Harvard College is a vibrant and diverse academic community. It is a close-knit undergraduate program located within Harvard University, and is the oldest and most prestigious institution of higher education in the United States. With world-class faculty, a dedication to affordability, and groundbreaking research opportunities, committed scholars have the resources they need to fulfill their academic and personal potential. The breadth and depth of Harvard’s resources, from library and museum collections to engagement in the arts and athletics, remain unparalleled in higher education. Situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is one of more than 50 local institutions serving more than 200,000 students, making the Boston area America’s premier college town. Yet with an intellectually stimulating environment that is steeped in tradition, Harvard is unlike anywhere else in the world.
The Office of Student Life (OSL) supports Harvard College’s mission of transformative education for the citizens and citizen leaders of our society by creating opportunities for intellectual, social, and personal transformation. OSL works with the distinctive residential house system at Harvard College, which provides opportunities for students to integrate the academic, residential, and co-curricular spheres of their lives. Through a diverse living and campus environment, students live and study with people who come from different walks of life and have evolving identities. OSL comprises three areas, primarily: Residential Life, Student Involvement, and Diversity and Inclusion. OSL works collaboratively with the Freshman Dean’s Office, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the Phillips Brooks House, and the Office for the Arts to provide an unparalleled student experience.
Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Assistant/Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion serves as a thought leader and strategist in promoting diversity and inclusion, engaging the College community in substantive discourse, and responding to challenging student and community issues. The Assistant/Associate Dean develops and advances policies, practices, and programs that place diversity at the center of the College’s educational mission; works primarily with students and student leaders, but also collaborates with senior administrators, faculty, staff, and other constituencies to infuse diversity and inclusion efforts into all aspects of student life; and maintains a visible presence on campus, engaging students across difference and in the spaces where they find community at Harvard College. The position oversees the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Queer (BGLTQ) Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion Programs, and the Harvard College Women’s Center; coordinates programs and services for undocumented students and first-generation students; oversees the College’s Bias Response System; and serves as the Racial Harassment Hearing Officer. The Assistant/Associate Dean is a member of the OSL senior leadership team and works with all student life units to design and implement a comprehensive assessment program and to initiate ongoing professional development opportunities. The position is responsible for a $1.2 million budget and eight FTE staff, including three direct reports at the director level. Harvard will offer this position with an assistant or associate dean title, dependent on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
Harvard seeks candidates whose values, education, professional experience, and personal narrative have together prepared them to serve as an effective and highly collaborative leader of the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Basic requirements include an advanced degree; at least eight years of related experience; an excellent command of diversity and inclusion concepts, issues, and best practices; outstanding listening, presentation, written, and oral communication skills; strong supervisory and budget management experience; a proven ability to make connections and forge partnerships across departmental boundaries; and experience with assessment practices to guide data-driven efforts and promote continuous improvement. The ideal candidate will possess an earned doctorate, significant leadership experience within higher education or a mission-driven organization, and a track record of catalyzing change, promoting cultural competence across diverse constituencies, and delivering high-impact programs. The Assistant/Associate Dean will also demonstrate the commitment and capacity to serve as a caring advisor and mentor for students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, and an affinity for the distinctive mission and character of Harvard College.
Review of applications will begin February 10, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to James M. Norfleet at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Harvard College – Assistant/Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion
James M. Norfleet, Search Associate
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