Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) seeks a strategic, creative, and results-oriented leader to assume the newly created position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.
HKS believes in the worth of each person regardless of their gender, race, political views, religion, socioeconomic status, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other characteristics. Therefore, HKS is committed to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all members of its community—students, staff, and faculty—along all of those dimensions. Therefore, the Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging will serve as a knowledgeable and thoughtful advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and institutional resource for improving diversity, inclusion, and belonging at the School. For example, the Associate Dean will help to create a more vibrant and supportive campus climate for underrepresented students and an inclusive student experience; collaborate with faculty to expand and deepen discussions about diversity, inclusion, and related issues in the curriculum; coach and support faculty and staff from groups that are underrepresented at the Kennedy School; interact readily and effectively with student affinity groups and students who are from underrepresented groups or who are especially committed to diversity and inclusion at the Kennedy School; and help to identify policies and practices that would lead to hiring, promotion, and retention of a more diverse faculty and staff.
Specifically, the Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging will report to the Dean of HKS and will work closely with other members of the HKS community to:
Demonstrate an overarching vision, develop strategic plans, propose specific changes to policies and practices, and provide day-to-day management oversight for HKS's initiatives to increase the diversity of its community, strengthen the inclusion of members of its diverse community in all of HKS's activities; and improve the sense of belonging by those members;
Ensure that initiatives are prioritized and operationalized, especially regarding student recruiting and admissions (in collaboration with the Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Student Affairs), curriculum (in collaboration with the Academic Dean for Teaching and Curriculum), faculty hiring (in collaboration with the Academic Dean), staff recruiting and retention (in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Human Resources), and visiting speakers and events (in collaboration with student organizations and HKS's research centers);
Devote particular attention to the experiences of HKS students both in and out of the classroom, including advising students individually in response to their concerns and needs;
Report to the HKS community on progress and challenges in enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging by assessing the effectiveness of new initiatives; and
Contribute to strategic institutional discussions and planning as a member of the Dean's senior leadership team and a leader of other school committees or task forces on this issue.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Salary Grade: 062
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
A master's degree and 10 years of related experience are required.
To fill this position, HKS seeks a leader who will garner the trust and respect of senior colleagues and students, and who will serve effectively as a key advisor, expert, implementer, and collaborator on strategies to foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging among students, faculty and staff. Significant, successful experience with creating and implementing institutional diversity programs in a collaborative way is also desirable.
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.