Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Harvard Radcliffe Institute
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 11, 2021
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Full Time

The Harvard Radcliffe Institute (HRI) is one of the world’s leading centers for interdisciplinary exploration, bringing students, scholars, artists, and practitioners together to pursue curiosity-driven research, expand human understanding, and grapple with questions that demand insight from across disciplines.


Reporting to Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin, the Associate Dean for Academic Programs (“Associate Dean”) is the senior-most member of the Institute’s programmatic staff, overseeing all three of HRI’s academic programs. The Associate Dean will be a vital partner to the Dean, and will work closely with the Executive Dean, Institute leadership and faculty, Harvard University faculty, and other stakeholders to develop and implement academic programs that advance the Institute’s mission and achieve impact across the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professions. HRI activities are organized into three core programs:


  • Academic Ventures and Engagement organizes a full calendar of public events and exhibitions that reflect the Institute’s commitment to expanding access to the University and to supporting the open and productive exchange of ideas. The program also incubates interdisciplinary research and develops innovative civic and community partnerships.
  • The Fellowship Program annually accepts 50 outstanding scholars, scientists, artists, and practitioners, who come together to advance the frontiers of human knowledge as members of a residential interdisciplinary community like no other.
  • The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is the premier special collections library focused on the history of women in America. Its holdings document the lives, work, and impact of American women, helping to preserve a truer, and more complete, historical record.



The Associate Dean will be expected to focus on the following opportunities:

Contribute to visionary leadership

  • Collaborate with the Dean and senior leadership to define and advance the Institute’s overarching strategic direction; 
  • Collaborate with the Dean to set high-level programmatic direction, including new and existing engagements that advance the mission of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, ensuring that Institute initiatives are prioritized within the program departments; and
  • Collaborate with colleagues in finance and development to ensure sound budgeting and long-range planning for programs, in line with strategic objectives.


Strengthen organizational effectiveness

  • Manage program directors, including hiring and training, prioritizing work, and managing performance; drive key initiatives from the inception to completion, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness, and facilitating communication and collaboration across all Institute departments;
  • Define, prioritize, and follow through to completion of key deliverables across programs and instill a focus on real and measurable impact; and
  • Serve as an advisor, advocate, implementer, and resource for strengthening and advancing a diverse and inclusive culture at the Institute; collaborate with the Dean and others to expand and deepen discussions about equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in programming; identify and implement best practices to create an inclusive campus climate.


Enhance connections

  • Create strong working relationships with Institute programmatic and administrative leadership, faculty committees, affiliates, peer institutions, and external partners to support execution of programmatic initiatives; 
  • Represent and advocate for Radcliffe within Harvard by developing collaborative relationships with colleagues across the University and positioning the Institute to contribute to Harvard-wide priorities and initiatives in line with Radcliffe goals and objectives; 
  • In partnership with the Dean, lead the Institute’s Faculty Advisory Council and Student Advisory Board; and
  • Represent the Institute to a key audiences across Harvard and beyond, clearly articulating Radcliffe strategy and impact, and emphasizing its unique value.



  • An advanced degree is required, and a Ph.D. or J.D. is preferred. Strong candidates will demonstrate progressively responsible experience in academic leadership, including management of individuals and teams. 
  • The selected candidate will embody the ideal of working in a university by supporting a culture of learning and growth.


The Institute’s strategic plan Radcliffe Engaged, 2019-2024, articulates several broad and ambitious goals. To learn more about Radcliffe, please visit:


Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be sent to The Harvard Radcliffe Institute is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.


The Harvard Radcliffe Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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