Project Director, Remodeling Futures Program

The Project Director for the Remodeling Futures Program reports directly to the Managing Director and is responsible for leading the Center’s research on investments in and adaption of the existing residential housing stock, while also contributing to the Center’s related research on housing market conditions, demographic trends, consumer finance, and economic conditions.

The upkeep and improvement of the US housing stock is of significant interest as an important sector of the economy and a critical factor in determining overall housing quality and affordability. Investment in the existing housing stock is also of significant policy interest given the need for adaption of the housing stock to meet changing societal needs, such as those related to climate change and energy use, aging populations, unhealthy housing, and innovative technology for home automation. Investments in residential buildings also have important spillover effects on surrounding neighborhoods and so influences neighborhood outcomes as well. Indeed, owners of residential properties spend more than $400 billion a year on renovations and repairs, exceeding annual spending for new residential construction in the U.S.

The project director has responsibility for overseeing the Center’s research in these broad areas, coordinating this work with other researchers, as well as for managing the Remodeling Futures Program, which since 1995 has been an initiative within Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies that designs and conducts a comprehensive research agenda on the factors influencing the growth and changing characteristics of housing renovation and repair activity and the residential remodeling industry in the U.S. The program issues a biennial Improving America’s Housing report, a quarterly Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), and other publications. The program has been funded and advised by a Steering Committee comprised of leading companies, associations, and government agencies involved in the remodeling housing sector, including firms engaged in home renovation construction and design, building materials manufacturing and distribution, housing finance and mortgage banking. At biannual conferences, committee members review research results and discuss emerging market trends and future program activities.
NOTE: This is a non-faculty, administrative/professional position.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads in planning, designing, executing and managing the Center’s short- and longer-term research agenda on adaptation and investment in existing residential buildings.
  • Manages the relationship with the Remodeling Futures Steering Committee, including planning biannual meeting agendas and managing membership in the group.
  • Responsible for fundraising from foundations and other public and private sources to support program initiatives.
  • Administers the program budgeting and oversees staffing and hiring for the program.
  • Writes reports, working papers, journal articles and blogs independently and in collaboration with senior and junior research staff.
  • Manages the program’s research team in carrying out the remodeling research agenda.
  • Designs and delivers research presentations at Remodeling Futures Conferences, and to outside experts, government officials, and sponsors.
  • Participates in the Center’s research and administrative planning meetings to coordinate and collaborate with other research streams at the Center and to provide input into overall Center management and direction.
  • Collaborates with the Center’s events planning staff to host public events on the Harvard campus on issues related to home maintenance and improvement.
  • May serve as a lecturer at the Graduate School of Design to teach courses on topics relevant to maintenance and improvement of the existing residential built environment.
  • Represents the Center nationally through active membership in academic and professional associations, participation in conferences, seminars, and symposia.
  • Serves as spokesperson for the Remodeling Futures program with journalists, industry groups, associations, and government agencies requesting information.
  • As a member of the Center’s leadership team, the project director is expected to contribute positively to the Center’s efforts to be an inclusive and equitable environment

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD or Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, architecture, engineering or related field required, with at least 10 years of relevant research experience.
  • Must have very strong skills and proven track record in research design, analysis, writing, and presentation.
  • Must have previous experience in managing a research team, including overseeing the establishment of a research agenda, fund raising, staffing, and project administration.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Strongly prefer previous experience as a public representative for a similar research initiative, including public speaking and engagement with the media.

Physical Requirements

There are no known physical requirements related to this position.

Working Conditions

Work is mainly performed in an office setting.

Additional Information

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is passionate about fostering a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment. Applicants of all race, ability, gender expression and identity, sexuality, religion, education, class, national origin, and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is required.  Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future.  We regret that we cannot sponsor a work visa.

To apply, please visit the Harvard Careers website.