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Assistant Director of Advising Education

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Teacher Education
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Position Description

The Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is home to over 4,800 master's and PhD students in 57 divisions, departments and committees across the University. The Assistant Director of Advising Education will advance advising and mentoring practices at Harvard Griffin GSAS, working with senior leadership to develop strategy that implements an advising vision for the School.

Reporting to the Dean for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and Special Projects Advisor, the Assistant Director of Advising Education will develop faculty mentoring opportunities and lead workshops designed to advance best practices in graduate advising and mentoring.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Facilitating or co-facilitating CIMER-based trainings and serving as a local CIMER specialist facilitator. The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) investigates approaches for improving research mentoring relationships for organizations and institutions. They develop, implement and evaluate mentor and mentee training using theoretically-grounded, evidence-based, and culturally-responsive training interventions and investigations.
  • Facilitating/co-facilitating mentoring-up workshops for graduate students.
  • Evaluating existing student mentoring-up opportunities and recommending enhancements.
  • Working with the Assistant Director of Advising Education to communicate information about workshops and trainings.
  • Facilitating targeted advising discussions in response to specific needs or with specific programs, as identified by Harvard Griffin GSAS senior leadership.
  • Working with senior leadership to implement advising recommendations of the Harvard Griffin GSAS Admissions and Graduate Education (GAGE) working group. The GAGE working group is tasked with recommending enhancements to the admissions and educational processes.
  • Serving as local expert on research conducted by CIMER and other experts in the field of mentoring and advising.

This position will also work closely with the Dean of Harvard Griffin GSAS, the Dean for Academic Programs, the Dean of Students, Director of Communications, the Assistant Director of Advising Research, and other University administrators, faculty, and graduate students.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • A PhD in a field offered by Harvard Griffin GSAS (see for a list) strongly preferred.
  • Seeking a candidate with strong interest in graduate education and knowledge of and/or passion for best practices in mentoring and advising programs in higher education.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, data analysis and survey development skills, and demonstrated experience facilitating meetings and discussions preferred.
  • Ability to handle shifting priorities and work on multiple tasks simultaneously with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Harvard or higher education experience a plus.
  • High level of independent judgment, initiative, discretion, collegiality, integrity, and empathy required.
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
  • This position will be based in Cambridge, MA and requires an on-campus presence. 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 requested along with a resume.

The position has a 3 year term. 

We regret that Harvard Griffin GSAS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.

Some travel required.

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
S0557P FSS Academic Affairs Oficr III

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Harvard Griffin GSAS

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
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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
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