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Harvard University Project Manager, Climate Action Accelerator in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64248BRAuto req ID:64248BRJob Code:358057 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Project Manager, Climate Action AcceleratorSub-Unit:Interfaculty Initiatives Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Bachelor's degree and 5 five years of project management experience or high school diploma/GED and 9 years of project management experience. Additional education or certification may count toward years of experience.

  • Strong knowledge of project management discipline, methodologies, tools, and control techniques.

  • A minimum of three years of work experience, or an advanced degree in one of the fields above.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Keen attention to detail, and the ability to work efficiently and effectively with a team and independently in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills; tolerance for and ability to manage several demanding projects.

  • Tact and sound judgment in interacting with a variety of stakeholders and colleagues.

  • A commitment to addressing the climate crisis, or to sustainability broadly with a range of stakeholders.

  • Commitment to teamwork and excellent interpersonal skills, with the capacity to build strong professional relationships and to communicate effectively within a large organization.

  • Experience working independently at a high level; capable of thinking strategically, establishing goals, setting priorities, and implementing projects with limited direction.

  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to write for a range of audiences.

  • Must maintain confidential information.

Additional Information:

Harvard University supports a hybrid workplace model which will actively support some remote work. Specific days and schedules for on-site work and remote work will be discussed during the interview process. Please note hybrid workers must reside in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

  • Please provide a cover letter with your application.

  • This is a hybrid position but requires an on-campus presence for certain events and tasks.

Department:Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability/Climate Action AcceleratorPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:Full time. Monday through Friday 35 hours per week. Job Function:General Administration Position Description:Reporting to the CAA Director, the Climate Action Project Manager responsibilities include:

  • Promoting effective collaboration and communication across the Salata Institute team and with partners across Harvard University, Harvard faculty and researchers, and external partners and stakeholders.

  • Staffing meetings by preparing agendas and briefing materials, producing meeting notes, drafting reports, and tracking and completing meeting action items.

  • Conducting research and analysis and preparing presentations, talking points, memos, and reports.

  • Monitoring progress, coordinating resources and activities, and adjusting plans when necessary.

  • Resolving project issues by clarifying the issue, determining the root cause, and best solution, expediting any necessary adjustment, and ensuring a resolution.

  • Assisting in managing events such as academic symposia and conferences, including program logistics, in collaboration with other Salata Institute staff.

  • Evaluating project success and usefulness, identifying areas of improvement, and ensuring that stakeholders and resources are aligned for the most effective project execution.

  • Creating and maintaining project and program documentation.

School/Unit:University Administration 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:The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard develops and promotes durable, effective, and equitable solutions to the climate change challenges confronting humanity. The Climate Action Accelerator (CAA) sits within the Salata Institute and serves as a resource and partner to the full spectrum of external stakeholders wrestling with the most difficult climate questions, building consensus for climate solutions grounded in Harvard’s research and expertise. The Accelerator is nonpartisan, agile in dealing with emerging issues, and engaged with research conducted across Harvard University.

The Accelerator seeks a dedicated Project Manager, with knowledge of climate change and sustainability issues, and a passion to create and build. The Project Manager will be essential in facilitating and advancing the Accelerator’s work by providing support for its projects involving research, convenings, and external engagement initiatives.

The Project Manager, CAA, will report to the Director, CAA, and will be a key member of our team. The ideal candidate will have experience working with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and seniority levels, and excel at identifying and managing conflict and risks. Candidates must feel comfortable with decision making and leading, while balancing competing priorities. Additionally, this person must have the strong ability to effectively synthesize information to ensure shared understandings among stakeholders. The Project Manager will also be expected to contribute to the development of the CAA by helping to develop efficient work processes, as well as to cultivate a mission-driven organizational culture of collaboration, creativity, respect, diversity, and inclusion. The person in this position must have a strong work ethic, be creative, adaptive to change, and demonstrate professionalism and enthusiasm for the endeavor.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.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-CS1Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.