Hannah Ovaska

Human Resources Administrator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
77 Massachusetts Ave., 33-208D
Cambridge, MA 02139

ovaska [at] mit.edu
  • Holds primary responsibility for the accurate and timely administration of all HR activities, acting as a liaison between Aero and central HR offices on the administration of MIT and SoE policies and procedures
  • Manages departmental searches and promotions, advising hiring managers on advertising, posting, interviewing, and reference checking; responsible for Affirmative Action reporting
  • Leads staff annual salary review processes for SRS, support and academic staff; works with AO on staff development plans and performance evaluations
  • Reviews/Processes and/or approves HR transactions such as hires, transfers, leaves of absence, and salary changes
  • Serves as MIT Rewards and Recognition key contact; administers spot and infinite mile programs, plays a lead role in School-wide Rewards and Recognition events and communications
  • Promotes a diverse and inclusive workforce. With the AeroAstro Diversity officer, develops and facilitates diversity and inclusion training and programs
  • Serves as a liaison on all visa-related issues for the department, and with MIT International Scholars Office for F, J visa holders
  • Coaches and provides guidance to managers and employees on employee relations issues, interpersonal issues, and people management responsibilities. Works with AO & Central HR on complex employee relations issues