Harvard Kennedy School


Program Coordinator, Executive Education


Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Job Summary

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) seeks a Program Coordinator to join our Executive Education team. In this position, you will provide critical support in the delivery of our programing both in-person and online before, during, and after each program session. We seek collaborative, adaptable candidates who love the details of planning programs and events, are driven by working with others in a fast-paced environment and are excited about having an impact on our world by supporting global leaders! We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive team culture and seek candidates who share our values and commitment.

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education (HKS Exec Ed) is the premier worldwide source for executive-level leadership development focused on public service. Exec Ed operates as a department within HKS and provides 80+ programs ranging from 1 to 4 weeks in length to 4500+ participants each year. Programs are delivered online, in-person, or a combination of both, and are offered as open enrollment via an admissions process or as custom programs focused on the needs of public service or government organizations, sponsors, or donors. Exec Ed is a critical piece of the HKS mission to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. Programs are led by faculty and attract accomplished public leaders from around the world, with roles in the government, nonprofit, multilateral and corporate sectors.

Position Description

Duties and Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)

As a Program Coordinator, you will maintain a high level of professionalism, teamwork, and a focus on customer service. You will develop strong working relationships with Executive Education colleagues in all units, as well as program faculty and other School departments.

The Program Coordinator will support the team with both the participant and curriculum coordination:

As a Participant Coordinator, you’ll be responsible for tracking all enrollment information materials for our participants. You will be a main point of contact for our participants, answering questions prior to and during the program, assisting with technology issues during online programs and organizing events, transportation, and meals for on-site programs.

As a Curriculum Coordinator, you will prepare and distribute course materials. You will work directly with our program faculty to coordinate advance readings and handouts, post materials on the course webpage and manage the in-person or online classroom media needs. You will collaborate with both faculty chair and director on development or distribution of program schedule and other materials as necessary.

For both the participant and curriculum areas, you will assist in program close-out and reconciliation activities, including the submission of financial documentation in support of program activities described above.

We have a strong record of promoting talent at HKS Executive Education. There is a career path for Program Coordinators, and they are reviewed for promotion after two years in the position.

Basic Qualifications

  • 3+ years of related work experience.
  • Related work experience includes administrative support, program support, event coordination or customer service.Additional Qualifications and Skills

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • A team player, who is flexible, adaptable, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and manage multiple projects at once.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a proactive and positive customer service approach.
  • Keen attention to details and accuracy
  • Interest in Public Policy or Government is a plus as is some experience with Salesforce, Zoom and Canvas or similar technology.

Additional Information

Learn more about our work culture and see yourself at Harvard Kennedy School.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager. Must be flexible to work some night and weekends when programs are in session.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Salary Range: $54,445 – $85,043
Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more 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 date.
  • 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.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership-because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.

Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to Diversity Equity, and Anti-Racism.

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Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

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.