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Harvard University Associate Director of Student Life in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64725BRAuto req ID:64725BRJob Code:S0357M FSS Student Services Mgt III Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Associate Director of Student LifeSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills: FULL BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required in psychology, social work, or related field.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience in higher education.

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and case management systems, time management, and demonstrated organizational skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as presentation skills.

  • Supervisory experience.


  • Master’s degree and/or Massachusetts Mental Health licensure (LMHC, MSW, LICSW, Ph. D.), and 7+ years of experience working in higher education and student affairs strongly preferred

  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and other administrative offices at Harvard. Experience working with individuals in crisis. Ability to take initiative, make decisions, follow through, and handle complex and confidential situations.

  • Current knowledge of laws, trends, and practices related to law and mental health in the student affairs environment, and experience applying them to the student intervention environment

  • Ability to be on call for student emergencies as needed.

  • Knowledgeable of accessibility services and accommodations in higher education.

Additional Information: 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.

Department:Student LifePre-Employment Screening:Identity Job Function:Faculty & Student Services, General AdministrationSchool/Unit:Harvard Graduate School of Design 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.Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience

Physical Requirements: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 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

Position Description: SUMMARY

Harvard Graduate School of Design seeks an Associate Director of Student Life to assist students as they navigate the unique challenges of graduate school; serving as a subject matter expert in resources and support for students on a variety of personal, medical, and academic issues. The Associate Director will report to the Director of Student Life and work in close partnership with other Student Affairs departments as well as collaborate with staff/faculty in providing the appropriate support and guidance.


  • Provide Director of Student Life operational support and oversight of department activities related to enhancing the student experience.

  • Identify and counsel students who are referred by staff/faculty or self-identified as struggling academically due to personal and/or health reasons and ensure they are fully aware of GSD and Harvard resources.

  • Design and implement student programming focusing on student health and wellbeing.

  • Determine accessibility eligibility and implementation as well as assures faculty/staff comply with ADA policies and University guidelines around accessibility.

  • Serves as the primary contact for students with concerns pertaining to Title IX and Non-Discrimination and Anti-Bullying Policies, accessing potential community safety concerns as well as reporting options and resources.

  • Represent the GSD at University meetings as it pertains to job responsibilities.

  • In the absence of the Director of Student Life, serves as secondary contact for student crises and urgent matters, updating the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Senior Associate of Academic Affairs, and the Dean’s Office (when necessary) on the matter.

  • Serve as a secondary for students seeking support and resources.

  • Develop a respectful professional working relationship with GSD staff, faculty, and student groups to establish and maintain an open line of communication.

  • Work in partnership with senior management in formulating Student Affairs policies and procedures; make recommendations to improve overall administration.

  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment for Student Life and temporary administrative staff.

  • Oversee GSD Residential Life programs and operations (renewable on a yearly basis).


  • Supervises Student Life Coordinator, Academic Coach, contract, and student workers.

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.Benefits: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.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-LP1Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Specific on-site work requirements 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.