We are a community of 30+ people committed to making the world a better place for all children, particularly those who face adversity early in life. Our vision is an equitable world where all kids are able to live up to their full potential. We do this by leveraging science and the real-world experience of practitioners, policymakers, and families to build the knowledge, skills and tools required to create more effective early childhood policies and programs. To learn more about the Center click here. We are excited to welcome to our leadership team a new Director of Administration and Culture, who will lead efforts to recruit, retain, develop, and support our mission-driven staff to pursue our shared goal of achieving better outcomes for kids and families. The Center strives to create a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow. We want our staff to have the knowledge, tools, and processes needed to do their work to the best of their abilities. This is a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic leader to assess current operations, policies, and practices to build on what we have, initiate changes, and develop new approaches. We welcome fresh thinking and action to take our organization to the next level.
In particular, we are looking for someone to build on our collective, 4-year journey to create a more equitable and inclusive work environment. With the full backing of our Center Leadership Team, our staff-driven Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee crafted a vision statement that reads in part:
A bachelor's degree and 7 years' experience in a relevant area, such as human resources, organizational development, operations management, staff development, change management, etc., including a track record in diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Any applicant wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to a resume.
Please Note once Harvard resumes regular operations this position will no longer be remote and work will be performed on campus in Cambridge MA.
Think and act strategically and build concrete solutions
Thrive in a fast-paced organization and implement several projects in parallel
Achieve results as an independent contributor, a team member, and leader of a cross-functional group
Leverage expertise to partner with leaders and managers across the organization to make sound, strategic and operational decisions
Build effective partnerships and working relationships with people both inside and outside the organization
A record of success in collaborative leadership
A proven track record in developing and driving policies, procedures and programs focused on: diversity, equity, and inclusion; workforce planning; recruitment and retention; onboarding and orientation; talent and leadership development; performance management and coaching; staff deployment and engagement; employee relations; reward and recognition; and general HR administration
Knowledge of innovative talent management technology tools and best practices on how to develop and nurture a positive organizational culture
Proven, successful supervisory experience and ability to build and motivate high-performing, cross-functional, and collaborative teams
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to connect with different audiences in clear and compelling ways
Effective interpersonal, mediation and conflict resolution skills
A bias for action and a strong solutions-focused, hands-on approach to work that is supported by effective project management skills
A strong results-driven, process-oriented leader with proven ability to develop strategy and implement action plans, and who can influence, build trust, and be effective at all levels
Empathetic, kind, adaptable, analytical, and self-aware
A good listener who focuses on the root causes of complex situations; devises and implements solutions with a high degree of independence
Detail-oriented while holding the big picture
Self-directed, curious, and focused on continually improving
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.
Internal Number: 52910BR
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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.