The Student Engagement Office, located within the Dean of Students Office, is committed to creating experiences that help students build community. The Assistant Dean will have direct impact on the day to day activities within the larger student organization community, as well as the leadership of the Harvard Undergraduate Association.
Through Student Engagement's values of Mattering, Discovery, Partnership, and Growth the office plays a significant role in the vibrancy of Harvard College with a focus on personal and social transformation.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Engagement, the Assistant Dean is a member of the Student Engagement team in the Office of the Dean of Students. The Assistant Dean will work closely with the larger Student Engagement team, stakeholders such as the Office of Undergraduate Education, HUHS, and HUDS, to support both the Harvard Undergraduate Association and larger student organization community within the College. The position requires strict confidentiality, as well as strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to be a part of our community.
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Postgraduate degree preferred.
Experience in higher education, particularly in student engagement.
Specific knowledge of student organization management systems.
Abiding interest in students and dedication to their development as whole beings, and an energetic commitment to improving their experience on campus.
Substantial and demonstrable experience leading a strategically important student affairs function based on sound principles of student development and a clear philosophy about the integration of residential and co-curricular life with academic endeavors.
Intellectual acuity and confidence to engage with academic departments and the Faculty on curricular and academic advising issues that affect the quality of the student experience.
Competence managing a large and diverse team, coaching and developing staff, and providing regular supervision of their work and outcomes.
Understanding and perspective on the impact of demographic changes on the composition and needs of the student body, and nimble at identifying programmatic adjustments in response.
Collaborative style and sophistication in working with partners across multiple organizations to create the conditions for a high-quality student experience.
Skilled at interacting with a diversity of external constituents (parents, alumni, donors, and so on) who express interest and have a stake in the work of the office.
Appreciation for and creativity in adapting traditions and mores of Harvard College to changing times.
Adept oral and written communicator, skilled at presenting materials to broad audiences and at framing issues for discussion.
Calm under pressure and during crises, and able to direct teams during high-stress periods to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students.
Competence in managing finances and planning for program development over multiple years.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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