Coordinator, Student Programs

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The Coordinator, Student Programs will be a crucial member on a high-energy and dynamic student team at DRCLAS. The team develops and executes programming, grants and other opportunities that support students and student groups academically, professionally, and personally, through immersive experiences in and relating to Latin America.  

The Coordinator, Student Programs will assist in managing the planning, execution, and evaluation of student-facing programs, projects and services, such as: building and promoting experiential and academic opportunities, managing research grants and financial support initiatives, and boosting overall Harvard student engagement with Latin America. The Coordinator will also assist team members based in Latin America on developing engaging, relevant and thought-provoking programming offered throughout the year.  

The Coordinator is a highly visible and integral member of the DRCLAS Student Team and is relied upon for contributing ideas, plans, action, and thoughtful evaluation alongside the Assistant Director of Student Programs.   

Specific projects will be defined by the actual student opportunities offered each academic year, which may change over time based on student needs and demand; faculty and instructional priorities; regional opportunities and leadership initiatives, or other considerations.  

An ideal candidate is someone who: 

  • Is an excellent communicator and respectful collaborator 

  • Is very positive, outgoing, and enjoys working in teams  

  • Is highly organized 

  • Is a self-starter, motivated and turns ideas into action 

  • Is effective in working with different stakeholders and varying communication styles 

  • Enjoys building relationships among multiple constituents, especially students and alumni 

  • Thrives in managing multiple projects at a time, with focus, agility, and drive. 

  • Enjoys innovation and is inquisitive, curious easily able to adapt to feedback, changing circumstances, etc. 

  • Has exposure to international programs and believes in the transformative experience of experience abroad 

  • Is knowledgeable about and interested in topics related to Latin America and the Caribbean 

  • Is highly proficient in Spanish and/or Portuguese 

  • Will take pride in representing Harvard and the Center at all times 

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinating all aspects of student grants each academic year. This includes, but is not limited to: generating budgets and projections for the programs offered; managing the application processes, including evaluation (with faculty and staff committees), notification, distribution processing, monitoring and reporting; producing timely impact reports and communications to continuously improve and promote the grant programs 

  • Supports student programmatic activities in promoting programs on campus, assisting in application processes, and analyzing evaluations of student experiences 

More specifically:  

  • Assists with student-related logistics for our programs, such as scheduling and interviewing potential student participants, helping with pre-departure orientations in Cambridge, and planning for in-country group activities 

  • May act as a DRCLAS representative in student divisional and summer opportunity fairs, as well as in informational sessions, to inform and attract students to DRCLAS opportunities in Latin America  

  • Assists in the management of updated student information in the DRCLAS database and in collaboration with Global Support Services, Office of Career Services, and the Office of International Education 

  • Analyzes and presents findings from student evaluations to identify areas in need of improvement, as well as best practices to maintain and/or reproduce 

  • Coordinates, alongside communications team members, effective ways to highlight, showcase, content, prior, during, and after the programs 

  • May require international travel to support student programming and/or staff on-ground throughout region 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required 

  • 3-5 years of work experience 

  • Spanish and/or Portuguese proficiency (spoken and written) required 

Working Conditions

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .

Additional Information

All applicants will be required to submit a cover letter to be considered for this position.

All formal offers will be made by FAS HR

Job Function

General Administration


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

405013 Administrator (N)


David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies


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