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Job Summary

This is a grant-funded position situated within the Democratic...
Knowledge Project (DKP), a civic education initiative
currently housed at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for
Ethics (ELSCE) at Harvard University. The DKP is directed by
Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor,
at Harvard. The research and development arm of the Democratic
Knowledge Project is called “DKP Learn.”

The mission of the DKP is to prepare students in K-12 and higher ed
to live in a healthy constitutional democracy. For over more than
10 years, the DKP has done this by co-creating high-quality civics
curricular resources with educators, researching civic learning,
offering professional learning opportunities, and developing
assessment tools to measure civic learning.

The mission of the DKP is carried out by two distinct but
collaborating entities. “DKP Learn” focuses on research and
development, particularly in the professional learning space for
K-12 educators; DKP Learn is also beginning to invest more time and
effort in civic learning in higher ed. “DKP Launch” operates out of
a 501c3 non-profit (Partners in Democracy-Education) and focuses on
implementation, at scale, of the DKP’s year-long 8th grade civics
curriculum in MA.

The role will report directly to Professor Allen. The role will
work in close collaboration with Professor Allen and others on the
DKP leadership team, including Tina Blythe (DKP Director of
Professional Development) at Project Zero at the Graduate School of
Education and Dr. David Kidd (Chief Assessment Scientist, Design
Studio). The role will oversee multiple full-time staff members at
the DKP, including the DKP Program Assistant and Curriculum
Resources and Projects Coordinator, as well as part time temporary
employees, graduate students, and external

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Job Code

361058 Administrative Manager

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

DKP Learn Senior Director of Research, Projects, and


Social Sciences

Salary Grade


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Basic Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Skills and Experience: Minimum of 10 years of professional
experience, with a minimum of 7 years of related work experience on
program management/operations/administration and strategy
development, including overseeing personnel and/or demonstrated
leadership at the leadership level of an organization.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Master's degree or PhD is strongly preferred. Meaningful experience
with grants/sponsored awards. Entrepreneurial spirit with
leadership experience in motivating and empowering individuals to
work toward common goals. Comfort with ambiguity; patience,
enthusiasm, and willingness to work toward answers. Zeal for
piecing together operational nuts and bolts. Research and/or
project implementation experience with K-12 settings and/or
populations, particularly in social studies/history/civics, is
preferred. A degree in a related field of study is a plus.
Substantial writing experience, especially in the context of
fundraising and grants management. Exceptional oral and written
communication skills. Must have ability to represent the Faculty
Director and DKP Learn at all levels of the University and with
external constituents, including donors, foundations, scholars,
policy makers, Harvard alumni and peer institutions. Familiarity
with Harvard desirable. Demonstrated success leading collaborative
projects and achieving exceptional operational results.

Additional Information

This term position will be renewed annually, based on strategy and
funding availability.

We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for
this position.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human


Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics

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Education, Identity

Job Function

General Administration

Position Description

The Senior Director of Research and Projects (SDRP) will be the
lead staff position for DKP Learn. The SDRP is responsible with
significant independence for ensuring the operational success,
measurable impact, and fundraising of DKP Learn while leveraging
the PI’s national reputation as a leader in multiple fields, and
representing the organization among key constituencies and external
stakeholders. Candidates must demonstrate effective leadership in
an academic setting, exceptional communication and organization
skills, and a track record in overseeing high impact

The SDRP will oversee the rigorous design, timely execution, and
measurable impact of multiple work streams, a team of 10 staff
members and temp and student workers, multiple other contributors,
project deliverables, funding sources, and collaborations. The role
will work closely with Professor Allen to understand and deliver on
the vision, strategy, and impact of DKP Learn.


Research Design and Oversight
• Provide high-level oversight and strategic direction to DKP
Learn projects.Ensure each project defines and adheres to a clear
scope, set of deliverables, timeline, evaluation mechanism, and
accountability to highest standards for rigor and impact.
• Partner with PI to ideate, design, and develop new and expanded
research and programmatic work streams.

Stakeholder Engagement and Impact
• Build and strengthen relationships with leaders in the field of
practice and with academic institutions and scholars within Harvard
and beyond.
• Raise the visibility of DKP Learn by maintaining a public
profile within the field, engaging with relevant boards and
councils, public speaking, and media relations.

Resource Development
• Develop and implement a multi-year fundraising initiative
targeting sponsored awards as well as endowment and current-use
• Identify and solicit prospective donors and funders, including
regular meetings and travel, developing proposals, and making
• Serve with Professor Allen as primary stewards of existing
funders and donors and senior leadership from across the

Personnel and Administrative Management
• Oversee the entire DKP Learn team, including weekly team
meetings, personnel management, and related administrative duties
as needed.
• Directly supervise team members, including the Program
Assistant, Curriculum Resources and Projects Coordinator, and a new
TBD role, the EAD PD Director.
• Support other DKP leadership team members, including the
Director of Professional Learning and project-specific Principal
• Work with Center administrative leadership on DKP Learn
operations, ensuring compliance, budgeting and reporting, and
bringing on faculty and institutional collaborators.

This term position will be renewed annually, based on strategy and
funding availability.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and

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.


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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
• 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)

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Work 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
Cambridge MA United States


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