Candidate FAQ

Let’s start our professional relationship off on the right foot. In the name of trust and transparency, here are some important questions you may have before applying.


Can I work from home?

It depends on your role, but yes, most likely. Our dynamic workplace supports flexibility for our team while honoring the history and inspiration of the physical place we serve. While we strive for maximum flexibility, it is important to note that, for tax purposes, we can only support remote work in the states where Harvard is licensed to operate (currently: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington).

You will still be expected to attend certain meetings that are taking place on campus in Cambridge. We will do our best to inform you of these on-campus events at least two weeks in advance.  

Can I work in the office?

Definitely! Although many of our team members work partially or primarily remote, seeing our colleagues around the office is one of the best parts of coming into Cambridge. Whether your role requires you to work full time from campus, come in for a day or two a week, or book a flexible workspace for a few hours, you’ll find everything you need at our offices in 124 Mt. Auburn Street. We just ask that you stay up to speed on evolving health protocols for your own safety and that of your neighbors.

Do you offer commuter benefits?

We’ve got commuter benefits for miles! Pretax, half-price T passes. Discounts on Zipcar and Blue Bike. Huge savings on parking permits for carpools. Free use of the University shuttles. Even people who walk most days can get up to four free taxis or rideshares reimbursed.

What sort of benefits does Harvard offer?

No matter how much you love your work (and we think you will!), we know you’re also here for a robust set of Total Rewards. Harvard offers an equitable, competitive pay structure that is made even more attractive with affordable, high-quality health care options, University-funded retirement plans, insurance plans, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, and more. Check out our Total Rewards to explore these benefits and more. While you’re at it, don’t miss these extra discounts and perks!

What can I expect during the interview process?

We are excited that you are interested in opportunities with AA&D! After you apply—and if we see an alignment between your experience and the expectations of the position—you can expect to be contacted by our Talent Acquisition team.  They will chat more with you about the role, discuss your background, and answer any questions you may have.  

If you do move into the interview process with the hiring manager and other key partners, you can expect to be scheduled for either in-person or Zoom interviews.  There are typically multiple interviews for positions within AA&D. 

Once all interviews have been completed, we will update you on a decision from the hiring team. For some positions, the interview process could take a little longer than expected. We strive to make this the best candidate experience for you and will update you along the way.  

What are the COVID-19 guidelines?

Harvard does not require candidates or new employees to attest to having received the primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations or to submit a request for exemption. The one exception to this requirement is that candidates and new hires for Harvard health care settings, such as Harvard University Health Services, are required to follow all immunization requirements as required by that unit.  

Students, faculty, staff, and researchers should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines if they test positive for COVID-19. This includes isolating from others for five days and masking until day 11. Persons at high risk for complications should consult with a health care provider about antiviral treatment.  

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Interested in applying? Here is some helpful guidance on how to apply through Harvard’s career portal.