Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) seeks an outstanding leader and manager to serve as Executive Dean. The Executive Dean is the chief administrative officer of HKS and reports to the Dean. The Executive Dean oversees HKS's financial operations, facilities, human resources, information technology, library, research administration, security, and executive education. Those activities involve more than 130 staff members and are critical to the ability of HKS to advance its mission of improving public policy and public leadership around the world.
Working collaboratively with the Dean and other senior members of HKS's leadership, the Executive Dean is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the administration of HKS and for executing that direction to the highest standard. Specifically, the Executive Dean:
Oversees the financial management of HKS, ensuring that HKS uses resources efficiently, keeps a strong financial position, and makes strategic investments in people, projects, and facilities;
Guides significant capital projects, smaller enhancements in facilities, regular maintenance, security strategies, and the usage of HKS's facilities so that HKS maintains a first-rate physical plant and manages it effectively;
Oversees HKS's human resources management;
Oversees HKS's information technology system, ensuring that faculty, students, and staff have access to hardware, software, and services that are modern, powerful, flexible, robust, and straightforward to use;
Guides HKS's library and knowledge services to effectively support the work of the faculty, students, fellows, and staff;
Oversees administrative aspects of research administration, such as adhering to sponsored research policies;
Oversees HKS's executive education program to ensure that faculty and staff work effectively together and deliver the best possible learning experience for students;
Serves on the Dean's senior leadership team and collaborates with the Dean, Academic Dean, and other senior leaders of HKS in directing and coordinating the activities of staff, faculty, and students so that HKS advances its mission as effectively as possible;
Works with the Dean and Academic Dean to coordinate administrative and business matters of HKS with HKS's academic activities; and
Acts as a liaison to administrators across Harvard University, including the central administration, other schools, and affiliated institutions.
There is a strong internal candidate for this position.
Salary Grade: 063
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates for this position must have: at least a master's degree in public policy, business, finance, higher education or a related field; at least fifteen years of successful experience in senior management roles of increasing responsibility and complexity; and a solid understanding of the environment, practices, and values of a research university.
Desirable qualifications include:
Commitment to HKS's mission of improving public policy and public leadership;
Excellent management skills, including significant experience in developing strategies, effectively implementing programs and initiatives, directing and mentoring staff across disparate functional areas, a creative and proactive approach to problem solving, and the ability to mobilize and motivate a team and organization around shared goals;
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty and staff colleagues at all levels in a decentralized institution;
Experience with budgeting and financial operations, facilities investments and maintenance, human resources, and information technology management;
Commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging so that members of the community connect across their differences and benefit from their diverse experiences and perspectives;
Strong skills in public speaking and written communication; and
Ability to resolve crisis situations under pressure.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.