Employment

September 4, 2014

Executive Director

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (FCCS) and the Harvard China Fund (HCF) 

Duties & Responsibilities           

The Executive Director (ED) of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (FCCS) and the Harvard China Fund (HCF) plays a key role in building coordinated programs for the university’s research engagement with China. The ED reports to the Fairbank Center faculty director to ensure effective implementation of interdisciplinary China-focused research activities in the humanities and social sciences.   The ED reports to the faculty chair of the Harvard China Fund to coordinate support for research and teaching activities throughout the university involving engagement with China, particularly with respect to activities at the Harvard Center Shanghai (HCS).

The ED represents the FCCS and the HCF to internal and external audiences. S/he will implement outreach to alumni, affiliates, and colleagues to identify areas for academic collaboration.

Responsibilities at the Fairbank Center

Reporting to the Director of the FCCS, the ED is the administrative and programmatic leader of the FCCS, overseeing budgets and leading staff in implementing the Center’s strategic goals.   The ED will: 

  • Oversee FCCS programs, seminars, and events;
  • Propose, implement, and manage new programs and initiatives;
  • Build and maintain relationships to enhance Chinese studies within Harvard and beyond;
  • Consult with faculty on project organization or proposal development;
  • Provide guidance to FCCS visiting scholars, postdocs, and graduate student associates;
  • Oversee the production of annual reports and other communications, and agendas for executive committee meetings and other meetings of FCCS leaders;
  • Hire, train and manage the FCCS staff;
  • Manage FCCS budget and space.

Responsibilities at the Harvard China Fund

Reporting to the Faculty Chair of the HCF, the Executive Director is the administrative and programmatic leader of the HCF, overseeing budgets and leading staff in the Cambridge office in implementing the Center’s goals.   Working in close collaboration with the Executive Director for University Programs at the Harvard Center Shanghai, the HCF ED will: 

  • Oversee the administration and delivery of local HCF programs and events;
  • Schedule and plan the meetings of the Harvard China Fund Steering Committee;
  • Develop relationships with Chinese institutions and with Harvard faculty interested in working in China;
  • Facilitate connections between US-based Harvard faculty and staff and the Harvard Center Shanghai;
  • Manage the Cambridge-based budget of the Harvard China Fund and work with the Executive Director for University Programs at the Harvard Center Shanghai on short- and long-term financial planning;
  • Supervise staff at the HCF Cambridge Office.

In close collaboration with the Faculty Director of the HCF and the ED for University Programs at the Harvard Center Shanghai, the ED will also develop and help implement a strategic vision for the Harvard Center Shanghai.

Outreach. In consultation with the HCF faculty chair and in collaboration with the ED for University Programs at the Harvard Center Shanghai, the ED will meet with faculty and senior administrators across the university to promote academic collaborations and to catalyze new activities at the HCS. 

The ED will coordinate with the ED of University Programs at the HCS and with the University Development Office on fundraising initiatives and on the annual meetings of the Harvard China Advisory Group, composed of alumni and friends. 

Basic Qualifications       

  • Advanced degree in a related discipline or equivalent professional experience.
  • Broad knowledge of Chinese studies and familiarity with current affairs in China.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in academic or research administration.
  • Supervisory and financial experience.
  • Proficiency in spoken Mandarin and written Chinese.

Additional Qualifications            

  • Personal experience living and working in China a plus.
  • Excellent English-language oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage organizational growth and balance multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Ability to work productively in a decentralized and highly matrixed organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and proven commitment to teamwork.
  • International travel is required.

Additional Information. The Fairbank Center (FCCS) is a unit of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, while the Harvard China Fund (HCF) and the Harvard Center Shanghai (HCS) are under the jurisdiction of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. The Executive Director will participate in FAS and university-wide meetings and initiatives as appropriate and be responsive to the respective administrative offices.

To apply for this position, please go to Harvard University’s job site. Click "Search Openings" then enter "Fairbank Center" in the Keyword field.