Coordinator II (Senior Program Coordinator)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS

Planetary health is a field focused on characterizing the health impacts of human-caused disruptions of Earth's natural systems. Never before has humanity's footprint on the natural world been so large or so threatening to human health and wellbeing. The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) works with a global consortium of 200+ institutions to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations, research-to-policy translations, educational initiatives, and international outreach and communications efforts, in support of our vision to bring humanity back onto a healthy and sustainable trajectory.
The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) seeks a Senior Program Coordinator to work with over 200 leading universities, government entities, multilaterals, journals, and NGOs around the world that currently participate in the alliance with the purpose of facilitating collaboration, ensuring smooth communication between member organizations and PHA staff, and identifying new strategic partners and opportunities for engagement and collaboration. Members of the Alliance work together in three intersecting domains of research, education, and policy and facilitate the flow of knowledge and practice from each of these domains to the others. By collaborating across these domains we aspire to support a global, transdisciplinary effort to understand the human health impacts of accelerating environmental change, train a new generation of practitioners to address these challenges, and inject human health as a critical outcome of local, regional, and global decision-making about how we manage Earth's natural systems. Increasingly, we also seek to support the growth of regional planetary health hubs around the world with regional expertise and strong connections to the local education, NGO, private sector, and policy sectors.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintaining a thorough understanding of the planetary health field and emerging stakeholders to support PHA's mission and values and continually improve the organization in alignment with PHA's strategic goals
  • Conducting strategic outreach to engage and expand the PHA community, including through presenting to groups and individuals concerning our organization's mission and goals, which will require traveling occasionally to conferences and member institutions, approximately 10% travel, and designing stakeholder surveys, landscape analyses or similar efforts as needed to ensure PHA staff and resources are supporting the evolving needs of the PHA network and planetary health field
  • With the Senior Program Manager, supporting the team's dynamic engagement with PHA's governing committees and strategic evolution of these committees as needed
  • Playing a key role in planning and implementing PHA programs and activities, including the Planetary Health Annual Meeting, regional convenings, and engagement with the Harvard community
  • Leading the preparation of compelling communications for audiences including sponsors, PHA governing committees, and Alliance members with the support of the PHA team
  • Supporting the Senior Program Manager with developing a robust fundraising strategy as well as with financial management of sponsor funds
  • Serving as the PHA staff coordinator of volunteer PHA fellows and associated programs as needed
  • Supporting the growth of PHA's expanding public outreach efforts, through strategic development of platforms including PHA's social media, website, monthly newsletter, blog, online community, and webinars
  • Carrying out other projects and duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a 2 year term appointment, with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: This position required approximately 10% travel.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must submit both a cover letter and a resume. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here .
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
    Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

  • 5+ years of relevant experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must submit both a resume and cover letter. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.
  • Bachelor's Degree is strongly preferred
  • Master's Degree is a plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Google Drive suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets) preferred 
  • Experience with Mailchimp, Hootsuite, Adobe products (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), basic website development/HTML and content resource management databases a plus   
  • Excellent writing and communication skills preferred
  • Experience synthesizing information in clear written form, particularly with regards to distilling planetary health research for our monthly newsletter preferred
  • Effectively managing multiple projects and responsibilities preferred
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in working independently and as a team member preferred
  • Knowledge and/or demonstrated experience in the area of global environmental change and/or public health as it relates to planetary health preferred 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Internal Number: 52110BR
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