The Assistant Director of Student Affairs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), will report directly to the Dean for Student Affairs, with a dotted line to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and the Director of Student Services, and provides direct, strategic support to all three positions.
GSAS is the largest graduate school at Harvard with over 4,200 students. Within GSAS, the Office of Student Affairs coordinates administration and sets and implements Graduate School policies, processes, and procedures governing the lifecycle of students' degrees. The Office of Student Services provides support for all students and advocates on their behalf, aiding students with academic or personal difficulties, and helping them navigate and connect with Harvard resources.
The Assistant Director of Student Affairs will serve as one of the two Title IX Coordinators in GSAS, meeting individually with students who have questions, concerns or disclosures about sexual and gender-based harassment, helping connect students to appropriate University resources, and when appropriate, working with University and School offices to request interim measures. The Assistant Director will assist with Title IX trainings in academic departments and will attend monthly university-wide Title IX Coordinator meetings.
The Assistant Director will have oversight of policy compliance in all aspects of graduate students' progress to degree and interrelated procedures and processes, such as Check-In, Course Registration, Satisfactory Progress, Degree Audit, Application for Degree, and submission of electronic dissertations. This position will act as a liaison with the FAS Registrar's Office to monitor and report on all processes. In addition, the Assistant Director will serve as a key strategic resource for administrators in the 57 academic programs and departments in GSAS.
The Assistant Director will work closely with many constituencies across the University to help coordinate processes related to students' progress to degree. The position will partner with other departments within GSAS, such as Admissions and Financial Aid, Diversity, Academic Programs, and Alumni Affairs, as well as with offices outside of GSAS, such as Harvard University Health Services, Harvard International Office, Student Financial Services, and Harvard University Information Technology.
This position will help support the planning and execution of events planned by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Services, such as Commencement, International Orientation, New Student Orientation, and DudleyFest. The Assistant Director will also be fully engaged in the planning and running of the GSAS English Language Program (ELP), which brings non-English-speaking PhD students to campus a month before classes begin for cultural adjustment and English-language instruction.
In addition, the position will provide occasional coverage for on-call emergency notifications from Harvard University Police Department.
When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter)
All final offers made by FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required with 5+ years of experience in student affairs or higher education.
Master's degree preferred; 5+ years related experience in higher education; knowledge of and experience with Title IX in a university setting; demonstrated ability to work with many constituencies and build effective relationships with faculty, administrators, and students; strong organizational, problem-solving and negotiating skills and the ability to work with individuals and groups; ability to work under pressure in a complex institutional environment; superior oral and written communication and customer service skills; strong presentation/public speaking ability; strong analytical and report-writing skills; adaptability and flexibility
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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