The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) will serve as a senior central administrative role that prioritizes and champions diversity and inclusion organizational change in collaboration with the highest levels of administrative and faculty leadership and governance at Harvard University.
Reporting to the Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President, this position will play a pivotal role in leading the implementation of the recommendations of the President's Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, Pursuing Excellence on a Foundation of Inclusion.
This role is integrative, and as such, will work with the Senior Advisor to lead, coordinate, enhance, and guide formal diversity capabilities of the institution to create and sustain an environment that demonstrates inclusive excellence for all. The position will work to shape and launch Harvard University's strategic plan for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging and establish a sustainable infrastructure for leading and managing the many strands of work required to achieve a culture of sustainable inclusive excellence. Including a focus on establishing the metrics to gauge University-level progress and using data to identify opportunities that could benefit from evidence based best practices.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Identify and implement best practice strategies to ensure continued and long‐term institutional excellence developed through diversity, equity, and inclusion
Identification of evidence‐based best practices in recruitment, retention and promotion of a diverse, engaged workforce; consultation to schools and units on implementing those practices, with a special emphasis on partnering with Harvard HR.
Develop and manage the Harvard University DIB Dashboard including those metrics to communicate University-level progress toward inclusive excellence.
Collaborate with Schools/Units and central administration offices responsible for learning and development on the implementation of best practices to establish evidence‐based University standards and develop learning/training/development resources, both internal and external, for raising awareness, building capacity, and building skills for leaders in mitigating systemic unconscious bias, difficult conversations, building trust, leading/managing inclusively and equitably
Under the direction of the Senior Advisor, help to serve as a resource in an advisory capacity to leaders throughout the University, specifically but not limited to VPs and leaders in Central administration in their work to advance inclusive excellence within their teams
Serve as a resource to matrix staff and organizational leaders and stakeholders responsible for specific members of the Harvard community to help identify and adopt best practices for constituency‐specific inclusive excellence
Proactively develop and implement programs and initiatives, plans, programs, partnerships, and activities at the university‐wide level that both educate and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity as core values of the institution
Collaborate and strengthen existing partnerships with Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) leads across the university
Participate in strategic discussions with University leaders to ensure consideration of inclusive excellence impact of University policies, decisions and initiatives.
Harvard University has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in confidence to:
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Advanced degree required. A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience, with a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role; Experience as a Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner required.
The ideal candidate will have a documented history of successfully transforming organizational culture with a sustainable approach. Experience developing and advancing diversity and inclusion programs coupled with in‐depth knowledge of theory, research and practice related to serving and leading a diverse group of constituents (including staff, students, faculty, academic personnel, and alumni) in a complex, decentralized environment.
Strong data gathering, data analysis, problem solving and analytical skills
Demonstrated ability to build relationships and successfully advance diversity, inclusion and positive change in a complex, decentralized environment
Adept at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies across and beyond the campus, building coalitions and achieving results through influence, empowerment and competence
Must have an understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power, and possess the energy, enthusiasm, drive, emotional intelligence, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals while balancing the needs of multiple constituencies
Demonstrated experience in planning and prioritization of projects, programs and activities, using sound judgment while meeting organizational requirements and maintaining accountability
Executive level verbal and written communication skills. Excellent listening, collaboration and team‐building skills
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.
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About Harvard University Administration
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.