Harvard University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of associate dean of students for inclusion and belonging. This is a reconfigured senior-level position that will lead a newly created department within the Dean of Students Office. The person appointed to this position will have the unique opportunity to be an architect in designing this new area, which will embed principles of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the co-curricular and residential experience of all Harvard College students. The associate dean will lead the development of a structure that both serves students of today and orients toward the future, ensuring that programs and services are responsive to the changing demographics and needs of the Harvard College student body. A key component of the role will be developing and strengthening partnerships with other units within the College and University.
This position offers the right individual a truly unique and exciting opportunity. The associate dean will serve as an important colleague and strategic partner on the Dean of Students Office senior team. The associate dean will provide strategic vision, design, and direction for this new area within the Dean of Students Office; directly supervise three director-level positions and nine indirect reports; work collaboratively with the associate dean of students in the residential life area to coordinate resident tutor and First-Year proctor training and design, implement, and evaluate annual training programs for resident tutors, proctors and specialty tutors within the house system; provide support to senior leadership on campus when issues or incidents related to equity, identity, race relations, intercultural or other intersecting issues impact the student community; assess climate data and other student survey data to ensure that the office is adapting to and responding appropriately to the evolving needs of the community; oversee the directors in coordinating a broad slate of signature student programs within each of the areas (e.g. Cultural Rhythms, National Coming Out Day, Women’s Leadership Awards, Humanitarian of the Year) as well as episodic or timely programs like lectures and town halls in response to emerging issues; and represent the Dean of Students Office and Harvard College on various committees and working groups.