Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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
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
- 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
- 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.
361060 Administrative Manager
Strategic Efforts and Capacity Building
Partnership with other HGSE Offices
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
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
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 at the University Level
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
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
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.
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.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of directly related experience
leading and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts.
Advanced degree preferred.
Previous experience supervising and leading a team.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication
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
Ability to engage in productive and respectful conversations with
individuals and groups on diversity, equity, inclusion and
Strong work-ethic, dependable and reliable.
A team player
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
• Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be
• Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and
policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and
• 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
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