Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for Academic Support
January 3, 2018
USA - MA - Cambridge
Reporting to the Dean of Undergraduate Education, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for Academic Support will lead and oversee a wide range of academic support programs and services to help Harvard College students thrive academically, reduce barriers to learning, and to enable full participation in all Harvard College academic and co-curricular opportunities. The Associate Dean oversees the Accessible Education Office, the Bureau of Study Counsel, and, as the key representative of the Office of Undergraduate Education, collaborates with colleagues in the Office of Student Life on a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives, as appropriate. A primary goal for the position is to increase the collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Education and other offices that support Harvard College students. The Associate Dean will be a member of the Dean of Harvard College's senior staff, a member of the Administrative Board of Harvard College, and will serve on other College committees as requested.
The Associate Dean will work to build on and enhance our disability services, which seek to provide the best support for our students with disabilities and to educate the larger community about inclusive practices for ensuring the success of students who register with the Accessible Education Office; and our learning center, which serves our students who confront a wide range of academic challenges. In close collaboration with the College's senior leaders, the Associate Dean will assess, evaluate, and design academic support programs for all Harvard undergraduate students, and will bring innovative approaches to bear on the needs of students from under-resourced high schools . The Associate Dean will also be responsible for the leadership, vision, implementation, coordination, management, and assessment of the programs under their supervision.
We seek a strong leader who will:
Work with the Academic Deans, and, as appropriate, Department Chairs and/or Departmental Directors of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty Deans and Resident Deans, and the Freshman Dean's Office to establish and maintain an effective array of programs to provide for the full range of academic needs of students who come from an increasingly broad range of high schools, including students from under-resourced high schools;
Ensure that all students have access to the resources necessary for success in departmental courses, general education courses, and courses for which they cross-register in other schools;
Collaborate with the Dean and other Associate Deans of Undergraduate Education, the Dean for Finance and Administration, the Dean of Students, and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid to develop and implement new ideas to respond to changing student needs and enhance the academic experience of students;
Forge strong connections with the residential Houses and all offices on campus that support students' intellectual and personal development;
Collaborate with department directors and colleges and universities across the country to discuss best practices in undergraduate advising, disability services, and learning challenges;
Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of Undergraduate Education and/or the Dean of Harvard College
The Associate Dean directly supervises two directors (of the Office of Accessible Education and of the Bureau of Study Counsel) as well as an administrative assistant, and exercises oversight over nearly thirty professional and administrative support staff in the Academic Support area. Management responsibilities include framing and promoting an inspiring vision for the Academic Support area's impact on the student experience; synthesizing the work of the three major functional areas to create an efficient and responsive structure of student academic support; building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; providing direction and enabling alignment of disparate student services staff within the Academic Support area; influencing and mentoring staff who do not report directly but work closely with Academic Support staff; and ensuring compliance with Harvard and FAS policies and procedures.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
10 years progressively responsible professional experience in academic support programs or working with undergraduates; master's degree; experience functioning in a leadership capacity; supervisory experience.
strong engagement with the tradition of a liberal arts education;
demonstrated record of success integrating various models and modalities of academic and holistic advising in an academically demanding college, preferably within the context of a highly selective research university;
interest in and knowledge of the needs of students who bring complex biographies and backgrounds to College and a clear sense of the best practices for supporting these students;
strong ability to work collaboratively and persuasively with faculty members, academic leaders, and administrative colleagues;
exceptional negotiation skills;
impeccable oral and written communication skills;
sensitivity to and experience with the needs of students from a broad range of backgrounds
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.