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Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Student Affairs and Services
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Position Description
  • Reports to the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Administration and Operations.
  • Under the Direction of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Government will help with non-ladder faculty hiring, reviews, and reappointments, help with TF training, manage the departmental TFs, manage the honors program, and serve as primary contact for an assigned group of students.
  • Partners with the DUS and the Manager of Academic Administration on all aspects of non-ladder faculty hiring, reviews, and reappointments processes.
  • Helps with TF training, manage the departmental TFs, non-ladder faculty advising and training, manage the honors program, and serve as primary contact for seniors.
  • Creates programs to mentor and advise pre-concentrators and concentrators on substantive subjects in political science, opportunities for research, research design, and--in general-on the relationship of undergraduate study in political science to the world beyond Harvard.
  • Mentors and Advises on both substantive matters such as are described above and on course selection and general concentration matters in one-to-one meetings (both the DUS and ADUS hold extensive office hours).
  • Advises thesis writers and potential thesis writers on topic selections, research design, and finding a thesis adviser. The ADUS holds formal orientation sessions throughout the year and maintains database of current honors candidates.
  • Serves on various undergraduate studies committees in the department and in the College.
  • Develops content for new teaching initiatives, including learning new computer systems and being liaison with other parts of Harvard as needed.
  • The position teaches two undergraduate courses or teaches one course and serves as Course Head for a large lecture course.
  • This position will interact with undergraduate students, graduate student teaching fellows, graduate student concentration advisers, and faculty in Government, Government staff, key university partners, and key external partners.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • A PhD in Political Science is required for the teaching aspect of the position.
  • Experience teaching and advising diverse students.
  • Previous administrative experience is a plus 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong commitment to continuous process improvement 

  • Regular availability in the office required, with at least 3 days a week working on campus during the semester. There will be more flexibility for remote work during the school breaks. 

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office setting

Regular availability in the office required, with an average of at least 3 days a week on campus during the semester. There will be more flexibility for remote work during the school breaks.

Additional Information
We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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

Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

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)

Social Sciences

Salary Grade

Department of Government

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Education, Identity

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