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Harvard University Executive Dean for Administration in Cambridge, Massachusetts

55915BRAuto req ID:55915BRJob Code:366063 Administrative Dean Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Executive Dean for AdministrationSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :063Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required

  • 15+ years of related, progressively-responsible administrative experience required

  • Leadership and supervisory experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills: The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Master's Degree preferred

  • Experience in higher education, non-profit, hospital administration, or related field preferred

  • Experience generating enthusiasm for and commitment to the mission of the School

  • Demonstrated experience building and influencing partnerships and alliances within organizations and among its affiliates

  • Excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral, as well as strong tact, discretion, and judgment

    The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments

  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

Additional Information: Duties and Responsibilities Continued:

Management oversight responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supervises 6 direct reports in various functional areas, including HR, IT, Finance, Sponsored Programs Administration, Operations/Facilities, and administrative support;

  • Manages and oversees the School's financial resources, including the development of annual and long-range operating and capital budgets, the development and negotiation of financial alternatives to fund academic programs, and the management of relations with external funding sources;

  • Manages and oversees the School’s research administration function that provides grant management support for primary investigators (PIs) and appropriate compliance guidance to School senior leadership, research administration staff, PIs, and academic departments, consistent with federal regulations and the requirements of non-federal funders;

  • Manages and oversees the School's physical plant and grounds, including facility engineering and construction, physical plant maintenance, administrative space planning, security, Environmental Health and Safety compliance, and related facility operations;

  • Manages and oversees the School's human resources including planning for and the implementation of strategies to maximize the School's human resources, to increase staff and faculty diversity, and to maintain a dedicated and highly-qualified work force;

  • Manages and oversees the School's information technology infrastructure and other strategic initiatives and long-range planning processes in support of academic programs and administrative operations;

  • Manages and oversees the School’s emergency management and business continuity functions.

    The Executive Dean has a dotted-line reporting relationship to the University Executive Vice President, participates actively in the Administrative Deans affinity group, and works collaboratively with University Central Administration leaders and the Administrative Deans of the other Harvard Schools on various cross-School projects and in various University-wide forums.


At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/about/mission/) and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/diversity/) initiatives.


  • The Chan School does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 180 day orientation and review period.

  • Harvard University provides a comprehensive and competitive total compensation package (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) .


Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage (http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/) . Department:Dean's Office AdministrationPre-Employment Screening:Credit, Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration Job-Specific Responsibilities: Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Works closely with the dean of the faculty to plan and manage the School's strategic initiatives in a number of areas. As such, the Executive Dean has a special responsibility for ensuring the coordination of all administrative and business matters with the academic mission and programs of the School, and for promoting communication between and among administrative and academic units in support of School priorities and initiatives;

  • Works closely with the dean for academic affairs to ensure coordination between the academic/research activities of the School and administrative functions, as well as appropriate support of the academic/research activities by the administrative, financial, and business functions;

  • Manages and coordinates community and government relations, and provides leadership on cooperative ventures and new initiatives involving city, state, national, and international entities;

  • Manages and evaluates the School's participation in ongoing business ventures involving affiliated institutions, the Boston and Massachusetts business communities, and other Boston institutions, and takes the lead in developing new lines of business and initiatives to strengthen Boston institutions' preeminence in science and technology;

  • Works collaboratively with the members of the Dean's senior leadership team, as well as with the School’s leaders of the education, student service, communications, and fundraising administrative teams.

    Duties and responsibilities will continue in the "Additional Information" section below.

PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Boston) onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols. School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 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.Job Summary: The Dean's Office Administration team provides administrative support to the Dean of the Faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to advance the Dean's priorities and the School's mission to advance the public's health through learning, discovery, and communication.

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Executive Dean for Administration is the senior administrative officer of the Chan School and is responsible for the management and coordination of the administrative operations of the School, including all financial, research administration, facility, human resources, information technology, and other business operations.

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