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Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/26/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Temporarily remote
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Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Programs oversees the Harvard Radcliffe Institute's (HRI) programmatic departments, including Fellowship, Academic Ventures & Engagement (AV&E), and the Schlesinger Library. The Associate Dean will work closely with the Dean, Executive Dean, Institute leadership, Institute and University faculty, and other stakeholders to develop and implement academic programs that create and share transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professions.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Dean on high-level programmatic directions, including initiatives and engagements that advance the mission of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute;
  • Collaborate with the Dean and senior leadership to advance strategic direction, ensuring that Institute initiatives are prioritized within the Institute’s program departments, including AV&E, Fellowship, and Schlesinger library.
  • Oversees program directors; facilitate and drive key programs from inception phase to completion;
  • Prioritizes shape and facilitate the creation of actionable deliverables across programs by integrating activities;
  • Ensure collaboration and cross-functional engagement across the Institute and with campus and external stakeholders;
  • Represent Radcliffe and promote its strategic direction within the University by developing collaborative relationships with colleagues at other Harvard schools and strengthening the Institute’s contribution to University-wide priorities and initiatives;
  • Create strong working relationships with Institute programmatic and administrative leadership, faculty committees, Harvard affiliates and external partners to support execution of programmatic initiatives.
  • Serve as an advisor, advocate, implementer and resource for strengthening and advancing a diverse and inclusive culture at the Institute; collaborate with the dean and others to expand and deepen discussions about diversity, inclusion, and belonging in programming; identify and implement best practices to create an inclusive campus climate;
  • In collaboration with the dean, manage faculty advisory board for the Institute;
  • Coordinate the cross-Institute student advisory board;
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Finance on budgeting and long-range planning for programs in line with strategic objectives;
  • Represent the Institute to a variety of audiences across Harvard and beyond.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Supervise direct reports including, but not limited to, the Institute’s program directors, including hiring and training, prioritizing work and managing performance.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required. Ph.D. or J.D. preferred.
  • Ten years’ progressively responsible experience in academic leadership, which includes experience managing both individuals and teams.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The incumbent in this position will garner the trust and respect of the dean, senior colleagues and staff, and will serve as a key advisor, advocate, implementer, collaborator and consensus builder; will provide strategic leadership and effectively represent the interests, priorities, goals, and aspirations of HRI with multiple and varied audiences and stakeholders (university administrators, faculty, practitioners, and other HRI community members); will demonstrate commitment to multidisciplinary programming and to fostering diversity, inclusion and belonging in all facets of the Institute’s programming and among students, faculty and staff. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are critical for success; fundraising experience preferred.

Additional Information

About the Harvard Radcliffe Institute

The Harvard Radcliffe Institute is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures and Engagement fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.

Our recently completed strategic plan Radcliffe Engaged, 2019-2024, articulates our goals for the next five years. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to achieving our goals through the efforts of a highly skilled, diverse workforce.

With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University may be exactly the employer you have been looking for.

Learn more about the people and programs of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute at

Due to the COVID-19 crisis the interview process will occur virtually using Zoom. After hire the position will have virtual on-boarding and work will be conducted remotely until we return to our Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. The Harvard Radcliffe Institute does not provide visa sponsorship.

Job Function

General Administration


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

361062 Administrative Manager




Academic Programs

Time Status


Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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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.
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