Executive Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Harvard University   •  

Cambridge, MA

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


8 - 10 years

Posted 58 days ago

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The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston seeks a highly talented individual to serve as Executive Director. Reporting to the Faculty Director, the Executive Director will have six main areas of responsibilities designed to execute the mission and strategies of the Institute (described below). We value and are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their experience, research or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

Generate Research Portfolio

  • Work with the Faculty Director to identify major topics where Rappaport Institute research has the potential to advance public debates.
  • Engage leading scholars, at Harvard University and elsewhere, to conduct scholarly and applied research on topics of interest to the Institute. Administer Rappaport Institute research grants.
  • Maintain on-going conversations with government officials and civic leaders to identify topics that could benefit from research by top scholars.
  • Help scholars who seek to advance their research through relationships with Boston Area governments build those relationships.
  • Work with outside funding organizations to identify funding that might support research projects.
  • Work with researchers to develop research projects with topical focus and scope, staying in touch on a periodic basis as needs warrant.
  • Edit public-facing research products to assure that the writing style is clear, direct, and accessible.
  • Coordinate the dissemination of research products.

Develop Forums

  • Coordinate one major forum each year, often in partnership with other Boston institutions, which will provide a public showcase for the Institute and its research and/or enhance the public dialog in Greater Boston around an important issue.
  • Identify speakers for additional events designed to illuminate important policy and governance issues in Greater Boston.
  • Oversee the Associate Director on the logistics of these events.

Implement Communications Strategy

  • Formulate and implement a communications strategy to magnify the impact of Institute research, events, and student engagement.
  • Enhance the Institute's website and use of social media.
  • Find opportunities to obtain local media coverage and place op-eds.

Oversee Fellowship Program

  • Support the work of the Associate Director on outreach to recruit applicants for the Rappaport Public Policy Fellows program, convening a selection committee, placing fellows in state and local government positions, and connecting them with mentors
  • Preside over a weekly seminar series for the summer Fellows.
  • Collaborate with the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College around the Summer Fellowship kick off reception and closing dinner.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities are continued below, in the Additional Information Section

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree. A minimum of 7 years of successful senior management and leadership experience.

Additional Qualifications

  • A strong record of achievement in public policy and/or public sector management and background in state or local governance.
  • Broad knowledge of public policy issues, with a particular emphasis on state and local policies pertaining to the Boston metropolitan area.
  • Significant familiarity with Greater Boston's governmental institutions.
  • The ability to write simply, analytically, and quickly.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated capacity for rigorous thinking.
  • A demonstrated ability to maintain productive relationships with faculty, students, colleagues, government officials, donors, and board members.
  • The ability to interact with other members of the region's policy community (public, nonprofit, and private organizations and leaders). The Institute can only thrive if it shares ideas, collaborates on projects, and leverages Institute resources in cooperation with others.
  • Experience in strategic planning, staff management, and budget oversight.
  • A successful history of managing, motivating, supporting and leading a team, as well as experience in shaping and sustaining a program in an academic, public, or non-profit setting.
  • An advanced degree is preferred.