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Executive Coordinator, Landscape Architecture

Company:
Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Category:
Executive Assistants
Type:
Full-Time
Harvard Graduate School of Design

66184BR

Job Summary
The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) educates design, research, and scholarship leaders to make a resilient, just, and beautiful world. The GSD offers degree programs across a range of design disciplines-architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, design engineering, and real estate-as well as advanced research programs that cut across these disciplines and a robust public program of lectures, exhibitions, and publications. The immense variety of people, programs, and ideas at the School sustains a vibrant and rich environment for learning, inquiry, and collaboration, unlike any other design school.

This position reports to the Associate Director, Academic Administration, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design and provides detailed assistance to the LA department chair as well as the department's faculty, while acting as primary information source and liaison with faculty, staff, and students on matters pertaining to the LA department.

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Serves as main assistant for Landscape Architecture chair, providing a wide range of high-level administrative support with accuracy, discretion, and good judgment.
  • Responsibilities include, tracking and maintaining information for chair pertaining to departmental events, awards, faculty meetings, and travel guest lecturers, courses, publications, lectures, etc.
  • Schedules all appointments and maintains daily calendars; coordinates travel arrangements as needed for both chair and guests as required; tracks and keeps chair's memberships current; composes, prepares and proofreads correspondence, announcements, reports, and agendas on behalf of the chair for alumnae, students, recommendation letters, etc.
  • Monitors chair's email as requested, reviewing, prioritizing, and distributing all correspondence to the appropriate individuals; monitors replies and informs chair of items requiring attention;
  • Coordinates monthly LA department meetings: drafts agenda for chair, books rooms, orders catering, prepares materials, and assists with meeting execution and logistics as needed (such as with presentations), and generates and disseminates department meeting agendas and logistics.
  • Reconciles chair's corporate card expense reports in Concur
  • Works with chair, department manager, and Academic Programs Business Office to track discretionary spending.
  • Works frequently with academic affairs department staff and other departments in the GSD to coordinate and execute department and School-wide tasks, including studio lottery, search committee meetings, pre-term workshops, orientation, open houses, welcome receptions, end of year celebrations, and commencement, as well as other ad hoc or special events and initiatives.
  • Coordinates Final Review logistics for LA department, including invitations/confirmations, travel, schedules, catering, and tracking studio budgets in conjunction with studio instructors and the Academic Business Programs Office.
  • Coordinates many departmental awards, fellowships, and grants, which recur on an annual or bi-annual basis: collecting application materials, coordinating selection committee meetings, and communicating with awarded students/faculty regarding timeline of deliverables and disbursement of funds. Detailed recordkeeping is required for each individual award cycle, which includes editing award webpages on the GSD website with any changes and updates.
Position Description
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CNTD: 
  • Disseminates department information and relevant external announcements to students and/or faculty; composes and sends announcements and reminder messages regarding events, important dates and deadlines
  • Creates and updates resource pages on the GSD website.
  • Assists Department Manager with onboarding visiting faculty and tracking visitor information.
  • Coordinates and staffs all departmental events. This includes coordinating with Chair, Loeb library staff, and faculty to schedule 3-5 semesterly faculty lectures; also includes planning, booking, and staffing recurrent semesterly student and course events
  • Coordinates departmental and course trips; collects travel waivers and information for all studio travel.
  • Serves as point person for LA faculty and visiting faculty in relation to School/University systems and databases.
  • Supports accreditation efforts by collecting and maintaining faculty CVs, course syllabi, course TAs, office hours, and other program related materials.
  • Serves as the main point of contact for visitors to the department office. Provides general office support including in-person staffing, ordering office supplies, maintaining faculty resource room, purchasing parking passes, updating department office labels, responding to walk-in inquiries, managing office resources such as printers and copiers, monitoring department email address and voicemail, answering department phone, providing office coverage, and other administrative support duties.
  • Processes PCard expenses in Concur for departmental purchases
  • Provides additional support as needed, including proofreading documents, data entry and tracking, and other administrative support duties as necessary including individual or team projects such as assisting with course field trips and coordinating committees.
  • Provides assistance to the Program Coordinator and Department of Urban Planning when necessary.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
There are no supervisory responsibilities associated with this position. 

Basic Qualifications
  • HS diploma or equivalent.
  • 3+ years' administrative support experience in a high-level environment required, with demonstrated experience in office administration and customer service.
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Experience with complex travel arrangements and visas.
  • Proficiency with MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred.
  • University work experience preferred.
  • Professional manner and excellent organizational skills, confidentiality, and judgment.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to work with flexibility.
  • Must be able to interact professionally with all levels of staff, faculty, potential donors, and the public.
  • Ability to work as part of a close team of staff sharing responsibilities when necessary to meet the needs of the department.
Physical Requirements

Working Conditions
This position will be based in Cambridge, MA. The work is mainly performed in an office setting. This position requires frequent in-person work at the GSD throughout the academic year. The first 3-months of this role will be on-site/in person.  Flexible work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process.  

Applications are accepted and encouraged from candidates not based in the Boston-Cambridge area, so long as they are able to commute to campus regularly during the academic year and reside in one of our approved payroll states. Harvard registered payroll states currently include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only).

Additional Information
Essential skills include organization and analytical skills, and a strong aptitude for prioritizing and multitasking under tight deadlines, amid frequent interruption. Must be collaborative and able to work well in a team as well as independently.  Excellent customer service including: ability to use discretion, good judgment, and work effectively with all individuals. Strong communication skills in person, in writing and on the telephone. 

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.

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). Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States; we regret that we cannot sponsor a work Visa. Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

Benefits
We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) 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
Faculty & Student Services, General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
403134 Coordinator I

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

Sub-Unit
*

Salary Grade
054

Department
Landscape Architecture

Union
55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status
Full-time

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EEO Statement
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