Administrative Fellow/Assistant Director of Honoring Nations

Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Posted 11 months ago

Administrative Fellow/Assistant Director of Honoring Nations (Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development)
Harvard Kennedy School

Duties & Responsibilities
Harvard University’s Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion efforts. We seek to attract talented professionals, and in particular members of historically underrepresented groups, to promote leadership opportunities and careers in higher education. The University encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and others who may contribute to the diversity of Harvard’s leadership. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month talent management experience complemented by a professional development program. Please visit the program’s website [] for more details.

The Fellow will serve as the Assistant Director of Honoring Nations and work with both the Program Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Assistant Director of Educational Outreach to strategize, develop, and implement pragmatic educational tools for the dissemination of awardees identified from its flagship program, Honoring Nations. Honoring Nations is a rigorous national awards program that identifies, celebrates, and shares outstanding examples of excellence in tribal governance in the United States and increasingly around the world.

Founded in 1987, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project) is located at the Harvard Kennedy School. Through applied research and service, the Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self- determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations. The Harvard Project’s core activities include research, advisory services, executive education, and administering the Honoring Nations awards program. In all its activities, the Harvard Project collaborates with the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the University of Arizona.


  • Assists with the various components of the Honoring Nations Award program, including the recruitment and identification of Honoring Nations applications to the Honoring Nations awards program.
  • Manages social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr) content development and communications.
  • Curation and Dissemination:
    • Assists in the instructional design of online educational tools to ensure learning materials are aligned with needs of constituent audience. This includes assisting in the identification of learning objectives, storyboarding dissemination, and evaluation of outcomes.
    • Curates online digital content of Honoring Nations awardee lessons and Harvard Project educational tools to facilitate the spread of tribal government best practices. This includes maximizing current outputs: case profiles of awardees, exhibits, Google platforms, Nation Building Toolboxes, social media, and national meetings.
    • Assists with the development and production of Honoring Nations podcast series.
  • General Office Support
    • Participates in organizational communications: writing, editing, publication design, public speaking, general correspondence.
    • Interacts with and builds strategic relationships with our communities of interest: tribal leaders, public officials, scholars, and others in American Indian affairs.
    • Assists with fundraising and grant writing, as needed.
    • Travels independently or with the team, approximately 2-4 trips each year.

Additional Information
On your cover letter, please write a Statement of Purpose/Interest that briefly describes your professional and academic interests as related to employment with Harvard University, and more broadly, the field of Higher Education and how participation in the Administrative Fellowship Program can help advance these interests. Be sure to explain:

1. Why you are seeking a Fellowship
2. What you hope to gain from the experience
3. How you might contribute to the hiring department
4. Describe your previous experience working with Indigenous communities.

This position is a benefits-eligible, one-year term appointment.

Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

Malcolm Wiener Center

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening

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.

Basic (Required) Qualifications

  • Knowledge of American Indian affairs is required.
  • Minimum 5-years of experience required along with an advanced degree (master level or higher) in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Law, Sociology, Education, or other policy- related field is strongly preferred.

Additional (Preferred) Qualifications

  • Travel, including nights & weekends, is essential.
  • Flexibility in work tasks is required. The office runs similar to a start-up organization and has limited staffing.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and organizational skills are required.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Google G-suite/Drive, Google sites, Word, and Excel are required.
  • Familiarity with and use of Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets is required.
  • Experience in graphic design is necessary.

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