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Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
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Harvard University

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Job Summary

Reporting to the Dean, the Assistant Dean for DEI is responsible for envisioning, strengthening and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) at HGSE. In consultation and collaboration with the Dean and senior leaders at the school, advises, shapes, develops and implements a robust DEI strategy to create a learning and working environment where all students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity and necessary supports to thrive. In addition to the Dean's Office, partners closely with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources to develop targeted strategies and needs assessments to advance the work in those specific communities. As the schoolwide lead for DEI, identifies and makes connections across constituencies where synergies exist. The Assistant Dean must be able to identify, address, and/or advise, and facilitate on equity matters that have or could cause trauma and harm.

Leading the DEI Office
  • Leads the DEI Office to serve as a central resource for HGSE. Advises the Dean's Office on schoolwide and University DEI matters and serves as a collaborator and resource to all departments on advancing DEI in their work internally and externally.
  • Chairs/co-chairs advisory group focused on DEI issues, which may include a cross section of community members. Additionally, convenes a central meeting for diversity workgroups across the school at least annually to discuss priorities, opportunities, and coordination.
  • Creates and disseminates monthly/quarterly newsletter with resources, articles, happenings, and events, as well as an annual report on progress and opportunities for continued growth.
  • Works in close collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs on DEI and serves as a mentor and a support to the Assistant Director of Student Diversity Initiatives.
  • Build and retain a diverse team, providing exceptional leadership and effective supervision of the DEI team.
  • Model inclusive leadership in team meetings, hiring actions, performance management, opportunities for growth, and mentorship.
  • Through the supervision of team members, oversee the carrying out of all activities related to the DEI office.
  • Serve as a resource to all direct reports, stepping in as needed to provide additional support and/or coverage.

Job Code
361060 Administrative Manager

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Efforts and Capacity Building

  • Responsible for leading the development of a schoolwide strategy for DEI based on an articulated vision and assessment of learning opportunities across multiple dimensions of diversity. Works in coordination with Dean's Office and departments across HGSE to implement the strategy.

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director for DEI - Faculty and Staff Development, builds capacity of the HGSE student, staff, and faculty communities to engage, educate, and advance DEI by creating and implementing year-long programming, educational opportunities, and professional development for each community population, as well as programming inclusive of all groups.

  • Across all HGSE Communities, Identifies, recommends, and implements practices, policies, and programming that promote a culture that fosters diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging.

  • Designs and implements initiatives to advance and create opportunities for dialogue and the development of skills, behaviors and knowledge about differences, bias and the importance of cultural competence, equity, and diversity, with a focus on the student community.

  • Assesses specific constituent group needs to provide targeted supports and advise on programming, in collaboration with colleagues across HGSE.

  • Develops the strategy for the DEI office to monitors progress and measure effectiveness of the school's DEI strategy and programs to determine progress and identify gaps. Advise on and develop action plans to address ongoing issues. Analyze results to identify short- and long-term strategies that will strengthen offerings.

Partnership with other HGSE Offices

  • Collaborates with the Dean's Office and faculty, student, and staff leaders to identify and advise on needs and opportunities related to DEI priorities.

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director for DEI - Faculty and Staff Development, partners closely with faculty and with the Senior Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) to further conversation and professional development to ensure inclusive curriculum and teaching practices as well the management of in-class conflicts that arise.

  • Partners with the Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Director of Student Diversity Initiatives to identify, develop and support DEI initiatives for the student community.

  • Along with the Associate Director for DEI - Faculty and Staff development, partners with the Associate Dean for Human Resources and the HR team to advise on DEI opportunities and create and continue efforts to support DEI priorities, inclusive work environments and to further develop the skills of managers and staff.

  • Engages and partners with Marketing and Communications to establish HGSE's voice and position on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for internal and external audiences.

Partnership at the University Level

  • Represents HGSE on DEI matters across the University.

  • Partners with Harvard's CDO and other DEI specialists across the university to implement, facilitate, and integrate University-wide initiatives at HGSE.

  • Connects with other DEI colleagues across the University and bring advances in diversity, equity, and inclusion thinking and efforts back to HGSE.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of directly related experience leading and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced degree preferred.

  • Previous experience supervising and leading a team.

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Significant experience in building and supporting initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

  • Demonstrated experience in implementing best practices and leading diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging organizational change efforts, including challenges and ways to overcome them.

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals with differing social identities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic classes, and life experiences.

  • Skilled at presenting and discussing difficult or controversial topics with diverse audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate positive interactions and provide education for understanding diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to a wide range of constituencies represented at HGSE.

  • Ability to engage in productive and respectful conversations with individuals and groups on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

  • Strong work-ethic, dependable and reliable.

  • A team player

Additional Information

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.
We do this by:

• Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
• Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
• Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
• Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
• Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
• Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit:

Working Conditions

NOTICE: 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:

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Dean's Office

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

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.


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