Harvard University Director of Diversity Education and Support in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Auto req ID 42859BR

Business Title Director of Diversity Education and Support

School/Unit Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sub-Unit ------------

Location USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Function Faculty & Student Services

Time Status Full-time

Schedule Monday - Friday, 9am -5pm

Department Office of Student Life

Salary Grade 057

Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop a comprehensive student intern education and leadership training program that addresses the complex intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, and other aspects of identity. This work will be done in partnership with the Directors of the BGLTQ office, Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and the Women’s Center.

  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student staff within the diversity education and outreach area, which may include but is not limited to the Diversity Peer Educators, other Student Interns, and Graduate Fellows.

  • Manage the Diversity Peer Educators program and provide mentorship and support to Diversity Peer Educators

  • Supervise the Administrative Fellow and Program Coordinator. Provide coaching and support to House tutors and Yard proctors in their work with students.

  • Serve as primary resource and support for undocumented students; co-chair the undocumented student working group; work with staff in Houses and Yards to provide support for undocumented students. Advise the Act on a Dream student organization.

  • In partnership with College and University offices, provide resources and support to first-generation and high financial aid students.

  • Work with campus liaisons to develop and implement training opportunities for Specialty Tutors (Gender & Sexuality, Race Relations, CARE, Public Service, and Wellness). Support the Office of BGLTQ Student Life and Harvard College Women’s Center in coordinating the Gender & Sexuality Specialty Tutors. Facilitate workshops and cultural competency trainings for tutor and proctors within the Houses and Yards.

  • Manage the Harvard College Bias Reporting System. Develop policies and procedures related to the reporting and resolution of bias, harassment and discrimination. Respond to complaints within 24 hours and refer cases to appropriate hearing officers.

  • Coordinate annual events that increase awareness of issues of difference and belonging.

  • Implement a comprehensive assessment program and develop learning outcomes for programs. Track data relevant to diversity education programs and make decisions based on evidence.

  • Provide emergency assistance to students as needed, including assessing the unique needs in each case, connecting students to resources, and following up to ensure student needs have been met.

  • Represent the Office of Student Life and Diversity and Inclusion area on College and University committees. Serve as an expert and referral point for the OSL staff on the specific needs of students of color and underrepresented student populations.

  • Manage total budget of $150,000.

  • Serve as an ambassador for the Office of Student Life as an active participant within the College, University, and broader professional community.

    Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. 5+ years of student services management experience in a higher education setting.

Additional Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred in a related field (e.g., higher education administration, student affairs, women’s studies, ethnic studies, lgbt studies)

  • Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment; Strong commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion, including intersectionality issues

  • Professional experience with budgeting and personnel management;

  • Proven capacity to design a diversity training curriculum to reach a wide range of students;

  • Skilled oral and written communicator, with proficiency in speaking publicly, often extemporaneously, and in navigating difficult and sensitive topics;

  • Demonstrated ability to create, deliver, organize and evaluate programs and events;

  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends

  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with high achieving students.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills including the ability to demonstrate initiative, set priorities, and achieve department goals with excellent attention to detail;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate, mediate, advise, advocate, and mentor;

    Additional Information In partnership with students and colleagues, the Office of Student Life at Harvard College cultivates an inclusive residential and campus experience that facilitates social engagement, campus involvement, intellectual curiosity, and personal exploration. The Office of Student Life staff are guided by the values of inclusion, support, partnership, respect, and excellence.

The Director of Diversity Education and Support contributes to this mission by furthering a Harvard College community that integrates issues of diversity into all realms of students’ co-curricular experience.

Reporting to the Assistant/Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the Director of Diversity Education and Outreach (DEO) is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and support services which further student learning around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, and other aspects of identity. The Director provides visionary leadership and management oversight for all DEO programs and services that support and enhance the intellectual, personal, and social aspect of the student experience. The Director must have a deep understanding of issues of diversity, student development, community, and issues/conditions that impact underrepresented, first-generation, and under-resourced students in higher education.

The Director is a highly visible and engaged role. The Director consults with campus and community stakeholders about the needs and issues of students of color, undocumented students, first generation, under-resourced, and other underrepresented students. The Director fosters a supportive residential community at Harvard and educates and provides resources for staff within the House and Yard communities regarding issues related to diversity and inclusion. In collaboration with various campus units, the Director works to realize the university’s commitment toward making the entire university welcoming and supportive of all students.

The Director will be expected to work collaboratively with the Directors of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and the Harvard College Women’s Center to further education efforts around issues of diversity. The Director will also work collaboratively with colleagues across the College and University to support College students.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources

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