Co-Director: DC-Engage

Updated: 4 months ago


Harvard Medical School


Position Description

The Co-Director of DC-Engage: The goal of DC-engage is to promote awareness and two-way dialog regarding genetics and genetic technologies and their application to a broad range of issues, such as medicine and climate change. The Co-Director will work in Washington DC to engage members of our Nation's leadership at the federal and state levels. The co-director will facilitate engagement in various environments, from one-on-on-one discussions and small seminars, to providing congressional briefings and leading workshops.

This Co-director will support the goal of DC-engage across the broader DC community, with an emphasis on equity across all socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. The Co-director will be responsible for obtaining support via fundraising and team-building efforts. The position will require organizing and conducting meetings and presentations, attending meetings and functions in the broader DC community, limited travel when necessary, training and mentoring new employees, students, interns, etc; and identifying and organizing fundraising opportunities. Whether these projects are conducted in-person or remotely is not as critical as their effectiveness.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience in public policy and management, experience working on Capitol Hill and with federal and state governments, knowledge of genetics and genetic technologies, experience in public engagement, familiarity with bioethics, broad understanding of societal response to advances in science, experience in fundraising.
  • Willingness to engage with individuals and organizations representing diverse ideologies and histories, capacity to engage without judgment, ability to innovate strategies, and capacity to work with a team.

Additional Information

The long-term goals of the project will be to promote a foundational knowledge of genetics and genetic technologies at the level of the federal and state governments such that informed conversations about genetic information and genetic technologies can become commonplace among members of the nation’s leadership. In this way, the project aims to facilitate informed discussion and debate regarding the use of genetic information and genetic technologies for addressing medical, educational, economic, societal, and environmental challenges. Above all, the project aims to be informational and, thus, will not be engaging in lobbying.

Sources of funding will likely include grants from charitable organizations and federal institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, as well as philanthropic donations and donations from industry.

This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position. 

This position is based in Boston, but the work may be done primarily remote. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

319057 Public/Media Information


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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