| The Managing Director for Research (MD) serves as the senior administrative research officer for HBS and is responsible for facilitating HBS faculty research and its dissemination, and ensuring research compliance at the individual and institutional levels. The MD partners with and supports members of the HBS research governance structure; provides direct support to faculty; serves as line manager for several centralized research support services; and provides leadership for and coordination across the HBS/Harvard University (HU) research support infrastructure in service to HBS faculty. Reporting to the Executive Director, Division of Research and Faculty Development (DRFD), and as a member of the DRFD leadership team, the MD is responsible for a staff of 47 and a $4.5 million operating budget. |
Research Governance: The MD provides senior level staffing support to the senior faculty who serve in governance roles for research. This group provides funding and mentoring support to individual faculty members, develops and implements strategies to advance intellectual ambition at HBS, fosters a research culture that enables faculty members to thrive and grow as scholars, promotes communication of research results, and oversees the School's research policies. The MD assists the research directors in developing and maintaining a strategic agenda, and advancing that agenda by coordinating related projects, programs, and decision-making processes. The MD stays current on HBS faculty research, proactively collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and opportunities, and bringing focus to strategic issues.
Direct Faculty Support: The MD is an advocate for and provides direct support to faculty members, helping them chart a path for their research programs, navigate the wide array of resources available to them, understand compliance requirements, and problem-solve issues at any point in the research process. As a consultant to faculty, the MD provides subject-matter expertise in one or more specific research areas, such as behavioral research methods; use of human subjects; computational research methods; external funding; intellectual property projection. The MD is an authority on research compliance requirements and HBS and HU research policies.
Line Management: The MD has responsibility for centralized services that contribute to the School's ability to attract and retain faculty. This includes ensuring that service offerings are aligned with the evolving needs of the faculty and the quality of delivered services meets the Division's high standards. The MD provides leadership, guidance, and support to the senior managers directly responsible for these functions. The MD fosters a strong management team, facilitating collaboration across managers and their groups, and leveraging their collective expertise and institutional knowledge in service of the faculty. Current function areas include: Research Administration; Behavioral Research Services; Research Computing Services; Case Research and Writing Group.
Coordination across Research Support Infrastructure: The MD ensures appropriate coordination and communication across the research support infrastructure at the Division, School, and University levels. As the senior administrative research officer at HBS, the MD provides School-wide leadership and guidance on faculty research support, working closely with colleagues within the Division, from other HBS departments, from other Harvard schools, and with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Office of the General Counsel, Office for Sponsored Programs, Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.
Division of Research and Faculty Development
The Division of Research and Faculty Development (DRFD) is the School's largest administrative unit with approximately 270 full-time and part-time staff.The organization was formed in 2002 to fully integrate the activities underlying faculty support and development. HBS is unique among top business schools, perhaps in higher education more broadly, in having a unit like the DRFD – one that funds faculty research internally (budgeted at $21.5M for FY2017), provides centralized research services, and combines nearly all faculty-related administration and services under one umbrella. From the time a prospective faculty member is identified as a recruiting candidate, and whether a faculty member spends six months or their entire career at HBS, the DRFD team's focus is to support the success of each individual and contribute to an environment where they can thrive and do their best work in service of the School's mission.
With a $40.1M operating budget for FY2017, the DRFD organization includes faculty affairs, research administration, operations, and a wide array of research, teaching, and administrative support services for the School's faculty. In addition to the functions outlined in the following section, the DRFD has specialized teams that support faculty planning, recruiting, and appointments; administer faculty research budgets (302 totaling $18.1 million in FY2015); and manage faculty support staff (including 80+ full-time administrative support staff and 385 research associates comprising 105 full-time equivalents in FY2015), faculty office space (266 offices), and a support center for emeriti faculty. The Division also includes a teaching and learning center that helps faculty to develop as teachers.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary