Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Harvard Business School seeks a Research Associate to assist in delivering the first year MBA course, The Entrepreneurial Manager (TEM). The course is well-liked by students and is taught by a group of dedicated faculty who bring a range of academic and professional experiences to the topic of entrepreneurship. The course invites 900+ students to learn how to lead amidst extreme uncertainties. A curious and talented RA will help make TEM even more effective with students at a time of great opportunity and looming questions for entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world.
The RA will engage with the course faculty on course development, content creation, and execution. This work will cover a range of core subjects, including: the design and development of new business models; financing entrepreneurial ventures; the hiring and management of people at early stage ventures, and scaling startup firms.
The RA will collaborate on several activities to support the delivery of a highly successful case-based course. These include, in partnership with the faculty teaching group:
Writing and updating Harvard Business School cases on entrepreneurial ventures, which serve as the centerpiece of the course;
Creating teaching notes and other teaching materials related to these cases, drawing on key lessons from these episodes and core findings in the academic literature;
Synthesizing key concepts from scholarship in economics, sociology, history, and other disciplines that touch on entrepreneurship in ways that make them accessible to a wide range of students;
Developing quantitative exercises, primarily based in Excel, to help students learn the tools and techniques of entrepreneurial finance and of measuring and monitoring inside new firms;
Researching and sharing timely developments in entrepreneurship that may shed new insight into individual cases or the course as a whole; and
Preparing and assessing assignments, exams, and other course tools.
Other duties as assigned.
They RA may provide tutorial support to students outside the classroom.
The RA will attend all faculty teaching-group meetings.
Ideal candidates will be comfortable in an environment that requires an exacting level of quality and intellectual rigor. They will enjoy collaborating with HBS faculty. They will be keenly interested in the topic of entrepreneurship; they may bring outside experience or academic interest to the subject. They will believe in the potential that outstanding teaching brings to a course and the partnership that engaged students and dedicated teachers share in the classroom.
This is a half-time appointment starting this summer (start date flexible) through June 30, 2022 with potential for reappointment. All HBS RA roles are structured as one-year term appointments with potential for renewal.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, a cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample, and transcript(s). All positions will be given a writing exam.
Harvard Business School does not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.
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
Advanced degree or bachelor's degree with significant years of relevant work experience. MBA, MS in Finance, or Ph.D. level work can be helpful.
Evidence of academic excellence and careful, skillful writing is required. 2-4 years of relevant work experience is desired. The successful candidate must have a strong quantitative background and experience creating or extensive experience using technical tools such that they could develop them for others; have solid financial, analytical, conceptual skills; work well independently; and be at home in an academic environment. Excellent communication, interpersonal, organization, research, writing, and editing skills are required. Successful candidates will demonstrate a proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to flexibly adapt to changes in priorities; to work calmly under deadline pressure; to work both independently and as a team member; to take initiative; and to follow projects through to completion. All positions will be given a writing exam. The ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis or produce a synthesized interpretation, is necessary. Diplomacy, integrity, and judgement are a must.
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: 54495BR
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