The MBA & Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School are seeking a seasoned multicultural affairs/higher education administration professional to join as Director, Diversity and Inclusion, MBA & Doctoral Programs. This newly created role will promote an inclusive educational environment, fostering a student life ecosystem that empowers students to partner with faculty and staff to reimagine and inspire a truly inclusive campus culture. Working with talented and passionate student leaders and committed Program staff, the Director will co-create an environment that allows all members to thrive.
The Director, as a member of the senior leadership team, works in close collaboration and reports directly to the Executive Director of MBA and Doctoral Programs, providing expertise on diversity and inclusion issues across the entire program experience. The role also reports indirectly to the HBS Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The Director works extensively with the Managing Director of Student & Academic Services and serves as a member of the broader support team contributing to the overall mission to help students thrive both personally and academically through program delivery and student support services.
The role is envisioned with two separate but concurrent and connected work streams – a rigorous, thorough and ongoing research and analysis program to assess current state and to create a set of goals and actions for short-, medium- and long-term objectives – and to continuously assess progress and opportunities against those goals; and the creation of a spirit and culture of shared commitment to diversity and inclusion opportunities across the MBA and Doctoral academic and personal experience.
The person in this role will serve as a visible and dedicated resource to our students of color/under-represented minorities, possessing subject-matter expertise and demonstrated experience in successfully working with these student populations.
What you'll do:
Building off the recommendations put forth by the Dean's Anti-Racism Task Force, work with faculty program chairs and program staff to help envision and implement a diversity and inclusion roadmap for the MBA and Doctoral student experience, through intensive research and conversation with key stakeholders across the program.
Intentionally develop relationships with students and student leaders to better understand the holistic student experience, accurately represent the student perspective to faculty and staff, and represent the School's perspective to students.
Leverage relationships with students and understanding of the faculty/staff structure and dynamics to set up all sides for successful interactions.
In partnership with MBA and Doctoral department leads, engage in helping students navigate career and academic goals.
Serve as the primary staff liaison to the joint student-faculty-staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council.
Serve as a resource to Section leadership engaging around diversity and inclusion themes, including the International Representatives, Community Values Representatives, DEI Representatives, and Women's Representatives.
Serve as the primary staff liaison to the joint student-faculty-staff Socioeconomic Task Force, existing under the umbrella of the HBS Student Association. Engage and promote partnerships among all stakeholders to better understand the costs of higher education and the experience of students across the socioeconomic spectrum.
Serve as a primary liaison to relevant MBA Student Clubs that are constituted around identity, cultural, religious, or international status. Leverage their energy around programming and training/education initiatives to promote a more inclusive campus environment that fosters a sense of individual belonging.
Encourage students of all backgrounds to invest in their ability to manage diversity well and make the most out of human differences.
Other duties as assigned.
During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position with the transition to onsite at HBS campus in Boston, MA when the office reopens.
While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.
A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS are profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required
8+ years of multicultural affairs, diversity leadership/education, higher education, student activities/services, project management, or related experience required.
The ideal candidate:
Master's degree or MBA enhances consideration
Strong candidates with less than 8 years of experience may also be considered
Can clearly demonstrate the ability to work across multiple groups in a collaborative and effective manner
Has a demonstrated track record of bringing diversity and inclusion to the workplace and/or to an organization
Displays a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with building community among members of a diverse and multicultural organization
Is able to interact effectively with a dynamic population of internal and external partners with a high level of integrity and cultural awareness while promoting diversity and inclusion
Possesses exceptional research and project management skills
Has exceptional professional communication and advanced presentation skills
Who you are:
You are energized by building positive, empowering relationships and earning the trust of students and student leaders
You view the long road ahead as motivation to fuel the journey forward
You can assess new environments and know when to apply established approaches and when to develop new solutions
You aren't satisfied just giving an answer; instead, you want to really understand the question in order to generate even better answers
You're talented at leveraging all available resources (people, systems, technology, facilities) to enhance the student experience
You can thrive in an environment where transparency is strongly valued
You find navigating through ambiguity more exhilarating than frustrating
You're committed to working on a team where we believe that we are better and smarter as a team than as individuals
You are passionate about diversity and inclusion and able to interact with, and respect, individuals whose views of DEI differ from yours
You are committed to freedom of expression in the pursuit of knowledge
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: 53337BR
About Harvard University Business School
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