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Community Data Health Initiative Project Coordinator

Data-Smart City Solutions Program, Harvard University 


Job Summary


As a member of the Data-Smart City Solutions Program, the Community Data Health Initiative (CDHI) Project Coordinator (“Project Coordinator”) will support a new effort to assist cities in leveraging data to identify and mitigate neighborhood-level environmental conditions that adversely affect public health. The primary responsibility of the Project Coordinator will be to support the collaboration across a diverse team of staff, faculty, government officials, non-profit organizations, scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and local community leaders contributing to the CDHI. This CDHI is a two-year effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and the African American Mayor’s Association.


As the CDHI lead, the Data-Smart team will drive advancements in inter-agency governance, use of data in identifying and mitigating environmental toxins, enforcement, regulation strategies, and advocacy. The Project Coordinator will contribute to this work by supporting the delivery of the work in U.S. cities and helping to ensure funder expectations are met.


This position will be held for up to six months, with strong possibility for extension contingent upon effective performance and continuation of the CDHI.


What You’ll Do / Position Description


The Project Coordinator will support the execution of various tasks, which include:

  • Generating correspondences for and between the multiple partners involved in this effort and being one of the main points of contact for this work.

  • Managing project timelines, deadlines, and deliverables. Support in producing high quality, rigorous research and analysis, writing and editing, and presentations at the direction of the Data-Smart team.

  • Supporting the coordination between multiple data teams from HBCUs and minority serving institutions to explore opportunities for student data fellows in pilot project cities.

  • Coordinating knowledge sharing across the Data-Smart team and city teams through implementation of collaboration and project management tools.

  • Supporting the preparation and development of materials for funding opportunities/grants in support of this work.

  • Other duties as assigned


About the Data-Smart City Solutions Program


Data-Smart City Solutions works to catalyze the adoption of data projects on the local government level by serving as a central resource for interested cities. We highlight best practices, top innovators, and promising case studies while also connecting leading industry, academic, and government officials. Our research focus is the intersection of government and data, ranging from open data and predictive analytics to civic engagement technology. We seek to promote the combination of integrated, cross-agency data with community data to better discover and preemptively address civic problems.


About the Bloomberg Center for Cities


The Data-Smart Cities program is housed at the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University. The Center aims to strengthen city leadership and governance, and serve as a hub of world-class programs, teaching, and research on cities. It brings together faculty, students, and expertise from around Harvard to engage in continuous interaction with practice.


Additional Information


We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School cannot provide Visa Sponsorship for this position.


Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.


This is a hybrid position based in our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. Your schedule will be determined between you and your manager.


Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission & Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Anti-Racism


At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.


EEO Statement


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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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