Democratic Governance Program Research Assistant and Faculty Assistant (Research Assistant II Non-Lab)

Harvard Kennedy School
  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

The Democratic Governance Program Research Assistant and Faculty Assistant reports to the Associate Director for Democratic Governance, and works closely with multiple faculty members and Director of Making Congress Work.  The position is responsible for a range of administrative, research, and programmatic support within the Ash Center’s Democratic Governance Programs, namely for the Legislative Negotiation Initiative (50%), the Democracy in Hard Places Initiative (17%), and the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations (33%).

In the role of Research Assistant, this position supports the administrative and research needs of two exciting new initiatives. The Legislative Negotiation Initiative is developing first-of-its kind teaching materials to bring the core principles of negotiation to state and federal legislators and their staffs. The Democracy in Hard Places Initiative seeks to understand why democratic institutions thrive in some countries while failing in others. The Research Assistant provides administrative support including processing reimbursements, invoices, and other financial transactions; arranging travel; and providing logistical support for meetings, seminars, conferences, and other types of programming. Under the direction of faculty, the position supports the development and dissemination of teaching materials and research. This support may include conducting literature searches, written reviews and analysis of academic journal articles, reports, presentations, and policy papers on specific topics in relevant areas. The Research Assistant will work closely with faculty in writing, editing, formatting, and otherwise supporting the development of working papers, journal articles, presentations, and other publications. The Research Assistant will assist in conducting and transcribing interviews and in maintaining the initiatives’ web presence.

In the role of Faculty Assistant, this position supports the teaching, research, and other duties of the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations. The Faculty Assistant is the main point of contact and source of information for students, external contacts, and others. The role supports the faculty by composing and editing syllabi, helping to prepare lecture materials, conducting library and online research, and assisting in preparation of presentations, cases, and other teaching and research materials. The role provides clerical duties including processing financial transactions, tracking and maintaining expenditures, arranging travel, managing calendars, filing, and related duties as required. The Research Assistant and Faculty Assistant contributes to the Democratic Governance Program efforts by assisting in the administration, organizing, and staffing of related events, programming, research, and other projects as needed.


Basic Qualifications

1 year of research experience through previous positions, internships, or practicums.  Advanced research experience as part of college coursework may count toward experience. 

Additional Qualifications

Bachelor's degree preferred. Interest in and familiarity with issues relevant to democratic governance.  Writing, editing, and proofreading experience. Experience conducting data analysis across a range of methods, research based on thorough literature reviews, and writing research reports in a range of media from journals to reports to policy briefs. Demonstrated experience prioritizing tasks to changing needs, and seeing tasks to completion in a timely manner. Proficiency in Word, Excel, e-mail, PowerPoint, and Internet tools. Demonstrated interpersonal skills with experience providing complex administrative support to one or more supervisors. Ability to learn and use new technical and financial tools.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Professional and highly organized. 

Additional Information

This is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire.

Application instructions

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