Emerging Leaders Program Facilitator

Updated: 3 months ago


Harvard Radcliffe Institute


Job Summary

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a youth leadership development program partnering local high school sophomores with current Harvard undergraduates in a mentoring relationship. Together, mentees and mentors challenge limited conceptions of who can be a leader as they build critical skills to drive positive change. Drawing on Radcliffe’s history—and the vast holdings of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America—the ELP curriculum focuses on the intersection of gender and leadership, social movements (both past and present), and the practical skills necessary for community and civic engagement. ELP empowers those who might not traditionally see themselves as leaders to build the skills and confidence to drive meaningful change in their communities and beyond.  

Reporting to the Associate Director of the Emerging Leaders Program, this seasonal position (September to May) will be a part of a cohort of facilitators committed to the development and year-round delivery of the Emerging Leaders Program.

The ELP Facilitator’s responsibilities fall into two main categories:

  • facilitating daily ELP sessions on Radcliffe’s campus, held in the late afternoon/early evenings during the spring semester.
  • supporting the ongoing development of the program throughout the academic year, including but not limited to, ELP curriculum development and civic engagement projects; mentor recruitment, training, and support; supplemental mentee and mentor campus engagements; meetings and presentations with current and potential partner high schools; summer initiatives and programming; and program administration.  

  • Position Description

    This is a seasonal, full-time, benefits-eligible position. Incumbents in this position are expected to work a full-time schedule starting in the fall of 2023 through May 2024.

    • Works collaboratively to develop and refine ELP program curriculum throughout the academic year.  
    • Co-facilitates daily two-hour ELP program sessions, currently occurring four days per week in the late afternoon/early evening during spring term, each with approximately 25 mentees and 10-13 mentors. 
    • Prepares weekly sessions in collaboration with ELP staff, to ensure best practices in content delivery and different modalities of facilitation to support high engagement from ELP participants.  
    • Debriefs with other ELP staff after each session to determine any modifications to subsequent sessions. 
    • Reviews and refines course curriculum as necessary to meet evolving needs of program and feedback from ELP participants and staff. 
    • Maintains accurate attendance records for all ELP participants and creates appropriate strategies and plans for participants to make up content for any missed sessions. 
    • Works with ELP staff, contractors, and HRI colleagues to support development and posting of online program materials for mentors and mentees. 
    • Co-designs evaluation surveys for participants, partner schools and organizations, and other facilitators to gather feedback and assess program periodically. 
    • Collaborates with Schlesinger Library colleagues to incorporate materials from the Schlesinger archives into program curriculum and develop mechanisms for content delivery.  
    • Builds and maintains excellent working relationships and effective communication with staff across the Institute, partner schools, and other organizations, as relevant. 
    • Performs other duties as assigned. 

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. 
    • Three years’ relevant experience including teaching, facilitating, or conducting workshops with adolescents and young adults.

    Additional Qualifications and Skills

    Successful candidates will demonstrate:

    • Track record of interfacing successfully with youth and young adults. 
    • Demonstrated commitment to public service, youth, student, and/or community engagement, and experience building strong partnerships with student and/or community groups. 
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Demonstrated strong analytical, writing, and communication skills. Proven ability to multi-task, plan, and execute complex projects, collaborate effectively, adjust and revise plans as needed, and take initiative and work independently. 
    • Passion for/commitment to connecting with, inspiring, and supporting young people on the topics of youth leadership and social change. 
    • Proficient with standard workplace technology platforms including but not limited to the following Microsoft applications (and their Google equivalents, if applicable): PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Forms, and Teams. 

    Additional Desired Qualifications:  

    • Graduate studies or professional experience related to youth and student engagement, civic engagement, social justice, work with historically marginalized communities, and equity and opportunity preferred. 
    • Experience with curriculum development strongly preferred. 
    • Familiarity with online educational platforms, including but not limited to Google Classroom and Remind, preferred.  
    • Familiarity with basic design applications (e.g. Canva) preferred. 

    Physical Requirements

    • Employee must have the ability to facilitate a two-hour workshop in a classroom setting. Standing, sitting, talking, hearing, focusing for considerable lengths of time is required
    • The employee is occasionally lift or move up to 40 pounds.

    Working Conditions

    • This job is performed primarily in a temperature-controlled office environment, with the possibility of occasional program activities taking place outside. 
    • Must be able to work late evenings, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM to support evening sessions.
    • Frequent movement between campus buildings will be required to provide support to our community.
    • Support outside of regularly scheduled hours, including weekends, will occasionally be required

    Additional Information

    Cover Letter:
    Please note that cover letters are required for every application for a position at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Please combine your cover letter and resume into a single document that is uploaded when you are instructed by HARVARD CAREERS, Harvard’s online application program, to “Upload my resume/CV from my computer”.

    Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. However, we encourage all interested candidates to apply before September 30, 2023.

    We will be conducting interviews virtually and might invite finalist candidates for on-campus interviews. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process.

    Flex Work Note:
    This role is offered as a primarily on-campus position where the incumbent will be required to be onsite at our Cambridge, MA-based campus regularly. There may be occasional opportunity to work remotely. 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). *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be in exempt roles; incumbents in this position may not work from California.

    About the Harvard Radcliffe Institute:
    The Harvard Radcliffe Institute is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger
    Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.

    We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to achieving our goals through the efforts of a highly skilled, diverse workforce. With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University may be exactly the employer you have been looking for.


    We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

    • 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

    General Administration

    Department Office Location

    USA - MA - Cambridge

    Job Code

    405012 Admin Professional (N)


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