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Associate Director of the Fellowships and Writing Center
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 03/12/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Summary

Lead all facets of program administration for student services, serve as a subject matter expert, and provide counseling for students and student groups.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The outlined Typical Core Duties summarize the duties of all GSAS student-facing roles, which include those in the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Services as well as those in the Office of Academic Programs, where the Fellowships & Writing Center sits. The Job Specific Responsibilities explain the particular duties of the Associate Director role.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks an experienced writing specialist to serve as the Associate Director of the Fellowships & Writing Center in the newly established Fellowships & Writing Center, which is part of GSAS¿s Office of Academic Programs. The new Center helps GSAS students excel as writers in all aspects of their graduate career, whether conducting early research, preparing journal articles or writing proposals for prestigious grants.

Duties and responsibilities: Reporting to the Executive Director of the Fellowships & Writing Center, with a secondary reporting line to the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, the Associate Director of the Fellowships & Writing Center will work with students seeking help with their writing, oversee the writing specialists who support this work, and work together with the Executive Director to support the instructional activities and outreach programs of the Center.

Duties will include:

  • Supporting individual students with their writing at every stage of the graduate student experience, with particular focus given to the needs of students undertaking sustained academic writing as part of the doctoral degree;
  • Overseeing the work of, and serving as a mentor for, postdoctoral fellows who serve as writing specialists in the Center;
  • Developing, designing, and facilitating programming for the new Center, including programming that will present and emphasize the coordinated approach of the new unit in offering services that will support the student throughout the writing process;
  • Developing and designing programs in collaboration with academic departments, Bok Center, Office of Career Services, and others;
  • Leading workshops and seminars as appropriate on aspects of the writing process or in particular disciplinary areas;
  • Identifying areas of particular need across GSAS in the domain of graduate writing;
  • Implementing and staying current with best practices in writing pedagogy and learning center programming;
  • Supporting and leading the Writing Oasis and virtual writing groups;
  • Working with the Executive Director to develop Center policies and procedures;
  • Strategizing with the Executive Director about assessments and data collection to improve and enhance services;
  • Working with GSAS staff to support graduate students holistically and contributing to the goals of The Advising Project.

Typical Core Duties

  • Design and implement student development programs focusing on leadership, experiential learning, and other potential areas of growth for student leaders and organizations
  • Function as subject matter expert or project lead
  • Advise and support student organizations by offering programming advice and assistance, and mentoring organizational leadership and academic advisors
  • Organize workshops seminars, and social events to enhance program cohesion
  • Collaborate with management to develop strategic goals for student services
  • Develop specialized reports; analyze data and make recommendations for use in strategic planning
  • May provide coaching and staff training
  • May determine accessibility eligibility and promote available resources and options that are available
  • May assess potential community safety concerns that pertain to Title IX; and make recommendations for improvements
  • Assist senior management in formulating student service policies and procedures; make recommendations to improve overall administration
  • Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • PhD or equivalent preferred
  • 5+ years' experience in a writing program
  • Experience advising students
  • Commitment to supporting academic writing
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, excel skills
  • Ability to work with students, colleagues, clients, and external organizations
  • Communication skills (both written and verbal)

Job Function

Faculty & Student Services


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

S0358P FSS Student Services Officr IV


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity

EEO Statement

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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