Executive Director

Harvard University
  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 18

Position description

Working under the direction of the Faculty Director, the Executive Director will build, develop, and manage a full range of activities designed to support the Program’s mission.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions*):
The Executive Director will professionally and positively represent the AISP to faculty, students, administrators, Alwaleed Philanthropies, and all other constituents internal and external to Harvard. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Directs all operational functions of the Program including budget preparation, forecasting and oversight, finance, staffing, facilities, event planning and evaluation, and marketing and communications; takes lead in anticipating and resolving any potential issues.
  • Develops strong working relationships with the Faculty Director and Faculty Steering Committee and keeps them informed of all major Program activity and/or decisions.
  • Plans and executes individual and joint outreach opportunities with other Harvard Centers and initiatives, as well as with other Alwaleed programs as appropriate. Also seeks opportunities to further the AISP mission by collaborating with external programs and institutions as feasible.
  • Regularly and effectively communicates with Alwaleed Philanthropies through its representatives, as well as with other Alwaleed programs worldwide; maintaining a record of these communications is required. When appropriate, these communications will be shared with internal partners (e.g. the University Development Office, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, etc.).
  • Develops and manages strong working relationships with internal and external program leads to best leverage all potential collaboration opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the University Development Office, the Executive Director leads the organizational efforts for the annual Steering Committee meeting including all planning, logistics, and follow-on reporting.
  • Responsible for writing, implementing and reporting on all grants and gifts from donors, including program results and financial reporting; coordinating with the University Development Office is required.
  • Identifies funding opportunities, internal and external to Harvard, and, in collaboration with the Faculty Director, prepares grant proposals to further AISP’s objective to support and to expand programming related to Islam and Muslim Cultures.
  • Develops innovative ways to elevate awareness of the research and knowledge of Harvard’s Islamic Studies faculty to new sectors, networks and stakeholders both at Harvard and externally.
  • Actively contributes to the improvement of AISP processes and procedures.
  • Directly manages one staff member ensuring a high level of professionalism in all work product and interactions. Assists in staff member professional development.
  • Serves as an Ex Oficio member of the Faculty Steering Committee and is responsible for overseeing all meeting logistics and follow-up.
  • Responsible for other duties as needed or required.


Basic QualificationsCandidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • Minimum of 7 years related experience in program or project management
  • Masters degree or equivalent work experience

Additional Qualifications

  • Prior program management is strongly preferred; a record of leading a program in an academic environment and supporting faculty is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and flexibly with all kinds of people and across all levels of an organization will be beneficial.
  • Experience working independently and exercising sound judgement.
  • Knowledge of Islam strongly preferred.
  • Must be comfortable presenting to a group.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as required

Additional InformationThe Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program (AISP) is a university-wide interfaculty initiative drawing on more than sixty teaching faculty across seven Harvard schools. The Program reports to the Office of the President and Provost, and faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Law School serve on its 15-member Faculty Steering Committee.
The Program is dedicated to furthering the scholarly study of Islam and the Muslim world in a broadly interdisciplinary context. Outside of the classroom, AISP sponsors lecture series, conferences, workshops, arts performances and other events to encourage an understanding of the broader Islamic world in its global and transnational context and supports and advances interdisciplinary studies that are cross-national and comparative. The Program seeks to promote the diffusion, exchange, and discussion of a wide body of research, and to encourage interaction among academics—at Harvard and beyond—from various traditions and fields of scholarship.Pre-Employment ScreeningIdentityEEO StatementWe 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 or any other characteristic protected by law.

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