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Associate Director for Research Programs and Global Projects

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
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Job Summary

The Associate Director for Research Programs and Global Projects oversees the day-to-day administration of the Program on Biblical Law & Christian Legal Studies' international projects and initiatives, including VLAM, and Traditional Knowledge. This position also oversees the administration of the Berkman Klein Center's GAIA and IPX work and manages assigned research and technical assistance projects in the areas of intellectual property (IP) law, data protection and privacy, artificial intelligence (AI), the protection of traditional knowledge (TK) and others. This position also contributes to the organization of conferences, workshops, seminars and other events under the auspices of the Program on Biblical Law & Christian Legal Studies, Berkman Klein Center and the Law School.  

Position Description

As an Associate Director for Research Programs and Global Projects, you will: 

  • Under the supervision of the Faculty Director and GAiA Faculty Co-Directors, administers the global CopyrightX and PatentX courses, as well as other assigned projects. Regular duties will include communication with international affiliates, processing of applications for admission, administration of the course software applications, day-to-day course management and reporting.  

  • Manages international research and technical assistance projects principally (but not exclusively) in the areas of IP law, data protection/privacy law, AI and TK protection. Regular duties will include project conceptualization, development and/or review of project proposals and implementation plans, budgeting, project management and reporting.  

  • Responsible for communicating with and coordinating all internal and external stakeholders relevant to a project's success.  

  • Provides support in the organization of assigned Berkman Klein Center and Law School events, including conferences, workshops, seminars and colloquia.  

  • Ensures research and regulatory compliance and manages institutional review processes. 

  • Supports, advances, and helps leverage all matters relating to assigned IP research and technical assistance initiatives. 

Basic Qualifications

JD and a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience required 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have: 

  • 5+ years of experience in the management of international research, advisory and technical assistance projects in relevant areas of law, including IP law, data protection/privacy, AI and TK protection.  

  • Experience working in an academic setting and in developing countries 

  • Experience with software development processes and software application administration 

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to independently interpret and present information and data. 

  • Proven track record of effective leadership in an academic and research environment.  

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal. 

  • Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of project management processes. 

  • Meticulous organizational and editing skills, anticipatory acumen, sound judgment, and discretion. 

  • Functional leadership with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results. 

  • Supportive team member who can engender credibility and confidence internally and externally.  

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple time-sensitive projects. 

  • Advanced knowledge of at least two foreign languages. 

Working Conditions

This position is based primarily on campus with the opportunity for remote work based on business needs and manager approval.

Additional Information

This is a one year term appointment with potential for renewal subject to funding and departmental need. 

We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions. 

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources. 

Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive. 

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.
Job Function
General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
360058 Admin Offcr/SrIndiv Contrib

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

Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies


Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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