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Harvard University Assistant Dean for Academic an in Cambridge, Massachusetts

59050BRAuto req ID:59050BRJob Code:FS0461 Academic Affairs Director Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Dean for Academic and Faculty AffairsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :061Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience in higher education administration, including a successful record of leadership. Candidates with a J.D. or other relevant advanced degree will be considered with 7 years of related professional experience. Additional Qualifications and Skills:

We are looking for people who have/are:

  • A J.D. and/or experience with curricular planning and faculty affairs is advantageous 

  • Strategic and analytical leader of people, projects, and process

  • Able to build trust and engage effectively with faculty and other academic professionals

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Flexible and adaptable

  • Tech savvy

  • Domain knowledge and professional networks in legal education is also advantageous

Additional Information:This is an exclusive retained search through C.V. O’Boyle, Jr., LLC.  We invite interested candidates to submit all resumes, cover letters, inquiries and correspondence to Mr. O’Boyle directly as set forth below. Submissions through the Harvard Careers Portal will not be monitored.

Review of candidate materials will continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and contact information for five professional referees who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this specific opportunity. Appointment will be contingent upon successful completion of required background checks.  Expressions of interest, applications, nominations and inquiries should be directed to HLS’s search consultant, Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, Jr., LLC, at, who will furnish an internal job description upon request. All communications will be held in confidence and referees will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. Department:Office of Academic AffairsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Faculty & Student Services, General AdministrationPosition Description:

As Assistant Dean, you will:

  • Oversee administration of HLS’s faculty appointments committees and appointments processes.

  • Coordinate HLS’s curriculum planning and development as part of the academic team, including tracking of faculty teaching preferences, teaching gaps and curricular analysis.

  • Serve as a primary liaison between the faculty hiring committees (entry-level and lateral) and the curriculum committee to facilitate alignment between annual curricular needs and short and long-term faculty hiring efforts.

  • Support the development of faculty meeting agendas and staff faculty meetings in collaboration with the Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs.

  • Manage the visiting faculty and adjunct lecturer appointments process and on-boarding of appointees to HLS.

  • Manage residential and non-residential academic fellowship programs.

  • Oversee annual updating of the HLS Faculty Manual and Handbook of Academic Policies, including policy review and analysis.

  • Oversee the Faculty Workshop series.

  • Oversee of the annual collection and analysis of faculty data, including outside activities, leave requests, summer research and conflict of interest reporting; management of faculty data for institutional research, compliance and external reporting purposes.

  • Monitor changes in the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools and their impact on HLS policies and practices; oversight of ABA annual questionnaires and reports.

  • Oversee the HLS faculty information system and OAA website. Serve as project manager for enhancements, upgrades and related tech projects.

  • Oversee OAA print publications, including the faculty directory.

  • Manage the OAA’s budget.

  • Serve as an ambassador to the HLS and university communities.

School/Unit:Harvard Law School EEO Statement: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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:While the position is based on campus in Cambridge, MA, this role may have the opportunity for a hybrid work arrangement (some combination of on campus and remote), subject to business needs. Job Summary:This is an exclusive retained search through C.V. O’Boyle, Jr., LLC.  We invite interested candidates to submit all resumes, cover letters, inquiries and correspondence to Mr. O’Boyle directly as set forth below. Submissions through the Harvard Careers Portal will not be monitored.

Reporting directly to the long-serving Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and working closely with the Dean and deputy deans, the Assistant Dean manages all functions of the Office of Academic Affairs (“OAA”).   The OAA provides critical strategic leadership and concierge-quality support to the faculty appointments processes, faculty policy matters and institutional research requests, curricular planning and development, as well as oversight and implementation of systems that facilitate and track the work of HLS’s 115 full-time faculty and 200+ other teaching resources.  The Assistant Dean leads a team of five staff, including four direct reports. Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: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.