Job Opportunities

The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We are committed to diversity and welcome people of varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and disciplines. We actively seek applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, persons with disabilities and underrepresented backgrounds. If you are interested in joining our team to advance excellence and innovation in governance and public policy, please view our current staff and student job openings below. Note that all applicants to staff positions must apply through the Harvard Human Resources online system, which can be found here.

Research Assistant, Innovation Field Lab New York

The Innovation Field Lab New York provides direct support to cities to improve government operations in code enforcement through data-driven governance, community input and organizational capacity building. The Innovation Field Lab team is searching for an ambitious graduate student to help with:
  • Advancing COVID-related support through learning and sharing across cities
    • Includes organizing city exchanges as necessary (to share challenges and successes) and development of webinars of best practice
  • Developing detailed analysis to support abovementioned efforts for specific cities
    • Including city-specific data analysis or specialized research to address particular needs
    • Supporting in the design and evaluation of community engagement efforts
    • Guiding the establishment of a public-facing 311 citizen engagement dashboard
  • Developing IFL New York publications, including lessons learned and highlights of city innovations

Learn more about the position and to apply, please email Lindsay Woodson ( with a resume and one-page Statement of Interest.

2020 Research Assistants, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative  

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is hiring Research Assistants to support the development, delivery, and evaluation of the Initiative's programming for cities. 

These research assistant opportunities are paid positions, for varying lengths of time, depending on the project. Ideal candidates for research assistant positions demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, possess an entrepreneurial spirit and comfort with ambiguity, have a proven ability to collaborate on teams, and possess strong analytical, data analysis, and creative problem-solving skills.  The Initiative is committed to racial equity, building a diverse and inclusive team, and recruiting candidates committed to these ideals.

There are three types of research assistant roles at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative:

  • Research Assistants – Research, who will work with the Initiative’s research team to investigate approaches to leadership and problem solving, such as use of data and evidence.  

  • Research Assistants – City Support, who will help mayors and senior leaders make progress on a range of organizational challenges by learning from practices instituted by other cities to address similar challenges.    

  • Research Assistants – Initiative Support, who will work on various short-term projects to support the Initiative, including writing and communications, research and analysis, and impact assessment. 

Learn more on the Bloomberg Harvard website. To apply for these positions, please fill out the brief application here.  Applications are due EOD on Friday, September 25th. You will be asked to prioritize specific openings in your application.