Job: Director, Program on Georgian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Deadline: Open Until Filled


Job Summary

Defines and executes the academic mission of the Program on Georgian Studies. Responsible for developing workplans and implementation strategies; with DC staff evaluates program outputs; prepares annual report to the Davis Center and sponsoring organization. Supervises a program coordinator that provides logistical and administrative support for programs, and a student research assistant that will support research and teaching activities. 

Position Description

  • Research Programs: Collaborates with Harvard and Georgia-based scholars on the development and implementation of research projects and partnerships. Works with Georgian colleagues to identify junior and senior scholars to visit the DC for research. Works with DC librarian to develop cooperation activities with Georgian libraries and archives.
  • Student Programs: Identifies and cultivates relationships with Georgia-based businesses and NGOs to establish internship opportunities for Harvard students. Reviews graduate student research and conference grant applications (with DC team) and makes recommendations on which proposals to fund. Advises and mentors students interested in Georgian studies. Organizes J-term student trips to Georgia; organizes lectures, educational tours, meetings with parliamentarians and civil society activists. 
  • Events and Outreach: Organizes conferences, panel discussions and seminars for an academic audience. Advises students on organizing symposia and workshops. Organizes book talks, public lectures, film series, and cultural events for both academic and general public audiences. Presents at conferences and other scholarly events such as ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies).
  • In collaboration with Davis Center staff, develops a long-term strategy for funding the program beyond June 30, 2025. Research grant funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals to support the program. Meet with potential donors and promote program through active website and social media.
  • May be a lecturer in Government or History (dependent lectureship assumed under salary of directorship). May include the supervision of MA theses. Only candidates with a PhD will be considered for a teaching lectureship or advisor role.  


Basic Qualifications

MA in Political Science or other related field; original research and scholarly publications on Georgia history, culture, literature, and politics; experience managing undergraduate and graduate student assistants; experience making formal scholarly presentations. Must be competent in Georgian language and have significant in-country experience. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

In order to be considered for a teaching lectureship, a PhD in Political Science or other related field is required with two or more years of teaching and advising at the college level.

Working Conditions

The Davis Center staff work a hybrid schedule with 3-4 days in the office and 1-2 days remote. Wednesday is an anchor day for all staff. This position requires domestic and international travel. Must be available for evening and weekend events sponsored by the program. 

Additional Information

This is a term position through June 30, 2025. Continuation of this term past June 30, 2025 is contingent upon available funding. 

We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies exists to advance scholarship in all fields of Russian and Eurasian studies at Harvard. The Center does this in many ways: administering a master’s program in regional studies, sponsoring seminars and conferences, supporting faculty and student research, maintaining the Davis Center Collection at Fung Library, hosting postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and associates in research, publishing a journal on the Cold War, and sponsoring outreach to K-14 educators and students and the broader community. To learn more about the Davis Center visit our website at


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

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