Program Director for the Privacy Tools Project and OpenDP

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Program Director for the Privacy Tools Project and Open DP

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Code 

361058 Administrative Manager


Duties & Responsibilities

Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) seeks a Program Director to manage the Privacy Tools Project, with a particular emphasis on facilitating the launch of the new OpenDP software project. 
The Privacy Tools Project ( is an umbrella for several efforts to advance a multidisciplinary understanding of data privacy issues and build computational, statistical, legal, and policy tools to help address these issues in a variety of contexts. The newest of these is OpenDP, which will be a community effort to build a system of tools for enabling privacy protective analysis of sensitive personal data, focused on an open-source library of algorithms for generating statistical releases with the strong protections of “differential privacy.” The goal is for OpenDP to become the standard body of trusted and open-source implementations of differentially private algorithms for statistical analysis and machine learning on sensitive data, and a pathway that rapidly brings the newest algorithmic developments to a wide array of practitioners.

Working with the research team and across partners, the Privacy Tools Program Director will:


Facilitate collaborations to support the goals of the Privacy Tools Project and OpenDP.

  • Work with faculty and other senior project personnel to organize meetings, workshops, and other collaboration mechanisms to maximize the collective effectiveness of the project participants, who range across different career stages (e.g. faculty, postdocs, students, staff, software developers), come from different disciplines (e.g. computer science, social science, statistics, and law), and are spread across different universities and companies.
  • Build a sense of community and shared mission among the project participants. 
  • Perform outreach to foster new collaborations with academia, industry, and government.
  • Draft key project documents, presentations, and website content in close collaboration with researchers. 
Oversee administrative and financial activities, including grant application and management.
  • Oversee administrative start up activity for OpenDP. Operationalize processes
  • Leverage IQSS systems and administrative services
  • Grow and manage the staff and software development team to meet the needs of the program.
  • Work with OSP and OGC to identify and implement legal and financial structure where necessary
  • Manage the Year 1 budget ($1 M) of OpenDP.
  • In partnership with faculty, identify and secure funding for future years of OpenDP and the Privacy Tools Project, and prepare reports for funders as needed. 
  • Manage and track progress of key milestones and adjust plans as necessary.
Lead the application and selection process for Privacy Tools affiliated staff, students, postdocs, and visiting scholars.
  • Develop criteria and process for application and selection
  • Onboard visitors and affiliates
Develop and evolve the open-source community for OpenDP
  • Start up and grow an open-source community that includes privacy researchers, data holders and users, industry partners, and code contributors.
  • Help design and implement a governance structure for OpenDP.
  • Engage regularly with stakeholders (contributors, oversight committees, data owners and users) to gather feedback as OpenDP develops and evolves.
  • Cultivate industry relationships and secure commitments for contributions to the project.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 7+ years of management experience in technical projects

Additional Qualifications

Advanced degree preferred with successful consulting or program management experience, with excellent analytical and communication skills (both written and oral).

The candidate must be self-motivated, and have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work and attention to detail, and be able to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision.  

They must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines and budgets at an accelerated pace when necessary and be prepared to contribute to the project in a variety of ways.

10+ years experience managing research, software development projects, data science, and/or open source efforts preferred.

The ideal candidate will possess a strong interest and experience working with entrepreneurial efforts, as well as diplomatic skills and grace under pressure.


Additional Information

This a one year term appointment from the date of hire, with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance.
We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
All offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Job Function 

General Administration





 USA - MA - Cambridge


Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)

Time Status 



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade


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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


This a one year term appointment from the date of hire, which  may be renewed based on funding and performance.