Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for HGSE
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 62630BR
Reporting to the Dean, the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office for the Harvard Graduate School of Education (CDO) is responsible for envisioning, strengthening, and advancing DEI at HGSE. In consultation and collaboration with the Dean's and senior leaders at the school, advises, shapes, develops and implements a robust DEI strategy to create a learning and working environment where all students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity and necessary supports to thrive. In addition to the Dean's Office, partners closely with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources to develop targeted strategies and needs assessments to advance the work in those specific communities. As the schoolwide lead for DEI, identifies and makes connections across constituencies where synergies exist. The CDO must be able to identify, address, and/or advise, and facilitate on equity matters that have or could cause trauma and harm.
Leading the DEI Office
Leads the DEI Office to serve as a central resource for HGSE. Advises the Dean's Office on schoolwide and University DEI matters and serves as a collaborator and resource to all departments on advancing DEI in their work internally and externally.
Chairs/co-chairs advisory group(s) focused on DEI issues, which may include a cross section of community members. Additionally, convenes a central meeting for diversity workgroups across the school at least annually to discuss priorities, opportunities, and coordination.
Through the supervision of staff, creates and disseminates monthly/quarterly newsletter with resources, articles, happenings, and events, as well as an annual report on progress and opportunities for continued growth.
Works in close collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs on DEI and serves as a mentor staff within the Office of DEI, Student Affairs, and Human Resources as needed.
Build and retain a diverse team, providing exceptional leadership and effective supervision of the DEI team.
Model inclusive leadership in team meetings, hiring actions, performance management, opportunities for growth, and mentorship.
Through the supervision of team members, oversee the carrying out of all activities related to the DEI office.
Serve as a resource to all direct reports, stepping in as needed to provide additional support and/or coverage.
Strategic Efforts and Capacity Building
Responsible for leading the development of a schoolwide strategy for DEI based on an articulated vision and assessment of learning opportunities across multiple dimensions of diversity. Works in coordination with departments across HGSE to implement the strategy.
In collaboration with ODEI team members and other offices, builds capacity of the HGSE student, staff, and faculty communities to engage, educate, and advance DEI by creating and implementing year-long programming, educational opportunities, and professional development for each community population, as well as programming inclusive of all groups.
Across all HGSE Communities, Identifies, recommends, and implements practices, policies, and programming that promote a culture that fosters diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging.
Designs and implements initiatives to advance and create opportunities for dialogue and the development of skills, behaviors and knowledge about differences, bias and the importance of cultural competence, equity, and diversity, with a focus on the student community.
Assesses specific constituent group needs to provide targeted supports and advise on programming, in collaboration with colleagues across HGSE.
Develops the strategy for the DEI office to monitor progress and measure effectiveness of the school's DEI strategy and programs to determine progress and identify gaps. Advise on and develop action plans to address ongoing issues. Analyze results to identify short- and long-term strategies that will strengthen offerings.
Partnership with other HGSE Offices
Collaborates with faculty, student, and staff leaders to identify and advise on needs and opportunities related to DEI priorities.
Partners closely with faculty and the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) to further conversation and professional development to ensure inclusive curriculum and teaching practices as well the management of in-class conflicts that arise.
Partners with ODEI team members to support and advise the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services and other key team members to identify, develop and support DEIB initiatives for the student community.
Partners with the Associate Dean for Human Resources and the HR team to advise on DEI opportunities and create and continue efforts to support DEIB priorities, recruitment and retention, inclusive work environments and to further develop the skills of managers and staff.
Engages and partners with Marketing and Communications to establish HGSE's voice and position on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for internal and external audiences.
Partnership at the University Level
Represents HGSE on DEI matters across the University.
Partners with Harvard's CDO and other DEI specialists across the university to implement, facilitate, and integrate University-wide initiatives at HGSE.
Connects with other DEI colleagues across the University and bring advances in diversity, equity, and inclusion thinking and efforts back to HGSE.
Bachelor's degree and 7+ years of directly related experience leading and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts. Other experience may count toward the 7 years required.
Any candidate wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume showing that they meet the required basic qualifications.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Advanced degree preferred.
Previous experience supervising and leading a team.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Significant experience in building and supporting initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Demonstrated experience in implementing best practices and leading diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging organizational change efforts, including challenges and ways to overcome them.
Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals with differing social identities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic classes, and life experiences.
Skilled at presenting and discussing difficult or controversial topics with diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate positive interactions and provide education for understanding diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to a wide range of constituencies represented at HGSE.
Ability to engage in productive and respectful conversations with individuals and groups on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Strong work-ethic, dependable and reliable.
A team player
HGSE is currently developing dynamic workplace models which will actively support a combination of on-campus and remote work (within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business) where business and operational needs allow. You and your manager will discuss the best schedule based on your role and operational need. If your role allows for remote work, please note that all remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA (Only Exempt), CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Please also note that Harvard will withhold each applicable state's required tax and other withholdings from your paycheck for the time you work there.
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.
We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows everyone to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.
We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
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About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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