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Harvard University Assistant Director of Undergra in Cambridge, Massachusetts

60362BRAuto req ID:60362BRJob Code:S0558M FSS Academic Affairs Mgt IV Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director of Undergraduate StudiesSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

PhD in Chemistry or related field, Experience teaching and advising undergraduate students, Experience with student programming, Familiarity with the development, interpretation, and implementation of academic policies strongly preferred

Position requires excellent skills in working with a variety of constituencies, administration, organization, attention to detail, and the ability and willingness to learn a variety of complex university systems and policies (e.g. my.Harvard (especially teaching & advising portal), OpenScholar, Canvas, reporting tools, etc)

Additional Information:All formal offers will be made by FAS Human ResourcesDepartment:Chemistry and Chemical BiologyPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:Monday-Friday, 9am-5pmJob Function:Faculty & Student Services School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences 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.Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time

  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion

Working Conditions:Work is performed in an office setting.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Information ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: Position Description:

The Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) works with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to run the entire undergraduate studies program. Together the DUS and ADUS manage the concentration’s academic affairs operations including faculty support, curriculum management and training for a concentration program of 150-200 students.

The ADUS creates programs to mentor and advise pre-concentrators and concentrators on substantive subject in chemistry, opportunities for research, research design, and in general on the relationship of an undergraduate study in chemistry to the world beyond Harvard. The ADUS is critical to educating undergraduates, training future scientists, and creating a positive and rewarding experience for Harvard college students.

Undergraduate Advising

  • Contribute to the advising of new and returning Chemistry concentrators and help with advising in areas where concentration and college-wide policies intersect.

  • Co-coordinate and help to create the plans of study for pre-concentrators and concentrators in Chemistry.

  • Supervise departmental undergraduate groups, including Chem Club

  • Conceptualize, create, and direct the Peer Concentration Advisors Program in Chemistry

  • Conceptualize and create the Chemistry Community Center on the first floor of the Science Center for undergraduate student support.

  • Is available to meet with students 1 to 1 or in groups.


  • Manages Chemistry Undergraduate Studies staff including Director of Advanced Undergraduate Labs and Director of Instructional Laboratory Programs. Responsible for all aspects of position management including hiring, performance management, conflict resolution and professional development/coaching.

  • Oversee the development of content for new teaching initiatives, and may help with non-ladder faculty hiring, reviews, and reappointments, help with TF training, manage the departmental TFs.

  • Oversee the advising of thesis writers and potential thesis writers on topic selection, research design, finding a thesis adviser.

  • Oversee members of the instructional team to assist students in preparing a one-page research proposal specific to their target lab so they can obtain financial support through fellowships.

  • Direct and expand the Peer Study Leaders Program in Chemistry

Research Advising and Lab Placement

  • Work with the DUS and CCB Faculty to restructure the life and physical sciences curriculum so that during their first year in college all our students gain the knowledge required to join a lab

  • Improve students’ competence and confidence level in finding research opportunities at and beyond Harvard through activities and support systems embedded in the first-year life and physical sciences courses

  • Guide interested students into CCB labs, leverage existing resources to provide a high-quality research experience that prepares our undergraduates for a career in STEM

  • Develop programming and advising support specifically for URM students in CCB labs

  • Identify students in the fall semester life and physical sciences courses, develop programs that would foster interactions between undergraduate students and faculty willing to provide a mentored research experience.


  • Organize and execute programming for pre-concentrators and concentrators: including year-long speaker series (one with faculty and one with recent alumni/recruiters to discuss post-college opportunities), annual receptions, and other events

  • Organization of senior thesis prize, including collaborating with faculty and department

  • Partnership with departmental senior leaders on programming and events to include undergraduates

  • Collaborating with CCB Outreach Manager to develop, distribute and plan undergraduate concentrator newsletter

Committee Work

  • Serve as a member of the Departments Curriculum Committee ,Serve on the Senior Thesis Prize committee, Serve on Hershbach Prize committee

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.