Staff Assistant, Forum for Growth and Innovation

Job Description

The Forum for Growth and Innovation is a research project funded by the Division for Research and Faculty Development (DRFD) and is guided by Professor Clayton Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and one of the world’s top experts on growth and innovation.

We are seeking a motivated and highly organized Staff Assistant to serve as administrative center of the Forum. This is an opportunity to work with a prominent, mission-driven team that shapes debate among students of management theory and makes a difference in the lives of general managers worldwide by bringing useful new approaches to bear on their most critical growth and innovation challenges.

Time Commitment: Part-time. This position has some flexibility for tailoring to individual applicant needs, though a strong preference exists for a schedule that features fixed hours and at least four days per week.

Compensation: To Be Discussed

Overview of Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of the Forum, the Staff Assistant is responsible for a variety of administrative tasks and independent project work. Administrative tasks include coordinating Forum operations, planning, preparing for and leading team meetings and initiating follow-up actions, managing various records databases, assisting with the recruiting and screening of prospective researchers, coordinating the budget and working with various groups throughout the HBS community. Other duties include creating presentations, coordinating logistics for large group meetings and conferences and liaising with and supporting student and full-time researchers. The Staff Assistant is a highly visible member of the Forum and is responsible for regular outreach to and interaction with professors, students, alumni, distinguished guests and many others that are interested in the team’s ongoing research on growth and innovation. Finally, the Staff Assistant is invited to review and provide feedback to team researchers on articles, blogs, presentations, case studies and other thought leadership produced by the Forum.


  • 2-3 years of related experience in an office environment.
  • BA/BS strongly preferred.
  • Must thrive working in a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission driven.
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills with experience providing complex administrative support in a high-profile environment with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Must be detail-oriented yet able to initiate and spearhead multiple projects simultaneously and independently.
  • Able to build good working relationships with colleagues, alumni and faculty that are crucial to the success of the organization.
  • Excellent professional presence required for frequent interaction with senior executives, distinguished alumni and leaders within the HBS community.
  • Must have strong familiarity with Office 365 and ability to learn new software applications/databases.
  • Experience in organizing and interacting with social media communities a plus.
  • Familiarity with challenges facing business leaders around the world a plus.


Chirajeet Sen (

Cover letter is required.
Please note: This is a term appointment through June 30, 2018, with strong potential for re-appointment.  There is a preference for a candidate who is able to commit for 2 years.  Harvard Business School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.