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Associate Director, MBA Program Office, Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Job Description

If you love a job that keeps you on your toes and requires you to juggle multiple competing priorities, keep reading. Reporting to the director of the Program Office, this uniquely split role leads Community Standards efforts for the MBA Program and supports department-wide staff talent acquisition needs. In the Community Standards work, you will navigate both lower-level student conduct concerns and more serious violations that are handled through the Conduct Review Board (CRB), work that is led by the faculty chair for Community Standards. For talent acquisition, you will partner with the director, department hiring managers, and HBS HR talent acquisition team to help recruit and screen candidates and onboard new hires. What is the common thread between these two seemingly distinct roles? Success requires strong written and verbal communication skills, an ability to follow process but also apply nuance and exercise flexibility and understand the importance of discretion. An ability to listen – both when fact-finding for student conduct issues and when screening candidates – and then clearly documenting information is critical.

Position Description

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Basic Qualifications

Preference for candidate with business and finance terminology familiarity, as well as writing experience.

Evidence of outstanding academic achievement and excellent writing and editing skills necessary. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.

This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative.
The candidate must have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, strong organization skills, and absolute commitment to task completion. He or she must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

This is a half-time term appointment starting as soon as possible, with possible reappointment for the next year and further. All Research Associate roles at Harvard Business School are benefits-eligible and structured as one-year term appointments with potential for renewal.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. A cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample and transcript(s). All positions will be given a writing exam.

HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore HBS work culture at https://www.hbs.edu/employment/.

Additional Information


Job Function

USA - MA - Boston


RS0055 Researcher I Humanities

Job Code



Division of Research and Faculty Development



Time Status


Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary



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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.

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.

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