Research Assistant

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA


Harvard Business School


Job Summary

Are you a voracious reader? Do you process the world through writing? Are you someone that is intrigued by big ideas, but is also detail oriented? Do you want to play a role on a small, high-energy team? The California Research Center is looking for a part-time Research Assistant. Join us in our work to support the School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world.

Established in 1997, the California Research Center (CRC) is one of a network of Harvard Business School’s research outposts across the globe. These 15 research offices, along with a team in Boston, comprise the Global Initiative, and their purpose is to promote global engagement and encourage an international outlook in research, study, and practice. These research teams serve as the School’s local ‘’eyes and ears’’ in their respective geographies.

The CRC’s primary mission is to facilitate faculty research and case study writing on West Coast companies, with an emphasis on California and the Bay Area. Since its opening, the CRC has helped develop more than 350 cases, which are used in all academic units within the School's MBA and Executive Education programs. Recent cases examine Zoom’s strategy during the pandemic, assess the San Francisco Ballet’s efforts to grow their audience, explore Heineken’s acquisition of Lagunitas Brewing Company, and evaluate of the transformation of Microsoft’s corporate culture.

As part of its faculty support, the CRC also creates tailored immersion experiences for professors, connecting faculty ideas to business in action. Apart from research, the CRC also assists in the development of high impact programs for area alumni, students, and applicants in partnership with other areas of the school including the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Admissions, Career & Professional Development, and Alumni Relations. The Research Assistant will report to the CRC’s Executive Director based in Burlingame, CA and will work under direction from the CRC’s Assistant Director and Senior Researchers, as well as the Assistant Director of the Israel Research Office.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Research and marketing:

  • Assist research team by gathering and synthesizing data from a variety of sources
  • Prepare background briefs summarizing information about a company or industry
  • Transcribe case interview recordings
  • Research industry and HBS contacts
  • Assist research team in case processing including citations, style guidelines, proofreading, exhibit production, and permissions for exhibits
  • Arranging faculty visits to companies relevant to research

Office operations and administration:
  • Assist with preparation of Advisory Board meeting materials
  • Help track Office metrics through reporting and database entry
  • Help develop marketing materials
  • Research and book meeting/function venues, and handle other meeting logistics
  • Organize and trouble shoot office operations (ordering supplies, maintaining office equipment)
  • Other administrative tasks as they arise

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree required
  • 2+ years of related experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

This position requires an energetic and highly responsive individual. The applicant should have a demonstrated interest in business and technology. The successful candidate will have excellent writing skills, as well as organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills with a focus on customer service. The individual must be both resourceful and collaborative. Candidates must display professionalism, confidence, and poise in working with diverse constituents. Must have commitment to quality, excellence, and be detail-oriented. Experience working on a small, entrepreneurial team a plus. Candidates must provide 2 writing samples.

Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values: • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others • Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community • Accountability for personal behavior

Additional Information

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here.


USA - CA - Menlo Park

Job Code

RS0055 Researcher I Humanities


Global Initiative, California Research Center (CRC)


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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