The Assistant Director works closely with members of the senior leadership team to maintain and promote the quality of the Program in General Education's academic offerings; contributes to the strategic planning and design of the Program; and improves the ways the office can support the students who take courses, and the faculty and graduate students who teach them. Reporting to the Director of the Program in General Education (Gen Ed), the Assistant Director oversees all administrative aspects of the Faculty Standing Committee on General Education, including its Quantitative Reasoning with Data (QRD) sub-committee; facilitates the ongoing review of courses; administers the College's divisional distribution and QRD requirements; is responsible for the public face of the Program and guidance for the Program's communications, including Program websites and content in other College publications; advises on requirements and policies for the College's Gen Ed, divisional distribution and QRD requirements. Manages a Program Coordinator who supports the Gen Ed Committee and an Administrative Assistant, who provides key support to all members of the office team.
Advises on requirements and policies for the College's General Education, divisional distribution and Quantitative Reasoning with Data requirements
Fields inquiries related to requirements and policies in person, by phone and online
Assesses student requests for exceptions and processes related updates to students' academic records
Communicates with House resident deans and academic coordinators to help ensure students' completion of relevant graduation requirements
Develops advising presence in the Houses and Yard
Serves as the program's liaison to the Advising Program Office
Designs and delivers advising materials, trainings and presentations for students, staff and advisors
Identifies and publicizes Harvard Summer School courses that count for the Gen Ed, divisional distribution and QRD requirements
Identifies, recommends and initiates changes to existing policies and procedures
Oversees all administrative aspects of the Faculty Standing Committee on General Education, including its Quantitative Reasoning with Data sub-committee
Sets agenda and schedules for planning meetings and committee meetings, and ensures completion and tracking of all follow-up tasks
Communicates with committee members
Oversees tracking of information/status for all proposals for new courses
Implements the ongoing course review process
Tracks programmatic and policy issues, and documents decisions
Administers the College's divisional distribution and Quantitative Reasoning with Data requirements
Responsible for review and catalog listing of eligible courses, working closely with academic departments, divisional deans' offices and the Registrar's Office
Manages the public face of the Program and provides guidance for the Program's communications
Supervises the development and maintenance of the Program in General Education and QRD websites
Ensures that the Program in General Education, divisional distribution requirement and QRD requirements are appropriately included in College and University publications
Supervises Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Assigns and oversees day-to-day work
Engages in ongoing coaching
Conducts annual performance reviews
With the support of FAS HR, responsible for corrective action, up to and through termination, if needed
Other duties as assigned by the Director.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
MA in Higher Education or in a field taught in the Faculty of Arts & Science strongly preferred. Demonstrated success in an academic environment, including direct interaction with faculty, staff and students. Knowledge of undergraduate liberal arts programs. Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, and excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience advising undergraduate students and handling confidential data. Ability to supervise staff and build positive relationships to work professionally with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students. Strong diplomatic skills and tact, and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, and experience with public speaking. Self-motivating, able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Outlook Suite, plus capacity to learn new software for student records, web design and information management.
The Program in General Education is a set of courses and requirements outside the concentration (major) that all 6,500 undergraduates in Harvard College must fulfill. Courses in General Education address urgent problems or enduring questions, and are unusually explicit in connecting the subjects students study to the people they will become and the world beyond the classroom. In addition to the General Education requirement, the office supports the College's divisional distribution and Quantitative Reasoning with Data requirements.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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