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Executive Director for the South Asia Institute

Location: Cambridge, USA

Job Summary

Reporting to the Faculty Director for the The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the Executive Director is responsible for a wide array of programmatic, fundraising, administrative and strategic planning work for the Institute. Priorities include the following:

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Building the MI Delhi Office and Outposts in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
Support the Faculty Director to establish the Institute’s India office in Delhi by coordinating all administrative and financial processes necessary to operate in India through Harvard Global. In addition, work with the India Country Director to coordinate overseas related programs that require collaborations/coordination with other Harvard entities such as UCIPS, OSP, OGC and India based centers HBS/IRC and HSPH India office.  

Manage and support the India Country Director in the Delhi office
Provide strategic plan for outreach to other countries in South Asia and help implement with the help of the India team as part of growing the India office to compliment the programs of the Cambridge office. Activities and programs could include monthly seminar series, annual conference, paid fellowships, research affiliates, faculty grants in region, faculty-led summer program for Harvard students.

Strategic Fundraising
Work with the University Development Office and assist faculty director with fundraising and donor cultivation.

Strategic Academic Direction
Work closely with the Faculty Director (FD) to develop strategic plans for the Institute that includes plans to expand outreach to faculty across Harvard to develop interfaculty research, expand opportunities for students interested in the study of South Asia, develop our community of South Asian scholars at Harvard, Peer Institutions in the US and beyond. Work with the Faculty Director to develop a strategic growth plan for the India office and finds ways to implement them based on the timeline determined jointly. 

Management Responsibilities related to Harvard Global
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, making programmatic decisions related to India on current and potential new projects, performance evaluation of staff and the India Country Director, work with the Finance Manager in Cambridge and the Finance Associate in India, on the Mittal Institute’s financial operations in India and ensure it is in accordance with Harvard Global policies and processes. Work with other entities at Harvard such as OGC, OSP and VPIA for policies and paperwork to ensure that they are in accordance with the grants/funds raised in India. Serve as the authorized representative for the Mittal Institute on funds raised through grants and donors to be in keeping with its agreements, reimbursements and employee salary approvals related to the India office operations.

Financial Management, Cambridge and India
Work with MI Finance and HR Managers on the overall budget of the Mittal Institute and make decisions on how to allocate the year’s budget to academic programs each year based on restricted and unrestricted funds available and raised.  

Administrative Management, Cambridge
The ED will be supported by the Assistant Director who will oversee the management staff, research affiliates and student interns. 

Basic Qualifications

  • 8+ years of relevant experience.
  • MA degree required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Competence in a South Asian language helpful.
  • Excellent English writing skills and polished oral communication skills required.
  • Strong computer skills required (MS Office.)
  • Successful candidate will be highly motivated, organized, diplomatic, and able to take initiative in a fast-paced, high-energy intellectual environment.
  • Must be capable of working independently as well as with a team.
  • Has experience living and/or working in South Asia.

Communications Manager for the Mittal Institute

Location: Cambridge, USA

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Planning
Strategic planning in collaboration with Executive Director (ED) and Faculty Director (e.g. gather data, prepare reports, make recommendations), including design strategies on branding for the Mittal Institute. Work with Assistant Director and Executive Director on complex issues related to strategy, faculty and student engagement, and communications with donors, prospects, alumni, and other stakeholders in the US and in South Asia. Increase the Mittal Institute’s profile at Harvard and beyond. This position will be responsible for independently developing branding strategies for the Mittal Institute and doing research to suggest new communications methods and strategies that will increase global brand awareness for the institute.

Content creation
Responsible for all content for the Mittal Institute’s website, the weekly newsletter, social media, printed and digital materials, media relations and all public content, across platforms. Design and implement editorial standards and guidance, across all media, to ensure best practices. The communications manager will decide all the content that is put up on the Mittal Institute website. This content will be based on all the work that the Mittal Institute produces including but not limited to seminar series, conferences, special events, student and fellowship grant applications, the Visiting Artist Fellowship program, interdisciplinary grant applications and highlighting the work of all Mittal Institute Research scholars.

Build relationships and work with faculty, students, staff and key affiliates to create high-value content, such as (but not limited to) podcasts, blog posts, op-eds, videos and written reports, on the Mittal Institute’s own platforms and external outlets. Analyze key metrics and keep up-to-date with media innovations, in order to maximize the reach and impact of the Mittal Institute’s communications strategies. The communication manager envisions, creates and manages content, in accordance with the mission and values of the Mittal Institute.

Human Resources

This position will supervise student interns. 

Basic Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in journalism or professional communications.
  • Experience with social media in the workplace.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • B.A./B.S. strongly preferred.
  • Experience in academia.
  • Track record of multimedia content production.
  • Experience of managing a team and external collaborators.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are required.
  • Basic understanding of contemporary and historical South Asian issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.