- Harvard University
- Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Category: Admin-Other Administrative Positions
- Posting Date: 09/23/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
The administrative coordinator will report to an Astronomy Professor who leads: an astronomy research group, the Prediction Project; the Seamless Astronomy collaboration; the glue software project; and the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors (WWTA) effort at the Center for Astrophysics (CfA). The Administrative Coordinator will provide a wide range of administrative support and is responsible for day-to-day management and all administrative logistics of the faculty’s diverse research and teaching efforts.
The administrative coordinator works independently with minimal supervision in a work environment of multiple and conflicting priorities; anticipates and resolves problems and updates supervisor on status of projects and assignments. May oversee part-time work of students, casuals and temps.
Day-to-day operation - Provides high level administrative support to the faculty and WWTA leadership] composes and edits emails, letters, memos, reports and meeting agendas. Ensures briefing material is available in well-managed online environments and is comprehensive. Oversees the scheduling and management of an online calendar including coordinating meetings, appointments, travel arrangements and key administrative and academic meetings.
Proposal Assistance - Assists with proposal preparation, including text and budgets, and prepares grant reports and proposals for submission.
Manages Institutional Review Board (IRB) compliance coordination for education research projects using human subjects. Prepares and maintains expenditure records for grant budgets. Prepares purchase orders and expense reports for reimbursement and ensures appropriate use of funds for reimbursements, travel expenditures, and payables.
Scheduling and Planning - Plans and manages several workshops and other events per year. Coordinates schedules of PI and other project staff. Makes travel arrangements and coordinate activities of the research group.
Travel: Assists in arranging travel and manages travel reimbursements. Travel arrangements and reimbursements are handled not only for Dr. Goodman but also for her Research Group/Collaborators.
Reimbursements/Reconciling of Charges: Reconciling of Corporate Card purchases (collecting business purposes, receipts, and appropriate account codings). Reimbursements for Research Group purchases (lunches, supplies, etc.). Occasional foreign wire transfers for International Collaborators seeking reimbursement for costs.
Materials Management - Manages materials given to the faculty member at research and administrative meetings, by maintaining an online filing system, including born-digital material, as well as scanned hardcopy handouts, etc. Uploads and maintains online materials for courses, research papers, and technical manuscripts, using the OpenScholar, Wix, Dataverse, Canvas, edX and other environments as they arise. Adeptly creates graphs, spreadsheets, charts, and ad hoc reports using assorted sources including University financial systems. Maintains, prints, and files paper materials as needed for education research projects, including surveys, assessments, and consent forms. Maintains and archives digital materials as needed for education research projects, including in-class video and student assessment interviews. Maintains and organizes physical materials as needed for projects.
Web Content Maintenance - Maintains content on research group and related web pages on OpenScholar and the Prediction Project using Wix, under the direction of the faculty member; on WWT Ambassadors webpages under the direction of the WWTA Program Director and occasionally on pages of the Astronomy department website using Open Scholar.
Minimum of five years experience in an academic or research environment. Education beyond high school will count towards experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- College degree. Experience working in an academic and/or research environment.
- Excellent organizational skills with particular ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and conflicting priorities. Superb written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to think analytically and strategically.
- Excellent financial and accounting skills.
- Experience planning and managing events.
- Must be professional and show exceptional judgement and a high level of discretion.
- Ability to problem solve and "think outside the box".
- Ability to quickly comprehend policies, procedures and computer applications and pro-actively apply them.
- Excellent organizational skills and experience managing multiple competing priorities effectively and efficiently.
- High level of comfort and proficiency with standard Macintosh applications (e.g. Pages, Keynote) and Google Applications (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive).
- Familiarity with web-site editing tools and HTML highly desirable.
- Team player with the ability to successfully interact with many stakeholders throughout Harvard and externally.
- Proven project and/or program management and/or event-planning skills.
- Must possess the ability to learn and adapt to new systems quickly, including emerging office technologies and communication tools.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ .
The Seamless Astronomy program is a collaboration amongst astronomers, information scientists, data visualization specialists, educators, and computer scientists. The WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors program includes educational activities at Harvard, in local schools, online, at science fairs, and at museums, as well as active collaboration with the Science Education Department at the CfA. In addition to leadership roles in the Seamless Astronomy and WWTA efforts, the faculty also runs a traditional astronomy research group at the CfA, which coordinates the research of several undergraduate and graduate students, plus postdoctoral fellows. Teaching efforts related to these projects span subjects from astronomy to data visualization to the history of prediction, and they take place on the Harvard campus as well as online (via edX and LabXchange).
FAS is committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
- Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
- Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
- Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
- Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
- Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
- Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
USA - MA - Cambridge
403039 Faculty Assistant III
Harvard College Observatory
55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
24.5 hours per week
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