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Harvard University Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts

58382BRAuto req ID:58382BRJob Code:S0557P FSS Academic Affairs Oficr III Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director of Undergraduate StudiesSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • A PhD in Political Science is preferred for the teaching aspect of the position

  • Experience teaching and advising diverse students

  • Previous administrative experience is a plus

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong commitment to continuous process improvement

  • Regular availability in the office required, with an average of at least 3 days a week on campus during the semester. There will be more flexibility for remote work during the school breaks.

Additional Information:All final offers will be made by FAS HR. Department:Department of GovernmentPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob 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 5 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

  • Regular availability in the office required, with an average of at least 3 days a week on campus during the semester. There will be more flexibility for remote work during the school breaks.

  • The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements ( . 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:

Reporting to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) in Government will help with non-ladder faculty hiring, reviews, and reappointments, help with TF training, manage the departmental TFs, manage the honors program, and serve as primary contact for seniors or other undergraduates as needed. The position is involved in evaluating the work of annual lecturers (who teach for a maximum of 3FTEs), working in partnership with the DUS and the Manager of Academic Administration on all aspects of non-ladder faculty hiring, reviews, and reappointments processes. Including:

  • Determining how to accomplish results with TF training, manages the departmental TFs, non-ladder faculty advising and training, manages the honors program, and serves as primary contact for senior level students.

  • May collaborate with the current ADUS; however, this position will have more focus on advising for instruction, academic assessments, and providing guidance on developing curriculum.

  • Student advising porfolio may change as needed over the course of the academic year and based on program needs.

  • Course Head Teaching: The position has strategic responsibility for developing the course, as well as interviewing and deciding who will be teaching. This involves: Interviewing and hiring teaching fellows; creating seminars based on themes or subfields in political science; working with TFs to create spring workshops for senior thesis writers; ensuring the course is engaging and learning objectives are met.

  • General Instruction: The position teaches one lecture course or a seminar per semester.

  • Creates programs to mentor and advise pre-concentrators and concentrators on substantive subjects in political science, opportunities for research, research design, and--in general-on the relationship of undergraduate study in political science to the world beyond Harvard.

  • Mentor and Advise on both substantive matters such as are described above and on course selection and general concentration matters in one-to-one meetings.

  • Advise thesis writers and potential thesis writers on topic selections, research design, finding a thesis adviser. The ADUS holds formal orientation sessions throughout the year and maintains database of current honors candidates.

  • Serve on various undergraduate studies committees in the department and in the College.

  • Develop content for new teaching initiatives, including learning Open Scholar and being liaison with other parts of Harvard as needed.

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.