Director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life
Director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Manage assessment needs of the student body and the organization of educational, social and cultural activities.
S0357M FSS Student Services Mgt III
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Inclusion and Belonging, the Director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life will direct all initiatives related to supporting bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, queer and questioning (BGLTQ) student life at the College, and will provide leadership to foster respect for BGLTQ life at Harvard College. These duties span leadership, administration, programming and assessment, and advising, and will include:
Supervision, Student Advising, and Organization Advising: Hire, train, and supervise professional staff, and undergraduate and graduate student interns. Advise BGLTQ-related student organizations, and conduct leadership development to equip them to advance their missions. Train and co-supervise CONTACT, the BGLTQ issues peer counseling group. Represent BGLTQ student views in appropriate arenas, and provide continuous feedback between BGLTQ students and the college administration. Play a key role for program development that will enhance the College communityâ¿¿s awareness of and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Support capacity-building for colleagues in other functional areas to ensure deeper awareness of and greater sensitivity to BGLTQ student needs is continually reflected through their work. Make referrals to related resources as needed.
Programs and Events: Lead office staff, student interns, leaders of the BGLTQ-related student organizations, and various University offices (e.g., Womenâ¿¿s Center, Harvard Foundation, House Offices, etc.), to create, coordinate, implement, and evaluate an intersectional array of programs and events which account for studentsâ¿¿ various, fluid identities. Ensure that programs reflect the intersectionality of identities (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, faith and religion, etc.). Develop ongoing mechanisms for feedback from current undergraduates and from alumnx to inform program development and implementation. Share responsibility for budget oversight for programs and events. Collaborate closely with campus partners and act as liaison to other College offices and programs responsible for student organization advising, planning, and events. Assess student and community needs routinely, and adjust programming priorities in response to changing needs.
Residential Staff Training: Coordinate, implement, and evaluate training for residential staff identified as BGLTQ advisers; develop additional trainings and resources for all residential staff.
Planning and Goal Setting: Develop a strategic vision and establish long-range goals and priorities in alignment with the mission of the College and the Dean of Students Office. Collaborate with the BGLTQ advisory board and the Associate Dean for Inclusion and Belonging to embed goals and strategy into broader DSO goals. Â
Alumnx Relations: Act as liaison to the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus and the Open Gate Foundation.Â
Policy Development: Inform the Collegeâ¿¿s approach to bias response and respond meaningfully to bias-related incidents involving students who are, or are perceived to be, BGLTQ.
Other duties assigned according to the changing needs of the community.
Typical Core Duties
- Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment
- Develop and implement programs to enhance the quality of the student experience; manage processes, outreach, content and finances
- Act as a primary advising resource for students and faculty program requirements, academic degree progress, leaves of absence, cross-registration, adviser selection, and quality of life
- Manage events and conferences including developing content, structure, and publicity, coordinating with other Harvard offices and groups, and managing logistical details
- Advise student organizations on a variety of matters including risk reduction strategies, safe alcohol management, budgeting and goal setting
- Produce and analyze reports to analyze program and event data
- May determine accessibility eligibility and promote available resources and options that are available
- May work with the Title IX office on best practices, and coordination of the University's overall response to Title IX issues
- Develop and implement comprehensive event management training programs for student organization leaders
- Interpret and clarify local and University policies and procedures for student leaders
- Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
- Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Master's degree in higher education student affairs, counseling, social work, or related field preferred. Experience leading initiatives related to BGLTQ life in a college or related institution. Demonstrated knowledge of BGLTQ history, politics, and identity development. Experience in creating educational programs and events and working with a broad range of constituencies. Experience communicating across various cultural constituencies in-person and through professional writing. Must have experience with budget management, and policy development and review. Latitude for independent judgment. Proven ability to work collaboratively with a variety of constituents, ability to work independently on complex projects, managing change, and establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
Ph.D. in related field and teaching experience at the undergraduate level, as a successful candidate may have the option to be appointed as lecturer and to carry a one course per year teaching load in the Committee on degrees in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality.
During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
Faculty & Student Services
USA - MA - Cambridge
Dean of Students Office, BGLTQ
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Criminal, Education, Identity
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Evening and weekend work required, including flexibility of work hours and availability to attend to emergent situations on campus as needed.
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.