Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Senior Associate Dean is a
highly skilled education leader
responsible for providing innovation and excellence in the
leadership, management, and oversight of
HGSE's degree programs (Ph.D., Ed.L.D., and residential and on-line
Ed.M. degree programs) and
student services and supports, which include Admissions, Financial
Aid, and the Office of Student
The Senior Associate Dean will, in collaboration with other key
stakeholders, lead the architecture and
implementation of a 21st-century cohesive, expansive, and
supportive model of student success that
integrates critical activities and services for both on campus and
online degree programs. Serves to
support the partnership and coordination of the offices responsible
for student enrollment (Admissions
and Financial Aid), academic and career development (Degree
Programs), and wellness and personal
growth (Student Affairs) from expressing initial interest in HGSE
General Duties and Responsibilities
School and University Engagement
- As a senior leader at HGSE, collaborates and works closely with
the Dean's Office, members of the faculty, students, and other
University and HGSE administrative offices to build, foster, and
coordinate a culture of success across offices and teams to ensure
incoming and current student needs are met and that the student
experience at HGSE is exceptional.
- Serves on School and University-wide committees and works on
special projects as needed.
Leadership of Degree Programs
- Works closely with the Deans, Director for Master's Studies,
Director for Doctoral Studies, and faculty across the school to
further develop strategies and programs that position HGSE to
attract and retain highly qualified students and maintain the
school's place as a leader in the field of education.
- As a key member of the senior leadership team, undertakes
initiatives to fully integrate academic programs and student
services to support student success and the school's mission.
- Supports the degree program faculty leaders in the continued
development and implementation of program
- Ensures the consistency of information, policies, process, and
guidance across programs and supports.
Leadership of Student Supports and Services
- With the Director of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Financial
Aid, identifies and implements strategies that leverage synergies
between admissions and financial aid.
- Advances the creation and implementation of innovative and
comprehensive programs and services to engage students in
curricular and co-curricular learning experiences.
- Supports students' personal, academic, and professional
development, including by counseling and advising on complex
student cases and problems.
- Works to support the coordination between Student Affairs and
Degree Programs to address individual student needs from both a
wellness and academic standpoint.
- Working with the Academic Dean and Degree Program Steering
Committees, which are comprised of faculty members, establishes
standards and policies for defining a student's curricular and
- Provides high-level oversight of student progress reviews by
supporting the Director for Master's Studies, Director for Doctoral
Studies, and Assistant Directors for Programs.
- Works closely with faculty who are responsible for running the
various degree programs and developing student services, such as
the Program and Concentration Co-Chairs.
Leadership of Team
- Builds and retains a diverse team, providing exceptional
leadership and effective supervision of the department.
- Leads a team of senior-level direct reports in managing the
academic and support services infrastructure to facilitate student
academic and personal success.
- Convenes monthly meetings with key stakeholders to identify,
assess, and discuss potential progress issues or concerns.
- Models inclusive leadership in team meetings, hiring actions,
performance management, opportunities for growth, and
- Ensures that communication and information flow effectively and
efficiently between departments in order to better serve HGSE
students and faculty.
- Serves as mentor to each direct report; coaching and stretching
individuals and teams to take their experiences, planning and work
to the next level.
- Steps in and provides direct support as needed.
Student Policy and Curriculum
- Working with the Academic Dean, develops and implements
academic and community policies, in close collaboration with degree
program faculty directors and co-chairs and the student support
offices (e.g., OSA, Admissions, Financial Aid).
- With program staff/faculty directors and co-chairs, oversees
the process for student petitions, cases, leaves, and other
- Serves as a central resource on individual student issues and
general policy issues related to students.
- Maintains and ensures compliance to School, University, and
- Serves as a Title IX Resources Coordinator for students.
- Manages the financial resources of the programs including
developing and overseeing operating budgets.
- Supports direct reports in their budget planning and
- Advanced degree
- Minimum of 7+ years related experience including having worked
with faculty and graduate students
- Experience providing student supports and services
- Any candidate wishing to be considered must supply a cover
letter in addition to their resume.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- Doctorate in Education preferred.
- Previous experience identifying and implementing innovative
21st century student support models.
- Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead staff.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Excellent negotiating and analytical skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively across teams.
- Experience building and managing budgets.
- Ability to effectively identify and resolve difficult and
sensitive human relations issues.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Comfort engaging in a wide variety of initiatives in a
- As needed, expected to work outside of normal business hours
based on institutional and students' needs (e.g., critical
situations that arise on the weekend) and special events (e.g.,
- We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does
not provide Visa sponsorship.
- This position will be based in Cambridge. All work must be
performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business
(CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT).
- 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/.
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
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: www.gse.harvard.edu
Faculty & Student Services
USA - MA - Cambridge
FS0262 Academic Affairs Director
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and
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.
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,
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