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Harvard University Director of Student Affairs in Cambridge, Massachusetts

57758BRAuto req ID:57758BRJob Code:S0359M FSS Student Service Mgt V Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Director of Student AffairsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :059Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills: BASIC QUALIFICATIONS contd:

Master’s degree (preferably in student development, higher education administration or related field), 5+ years of progressively responsible experience working in higher education. Extensive experience working with a student population required.


Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and other administrative offices at Harvard. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and ability to embrace change required. Ability to take initiative, make decisions, follow through and handle complex and sensitive situations. Absolute discretion in handling confidential information. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with multiple competing deadlines. Additional Information: Interviews: While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.

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:

In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is required. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future. We regret that we cannot sponsor a work visa.

Department:Office of Student AffairsPre-Employment Screening:Identity Job Function:Faculty & Student Services School/Unit:Harvard Graduate School of Design 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 8 years’ relevant work experience

  • Supervisory 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

  • May be required to work nights and weekends

  • This position requires occasional evening and weekend work along and ability to work remotely is necessary.

  • Flexwork Note: We are currently developing hybrid workplace models which will actively support some remote work (within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business) where business and team needs allow. This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Cambridge, MA-based campus 2-3 days per week. Specific days and schedules will be determined between you and your manager.

Position Description: SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Director of Student Affairs has a general responsibility for the welfare of 1,000-plus graduate and professional students with the following responsibilities: Counsels students on a variety of personal and academic issues. Develops programs and activities to enhance the quality of student experience in a multicultural academic environment. Assesses the needs of the student body, organizes educational, social, and cultural activities, facilitates student development, encourages diversity and supports the academic goals of the school. Advises student government and student organizations, organizes special events, and interprets policies and procedures for student groups and activities. Responsible for orientation and graduation activities, services for students with disabilities, and financial management of student organizations. Supervises a student affairs coordinator, staff assistant, senior program coordinator and assistant/associate director. Member of the Student Affairs management team. Works on projects assigned by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.


  • Oversees Student Affairs team and operations.; provides leadership and guidance to Student Affairs staff.

  • Counsel and support students on a variety of personal, medical, and academic issues. Provides backup support to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in handling student emergencies as they arise.

  • Identifies strategic needs and opportunities for new student programming and improving student service. Design and manage educational, social and culture activities for the campus, particularly those in support of wellness, student development and the academic goals of the school.

  • Oversees New Student Orientation and works with Admissions and Student Affairs staff (as well as coordinating efforts with other GSD entities) to implement a comprehensive strategy to address the areas of student development, Title IX programming, diversity and inclusion during orientation.

  • Provides guidance to the Student Forum; Oversees student groups and other student-organized activity at the GSD; confers with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs on issues related to student wellness and success and establishing policy regarding student group events and the allocation of funding.

  • Oversees Commencement activities as well as Class Day.

  • Oversees informational content on website related to student affairs.

  • Manages the Student Affairs budget.


    Supervises a student affairs coordinator, staff assistant, senior program coordinator and assistant/associate director. 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.