Reporting to the senior leadership of the Innovations in Government Program team, the Research Assistant/Writer provides research, writing, and administrative assistance to the Innovations in Government program's digital platforms and research programs. The subjects of focus for this position's work include how cities use data and analytics to address big civic issues including mobility, education, community engagement, and more. Specific responsibilities include:
Conducting research, including literature reviews and field scans to identify best practice examples of innovation in government.
Writing policy summaries, case studies, blog posts, and other content for practitioner audiences to be published on internal and external platforms.
Assisting the Director of the Innovations in Government Program with research, interviews, and drafting articles.
Editing and uploading content to our Drupal-based websites, and assisting with other website maintenance and updates as needed.
Providing content and logistical support to convenings of our communities of practice for government practitioners.
Disseminating the program's work via channels including convenings, email, and social media.
Providing general program assistance as needed, including logistical and administrative support. Administrative support includes purchasing supplies and materials, processing expenses and preparing reimbursements. The Research Assistant may also assist in drafting and stewarding contracts through the approval process when contracted services are required. The Research Assistant works with the Ash Center's finance team to ensure adherence to all Harvard University financial policies and procedures.
Other duties as required.
Required Instructions for the applicant. Please note candidates are required to submit a cover letter.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment, ending one year from the date of hire, with the possibility of renewal.
The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We are committed to diversity and welcome people of varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and disciplines. We actively seek applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, persons with disabilities and underrepresented backgrounds.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
BA/BS degree and 2 years of relevant experience (internships qualify).
The ability to communicate persuasively, concisely, and clearly in writing. Experience in a journalistic or communications setting a plus. Demonstrated interest in public policy, innovation in government, urban studies, data analytics, or related fields. Experience with producing content for online publication and working with a website CMS a plus, in addition to experience with email newsletter and social media tools. Familiarity and comfort with with translating academic research and/or technical subjects for a broader audience.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47976BR
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