Associate Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Harvard University Kennedy School
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 63790BR
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODIB) at Harvard Kennedy School is a dynamic unit that brings behavioral, practice, and analytical insights to the design and implementation of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) programs and initiatives. In particular, the Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging will be the student-facing function of the office and responsible for supporting students around DIB issues, activities and coordinating those efforts with the Degree Programs and Student Affairs department (DPSA). Also, this position will perform a wide range of complex programmatic, administrative, analytical, and leadership functions in achieving DIB goals. The Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging will play a central role in implementing infrastructure and processes for systematic collection and analysis of DIB data from across HKS. The Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging reports directly to the Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We seek candidates experienced with and passionate about student support, community engagement, and DIB programming, including analytics and assessment.
Specific components of the role include, but are not limited to:
STUDENT SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING Student Support:
Develop and maintain relationships with students to proactively identify issues related to DIB, bring those to the attention of the Associate Dean and school leadership.
Work with DPSA on student programming, including orientation and new admits day.
Develop and maintain close working relationships with student groups, act as resource for student groups on DIB issues.
Engage with individual students on problem solving, in close coordination with DPSA, and bring issues to attention of the Associate Dean of DIB and other school leadership, where appropriate.
Assist with Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) planning and execution, as requested.
Assist Associate Dean with HKS Diversity Committee including setting agendas, facilitating meetings, coordinating, and executing DivCo programming, and report preparation, as requested.
Serve on the HKS Dean's Diversity group, university-level heritage month working group, and DPSA student program directors working group.
Coordinate and carry out DIB events and programming. Lead and facilitate workshops and develop other learning outlets for the HKS community, as requested.
Partner with various HKS offices including Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA), Human Resources (HR), and Departments and Centers to advance DIB initiatives across HKS. Examples include cohosting events, trainings, and other activities.
COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
Develop a strategic and proactive dib communications plan to align and engage the HKS community around dib education, engagement, and action.
Develop processes and systems to coordinate, centralize, and analyze effectiveness of DIB communications; Coordinate with OCPA to ensure content, format, etc. for all communications follows HKS and HU policies and standards.
Regularly update ODIB website and KNET site (both content and design), as directed by Associate Dean.
Draft promotional materials for ODIB programs and events.
Create and manage DIB content for heritage and history month observances in collaboration with OCPA; Develop and implement events and/or communications related to heritage months.
Work with Associate Dean to develop effective communications around diversity at HKS (including reports, infographics, or other visuals, as directed).
DIB MONITORING AND ANALYTICS
Coordinate efforts to research and evaluate progress toward HKS DIB goals through effective use and analyses of quantitative and qualitative metrics for ODIB programs and initiatives.
Conducting moderate to complex analysis and projection (financial, performance, operational, and statistical) projects on ODIB programs and initiatives, including compilation and arrangement of data, results analysis, charts and other exhibit creation, report preparation, and data accuracy validation. Identify issues or problems with data and make recommendation to remedy errors.
Create reports, as requested, to support HKS leadership decision-making.
The ability to handle highly sensitive information with the utmost confidentiality is critical.
Qualities of the successful candidate include:
Strong written and verbal skills, presentation, and project management skills; ability to interact well with students, faculty, and staff.
Well-organized, able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments simultaneously, with strong attention to detail.
Ability to translate technical and complex data concepts into easy-to-understand presentations for a non-technical audience.
Ability to handle highly confidential and often complex information with discretion.
Bachelor's Degree required with 5+ years related experience working in Higher Education. Minimum of three years of related diversity and inclusion analysis experience. Demonstrated success working on diversity programs with students, is required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The ideal candidate will have considerable experience planning, developing, implementing programs and events in a university environment. Significant experience with program planning and evaluation, including working with qualitative and quantitative data is required.
Demonstrated student engagement, development, and support experience.
Familiarity with planning events while working across disparate units and/or programs is critical.
A demonstrated history of success working both independently and as part of a team.
Ability to communicate persuasively, concisely, and unambiguously, both verbally and written.
Master's degree or Advanced degree strongly preferred.
Experience working on diversity programs with faculty and staff is a plus.
Please note that this position will need to be on campus during the academic year to support student and community events and activities. In addition, the position will require participation in activities and/or events that fall outside normal business hours and/or on weekends, as needed.
We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship. Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
This is an in person position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of fives days per week during the academic year.
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Salary Range: $85,100 - $146,500 Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard Kennedy School's Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism
At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.
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.
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.