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Harvard University
  • Position Number: 1459897
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Position Type: Executive - Other Executive

Harvard University

Executive Director
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Duties & Responsibilities
The GSAS Student Center in Lehman Hall (formerly Dudley House) is the home for more than 4,400 students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Reporting to the GSAS Dean for Student Affairs, the Executive Director will lead the GSAS Student Center and will work closely with many constituencies across Harvard. This position will have close ties to students, including the GSAS Student Center Fellows, the student groups that the position will advise, and the student users of the Center. Within GSAS, the Executive Director will partner with the offices that interface most regularly with students (e.g. Student Services, Student Affairs, Diversity and Minority Affairs, Financial Aid) to provide programming that meets the needs of GSAS' diverse student body. This position will also interact with other groups across the University that provide services to GSAS students (e.g. Office of Career Services, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Bureau of Study Counsel).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and execute a strategic vision for the Student Center and help with the branding of the Center

  • Define programmatic priorities for the Center and partner with GSAS and FAS Physical Resources to develop strategic plans to realize those goals

  • Devise strategies and help develop programming designed to engage the full diversity of the GSAS community

  • Represent the Student Center on various high-level committees within GSAS and across the University

  • In consultation with the Center Administrator, select, train, and supervise c. 25 GSAS Student Center Fellows

  • Supervise and advise the 40+ GSAS student groups

  • In collaboration with GSAS Alumni Relations, help foster connections between student groups and alumni, and help identify and develop funding sources for initiatives specific to the Student Center

  • Evaluate methods for student outreach, including new technological systems

  • Produce and review reports, data, and assessments for continual program improvement

  • Generate and manage the Student Center budget

  • Hire and supervise staff, assign and review work, conduct annual performance reviews

Basic Qualifications

  • Master's degree

  • 8+ years of progressive senior professional experience in the area of student affairs/services

Additional Qualifications
Experience working with graduate students. Demonstrated record of effective leadership in higher education. Knowledge of Harvard a plus. Event-planning experience. Demonstrated cross-cultural competencies. Agility navigating cultural differences and communication styles. Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with senior-level managers and faculty. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience developing complex budgets. Knowledge of online student engagement tools (e.g. Campus Labs Engage platform). Coaching and training experience. Strong collaborator with an entrepreneurial spirit, able to build trust across a wide range of stakeholders.
Additional Information
Required documents include: a cover letter; CV; a one-page statement of commitment to encouraging diversity, inclusion, and belonging. In this statement, please discuss your specific involvement with all diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives which lead or played a critical role in your contributions to this area.

GSAS is committed to inclusive excellence and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Job Function
Faculty & Student Services

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Graduate school of Arts and Sciences

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

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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