USA - MA - Cambridge
USA - MA - Boston
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 55484BR
The FAS Science Division is seeking an Associate Director of International and Field Research to serve as the lead advisor and facilitator assisting faculty, students, and other researchers to conduct their fieldwork and international research in a safe and compliant manner by helping them to navigate the compliance and logistical landscape and connect with resources internal and external to Harvard. Areas of focus will include field/lab safety, research import/exports controls, research contracts, research finance, travel logistics, and health and safety as it pertains to fieldwork or research abroad.
Typical duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Advise and assist faculty and researchers with collecting permits, import/export permits, and other agreements - county-specific/local, USDA, PICs, MATs, MTAs, Nagoya protocols, etc.
Ensure researchers have obtained required Harvard research approvals, including IACUC, IRB, COMS, etc. and are familiar with EH&S, financial, and travel best practices for offsite research.
Advise and assist researchers with complex contracts/agreements with domestic and overseas entities (non-sponsored agreements).
Advise and assist faculty and researchers with coordination of compliant shipping of biological samples, chemicals, or other hazardous materials to/from domestic and international laboratories and field sites.
Work closely with researchers who intend to develop a permanent or regular, seasonal presence at field sites or camps overseas by assisting researchers in conducting a risk assessment and developing a safety plan for their fieldwork.
Assist researchers with setting up efficient and compliant financial operations overseas.
Assist researchers with hiring international contractors and employees (field assistants, security, drivers, drone operators, etc.); may also assist with complex hiring of domestic contractors and employees.
Advise and assist faculty and researchers with coordinating deployment of scientific equipment abroad or in the field - export permits, shipping, insurance, etc. in consultation with local department staff.
Facilitate purchase, maintenance, and insurance of scientific equipment, vehicles, boats, etc. domestically and internationally.
Serve as the International Emergency Management Team (I-EMT) representing FAS Science.
Develop, compile, maintain, and disseminate fieldwork resources for Science Division field researchers.
Organize and lead fieldwork and safety best practices workshops and trainings.
Develop and maintain a fieldwork checklist safety guidance document.
Develop and maintain research questionnaires for faculty, researchers, and students to complete prior to travel.
Provide researchers with resources to differentiate among University business, NGO work, and commercial ventures.
FAS is committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.
Harvard offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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 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 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.
Facilities access and Discounts: Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston. To be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume/CV are required.We regret that Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this position.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
8+ years of progressive program and/or research management experience preferably for international or remote field operations.
Bachelor's degree in a related field.
Graduate study in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related field.
Previous experience leading or participating in international fieldwork and/or outdoor activities in remote areas.
Demonstrated ability to maintain active knowledge of evolving laws, regulations, policies, and ethical norms that are applicable to related compliance areas; maintain knowledge of sponsored research policies, procedures, and guidelines.
Strong project management skills and ability to prioritize across multiple concurrent projects and tasks.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and build strong working relationships with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and levels of expertise.
Demonstrated ability to organize, present and communicate complicated policies, concepts, and regulations to a diverse range of audiences effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to handle highly complex and confidential information with discretion.
Experience working in a complex work environment and/or working knowledge of Harvard systems and policies is a plus.