Reporting to the Associate Director of Diversity in the Division of Medical Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and working with the GSAS Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs team, the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion will be responsible for the overall strategic management of recruitment and admissions processes for historically underrepresented students in the 14 life science PhD Programs of the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) and for advancing the vision and strategic priorities envisioned by HILS leadership.
The HILS federation is part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is comprised of 14 PhD programs, with 1,400 students and 700 faculty. HILS promotes interdisciplinary academic and research collaboration and builds community among students, faculty, and staff through programming across research areas, PhD programs, departments, and schools.
Coordinating recruitment efforts across HILS Ph.D. programs
Advising prospective students interested in life sciences at Harvard
Representing HILS at national and local student recruitment fairs
Coordinating on-campus events for prospective applicants from historically underrepresented backgrounds, developing an annual recruitment preview weekend, and managing and administering virtual open house(s)
Coordinating faculty diversity ambassador program and student-led recruitment efforts
Promoting HILS recruitment and diversity, inclusion, and belonging efforts on social media platforms, and the HILS and GSAS websites
Evaluating recruitment efficacy of historically underrepresented students, developing recommendations and reports, and implement changes as necessary.
Providing research and recommendations to support best practices and developing content to educate and train HILS admissions committees
Documenting recruitment efforts and outcomes to be included in training grant progress reports and reports for HILS leadership.
Supporting the Research Scholar Initiative, the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program, and the Summer Institute
Facilitating affinity space(s) and conversations about diversity, inclusion, and belonging with faculty, staff, and students as needed.
The Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion will work effectively within a culture inclusive of individuals with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations, and appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals.
This is a term position with an end date of June 30, 2022, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience
Master's degree in higher education preferred
Strong written and oral communication skills
PhD degree in life science or a STEM field preferred with 2 additional years of experience (post-doctoral or other)
Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power, and the ability to foster constructive dialogue with different groups across campus, establish ongoing communication structures, and work in collaboration with others to ensure an inclusive environment
Experience working with students belonging to groups underrepresented in science is preferred
Familiarity with reporting tools and the ability to analyze information; previous experience using technology to facilitate and support diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives
Ability to work with a diverse group of constituents, including faculty, staff, and students
Strong collaborative style is highly desirable
Adaptable and flexible
Work will be located on FAS campus (Cambridge) and HMS/HCPHS campus (Boston)
A valid driver's license is necessary for business trips
Must be available to travel for business, including possible car rental
Must be able to pack, lift, and carry boxes containing recruitment material (up to 30 lbs.)
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: 53613BR
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