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Interested in working for an institution with a mission focused on improving public health not only locally but globally? The Harvard School of Public Health is at the center for both research and education on matters related to public health and we are always looking for top talent to contribute to our amazing mission.

The Harvard School of Public Health is also proud to hold the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the organization’s extraordinary commitment to the health of our employees and their families.

Please read below for more information regarding our School and hope that you will apply to our many opportunities.

To browse through our available positions, click here.

HSPH’s Mission
The overarching mission of the Harvard School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health through learning, discovery, and communication.  To pursue this mission, the School produces knowledge through research, reproduces knowledge through higher education, and translates knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policy makers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.

Our Objectives are:

  • To provide the highest level of education to public health scientists, practitioners, and leaders
  • To foster new discoveries leading to improved health for the people of this country and all nations
  • To strengthen health capacities and services for communities
  • To inform policy debate, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of health as a public good and fundamental right.

For more information on the School’s mission and objectives click here.
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History
Since 1922, the Harvard School of Public Health has led the world in public health research and education. It has guided an ever-expanding field and embodied the highest standards of scientific rigor and social commitment. Its landmark discoveries and world-class graduates have saved lives and lifted the burden of disease around the globe.

The School traces its roots to public health activism at the turn of the last century, a time of energetic social reform. HSPH is the direct descendant of the first professional training program of public health in America, a joint venture forged in 1913 between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and known as the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers. The partnership offered courses in preventive medicine at Harvard Medical School, sanitary engineering at Harvard University and allied subjects at MIT.

In 1922, the School split off from MIT, helped by a sizeable grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. From the start, faculty were expected to commit themselves to research as well as teaching. In 1946, no longer affiliated with the medical school, HSPH became an independent, degree-granting body.

For more information on the history of the Harvard School of Public Health, click here.
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Harvard’s Total Compensation Package
As one of the largest employers in Massachusetts, Harvard University understands the importance of employee satisfaction and work/life balance and works diligently to ensure that employees receive a competitive total compensation package. What is total compensation?  Total compensation is the pay, benefits, work/life supports and services provided to employees.

This section was created to provide potential applicants an overview of this compensation package that rivals that of other employers.  We hope that you will find this site informative and invite you apply or refer friends and family to apply to the many opportunities at Harvard.

Compensation Philosophy
Harvard’s compensation practices ensure that the University attracts and retains highly skilled, talented employees and rewards performance. The compensation system for staff is designed to promote pay equity, fairness and consistency across Harvard ensure pay rates that are competitive in the market be flexible enough to respond to changing internal and external circumstances.

Salary reflects individual qualifications, skills and performance, and is competitive with that offered by our peer in higher education and the private sector. But pay at Harvard is only one part of a total compensation package including benefits, discounts, access to services, education and time off.

For employees represented by a union at Harvard, pay practices are established by the collective bargaining process.  Click here to view the salary grade ranges for Harvard.
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Medical and Dental Plans
Quality and affordability are the hallmarks of Harvard’s medical and dental plans. The University offers comprehensive health and dental coverage, with health plan options from top-rated provider Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the University’s own Harvard University Group Health Plan. Employees may choose from:

  •     Two health maintenance organization (HMO) plans
  •     Two point-of-service (POS) plans
  •     One preferred provider organization (PPO) plan for out-of-state employees

Delta Dental provides Harvard’s dental care program, offering both in-network and out-of-network coverage. More than 96 percent of Massachusetts dentists participate in the plan, which provides full coverage for preventive care and substantial coverage for a wide range of other dental services.

Harvard’s health plans are competitively priced, and Harvard goes a step further to help employees with certain out-of-pocket medical costs with its Flexible Spending Accounts and a unique Medical Copayment Reimbursement Program, designed to help some employees with high copayment expenses. These are some of the ways that Harvard tries to keep employees and their families healthy – and fiscally fit.

Couple Holding Hands on Beach ChairsTime Off 

  • 20 days of vacation per year for administrative/professional staff, accrued at a rate of 1-2/3 days per month
  • 15 days of vacation per year for support staff, accrued at a rate of 1-1/4 days per month. Vacation time increases to 20 days per year after 5 years of service.
  • 12 sick days, accrued at rate of one day per month
  • 11.5 paid holidays
  • 3 personal days
  • Up to 4 weeks paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers
  • Time off for jury duty and bereavement

Retirement
Harvard’s a great place to work – and it’s also a great place to retire from. For example, professional and administrative staff, non-bargaining unit support staff, and members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) on regular payroll and working at least 17.5 hours per week (1,000 hours in a year) are eligible to participate in the Retirement Plan. Harvard’s retirement benefits help you build long-term savings and a source of income after you retire from the University. The University pays the full cost of the Retirement Plans.

Under the retirement plans, after a six-month waiting period, faculty and most staff under age 40 receive a monthly contribution equal to 5 percent of salary, and those over age 40 receive a contribution equal to 10 percent of salary. (Contributions are increased for earnings above the Social Security wage base.) Faculty and staff choose where to invest these contributions from a selection of high-quality options. To help you make better investment decisions, Harvard offers free, lunch-time seminars for all employees on financial planning and investment topics.

Through the Tax-Deferred Account Program, you can add to your retirement savings by contributing a portion of your salary to a Tax Deferred Account (TDA) on a pre-tax basis. You pay no federal or state taxes on these savings or the investment income until you withdraw your funds.

lockIncome Protection
Harvard offers a range of benefits to help you protect your income and financial assets.

 

Short Term Disability (STD)
With coverage offered by Harvard at no cost, the STD program provides up to six months of leave at 70%–100% of pay for employees facing a disability due to accident or illness before retirement, and covers up to eight weeks of paid maternity leave for birth mothers.

