Staff Resources

Staff ResourcesAt the Harvard Chan School, we know our school is only as great as its employees.  We currently have over 700 staff members contributing to our mission in a variety of roles – research, finance, communications, information technology, facilities, services, and general administration.  As an organization, we are a global citizen, committed to advancing health world-wide. That commitment starts here, with our employees’ well-being.  The Harvard Chan School offers an enriching and supportive community, with abundant programs, services, and tools to help you address challenges and achieve goals at work and in life.  We keep our community thriving through our mission by providing benefits and services to SPH employees as a group, and by helping each individual to identify and access those resources that meet personal needs and interests.  Click on the links below to learn more:

quick bar

Career Opportunities Action Team

In response to the SPH Staff Pulse Survey of 2011, HR convened a committee of staff from a wide spectrum of departments with the mandate to research and recommend remedies to address the career development concerns that were raised in the Survey. Visit Career Opportunities Action Team Summary and Career Opportunities Action Team Report for additional information.


Policies and Union Agreements

Click here for a menu of policy statements and union agreements.

Moving Up and Around Harvard

Are you an SPH Staff member interested in ways to move up and around at Harvard? Click here for tools, resources related to internal mobility.



SPH’s salary review process is conducted annually by June 30. For HUCTW staff, please consult your HUCTW Contract.  If you have questions regarding compensation, you should consult with your manager or your HR Partner.

Job Reviews/Reclassifications

When a staff member’s job content and responsibilities have grown, it can be a good idea to review the position to ensure it is classified in the appropriate grade.  If you have further questions, you should consult with your manager or your HR Partner.


Performance Management and Goal Setting

SPH’s Annual Performance Process is implemented each Spring, for every employee. Click here for resources and training information. Harvard’s career development philosophy is grounded in the belief that all employees have a right to know what is expected of them, to develop, and to explore and understand career opportunities at the University. We encourage all managers to take time to focus on staff career development. If you have further questions, you should consult with your manager or your HR Partner.


Career Development and Training

The opportunity to learn is an essential part of having a positive employee experience. Harvard has wealth of resources to support your career and professional growth. The range of programs includes skill building courses in writing, computing, financial management, research administration, social media, and human resource systems. There are also workshops that focus on personal / team productivity and interpersonal communication. Managers have opportunities to attend a variety of open-enrollment classes as well as apply for leadership development programs. In addition, there are seminars and tools to help you manage your career and create a development plan.

From an organizational perspective, there are consulting services to help managers and teams build productive workplaces by improving the effectiveness of their teams and organizational process.


Check out several SPH and University-wide development resources on the Career Development and Training page as well:

  • Tuition Assistance Plan provides an overview of reimbursements for Harvard and non-Harvard courses.
  • Computer Training summarizes classes offered at SPH and university-wide.
  • Center for Workplace Development introduces courses available through Harvard’s central learning and development department.
  • Harvard Leadership Programs describes university-wide leadership programs available to employees at different career stages.
  • Harvard Bridge Program summarizes skill-building and language courses offered university-wide.
  • Research Administration includes links to resources and web-sites specifically for those who work in grant management.
  • Career and Talent Management lists resources and tools that can be used for development planning.
  • Organizational Effectiveness provides an overview of organizational consulting to help enhance the productivity of teams and departments.
  • SPH Learning Initiatives describes local programs and projects at the School of Public Health.


SPH Rewards and Recognition and School-Wide Events

At SPH, our employees are our richest resource. Whether you are working in an academic department, one of the centers, or in administration, you are integral to SPH’s success. Individually, your passion, professionalism, and commitment to our mission are vital to SPH’s standing as a world-class research and teaching institution. And as teammates and colleagues, your collaboration and connections with others are what make SPH a rewarding workplace and a welcoming community.

Click here for more information regarding current programs and events.


SPH Emergency Contact List

Click here for a list of emergency numbers at SPH.


Work/Life Integration

The benefits of working at SPH go well beyond salary and insurance. We are committed to helping employees succeed at balancing their life and work commitments, and encourage managers to extend that commitment to their teams. Please become familiar with Harvard’s many work/life benefits.

Employee Assistance

The Employee Assistance Program provides resources, consultations, and referrals regarding personal problems, mental health and crisis care, legal and financial problems, workplace and co-worker issues, substance abuse, gambling, grief and loss.   Please see the following information about the EAP:

For consultation and referral, call Harvard’s EAP directly at 1-877-327-4278.


Benefits and Perks

Harvard offers an unbeatable package of benefits to help staff and faculty meet individual and family needs whenever they arise. In addition to a wide range of options for core insurance benefits, SPH employees may take advantage of flexible savings accounts and several retirement plan options, along with many other benefits and services — from tuition assistance to entertainment and retail discounts — that can enhance quality of life while protecting your wallet. Click here for a list of benefits offered at Harvard.


Leave of Absence

Whether FMLA, military leave, maternity, parental/adoption leave, personal leave, short-term disability, the forms on this page will help you and your manager to achieve smooth transitions. If you believe you are in need of a leave of absence or require more information, please contact Rodney Gabriel at 2-1024, or your HR Partner.


Access to Systems

Like any large organization, Harvard has systems to follow and forms to fill out. Chief among these, for SPH staff, are: PeopleSoft, Wasabi, CREW and many more.

To receive or request access, the SPH User Security Request Form should be submitted by a Director.