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Assistant Director, Equity and Inclusion
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 10/09/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning ( ) seeks to create transformational learning experiences for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences by supporting experimentation, innovation, and evidence-based practices. Building on the recommendations of Harvard’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, the Center’s twenty-three full-time staff work hand-in-hand with instructors, students, and administrators to identify those places where Harvard could do better by its students, to research and propose solutions, and to find ways both large and small to foster a culture of inclusive excellence within teaching and learning in the FAS.

Reporting to the Director of Pedagogy, the Assistant Director, Equity and Inclusion will play a key role in the development and delivery of faculty- and graduate student-facing programming regarding diversity, inclusion and belonging in higher education pedagogy. This programming may include individual workshops tailored to specific audiences (e.g. a course teaching staff or department-based cohort); dedicated sessions within larger events (e.g. the Fall Teaching Conference or New Faculty Institute); high-profile, standalone series (e.g. a biannual Inclusive Teaching Week); ongoing professional development (e.g. Bok Seminars for graduate students); and individual consultations for faculty interested in enhancing their practice. The Assistant Director will also play a key role in cultivating relationships with other campus units focused on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including (but not limited to) the Offices of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Specific duties include:

  • Work with the Director of Pedagogy, the Director of Professional Development, and colleagues to lead and develop programming for faculty and graduate students on diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the context of higher education pedagogy.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Pedagogy and Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy to manage and set the direction for the Undergraduate Pedagogy Fellows (UPF) program, a cohort of Harvard undergraduates who lead workshops for instructors on topics related to power and privilege in the classroom. Hire, mentor and support the UPFs; organize and schedule workshops for them; and create protocols for documenting program processes and procedures.
  • Join the Director of Pedagogy and colleagues to consult with individual instructors on course development and/or classroom practice. Acquaint faculty with the Bok Center’s ability to coordinate support for courses, engage them on questions of inclusive design, and negotiate the specific kinds of support which each course requires.
  • Develop and teach Bok Seminars (six-session courses for graduate students that lead towards a teaching certificate) and workshops focused on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and related topics in higher education pedagogy.
  • Engage in scholarly work on teaching and learning, including the creation of publications and web resources for the improvement of teaching and dissemination of materials especially focused on equity and inclusion in the classroom, as well as course and assignment design.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with Bok Center staff, faculty, graduate students, and other stakeholders across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to incorporate inclusive practices into all aspects of the Center’s work.

PLEASE NOTE: The Typical Core Duties (below) are automatically uploaded to this job description; please disregard.

Typical Core Duties

  • Manage course development which may include recommendation and implementation of course sequencing, scheduling, grading processes and exam sessions
  • Act as an advising resource for faculty and other academics regarding educational strategies and formats
  • Manage events and programs related to academic affairs
  • Review program goals, policy, curriculum, and program requirements and make recommendations for improvement
  • Develop reports and analyze statistics pertaining to course development, teaching effort and student progress
  • May manage administrative processes for faculty and other academics including recruitment, appointment and development
  • May provide ongoing training and documentation
  • Research, resolve, and provide accurate policy guidance to faculty and other academics
  • 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 5 years’ relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Earned doctorate in a field related to higher education pedagogy and/or taught in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
  • Experience as a postdoctoral fellow and/or instructor of record.
  • Three or more years direct teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and deliver successful courses and workshops on topics related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Experience training and mentoring undergraduates in a work capacity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and manage team members from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and levels of expertise.
  • Aptitude for learning and applying productivity and teaching technologies quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to work consistently and constructively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Prior experience handling confidential matters with appropriate discretion.

Additional Information

A resume and cover letter must be submitted in order to be considered for this position. Harvard University will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

This is a term position through June 30, 2023, with the potential for extension.

The FAS is committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace. We encourage our community members to participate in our FAS Diversity Dialogues.

Job Function

Faculty & Student Services


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

S0557P FSS Academic Affairs Oficr III


Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date


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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