The GSD seeks an experienced and forward-thinking leader with
demonstrated success in higher education administration to serve as
the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Reporting to the
Executive Dean, the successful candidate will provide leadership
for integrated delivery of Student and Enrollment Services and
provides supervision to the directors overseeing these
functions. The Associate Dean will serve in a key leadership
role in high-level planning on matters pertaining to student body
composition, admissions practices, and results, financial services
delivery, career planning and services, and admissions. This
includes developing and implementing strategies for building and
supporting a student body that is excellent and diverse across
multiple departments and programs.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND
- Reporting to the Executive Dean and working closely with the
Dean, leads the Office of Student Affairs, including Admissions,
Financial Aid, Registration, Career Services, and Student Support
Services, supporting approximately 950 students.
- Provides direction for and fosters collaboration amongst these
areas to support academic goals and ensure that incoming and
current student needs are met.
- Provides leadership and develops a strategic vision that
contributes to continuous improvement, innovative solutions,
planning efforts, and other departmental initiatives.
- Works closely with the Dean, the administrative leadership
council, and faculty across the School to further develop
strategies and programs that will position the School to attract
and retain highly qualified students and ensure GSD's place as a
leader in the field of design.
- Develops strategy to ensure that belonging and inclusion
efforts are infused in all aspects of the student experience within
the GSD and attends to the issues of intersectionality within and
among GSD students.
- Plays a key role in reviewing and establishing policies and
processes as they relate to Student Affairs.
- Maintains and ensures compliance to School, University, and
Federal rules and guidelines.
- Serves on School and University-wide committees and works on
special projects as needed. Serves as a member of the GSD's
Administrative Leadership Council, and as a member of the
University's Council of Deans of Student Services (CODOS)
- Oversees the department budget.
Supervises 3-4 direct reports including several director level
Bachelor's degree; minimum 10 years of job-related experience;
previous experience working in higher education; experience
Advanced degree preferred; demonstrated expertise in one area of
student and enrollment services; knowledge of student personnel
issues, including matters pertaining to Title IX preferred;
demonstrated excellence in leadership, team building, motivating
and supervising staff; excellent communication
(verbal/written/presentation); strategic planning and negotiation
skills; experience with diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
programming and facilitation; demonstrated ability to make hard
decisions as well as forge strong working relationships with a
variety of constituencies; ability to work both collaboratively and
independently, with a creative approach to problem solving and
demonstrated success in dealing appropriately and effectively with
individuals at all levels of an institution and from a wide array
of countries and cultures; excellent management skills and a proven
ability to lead and mentor staff across functional areas and to
develop and implement strategic goals; strong analytical skills and
ability to maintain confidentiality.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community
members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim
exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious
reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID
vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the
University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.
The Harvard Graduate School of Design is passionate about
fostering a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and professional work
environment. Applicants of all race, ability, gender
expression and identity, sexuality, religion, education, class,
national origin, and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to
Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is
still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will
take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews,
remote onboarding, and remote work.
In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is
required. Candidates must be authorized to work in
the United States now and in the future. We regret that we
cannot sponsor a work visa.
Please apply online at the Harvard Careers website.
Upload a cover letter and resume to: hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs and
keyword search to requisition # 54581BR.