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The Executive Director works closely with the Faculty Director in providing strategic leadership and management of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

In close partnership with the Faculty Director, supports the conceptualization and development of new programs, strategies, and initiatives and administers their execution.

  • Provides oversight and coordination for the implementation of current Center programs including: faculty research grants, prizes, post-doctoral fellowships and visiting associates program, master’s degree program, PhD program, the Outreach Center, sponsored research, and a broad array of conferences, seminars, working groups, exhibits, and other special events.
  • Manages all aspects of the Title VI Grant from Department of Education program.
  • Takes a lead role in identifying funding sources for Center program initiatives, developing new and managing existing relationships with foundations and donors, and developing a strong program of stewardship activities. Writes grant proposals and reports and supervises the efforts of other Center staff in these endeavors.
  • Serves as chief administrator, responsible for the organization and day-to-day management of the Center’s activities. In consultation with the Faculty Director, provides oversight of sponsored programs, human resources, and infrastructure, identifying and implementing program goals and priorities, and aligning fundraising targets with the Center’s mission.
  • Prepares and manages budgets (including the Title VI grant), allocates staff and resources, and controls and monitors spending in accordance with University policies and grant and gift terms. Reports regularly to the Faculty Director and management group on existing or potential budget deficits.
  • Supervises Center staff members and manages annual staff reviews in consultation with the Faculty Director, Associate Director, and Outreach Director. Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard and FAS policies and procedures. Develops and sustains a high level of trust with colleagues and staff. Values and supports the ideas and intellectual contributions of Center staff.
  • Serves on the Center’s Executive Committee (ex-officio) and works with the Director to develop agendas and ensure implementation of action items generated by the committee.
  • Networks and collaborates with other regional research centers within FAS and other relevant schools and departments of the University.
  • Represents the Center with FAS administration.
  • Participates in FAS and University-wide committees and initiatives as appropriate.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree with a minimum of 7 years progressively responsible academic administration or non-profit management experience. Demonstrated experience managing staff, managing budgets of at least $1m, and managing federal and non-federal sponsored programs required.  Substantial writing experience; fundraising and grants management experience required.

Additional Qualifications

Master’s or PhD in Middle Eastern Studies or related discipline preferred. Ability to represent the Director and the Center effectively at all levels of the University and with external constituents including donors, foundations, scholars, and peer institutions. Demonstrated ability to engage in strategic planning and to manage a broad range of research and related activities in the field of Middle Eastern Studies.   The successful candidate will possess a strong financial background, exceptional leadership skills, and a collaborative approach to decision making and management.

Interested applicants should apply online at

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