The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) serves as a resource in promoting the individual and professional growth and development of Harvard medical students. OSA works with the student body across all years and all five academic societies to enhance or address aspects of the entire student experience, from education to student life and wellbeing to career planning. OSA organizes major events, such as Orientation, Match Day and Class Day, class meetings and other events throughout the tenure of students at HMS. The office oversees career advising and the residency match process for HMS students and is the center for access to the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
Reporting to the Dean for Students at Harvard Medical School, with a dotted line to the Associate Dean for Medical Education Planning and Administration, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs (AD) oversees all student activities for a student body of ~700 medical students. The Assistant Director also takes the lead in planning many major class-wide events, including Orientation, Match Day, and Class Day (Commencement). On behalf of OSA, the AD is a liaison for students to services, administrative offices, and information throughout the Program in Medical Education, the Medical School, and the larger university and national communities, and is a resource to the School and larger community on issues that pertain to the medical student body. The Assistant Director works with students to plan major events and meetings, and provides administrative and organizational support to the Student Council and its nearly 50 affiliated student groups. The AD directs wellness initiatives for medical students, in collaboration with the Dean for Students and faculty leaders, and oversees student support in the residence hall, Vanderbilt Hall, through a resident counselor and upper class students who serve as resident advisors. The AD serves as the Title IX Coordinator for complaints against students at HMS.
This is a one year term appointment.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required, with at least five years of progressive experience and demonstrated success in student services, ideally in medical or dental education or higher education, including direct interaction with students, preferably students at the graduate level of education.
Master's degree in a related field preferred; experience at Harvard a plus.
Understanding of medical education desirable, though not mandatory;
Ability to work under time constraints and to multitask;
Ability to deal with students and with student issues with sensitivity and compassion;
Experience managing budgets and operations;
Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills;
Supervisory skills and experience supervising staff;
Ability to deal with issues with keen academic and administrative judgment and a high degree of discretion and diplomacy;
Ability to anticipate administrative needs of the Dean for Students;
Ability to adapt to new challenges;
Adept at working well with all members of the academic community, including staff, faculty, students and senior-level administrators and leaders.
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