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Hiring at Harvard
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Goals for Today
Guide to candidates at Harvard
Introduction to recruiting services
Keys to successful recruiting practices
Next Steps
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Rachael McDermott
Employer Relations Specialist
Half of our students pursue teaching as a job function – leaving another half to pursue careers beyond
the classroom and schools altogether! - In class of ‘09, 20% went into non-profits.
•Average years of experience: 4.5
•Median years of experience: 3
•Range: 0-35.5 years
•Average age: 28
•US Students of Color 22%
•International Students 16%
Employment Background:
•Business – 9%
•Current Student- 5%
•Government – 2%
•Higher Education – 10%
•Non-profit Organization –
•Other – 7%
•Private School – 11%
•Public School – 23%
•Research -2%
•Self-employment – 3%
Degrees offered:
13 Master’s programs:
Harvard Business School
Betsy Strickland
Assistant Director, MBA Career & Professional Development
Mission: To educate leaders who make a difference in the world
MBA Program Highlights:
• 2 year, full time degree
• 1837 students enrolled
Student Profile:
• Average years of professional experience
prior to HBS is 3.5
• 6% of students worked in nonprofit or
public sector prior to HBS
Social Enterprise Career Resources
• HBS Social Enterprise Initiative
• Fellowship Programs
• Loan Forgiveness Program
• 7% of HBS Class of 2009 accepted
jobs in the nonprofit or public sector
•12% of HBS Class of 2010 accepted
internships in the nonprofit or public
Harvard Divinity School
Susan Lawler,
Director of Career Services
HDS students come from diverse backgrounds and are often characterized as having a strong commitment to social
justice. The versatility of the degrees offered prepares students to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, including
advocacy, social services, ministry, public policy, and education.
Four Degrees Offered
•Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
•Master of Divinity (MDiv)
•Master of Theology (ThM)
•Doctor of Theology (ThD)
Most Popular Professional Fields of Graduates:
Community Development, Advocacy, or Social Services
Public Policy and Law
Professional Fields, Medicine, Business
Key Elements of HDS Degree Programs
•Emphasis on Interdisciplinary Studies
•Foreign Language Proficiency
•Thoughtful Social Engagement
•Experience Engaging a Pluralistic World
Secondary Education Teaching
Higher Education Teaching and Administration
Harvard School of Public Health
Katie Vedova
Employer Relations Coordinator
HSPH’s overarching mission is to advance the public’s
health through learning, discovery, and communication.
of HSPH graduates work for Non-profits.
•Strong quantitative and qualitative skills.
Pursue Careers in:
•Practical, hands-on experience.
of Public Health: 40%
•Masters of Science: 28%
•Doctorate: 32%
•Males: 40%
diverse student population.
•Experienced working in developing countries.
•Fluent in many languages.
•Program Development/Evaluation
•Statistical Analysis
•Clinical Trials
•Risk Assessment
•Policy Analysis
•Health Education and Training
…and more
Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS)
Paula Koczera
Program Manager, Marketing and Employer Services
The Harvard Kennedy School is residence to an outstanding and richly diverse group of students who
know how to lead, manage and solve complex problems in the most demanding of situations.
Four degree programs
• Master in Public Administration- MPA (2 years) – 6 years average work experience – 60 students per avg. class
• Master in Public Administration in Int’l Development - MPA/ID (2 years) – 4 yrs. Avg. work exp. – 75 stud. per class
• Master in Public Policy – MPP (2 years) – 3 years avg. work experience – 225 students per average class
• Mid-Career Master in Public Administration – MC/MPA (1 year) – 17 years avg. work exp. – 200 students per class
HKS students are trained with a powerful complement of skills to increase their effectiveness in working in their chosen fields. The HKS curriculum is
built upon three foundational methodological areas of quantitative analysis, strategic management, and leadership. Classes are also organized
around a framework of policy areas.
Where do our students go? (data from ’05 – ’08)
40% - Private Sector
31% - National/Federal Government
16% - Non-Profit Organizations
8% - State/Local Governments
5% - Inter-governmental Organizations (IGOs)
Where are our students from?
55.5% - United States
21.1% - Asia-Pacific
9.8% - Europe
5.3% - South & Central America
4.3% - Africa
4.1% North America (non-U.S.)
Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS)
Deb Carroll
Scott Lachapelle
Director, On-Campus Interviews
& Employer Relations
New Employer Development
Harvard College
Over 6,600 of the brightest undergraduate students in the world attend Harvard College. With an acceptance rate
less than 10%, Harvard College is one of the most selective colleges in the country.
