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Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary
Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty, the Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer will serve as a knowledgeable and thoughtful advisor, catalyst for change, and institutional resource for improving equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging at the School. The Chief will work with the Associate Dean of Student Services to create a more vibrant and supportive campus climate for underrepresented students and an inclusive student experience; collaborate with Associate Director of Faculty Affairs and the faculty to expand and deepen discussions about equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and related issues in the curriculum; coach and support underrepresented faculty and academic appointees; collaborate with the Chief Human Resources Officer on EDIB issues related to staff; interact readily and effectively with student affinity groups and students who are from underrepresented groups or who are especially committed to EDIB issues and topics; and help to identify policies and practices that would lead to hiring, promotion, and retention of more faculty, academic appointees and staff from historically marginalized communities.

Position Description
Specifically, the Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer will work closely with other senior leaders across the School and University to:
  • Demonstrate an overarching vision, develop strategic plans, propose specific changes to policies and practices, and provide day-to-day management oversight for initiatives to increase the diversity within the school community, strengthen the inclusion of members of its diverse community in all activities; and improve the sense of belonging by those members
  • Ensure that initiatives are prioritized and operationalized, especially regarding student recruiting and admissions, curriculum, faculty and academic appointee recruiting and retention, staff recruiting and retention, and visiting speakers and events all in collaboration with senior leaders with oversight of students, faculty, academic appointees and staff
  • Devote particular attention to the experiences of students both in and out of the classroom, including advising students individually in response to their concerns and needs
  • Report to the SPH community on progress and challenges in enhancing equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging by assessing the effectiveness of new initiatives
  • Develop, implement and increase access to EDIB content, resources, tools and training/learning and development offerings
  • Contribute to strategic institutional discussions and planning
  • Participate/convene in the Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and collaborate and work across Harvard to learn and share best practices
  • Oversight of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) budget
  • Management, development, and mentorship of a staff of professional and union employees
  • Other related duties as assigned
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required
  • 15+ years of related experience, with progressively responsible experience in the field of diversity, inclusion and belonging, required
  • Prior supervisory experience required
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
  • Master's Degree
  • Experience in higher education or research setting strongly preferred
  • Experience garnering the trust and respect of senior colleagues and students
  • Significant successful experience with creating and implementing institutional diversity programs in a collaborative way
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills, as well as strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining relationships
  • Experience effectively communicating with staff, faculty, and students and at all levels, working as a team and work with confidential data
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals
Additional Information
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 180 day orientation and review period.

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.

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
General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
361062 Administrative Manager

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


Salary Grade

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School's mission, objectives, and core values, our Principles of Citizenship, and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

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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