Long Term Disability (LTD)
This optional, contributory program pays 60% of your pre-disability salary, tax-free, if you are unable to work for more than 180 days due to a covered illness or injury, thus helping you to meet your financial commitments in a time of need. Participation in medical, dental and life insurance through Harvard continues, and you continue to accrue service and receive retirement contributions.

Life Insurance
Harvard pays the full cost of basic life insurance including an accelerated life insurance benefit and business travel insurance to help your beneficiaries pay expenses if you become terminally ill or die. Additional coverage of up to 5x annual salary may be purchased at favorable rates.

Long-Term Care Insurance
This optional insurance can help you and your family protect financial assets and preserve a wide range of care possibilities should you or insured family members require a nursing home stay or at-home nursing care due to a chronic illness or disability.

Running on a TreadmillHSPH Fitness Benefit
The Harvard School of Public Health specific fitness benefit provides financial assistance to faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows who wish to enhance their well-being through a membership to a health club of their choice. The benefit can be used to pay for individual or family memberships to health clubs. Staff are eligible for $350 after one year of continuous service, and $550 after 5 years of service.

You may also be eligible for an additional $150 fitness reimbursement from your health care provider. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) and Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP) both offer a $150 fitness reimbursement to enrolled staff who have been a member of a qualifying health club for at least four consecutive months. To learn more, visit the HUGHP and HPHC websites.

Tuition Assistance Plan
The University grants subsidies for undergraduate and graduate-level courses taken at Harvard and other institutions. Using TAP, you can take courses at most Harvard faculties including the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree at the Harvard Extension School for as little as $40 per course–a savings of over 95% of the full cost. Classes are offered during convenient evening hours and located on campus or through distance learning. A supplementary Education Assistance Fund provides additional support for professional development. 

Career Development and Growth 

Education is at the heart of the Harvard experience, not only for students, but also for all members of the Harvard community. Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development (CWD) offers a wide range of courses designed to increase your knowledge, skills, and overall success. The range of offerings includes professional, managerial, career development, and computer courses – including hundreds of Web-based programs – for all employees. In addition, CWD offers the Bridge to Learning and Literacy program, which is a worker education program open to all hourly employees and members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW).

Minority FamilyWork/Life Balance
Harvard has long recognized the importance of having a healthy balance between work, personal life, and academic pursuits. Its commitment to quality of life has been recognized by national and local organizations such as Working Mother and Conceive magazines, the AARP, the Dave Thomas Foundation and the Boston Business Journal. Ensuring balance starts with offering exciting and meaningful career opportunities matched with opportunities to grow personally, spend time with friends and family, and explore life.

The Office of Work/Life helps Harvard’s diverse population find solutions to the daily challenges of personal, work, and family life. The office provides information and referrals to assist with all kinds of life events and to help employees manage unexpected disruptions of work or study. For concerns ranging from workplace stress to caring for a young child or other family members, members of the Harvard community have access to a wide variety of resources to help them integrate their work and life responsibilities. This includes Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which helps employees with mental-health problems, child care and elder care referrals, workplace stress and crises, legal and financial questions, and more. 

Child Care Resources and Financial Assistance
When you come to work each day, you don’t stop being a parent. Harvard offers a range of services to make the balancing act easier.

  • Six on-campus Harvard-affiliated child care centers
  • On-campus school vacation camps
  • Child care scholarship program
  • Financial assistance and programs for back-up child care
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) helps manage predictable expenses
  • Harvard Adoption Assistance Program offers up to $5,000 for related expenses

For more information on Harvard’s Work/Life Balance benefits, click here.

Discounts and Other Perks
Getting to work? Getting a home? Just getting out on Sunday afternoon with the kids? A Harvard ID is your ticket.

With a Harvard ID, an employee and a guest visit any of Harvard’s 10 museums, with collections ranging from 20th-century art to glass flowers to historical scientific instruments. Many of these museums have special activities for parents and kids. A Harvard ID also provides access to the largest university library system in the world.

Harvard can help with your commute, with its 50 percent discount on MBTA and commuter rail passes. Parking at the University is limited but available, and Harvard can furnish information on carpooling and vanpooling, along with commute-planning services for new employees.
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Job SeekersThe Longwood Medical Area
The School’s main buildings for research, teaching, and administration are located at 651 and 677 Huntington Avenue on the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. These facilities are adjacent to the Mission Hill neighborhood, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Countway Library of Medicine, and are near several Harvard-affiliated hospitals. As of Spring, 2011, HSPH also houses several other department including External Relations, Human Resources, Financial Services, Faculty Affairs, Office of Human Research Administration, and Sponsored Programs Administration at 90 Smith Street.

The School also has offices in the historic Landmark Center Building, which is located about a mile from the main campus on the corner of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive (401 Park Drive), and at 841 Parker Street in Mission Hill. A shuttle bus from the School’s main campus to the Landmark Building leaves from the front door of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Building. The schedule is posted at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/operations/shuttle.html.

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Harvard’s Non-Discrimination Policy
Any form of discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to course requirements is contrary to the principles and policies of Harvard University.

For inquiries about non-discrimination programs, please email: sphhr@hsph.harvard.edu.

How to Apply for Employment at HSPH
Step 1: Find a job of your interest. You may apply for as many jobs as you are interested in. This can be done by searching the Harvard University Employment website.

Step 2: Create a cover letter including the Requisition number(s) of the job(s) that interest you. Create a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to apply.

Step 3: Submit your resume and a cover letter to each requisition/job separately. Apply directly on-line at: http://www.employment.harvard.edu/.

Questions should be directed to employment@hsph.harvard.edu or 617-432-1046.

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