Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Division of Social Science

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

ID: 7072679
Posted: November 30, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Reporting to the Dean of Social Science and working with the Dean for Faculty Affairs and Planning, the Assistant Dean for Social Science is responsible for overseeing faculty-related procedures in the Division of Social Science , including those related to faculty searches, faculty reviews and promotions, non-ladder and visiting faculty appointments, research appointments, and faculty leaves of absence. The Assistant Dean advises department chairs and administrators about appointment procedures, policies related to faculty, practices aimed at enhancing inclusion and belonging, and a wide range of faculty-related topics. In conjunction with the Dean for Faculty Affairs and Planning and colleagues in other divisions/SEAS, the Assistant Dean also helps maintain consistent application of faculty-related policies and procedures across the FAS. The Assistant Dean is responsible for preparing and executing the Division’s annual multi-million-dollar budget for non-ladder and visiting faculty appointments. Other responsibilities include drafting correspondence and reports, completing special projects for the Dean of Social Science, participating in academic planning for the Division, and advances divisional priorities.

Basic Qualifications

10+ years of relevant work experience
BA degree

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Master’s degree preferred
Experience designing, interpreting, and applying policies and processes
A collaborative working style, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to build strong relationships and influence decisions with people at all levels of the organization are essential
Must have excellent project management, problem identification, and problem-solving skills
Must be highly organized, flexible, and able to manage multiple challenging projects simultaneously in a fast-paced work setting
Understanding of the workings of academic departments
Strong oral and written communication skills, analytical abilities, and presentation skills
Demonstrated good judgment, tact, and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a high-functioning team

Additional Information

Harvard’s Division of Social Science is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission.


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