Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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Harvard University


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Position Description

The Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging reports directly to the Faculty Director of Diversity in the Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) and the Dean for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Special Projects Advisor at the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

This role is responsible for leading the development of new strategic initiatives to support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for graduate students in Harvard Griffin GSAS. The Director oversees members of the Harvard Griffin GSAS Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) to lead the development, coordination, assessment, and enhancement of recruitment and retention efforts across Harvard Griffin GSAS programs. This includes the direct oversight of three full-time employees as well as interns, graduate student fellows, and temporary staff as needed.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leads EDIB efforts at multiple stages of the student life cycle, including recruitment, admissions, academic advising, and student services. The Director also develops and implements new initiatives and programs to enhance the student experience.

Develops and leads diversity recruitment strategy for Harvard Griffin GSAS (58 programs), including working with faculty and administrators across the Sciences on development and implementation of strategic plans for the recruitment of PhD students and development of community outreach programs.

Cultivates and maintains relationships with and develops programs in partnership with minority serving institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Director advises prospective and admitted underrepresented minority (URM) students, advises faculty in the development of program-specific strategies for URM recruitment; directs and oversees faculty diversity ambassador program to engage faculty in recruitment efforts; leads coordination and training of PhD students and staff interested in contributing to recruitment.

Works with the Division of Medical Sciences Faculty Director of Diversity as well as faculty and staff on gathering data and preparing multiple training grant progress reports or materials for renewal of grants to support outreach programs or EDIB efforts for federal agencies and outside foundations.

Leads outreach programs and coordinates with faculty and staff across Harvard summer research internship programs, including providing guidance to Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) program director and coordinator.

Leads the development of the Summer Institute and directs and oversees its implementation. The Director communicates with Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) faculty directors and incoming URM graduate students about the Institute; leads program workshops; advises students as necessary; evaluates the program and implements changes to strengthen the program.

Co-directs Harvard Griffin GSAS’ Research Scholar Initiative in the Life Sciences. The Director recruits and advises prospective applicants; reviews applications, interviews, and identifies program participants; works with program director on lab placements for admitted students; advises RSI students; leads student/mentor advisory committee meetings.

Directs the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) based at Harvard Medical School and supported by DMS. The Director advises faculty and administrators on admissions and reviews applications for Harvard Griffin GSAS PhD programs with a focus on the 14 programs in the life sciences; engages in conversations and training workshops around holistic admissions.

Cultivates relationships, coordinates efforts, collaborates with internal and external constituents and represents Harvard Griffin GSAS in internal university-wide committees, activities, and events, as well as in external committees, national conferences, recruitment events, and partnerships.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

A Ph.D. degree in life sciences or a STEM field is strongly preferred, but not required

At least 5 years of experience in higher education

Demonstrated record of advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging with the ability to work with, advise, and support the success of culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse students from diverse disciplines

Ability to cultivate a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive academic environment where students have a sense of belonging

Excellent organizational and oral/written communication and presentation skills, including effective workshop facilitation skills

Adaptable and flexible with a strong collaborative style and work ethic

Demonstrated effectiveness serving as a resource to faculty members, students, and staff

Strong project management and event planning skills

Demonstrated success in developing, growing, and implementing self-supporting programs; skills to identify, analyze, and propose effective initiatives, programs, projects, systems, and procedures to ensure efficient and effective outcomes

Financial management, including grants and budgetary experience

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time
  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting
  • May be required to work nights and weekends
  • This position will be based in Cambridge, MA and requires at least 3 days in the office. Furthermore, individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business. 

Additional Information

A cover letter is required as part of the application.

We are unable to provide Visa sponsorship for this position.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Faculty & Student Services

Department Office Location

USA – MA – Cambridge

Job Code

S0360M FSS Student Service Mgt VI

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


Harvard Griffin GSAS


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

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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