Your talent. Our opportunities. Work that engages the world.

When you work at Harvard Kennedy School, what you do makes a difference. You are choosing a positive direction for your career while having a meaningful impact in the world. 

As one of the foremost graduate schools of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School offers a variety of career paths that relate directly to our goals of advancing the public interest, improving people’s lives, training exceptional leaders, and generating the best ideas to address global challenges.

Ask what you can do… for your career, and for the world.

  • Information Technology (IT) and other tech jobs
  • Finance/Research Administration
  • Development & Fundraising
  • Administrative support: 
    • Executive assistant/Staff assistant
    • Faculty assistant
  • Researchers (non-faculty)
  • Communications & public affairs
    • Editorial, publications
    • Content production
  • Campus Planning/Operations
  • Student Life 
    • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
    • Academic support
  • Library and Knowledge Services

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Working in Cambridge, Massachusetts, you will encounter the blending of traditional New England character with an exciting, forward-looking city: a fusion of eclectic energy, intellectual pursuits, innovation, and diverse cultures.

Harvard Kennedy School is in the middle of it all.

On the Charles River in the heart of Harvard Square, our modern campus is an easy walk from the historic red brick of Harvard Yard and its acclaimed museums, preeminent libraries and theaters, as well as neighborhood cafés, international restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, and music venues.

With the greatest concentration of universities and colleges in the country, the quality of life beyond campus is one of the Boston/Cambridge area’s major draws:

All of these outstanding aspects of greater Boston enrich the experience of working at Harvard Kennedy School.


Harrison“HKS stands out from other workplaces because of its strong collective dedication to the public good. No matter what position you hold, everyone is genuinely working to make the world a better place... there is also a strong community culture of maintaining a healthy work/life balance.”

-Harrison Nekoroski, program manager for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

See yourself at HKS


At Harvard Kennedy School, you join a vibrant group of people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. One thing we all share is a dedication to doing excellent work that makes the world a better place.


Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University are committed to ensuring an accessible, welcoming learning and working environment for everyone.


The Culture Ambassadors program is a staff-focused initiative that aims to create sustainable impact and growth around inclusion and belonging at HKS.

HKS by the numbers

Countries & territories represented across the HKS community
Number of staff employed
Cost of Harvard Extension School courses for staff

Your benefits

When you join the Harvard community, you benefit from everything a world-class research University has to offer.


Competitive compensation, generous paid time off, employee discounts, and so much more.


Tuition assistance, professional development, and training opportunities.


HKS provides resources for your wellbeing at work.


Resources supporting self-care, dependent care, and connecting to our communities are part of a healthy work/life balance at HKS.


Learn all about becoming a new employee at HKS.

Julia Martin“Aside from incredibly talented colleagues, my favorite part of working [here] is supporting the research community. …Watching these brilliant minds support and engage with each other is truly captivating; hurdles and questions evolve into discussions generating new perspectives, ideas, and collaborations.”

-Julia Martin, associate director, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School