•US Students of Color - 33%
•International Students - 10%
2009 Summer Survey Data:
2009 Senior Survey Data:
45% of surveyed students did paid work for the
summer. Of those, a sample set of fields includes:
18% - research
12% - education
6% - nonprofit agency or NGO
3% - health or medicine
60% of graduating seniors planned to go directly into the
workforce upon graduation. Of those, a sample set of
fields includes:
16% - education
8% - health or medicine
5% - nonprofit agency or NGO
4% - government
20% of surveyed students did unpaid volunteer work
for the summer. Of those, a sample set of fields
24% - nonprofit agency or NGO
12% - education
12% - research
9% - health or medicine
•Over 400 active student organizations, many
service, arts, or culturally focused
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS)
The 3,700 Harvard GSAS students demonstrate extremely high levels of analytic, research, problem-solving, writing,
critical thinking, and communication skills and are sought after by top employers in numerous industries.
US Students of Color - 15%
International Students - 33%
Approximately 30% of GSAS PhD students seek
non-academic careers after graduation
MA, MS, and PhD degree programs in more than 50
fields, including:
•engineering, chemistry, physics, biology
•economics, psychology, history
•East Asian, Russian, and Middle Eastern studies
Harvard Extension
Extension School
The Extension School is a national leader in continuing education with nearly 1,000 students enrolled in master’s-level degree
or certificate programs. All students share a common goal: to challenge themselves and satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
Matthew Jakubowski
Interim Employer Relations Coordinator
•US Students of Color - 23%
•International Students - 10%
•75% have bachelor’s degrees
•25% have graduate degrees
Master’s Degree & Certificate Programs:
•Journalism and Publishing
•Mathematics for Teaching
•Museum Studies
•Sustainability & Environmental Management
•Master’s in Liberal Arts (in 15 fields)
Do Harvard students want to work for mission driven organization’s
directly after graduation?
Yes √
No X
Recent Graduates Roles
Director of Operations, Teach for America – HGSE
Director Of Program Development, World Wildlife Fund – HBS
Project Manager, Ibis Reproductive Health - HSPH
Executive Director, Peace in Focus – HDS
Manager of Policy and Communications - Massachusetts 2020 – HKS
National Teaching Fellow, Citizen Schools – FAS (College)
Executive Director, Ananda Foundation - FAS (Extension)
Overview of Recruiting at Harvard
Each school works independently based on their students needs and
academic schedule
Upcoming university-wide events include:
PreK-12 Expo on February 25th, 2010
Social Impact Expo on April 8th, 2010
Career Forum in September 2010
Most services are free
Basic level of recruiting is job postings
Key to Success:
Writing a Compelling Job Description
Start with your mission as the compelling reason to work for you.
 Mission, impact, funding, structure are important factors to include.
Be clear on skills, knowledge and qualifications that you are seeking
in a candidate. Focus on core areas for marketing the position.
Be clear on salary range and describe the benefits.
Be flexible on job title.
Demonstrate alignment of position to strategy/strategic plan of
organization, if applicable.
If possible, include information about team structure or reporting
structure, particularly if the opportunity will allow for exposure to
senior leadership/mentorship.
Key to Success:
Going beyond a job posting
Creating visibility for your organization is important.
Career Fairs
On-campus interviews
Student organizations
Networking events
Keys to Success
Include professional learning opportunities through supervised
learning and on the job training.
Collaborate with the student to determine what gaps they are trying
to fill and the goals of the organization.
During the academic year, hours recommended would be 8-15 hours
a week.
If the intern is unpaid, consider requiring it for credit (check out Fair
Labor Standards laws).
Follow the same instructions for writing a compelling job
Next Steps
Visit the Hiring at Harvard web site
 For more information on writing a compelling job description
 More detailed information on each school
 Contact information
Post a job!
Begin to develop your visibility strategy.
Fill out an evaluation to help us improve our presentation!
Individual Recruiting Contacts at Harvard Schools
Betsy Strickland, HBS, Assistant Director
617-495-4912, [email protected]
Susan Lawler, HDS, Director of Career Services
617-496-2629, [email protected]
Deb Carroll, FAS, Director, On-Campus Interviews & Employer Relations
617-495-2595, [email protected]
Matthew Jakubowski, Extension School, Employer Relations Coordinator
617-495-2595, [email protected]
Rachael McDermott, HGSE, Employer Relations Specialist
617-495-3427, [email protected]
Paula Koczera, HKS, Program Manager, Marketing and Employer Services
617-495-1162, [email protected]
Katie Vedova, HSPH, Employer Relations Coordinator
617-432-7067, [email protected],