[JOB]: Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Staff Assistant III (Program Assistant)

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Code

403033 Staff Assistant III

Duties & Responsibilities

Planetary health is a field focused on characterizing the health impacts of human-caused disruptions of Earth’s natural systems. Never before has humanity’s footprint on the natural world been so large or so threatening to human health and wellbeing. The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) works with a global consortium of 150+ institutions to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations, research-to-policy translations, educational initiatives, and international outreach and communications efforts, in support of our vision to bring humanity back onto a healthy and sustainable trajectory.

The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) seeks a Program Assistant to work closely with the PHA team to support a global community dedicated to advancing the field of planetary health. The Program Assistant will work closely with the Senior Program Manager to provide logistical and administrative support for all aspects of PHA programs. Working closely with the PHA team, the PHA Program Assistant will also be responsible for:  

  • Assists Senior Program Manager with financial processes, including tracking of monthly budget records and reimbursements
  • Provides additional administrative support for the PHA as needed, including booking travel for PHA staff, on-campus visitors, and PHA travel scholars; scheduling, room-booking, and note-taking; and various logistical support for the PHA Annual Meeting
  • Supports PHA communications by developing original content for social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), publishing a monthly newsletter of key planetary health research, news and updates in planetary health and PHA member institutions, coordinating the PHA blog, and monitoring and reporting on the growth of the PHA’s online presence, with support from PHA staff
  • Coordinates the Planetary Health Next Generation Network through liaising with university-based planetary health clubs and other initiatives in support of the development of the next generation of planetary health leaders
  • Develops and maintains PHA website, including an annotated bibliography of planetary health scientific literature and the PHA educational platform
  • Maintains the PHA’s member database, with support from PHA staff
  • Coordinates virtual forums for the planetary health community, including the Hylo network, webinars, and other relevant efforts
  • Supports key communications and partnerships within the Harvard community, including on-campus speaker visits, collaborations with the Harvard student community, and a university-wide mailing list
  • Performs other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of July 1, 2020, with the possibility of extension.

Basic Qualifications

  • 3+ years of  related experience; a combination of education and experience may be considered

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree is strongly preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) preferred
  • Experience with Google Drive suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets) preferred
  • Experience with Mailchimp, Hootsuite, Adobe products (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) and content resource management databases is a plus
  • Knowledge and/or demonstrated experience in the area of global environmental change and/or public health as it relates to planetary health preferred
  • Excellent writing and communication skills and synthesizes information in clear written form, particularly with regards to distilling planetary health research for our monthly newsletter preferred
  • Effectively manages multiple projects and responsibilities preferred
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in working independently and as a team member preferred

Additional Information

The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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 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.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

Job Function

General Administration




USA – MA – Boston


Environmental Health

Time Status



55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Appointment End Date


Pre-Employment Screening


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.



[CONFERENCE]: Nature-Based Early Learning Conference

Registration Open for Nation’s Largest Nature-Based Early Learning Conference

Register for the 2019 Natural Start Conference in historic Manchester, NH, July 31-August 3, to connect with an international community of nature-based early learning professionals. This is the nation’s largest professional event for teaching, administration, research, and advocacy in nature-based early learning.

Read more >

[AWARDS]: 2019 Latornell Leadership Award Open for Nominations

2019 Latornell Leadership Award Open for Nominations – Deadline June 28th
The Latornell Leadership Award recognizes exemplary and leading edge career or voluntary achievements in the conservation field either in a sustained record over an extended period of time, or through individual outstanding examples.
The Latornell Leadership Award reflects important characteristics of its namesake, Ontario Conservationist, Art Latornell which include:
  • instilling the value of conservation into the hearts and minds of young people to ensure a legacy of conservation in our communities; and,
  • ensuring that professionals and volunteers alike, who are involved in conserving natural resources, receive the recognition they deserve for their accomplishments.
Who is Eligible to be Nominated?
Any Ontario resident who has demonstrated leadership accomplishments in the conservation field is eligible for this award. Such contributions could be through work, career, or volunteer experiences.
Examples of Activities
  • Conservation legislation/policy development/reform
  • Conservation innovation i.e. best management practices in forestry, agriculture, water technology/techniques/management
  • Habitat enhancement – restoration/rehabilitation projects
  • Conservation research/fieldwork/studies
  • Concepts in Sustainability
  • Environmental education/communications
  • Natural resource management/planning
  • Advocacy
  • Community organization
If you know an individual deserving of this award, please click here to learn more about nominating someone and to access the nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until June 28th, 2019.
If you intend on submitting a nomination and believe you might not be able to complete the nomination form by the June 28th deadline, please inform us at info@conservationontario.ca prior to the deadline.

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[POST-DOC]: IRLI Gender and Livestock

A wonderful opportunity – ILRI is looking for a gender post-doctoral fellow to work on the gender issues on animal health and specifically on PPR.

The person will join a growing and exciting team working on a range of issues on gender and livestock.

Please share broadly with your colleagues and friends.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Nicoline de Haan (PhD)

International Livestock Research Institute | ilri.org
Box 30709, Nairobi 00100, Kenya  

Mobile: +254 798 211646 | Tel: +254 20 422 3529 

Email: n.dehaan@cgiar.org  


[FUNDING]: Evidence building for policy action on non-communicable disease prevention

Call for expression of interest: Evidence building for policy action on non-communicable disease prevention

This call is open to research organizations, think thanks, and organizations based in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) with a primary mission and mandate to inform public policy through research.

Deadline: June 14, 2019 by 23:30 (EDT)

Apply now
Appel à manifestations d’intérêt : Produire des données probantes pour informer des changements de politiques en matière de prévention des maladies non-transmissibles

Nous invitons des manifestations d’intérêt de la part d’organismes de recherche, de « think tanks » et d’organismes dont la mission et le mandat principaux sont d’orienter les politiques publiques grâce à des efforts de recherche pertinents et menés en temps opportun, et qui sont situés dans les pays à faible revenu et à revenu intermédiaire (PRF-PRI).

Date butoir: 14 juin 2019 par 23:30 (HAE)


[WEBINAR]: Policy Briefs

Webinar – Producing a Policy Brief: Why and How? NCCHPP

Wednesday June 19, 2019  2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (EDT)

The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) invites you to join us for a free webinar dedicated to discussing policy briefs as tools for sharing knowledge with policy makers: their effectiveness, their possible forms, and how to produce them. Policy briefs are popular for sharing knowledge with policy makers. But what do we know about the effectiveness of these documents? What sections should they include? Should a policy brief recommend one specific policy option? How long should it be? In this webinar, we will address these and many other questions by presenting data and best practices identified through a literature review. We will also suggest a selection of practical guides for the production of policy briefs, from planning, through writing, to dissemination.
Click here to learn more and to register




Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

In person / Online webinar
BC Centre for Disease Control
Tom Cox Boardroom
Vancouver BC


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[INTERNSHIP]: Research for Change

Research for Change is a consultancy strengthening the social change sector. We are excited to announce that due to high demand we are now offering an internship program. If you are interested in opportunities to conduct community benefit social research with us please send your CV to samantha@researchforchange.net



Samantha Blostein, M.A. 

Director, Research for Change