2014


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks a 
senior-level professional to serve as our Operations Director, the chief 
administrator for all of the Center's daily activities, operations, and 

You will serve as an integral member of the Center's leadership team, 
reporting and acting as deputy to the Executive Director. Following in 
the footsteps of previous incisive and big-hearted leaders who have 
helped to build the Berkman Center, you will be a tireless and dedicated 
leader working among some of the most influential scholars on the future 
of the Internet, and will have the opportunity to help shepherd the 
Center into its next exciting phase.

As an enterprising, agile, and progressive Operations Director, you will 
own the roadmap for the Center's diverse portfolio of activities: you 
will oversee the comprehensive planning and implementation of the 
Center's programs and pursuits; craft strategic initiatives to support 
and strengthen the Center's functional responsibilities and culture of 
serious fun; and inspire and empower the talented Berkman team in the 
development of scholarship with impact and in their own professional 

You will manage Berkman's dynamic core administrative staff and 
programs, work closely with the Research Director to facilitate 
high-level institutional coordination and staffing allocation across 
research projects, and share responsibility with the Center's financial 
management for other operational aspects of the Center. In addition, you 
will lead the cultivation and maintenance of collaborative relationships 
across the Berkman Center, at Harvard Law School, and throughout Harvard 
University, and with other colleagues and organizational partners in 
Cambridge and abroad.

*A full position description for the job can be found below and on the 
**Harvard Human Resources website 
Please note that applications for this job must be submitted through the 
Harvard Human Resources website, and will not be collected or 
coordinated directly through the Berkman Center.  Apply at: 

Please feel welcome to reach out to us with questions.  And as ever, 
your help in spreading the word to great candidates is appreciated. Thanks!



The Operations Director is a new position at the Berkman Center. You'll 
have a great deal of say in defining this position, and among your 
responsibilities you will:

  * serve as lead for all operational processes and systems at the
    Center -- including management, information flow, and organizational
    planning --  in support of Berkman's entrepreneurial mission;
  * collaborate with other internal and external stakeholders on
    strategic planning and development and implementation of new
    workflow processes and procedures;
  * diplomatically provide on-the-ground leadership in a complex
    multi-stakeholder setting, including savvy operational and
    distributed human resource management for a highly networked and
    engaged community;
  * play an active role in the screening and prioritization of new
    projects, activities, and initiatives;
  * manage the Center's core team, whose dynamic activities include a
    range of institutional initiatives including special projects,
    events, community programs, digital media, communications, and
    office management;
  * help to maintain a general map of Center-wide project activities,
    responsibilities, and timelines to support management, task
    allocation, and efficiency gains;
  * oversee, foster, and deepen staff relations, and coordinate and
    maintain routine efforts for staff training and professional growth
    and development;
  * liaise with Berkman leadership team and practice area leads on
    personnel management and HR interactions;
  * facilitate institutional coordination across core staff (primarily)
    and other staff areas (secondarily), including developing meeting
    agendas, collaboratively implementing technology resources, and
    other process and structure improvements to support effective
    organizational functioning and intercommunication;
  *   strengthen the relationships in the community within and
    surrounding Berkman, with an eye to promoting both internal and
    external collaboration;
  * participate in financial management, budget planning, fundraising
    and grant management, including generating reports and proposals for
    future research;
  * coordinate engagement of Faculty Directors with Berkman staff;
  * exhibit broad knowledge of Center events and activities;
  * perform numerous important and urgent tasks on as-needed basis.

While you will not be required to perform research, you will share a 
strong commitment to furthering the work of our human network and 
fostering rigorous "scholarship with impact" by strengthening the 
operations of the Center.  You 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. Finally, you'll have heart, verve, and vigor, a can-do 
attitude, a keen sense of humor, and a strong desire to effect change in 
the world.

Direct management of several positions, currently including:  Community 
Manager, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Administrative Coordinator and 
Staff Assistant.

*Basic Qualifications:*

Bachelor's Degree required.

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible administrative 
management experience, including at least 2 years of prior experience in 
direct staff supervision.

*Additional Qualifications:*

Advanced degree preferred. Experience in project and organizational 
management, including coordinating project teams; managing work flows; 
creating and deploying systems and procedures; creating and facilitating 

Experience with direct supervision and mentoring of staff is essential, 
and working in research or entrepreneurial non-profit setting highly 
beneficial. Must be able to roll with the punches, adapt to new 
situations and shift priorities rapidly; make independent decisions and 
build consensus as needed. Strong interpersonal skills, proven capacity 
to work independently and as a team member, sound judgment, an 
entrepreneurial attitude, exceptional ethical standards, deft management 
abilities, and outstanding writing and verbal skills, and a keen sense 
of humor are all necessary.

*About Us:*

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is a research center founded 
to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its 
development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, 
entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and 
engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace, and work 
with researchers, computer scientists, activists, librarians, musicians, 
and more from all corners of the university and beyond to advance 
cutting edge research. For more information on who we are and what we 
do, please visit

*Commitment to Diversity: *

The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at 
Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our 
network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national 
origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We are an equal 
opportunity employer and actively seek and welcome applications from all 
applicants, including people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and 
persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and 
practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.

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