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Staff Assistant III/Research Assistant

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Laboratory and Research
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

Providing research assistance to four senior faculty members in the department of government, this position will perform a wide range of complex and time-sensitive duties supporting their teaching and research.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Maintains course and faculty Web pages. Assists with preparation of course and lecture materials. Assists with research and preparation, editing, and submission of manuscripts for publication. Locates articles, checks bibliographic references, creates graphs and charts, and orders course packets. Plans and organizes seminar series, special events, and occasional academic conferences. Makes travel arrangements. Drafts and edits correspondence, articles, manuscripts, letters of recommendation, course materials, and reports. Performs general office duties. Executes special projects. Processes financial payments and reimbursements using Harvard's online financial systems (Concur, PCard, Corporate Card, Buy2Pay etc.) Manages calendar for two faculty members. Responds to internal and external requests for information. Performs other duties as required. Please note: this is a half-time position.

Basic Qualifications

Two or more years' experience in an academic environment. College background or work experience in social sciences. Computer skills required, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite and conducting online scholarly research.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor's degree, preferably in a social science discipline. Master's degree preferred. Candidate must be well organized, self-motivated, and detail oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, set priorities, and handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously and handle shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment. Must be flexible and willing to take on new assignments. Strong quantitative and qualitative analytic skills, command of and/or experience in statistical analysis and use of large datasets, and knowledge of R Studio, Github, Latex, and other tools. Must be able to effectively search databases and online journal archives. Experience working both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively; adept at multi-tasking, problem solving, and decision making. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of Harvard University financial systems and Oracle financial software preferred and comfort with learning new software applications required. Prior work experience in an academic research setting a plus.

Additional Information
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs facilitates the production of pathbreaking social science research on international, comparative, transnational, and global issues. Our community of scholars consists of over 400 affiliates from multiple social science disciplines and includes both Harvard faculty and students drawing from nine of Harvard's schools as well as visitors to Harvard from all over the world. We house several dynamic research programs, initiatives, and clusters; host conferences, seminars, and workshops; and provide competitive fellowships to global scholars and research funding to Harvard faculty and students.

Job Function
General Administration

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
403033 Staff Assistant III


Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Time Status

Salary Grade

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment Screening

17.5 hours per week, schedule to be determined in consultation with faculty.

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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