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Senior Director, Labs, Digital Data Design Institute

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Other Business Faculty
Harvard Business School


Job Summary
About D^3 Institute: Business, the global economy, and societies around the world are facing dramatic upheaval as a result of rapid technological change driven simultaneously by digitization, the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to all facets of the company, economic and human data, and a new emphasis on the importance of design and innovation on value creation for stakeholders. The Digital, Data, and Design Institute at Harvard (D^3) catalyzes new knowledge to invent a better future by solving some of these ambitious challenges. D^3 provides a new architecture for rigorous research, immersive learning, and cutting-edge practice. D^3 formally launched in July 2022 with twelve newly minted labs that will provide cutting-edge research faced by academics and practitioners. These labs will conduct research and experiments to better understand the role of data, digital, and design in the modern world. The Senior Director of Labs will be responsible for transitioning the new labs and principal investigators into a lab culture while standing up new processes and operating models to enable scaled research. Labs are focused within 6 areas: Business Model Transformation, Operating Model Transformation; Organizational and Workforce Transformation; Performance and Metrics; Data, Privacy, and Transparency; and Societal Impact. For more information on D^3, please visit

The Senior Director executes a strategic vision and establishes operational benchmarks for the Institute's 12 labs. They will be a thought leader on working in a lab model with extensive experience in academic and/or applied research in a lab setting. The Senior Director will work closely with the 30 principal investigators across the labs to manage, train, and develop cross-functional research teams while setting KPIs for the three-year launch period. As part of the D^3 Institute leadership team, the Senior Director is also responsible for recruiting and retaining research and lab staff talent and creating processes for managing stakeholders.

All interested parties should send their resumes and cover letters to for consideration.

Position Description
  • Develop vision and execution plans for research and program activities with principal investigators
  • Work closely with the Head of Research and DataScience to drive research activities.
  • Manage and maintain relationships with PrincipalInvestigators and industry partners
  • Coach, mentor, and directly supervise Associate Director (2) and Lab Managers (4)
  • Oversee staff of 35 in lab operations
  • Develop strategic thinking for long-term research at the D^3 Institute, including industry engagements, DUAs, IRB protocols, research computing, and DataSafety Requirements
  • Hire and train research teams and staff
  • Manages and monitors staff performance plans
  • Develop protocols for internal communication and policies
  • Oversee Associate Director's Programs for Postdoctoral Fellows, Students, and Research Associates
  • Draft and maintain labs' budgets
  • Oversee grants management activities
  • Organize and run quarterly and yearly reviews with principal investigators
  • Work with faculty on visitors
  • Manage day-to-day duties by engaging lab staff
  • Assess staffing needs for projects
  • Resolve internal staff conflicts efficiently and to the mutual benefit of those involved
  • Be responsible for other duties as assigned
Basic Qualifications
  • PhD or Master's degree required
  • 12-15 years of experience in a research setting required
  • Experience overseeing complex research projects in a lab setting required
  • Experience managing teams required
  • Budget and grant management experience required
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary research and faculty
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience working with research and data scientists
Additional 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 3 days per week. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

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 more about HBS work culture here

About Us
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School ( is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. The School offers two full-time MBA and PhD programs, more than 175 Executive Education programs, and certificates and courses through Harvard Business School Online. For more than a century, Harvard Business School faculty have drawn on their research, connection to practice, global expertise, and passion for teaching to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.

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, Information Technology

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
361060 Administrative Manager

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


Salary Grade

Digital Data Design Institute

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Credit, Criminal, Education, Identity

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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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