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Research, Development and Finance Manager

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Development and Fundraising
Harvard Kennedy School


Job Summary

Environment and Natural Resources Program and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (ENRP/STPP) is seeking an enthusiastic and resourceful Research, Development and Finance Manager to join our team. Reporting to the ENRP/STPP Associate Director, the Research and Finance Manager is responsible for managing the ENRP/STPP research program working with international research partners, government sector stakeholders, and corporations-including energy companies. In addition to the above, the Research, Development and Finance manages and tracks a $3M annual budget, and works with project leadership to secure and steward a diverse portfolio of sponsors and donors.

The ideal candidate is extremely detail oriented, has excellent written and oral communication skills, enjoys collaborative environments and working on teams, has extensive budget management and grant management experience, and wants to help create a robust intellectual community for some of the leading and emerging scholars on environment and science public policy. The successful candidate will be a motivated and resourceful self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines, creatively and independently problem-solve, track multiple projects and deliverables, and communicate clearly with a broad range of stakeholders including senior leadership, faculty, distinguished guests, and students.

Position Description

Finance Management: In partnership with the ENRP/STPP Associate Director, this role helps manage ENRP/STPP budgets, forecasting, monitors program-specific expense management; provides accurate and timely reports to ENRP/STPP Faculty Directors, donors, and other departments as appropriate. Advises Faculty Director and ENRP/STPP leadership on budgeting, costing, and policies of the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and Harvard University. Works with Belfer Finance and Office of Financial Services to ensure financial compliance with university policies and procedures.

Responsible for high-level administration and operational tasks requiring productive relationships with HR, Research Administration Office (RAO), Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Harvard International Office (HIO), Alumni Relations & Resource Development (ARRD), Office of Communications & Public Affairs (OCPA), and other university administrative departments.

Development: Assists with fundraising, including researching grant opportunities, developing budgets and narrative proposals for new gifts/grants, manages existing donor reporting requirements. Assist the Associate Director in managing fundraising, donor relations, and international partnerships; prepare proposals, report on grants, and cultivate/steward diverse portfolio of sponsored research, gifts, and multi-donor funds.

  • Coordinate and foster cooperation between Harvard and external domestic/international funding portfolio that includes foundations, corporations, individuals, and governments.
  • Negotiate complex contractual agreements.

Research Programs: Coordinates, implements, and has direct responsibility for administration of ENRP/STPP research programs, including resident and non-resident appointments, as well as faculty and student research grants. Duties include:

  • Lead developments of HKS-wide website that showcases research, teaching, outreach, and operational activities related to climate change (
  • Administers advertising, recruitment, and/or nomination strategies for annual fellowship program.
  • Oversees Fellows' application cycles and selection processes, working closely with relevant faculty committees.
  • Manages the process to ensure completion of all relevant forms and works with appropriate departments to appoint fellows and process research awards.
  • Works with the Harvard International Office to procure visas for fellows as needed.
  • In collaboration with ENRP/STPP's Communication and Outreach Specialist, drafts content for ENRP/STPP website, publications, and reports to donors, Belfer Center, and other stakeholders.
  • Administers application and award processes for ENRP Student Scholarship, Research & Travel Fund: implements HKS central timelines, procedures and policies; markets award opportunities (winter and summer); coordinates review and selection; oversees distribution of awards (including Roy Family Scholarships, the Crump Fellowship, PAE Research grants, and The Vicki-Norberg Bohm fellowship).
  • Manage student Research Assistant and intern recruitment, onboarding and management, coordinating with Fellows and Faculty on research needs and assisting in pairing, administration, and project oversight.  
  • In collaboration with the Communications and Outreach Specialist, represent ENRP/STPP at Belfer and HKS student-focused events.
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of symposia, workshops, and meetings with corporate executives and academic partners.
  • Other duties as required.
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years professional work experience in managing complex programs.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We encourage you to apply if you have some, but not all, of the following qualifications.  We value employees with a willingness to learn.

  • Master's degree in relevant field preferred but relevant job experience will be considered with equal weight.
  • Genuine interest and knowledge of the environment, science and technology policy. 
  • Higher education administrative experience preferred. 
  • Demonstrated budget management experience.
  • Prior experience working with high-level constituents in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and strong attention to detail; demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and work independently are key requirements.
  • Must have ability to take initiative and demonstrate discretion with sensitive and confidential information. Must exhibit excellent time-management skills and ability to forge strong collaborative working relationships with diverse constituencies and work as part of a team. Poise, tact, and diplomatic skills are essential. Team player with flexibility to work on a small staff.
  • Must be comfortable working closely with visiting dignitaries and VIPs, be able to use good judgment to schedule meetings with appropriate student and faculty groups, and act as an intermediary for VIPs handling media requests and other invitations.
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.

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: $66,404 - $113,558
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.

Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us
Located at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program work closely together on a range of research projects on energy and climate change policy in China, India, and the United States. STPP's broad goal is to develop and promote public policies that advance the application of science and technology to improvement of the human condition. ENRP's mandate is to conduct policy-relevant research at the regional, national, international, and global level, and through its outreach initiatives to make its products available to decision-makers, scholars, and interested citizens. The Belfer Center has a dual mission: (1) to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, environmental policy, and international affairs intersect; and (2) to prepare future generations of leaders for these arenas.

We believe that creating a diverse and inclusive organization is not only morally right but is also central to our ability to achieve our mission. In line with the HKS Diversity Statement, the Belfer Center does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran. It is our goal to promote historically underrepresented groups within our organization and within the fields of science and international affairs.

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
Finance, General Administration, Research

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
405007 Financial Professional (N)

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


Salary Grade

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Annual Salary Range
$66,404 - $113,558

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