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Harvard University Director of Admissions in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54635BRAuto req ID:54635BRJob Code:FS0061 Admissions Director Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Director of AdmissionsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :061Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant and progressively responsible work experience

  • Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership and strategic thinking, including the ability to lead organizational change, cultivate a culture of collaboration, and share knowledge and information effectively.

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal); ability to present to large audiences from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • Strong customer service orientation; ability to engage with diverse constituents with tact and discretion.

  • Strong analytical skills; experience with data-driven decision-making to assess processes, allocate resources, and prioritize efforts in a high-volume and timeline-driven process.

  • Ability to learn complex environments and material, as well as adapt to changing circumstances.

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging.

  • Master’s or other advanced degree preferred.

  • Proficiency with office productivity and collaboration software, as well as business applications, required.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position, please demonstrate basic qualifications are met. Applicants MUST submit a cover letter in addition to their resume in order for their application to be reviewed. 

This position has a 6-month orientation and review period. 

All formal offers will be made by FAS HR. 


The Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Employment Office of Harvard College is committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. In order to recruit and admit a diverse class, as well as support students' equitable access to educational experiences, we strive toward Harvard University’s goal of “inclusive excellence.” We affirm that a rich learning and working environment can only result from a diverse community where all are supported in being their authentic, true selves and empowered to contribute fully to our shared goals and achievements.  

Department:Harvard College Admissions and Financial AidPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:Faculty & Student Services Job-Specific Responsibilities:

+ + Oversee application processing and evaluation, including committees, with an orientation towards continuous improvement; ensure the admissions process aligns with Harvard FAS and College principles/values and enrolls a talented and diverse incoming class.

  • Lead office-wide efforts to reimagine the admissions process and related activities in a rapidly changing and increasingly virtual context.

  • With Dean, develop and implement admissions policies; evaluate and revise in light of changing national or international trends.

  • Supervise five direct reports representing an overall team of 18 staff.

  • Responsible for effective staff management, including training, development, workloads, performance, and retention, and continued development of a diverse, inclusive, and innovative community.

  • Coordinate the FAS Faculty Committee on Admissions; develop and oversee faculty application review process.

  • Serve as liaison to Harvard College, FAS academic divisions, SEAS, and other administrative offices involved in enrolling and supporting students; represent undergraduate admissions to external constituencies.

  • Oversee the athletic review process to ensure compliance with University and Ivy League regulations, as well as Transfer and Visiting Undergraduate Student (VUS) admissions.

  • Provide strategic oversight for international admissions and alumni/ae engagement & interviewing.

  • Manage and oversee admissions budget.

  • Leverage technology, other tools, and resources to effectively manage the application process.

  • Read and evaluate admissions applications; may chair Admissions subcommittees.

  • 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.Working Conditions:

  • Application review is often conducted remotely; admissions committee members are expected to have reliable Internet access.

  • Travel and night/weekend work may be required. 

  • Work is typically performed in an office setting, but may be remote, as directed by FAS. 

Job Summary:Reporting to the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, provides administrative and strategic leadership for the admission process and manages day-to-day operations for the Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.