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Assistant Dean for Student Development and Evaluation
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 10/14/2022
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Title Assistant Dean for Student Development and Evaluation
School Harvard Medical School
Department/Area Graduate Education
Position Description
The Assistant Dean for Student Development and Evaluation (ADSDE) uses a data-driven approach to direct all aspects of student professional development for the doctoral and master’s students at Harvard Medical School. The work of the ADSDE supports over 1000 doctoral students across the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences Programs , as well as the more than 550 students within the nine master’s programs at Harvard Medical School . This ADSDE is the senior administrative leader charged with managing a team of career development support staff to ensure that graduate students in HILS and at HMS have access to stage-specific resources to support their development as scientists, professionals, and people. This work is driven by data and thus the ADSDE also oversees the development and dissemination of research tools to evaluate student needs, assess the impact of their team’s programming, and refine their approach based on the data. These data are also used to evaluate programmatic outcomes to target strategic investments to better support graduate programming, curriculum, and external training grant applications.
The ADSDE is a critical member of the HMS Graduate Education leadership team, reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and will have a non-tenure track Lecturer appointment in the department aligned with their scientific background. They work with the faculty leadership of doctoral and master’s programs at HMS, as well as the senior administrative leadership in graduate education, to leverage data for continuous quality improvement of our graduate programs. This work includes such initiatives as developing peer mentor training programs to enhance the culture of professional development and sense of community among graduate students, enhancing the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) within doctoral programs, and developing and deploying a curriculum on career exploration, professional skills, and career transition for life sciences graduate students. The ADSDE is also charged with developing a comprehensive, integrated plan to support and track student participation in experiential learning opportunities and internships. The ADSDE will develop and deploy 360 degree evaluations of all of these career exploration and experiential learning opportunities.
The ADSDE supervises the work of a team of administrative professionals, which includes a career advisor, a student development coordinator, and a data analyst. The work of this team is also enabled by the integrated career services management platform that is customized to focus on the needs of the life science graduate student population within HILS and at HMS. Therefore, the ADSDE must maintain a focus on the development, deployment, and optimization of all software tools enabling this work.
The ADSDE and their team establishes and manages all internal and external relationships with other student-serving offices, as well as with potential employers. They supervise the communication strategy to promote career education initiatives to our students and other stakeholders, and develop platforms that make relevant data accessible to students and stakeholders on publicly accessible platforms. They participate in regional and national conferences to disseminate, learn about, and locally implement best practices in student development and evaluation. As such, the ADSDE is a national expert in the fields of life science student development and training evaluation.
The work of the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Evaluation roughly breaks down as follows:
  • Career Services and Professional Development for HMS Master’s Students (20%)
  • Skills Training and Professional Development for Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) Doctoral Students (20%)
  • Program Evaluation for HMS Master’s Programs and HILS Doctoral Programs (20%)
  • Evaluation of Career Education programming for HMS Master’s and HILS Doctoral Programs (20%)
  • Staff and Administrative Management (20%)

We are accepting applications until Monday, October 31, 2022.
Basic Qualifications
  • PhD in the life sciences or related field and at least 7 years of teaching and/ or administrative leadership experience in higher education.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing in a complex matrix organization.
  • Experience mentoring graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows
  • Experience managing staff
  • Exhibit the highest level of integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality in work.
  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of work.
Additional Qualifications
Special Instructions
To apply:

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • A cover letter that addresses your interest in and qualifications for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A teaching statement following the Teaching Statement Guidelines ( ). The teaching statement is an opportunity to describe your philosophy of teaching in the context of your own experiences. A discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion is an important component of the teaching statement.
  • The names and contact information of three professional references.

We are accepting applications until Monday, October 31, 2022.
Contact Information
Nancy Gerard
Assistant to Dean for Graduate Education

Contact Email
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3
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