Harvard University — Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, the Director is responsible for strengthening and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) at HGSE. In consultation and collaboration with the Dean’s Office and senior leaders at the school, advises, shapes, develops and implements a robust DEIB strategy to create a learning and working environment where all students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity and necessary supports to thrive. In addition to the Dean’s Office, partners closely with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources to develop targeted strategies and needs assessments to advance the work in those specific communities. As the schoolwide lead for DEIB, identifies and makes connections across constituencies where synergies exist.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Leading the DEIB Office

  • Leads the DEIB Office to serve as a central resource for HGSE. Advises the Dean’s Office on schoolwide and University DEIB matters and serves as a collaborator and resource to all departments on advancing DEIB in their work internally and externally.
  • Chairs/co-chairs advisory group focused on DEIB issues, which may include a cross section of community members. Additionally, convenes a central meeting for diversity workgroups across the school at least annually to discuss priorities, opportunities, and coordination.
  • Creates and disseminates monthly/quarterly newsletter with resources, articles, happenings, and events, as well as an annual report on progress and opportunities for continued growth.
  • Mentors and supports the Assistant Director for Student DEIB.
  • Build and retain a diverse team, providing exceptional leadership and effective supervision of the DEIB team.
  • Model inclusive leadership in team meetings, hiring actions, performance management, opportunities for growth, and mentorship.
  • Through the supervision of team members, oversee the carrying out of all administrative and operational activities related to the DEIB office.
  • Serve as a resource to all direct reports, stepping in as needed to provide additional support and/or coverage.
  • Serves as a Title IX Coordinator for HGSE

Strategic Efforts and Capacity Building

  • Responsible for leading the development of a schoolwide strategy for DEIB based on an articulated vision and assessment of learning opportunities across multiple dimensions of diversity. Works in coordination with Dean’s Office and departments across HGSE to implement the strategy.
  • Builds capacity of the HGSE student, staff, and faculty communities to engage, educate, and advance DEIB by creating and implementing year-long programming, educational opportunities, and professional development for each community population, as well as programming inclusive of all groups.
  • Identifies, recommends, and implements practices, policies, and programming that promote a culture that fosters diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging.
  • Designs and implements initiatives to advance and create opportunities for dialogue and the development of skills, behaviors and knowledge about differences, bias and the importance of cultural competence, equity, and diversity.
  • Assesses specific constituent group needs to provide targeted supports and advise on programming, in collaboration with colleagues across HGSE.
  • Monitors progress and measures effectiveness of the school’s DEIB strategy and programs to determine progress and identify gaps. Advise on and develop action plans to address ongoing issues. Analyze results to identify short- and long-term strategies that will strengthen offerings.

Partnership with other HGSE Offices

  • Collaborates with the Dean’s Office and faculty, student, and staff leaders to identify and advise on needs and opportunities related to DEIB priorities.
  • Partners closely with faculty and with the Senior Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, the TLL and the Senior Instructional Coach for Anti-Racist Pedagogy to further conversation and professional development to ensure inclusive curriculum and teaching practices as well the management of in-class conflicts that arise.
  • Partners with the Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Director for Student DEIB to identify, develop and support DEIB initiatives for the student community.
  • Partners with the Associate Dean for Human Resources and the HR team to advise on DEIB opportunities and create and continue efforts to support DEIB priorities, inclusive work environments and to further develop the skills of managers and staff.
  • Engages and partners with Marketing and Communications to establish HGSE’s voice and position on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for internal and external audiences.

Partnership at the University Level

  • Represents HGSE on DEIB matters across the University
  • Partners with Harvard’s CDO and other DEIB specialists across the university to implement, facilitate, and integrate University-wide initiatives at HGSE.
  • Connects with other DEIB colleagues across the University and bring advances in diversity, equity, and inclusion thinking and efforts back to HGSE.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of directly related experience leading and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Candidates wishing to be considered must submit a resume in addition to a cover letter.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Previous experience supervising and leading a team.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Significant experience in building and supporting initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing best practices and leading diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging organizational change efforts, including challenges and ways to overcome them.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals with differing social identities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic classes, and life experiences.
  • Skilled at presenting and discussing difficult or controversial topics with diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate positive interactions and provide education for understanding diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to a wide range of constituencies represented at HGSE.
  • Ability to engage in productive and respectful conversations with individuals and groups on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Strong work-ethic, dependable and reliable.
  • A team player

Working Conditions
Once Harvard resumes regular operations this position will no longer be remote and work will be performed on campus in Cambridge MA.

NOTICE: Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. 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/.

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

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.


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