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Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
$111,900.00 - $197,900.00
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar, Financial Aid
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Harvard University

Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services
Harvard Kennedy School

Position Description

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is searching for an experienced enrollment management professional to serve as the next Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services. The Assistant Dean is charged with developing the strategy to fulfill the department's vision of being a national leader in recruiting, enrolling, and supporting the most diverse and talented graduate public policy/administration student body. The Kennedy School is seeking a technology and data-driven, innovative, and supportive leader with a history of success in enrollment management and cultivating a diverse and talented staff committed to ongoing professional development and growth.

The Assistant Dean oversees all Enrollment Services functions and activities, including the direct supervision of the Senior Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, Registrar, Associate Director of Enrollment Marketing, Associate Director of Student Enrollment Systems, and Staff Assistant. The Assistant Dean will lead these direct reports, and the larger Enrollment Services team, through and beyond a period of organizational transition.

Candidates must have experience leading senior level colleagues, developing and executing a strategic enrollment services vision, managing, and using systems and data to drive effective decision-making, and bringing together colleagues from different functions to define and achieve enrollment goals and ensure compliance.

We value and are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates with demonstrated capacity to strengthen the diversity of the student body and to work with a diverse school community.

As a member of the Degree Programs and Student Affairs (DPSA) leadership team, the Assistant
Dean works collaboratively in support of the mission and goals of DPSA, HKS and the University.
In consultation with the Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Student Affairs, the
Assistant Dean develops strategies for all enrollment services areas including admissions,
financial aid, marketing, student record and registration management, and systems and data management. The Assistant Dean is responsible for assuming a key leadership role in high-level planning and conversations with constituents, across the HKS community and the University, on matters pertaining to student body composition, admissions practices and results, fundraising to support recruitment and fellowships, marketing and communications approaches to recruiting students, record management and other enrollment services. This includes developing and implementing strategies for enhancing the quality and diversity of the student body.

Additional responsibilities include:
  • Contribute to DPSA's strategic planning efforts and other department-wide initiatives.
  • In partnership with senior leadership, develop and implement effective, long range enrollment plans; develop target audiences, participate in admission decisions, and collaborate on the admissions profile
  • Oversee enrollment data analysis to prepare enrollment headcount, financial projections, and conduct strategic planning efforts.
  • Strategize with and ensure that the enrollment office employs best practices in support of a community of students from richly diverse backgrounds.
  • Serve on internal and university-wide committees to inform school-wide policies.
  • Contribute to special projects and initiatives as needed

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard Kennedy School's Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership-because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.

Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School's commitment to Diversity Equity, and Anti-Racism.

Job Function
Faculty & Student Services

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Degree Prgrams and Student Affairs

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
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.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 10 years' relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Master's Degree strongly preferred. Candidate must have a collaborative, empathetic, supportive, diplomatic style of leadership; possess excellent written and verbal communications and marketing skills. Experience with budget projection and management and high-level data analysis required. Experience with supervisory management of individuals and teams at varying levels and across departments. Experience leading teams in transition. Ability to drive change and deliver results in a complex, decentralized, and political environment. Very strong working knowledge of issues and trends in topics of admissions, recruitment, financial aid, financial aid compliance and student enrollment. Experience using and managing complex database and enrollment systems and projects. Demonstrated experience with developing successful strategies for strengthening the diversity of a student body. Attention to detail/organization/documentation.

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time
  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion

Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in an office setting
  • Travel may be required
  • May be required to work nights and weekends


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