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Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion and Belonging, Harvard College
Posted By: Elynor Moss on October 15, 2019

Harvard University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard College. The person in this role oversees the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) area within the Harvard College Dean of Students Office. The Associate Dean leads efforts to imbed the principles of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the co-curricular and residential experience of all Harvard College students.

Harvard College is a vibrant and diverse academic community. It is a close-knit undergraduate program located within Harvard University, and is the oldest and most prestigious institution of higher education in the United States. With world-class faculty, a dedication to affordability, and groundbreaking research opportunities, committed scholars have the resources they need to fulfill their academic and personal potential. The breadth and depth of Harvard’s resources, from library and museum collections to engagement in the arts and athletics, remain unparalleled in higher education. Situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is one of more than 50 local institutions serving more than 200,000 students, making the Boston area America’s premier college town. Yet with an intellectually stimulating environment that is steeped in tradition, Harvard is unlike anywhere else in the world.

The EDI area includes the work and missions of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Office of Diversity Education and Support, Title IX, and the Harvard College Women’s Center. The EDI unit serves as a central clearinghouse for diversity-related issues, and the staff within the area works collaboratively with departments and offices throughout the College to infuse principles of belonging and inclusion throughout the co-curricular and residential student experience.

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean serves as a senior strategic leader within the Dean of Students Office and Harvard College, advancing efforts that build a diverse and welcoming learning environment and culture in addition to furthering inclusive excellence, belonging, and inclusion for all Harvard College students. The Associate Dean ensures that belonging and inclusion efforts are infused in all aspects of the student experience within Harvard College and attends to the issues of intersectionality within and among Harvard College students. The Associate Dean has a strong presence on campus, engaging with students across differences and in the residential and co-curricular realm where students find community at Harvard College. The Associate Dean serves on the senior leadership team in the Dean of Students Office, collaborates closely with senior leaders within the College and University, and provides expertise, vision, and direction for initiatives related to belonging and inclusion at Harvard College.

The Associate Dean will be an experienced and successful strategic leader, manager, and effective communicator with a proven record of bringing diverse communities together. The Associate Dean will have demonstrated experience in ensuring that principles of belonging and inclusion are embedded within all areas of student affairs. The Associate Dean will have outstanding supervisory, management, and budget experience.

The position requires a thoughtful, collaborative leader who can forge partnerships across department boundaries, who has a proven record of responding effectively to challenging student and community issues, and who is able to approach issues and situations involving students with empathy and confidence. They will possess an understanding of and experience with effective assessment practices with a focus on student learning and the ability to guide data-driven efforts across a large department. Knowledge of professional development modalities and needs within student affairs/student life is required, as is experience developing professional development activities for staff and student leaders. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in working across traditional boundaries with a diverse group of people, including students, faculty, administrators, and alumni, and will have a track record of strong presence on campus with students, student organizations, and campus events.

An earned doctorate or comparable educational background is strongly preferred; a master’s degree is required. Expectations include a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in a complex, student-centered environment or similarly complex organization with expertise in the functions and purpose of diversity and inclusion efforts within communities; evidence of innovation and organizational design; keen political acumen; and deep theoretical and practical knowledge of issues of inclusion and equity and the role of diversity within a residential liberal arts environment.

Harvard has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by October 25, 2019, will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Jim Norfleet at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Harvard website at

Harvard University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, s*x, s*xual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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