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Senior Project Manager, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Harvard University

Senior Project Manager, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Duties & Responsibilities
This position is an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in radically transforming the lives of children and families facing adversity by bringing together the fields of social entrepreneurship with science and impact.

Advances in science have opened up space for innovations in practice and policy that can achieve better life prospects for millions of young children. Yet, the ability for ventures based in this science to reach impact at scale has remained elusive. We are determined to co-create solutions to this challenge by working closely with a new set of partners, and we are looking first to social entrepreneurship.

Over the past decade, the Center has become the go-to source for the science of early childhood. We have worked with thousands of scientists, academics, and practitioners to translate this knowledge into new interventions for children and families experiencing disparities. More recently we have begun to develop a measure of biological and behavioral measures of stress in young children, getting deeper into evaluation and measurement questions. Using our preferred mode of "learning by doing", we regularly support a portfolio of about thirty ventures that range from early stage ideation through transitioning to scalability. We have also developed a structured but flexible approach that facilitates program development, implementation, testing, evaluation, and fast-cycle iteration, called the IDEAS Impact Framework. Our work spans the U.S., Latin America, and increasingly Europe. Most recently, we have begun to work with a small group of critical partners on building up the early childhood innovation ecosystem.

This position will work closely with the team at the Center to build the infrastructure needed to support ventures focused on young children and their families which are seeking to scale with impact. This position will also from time to time provide guidance to the specific portfolio of teams the Center is supporting. There will also be lots of opportunities to work with other organizations in the emerging early childhood innovation ecosystem.

Responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:

- Contributing to developing and implementing a strategy for developing the early childhood innovation ecosystem and supporting ventures to reach impact at scale
- Sourcing and managing relationships with social entrepreneurs creating ventures focused on young children and their families
- Co-developing programming, based on the Center's content, targeted to entrepreneurs seeking to deepen their ventures' connection with the science and impact
- Working with our CFO to manage the process for scoping, identifying, and selecting a fiscal sponsor who the Center may be used for future management of seed grants
- Leading engagement with marquee Boston innovation challenges, including developing relationships with key contacts and speaking at events
- Selectively offering consultation to intervention teams in the Center's existing portfolio who are seeking to scale
- Cultivate and manage new partnerships as needed
- Assisting with development of written materials, both for internal and external purposes
- Other tasks as needed.

Additional benefits include:
- Gaining experience helping academic entrepreneurs turn their early stage programs into ventures
- Professional development opportunities around the science of early childhood and supporting teams around measurement and evaluation

This position is a 12 month term position, with the possibility of renewal. Start date is negotiable.

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's degree and five years professional experience in business, finance, venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, management consulting, law, public health, public policy, or related field required. Prior project management experience a must.

Candidates wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume.

Candidate must also indicate in their cover letter or resume meeting all of the basic qualifications

Additional Qualifications
Passion to use talents in service of children and families facing adversity. Strong interpersonal skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience leading and managing dynamic multi-faceted projects. Demonstrated success in building and managing complex relationships. Commitment to teamwork. Constant curiosity. Flexibility. Grace under pressure. Sense of humor a plus.

Additional Information
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 which values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit:

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge


Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

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.

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