Apply to volunteer with the Harvardwood Board of Directors

The Harvardwood Board of Directors is coming up on elections for its next term at our January 29th Q1 meeting, and we are looking for some energetic individuals to fill a few great positions! The Harvardwood BOD is the managing body that oversees the volunteer efforts of Harvardwood members worldwide and has worked to create an impressive array of events, programs, and online resources over the past twenty years. As a member of this dynamic team, you will play a large role in determining the priorities of and setting the course for the entire organization. 

Below is a list of Board positions we are looking to fill. Each Harvardwood Board member holds office for a period of two years, until his or her successor is elected and qualifies. Board members should have a strong interest in fostering career education and networking among Harvard University alumni and students, and candidates have either completed a degree program at Harvard University or have a strong affiliation to Harvard as determined by a majority of the existing directors. Board members must be of the age of majority in CA and should be able to attend quarterly board meetings in the Los Angeles area.

To be considered, please email your resume and a brief statement of qualification and interest (~2 paragraphs) to Harvardwood's Executive Director, Dona Le, by Sunday, January 26, 2020. Please be sure to write your statement in the body of your email, not as a separate attachment. Thank you!

Open Harvardwood Board of Directors Positions

Director, Membership Experience

The Director of Membership Experience will help the Board in determining why people become Full Members and implement strategies for keeping members engaged in the organization across all chapters. This person will serve as one of the points of contact for current members on how best to take advantage of Harvardwood's resources. He/she will relay information to the Board about what is important to members and how to improve the overall Harvardwood membership experience. The ideal candidate for this position is personable, approachable, and enthusiastic about Harvardwood’s potential for service. 

Mentorship Program

This Director is responsible for re-launching and overseeing the Harvardwood Mentorship Program, which matches early-career alumni with established alumni working in their field(s) of interest so that they can exchange helpful information and address relevant issues. Responsibilities for the HMP Director include soliciting and maintaining an active list of willing mentors at all times and responding to inquiries from members seeking to obtain a mentor. This Director also sets a specific structure, schedule, and goals for the program and seeks out ways to build community around this program by fostering HMP get-togethers and/or other events of that nature.


The Director of Harvardwood Masterclasses will be responsible for producing regular masterclasses for members throughout the year. Masterclasses feature speaker-leaders in a classroom setting addressing career- or education-focused topics in the arts, media, and entertainment. The Director will be expected to produce at least one masterclass per month, so he/she will be responsible for brainstorming and reaching out to potential masterclass leaders, identifying potential masterclass topics of interest, and organizing the logistics details for each event. 

Writers Competition

The Writers Competition Director* will assist Harvardwood's Executive Director in administering this annual summer program. Every June and July, Harvardwood accepts feature screenplays, original pilots, and shorts to the Writers Competition. The Director, with the guidance of the Executive Director, will be responsible for:

  • soliciting and maintaining a roster of judges for each category
  • organizing script submissions and ensuring the blind submission process is upheld
  • sending script submissions to judges
  • sending reminders to judges to return their scores in a timely fashion
  • aggregating all scores to determine which scripts advance to the next round and are named each category winner
  • notifying the Competition winners and organizing the press announcement / industry e-blast

*Note: This Director will not be eligible to enter the Harvardwood Writers Competition.


The Finance Director serves a key role in the overview of Harvardwood’s finances and provides summaries to the Board on the financial position of the organization on a quarterly basis. In addition, Finance Director assists in the annual budgeting process and in financial projections for the current fiscal year. This position ensures that Harvardwood’s budget priorities and decisions reflect the intentions and objectives of Harvardwood’s mission.

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