This position will assist the Associate Dean of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODIB), to carry out the work of the Office in effective ways. Broadly, these duties encompass working with students, student groups, and staff at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), working with colleagues to increase our pool of applicants to HKS, and communicating effectively to the whole community about events, resources and tools to enhance diversity, inclusion and belonging at the school.
Please note that this position will need to participate in activities and/or events that fall outside normal business hours and/or on weekends. The ability to handle highly sensitive information with the upmost confidentiality is critical.
Specific components of the role: STUDENTS AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS:
Develop and maintain relationships across HKS with students, faculty and staff to proactively identify issues related to DIB, bring those to the attention of the Associate Dean and school leadership, and problem-solve
Recommend and work with Degree Programs Student Affairs (DPSA) on DIB programming for students, including during orientation and new admits day
In consultation with DPSA, develop and maintain close working relationships with student groups; act as resource for student groups on DIB issues
Act as resource for individual students on problem solving, in close coordination with DPSA, and bring to attention of the Associate Dean of DIB and other school leadership, where appropriate
Conduct outreach to relevant alumni groups
Assist with PPLC planning and execution, as requested
Assist Associate Dean on Diversity Committee meeting and activities of Diversity Committee, Harvard Wide Diversity Alliance (HWDA) and other groups
Work with Associate Dean to develop plans to provide workshops to stakeholders at HKS
Lead and facilitate workshops and develop other learning outlets, as requested
Develop systems to collect, coordinate and centralize communication related to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging events at HKS (across the school and programs) and at the University
Responsible for regularly updating ODIB website and KNET site (both content and design), as directed by Associate Dean
Coordinate and carry out events and programming around DIB issues sponsored by ODIB
Develop and implement events and/or communications related to Heritage months
Draft promotional materials for ODIB programs and events, and assist other departments (e.g. DPSA) in drafting relevant materials, such as recruiting brochures
Represent ODIB at meetings and events when Associate Dean is unavailable under the coordination or direction of the Associate Dean with follow up report and recommendations;
Coordinate with OCPA to ensure content, format, etc. for all communications follows HKS and HU policies and standards
Work with Associate Dean to develop effective communications around diversity at HKS (including reports, infographics or other visuals, as directed)
ADMISSIONS AND RECRUITING
Work with Associate Dean and DPSA to develop targeted and evidence-based recruitment strategies
Increase networks and innovate ways to broaden our reach to broaden pool of qualified applicants
Work with Admissions staff to coach and train them on engagement with underrepresented populations
Develop systems to connect prospective/potential applicants to HKS programs to further resources (e.g. alumni, literature on prep, etc.)
Establish and monitor metrics to measure to evaluate recruiting efforts and strategies
Occasional travel for recruitment purposes, under direction of Associate Dean and DPSA
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor of Arts Degree required with 5+ years related experience working in Higher Education. Master's degree strongly preferred. Demonstrated success working on diversity programs with faculty, staff and/or students is required.
Familiarity with planning events while working across disparate units and/or programs is also critical. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience planning, developing, implementing, and implementing programs and events in a University environment. Significant experience with program, workshop, and toolkit development, conference planning, and program evaluation including working with qualitative and quantitative data is required.
Must have superior writing and verbal skills. Communications must exhibit the ability to choose the most effective and appropriate form to express ideas and information, including the ability to adapt content tone, style, and form based on the needs of the receiver. Must demonstrate proficiency in tailoring presentations and other communications materials for specific audiences.
Must be dependable, detailed oriented, flexible, organized, enthusiastic and resourceful learner, and possess a high-level professional demeanor. Candidates will have a broad based understanding of resources and academic departments within a University environment; possess a demonstrated history of success working both independently and as part of a team; and have a proven ability to collaborate and work successfully with multiple constituents to deliver and improve programs and initiatives. Must be a team-player. Ability to contribute to development of grants is a plus.
Must be able to use discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive information and data.
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: 49479BR
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