Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

Massachusetts, United States
28 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Duties & Responsibilities

The overarching mission of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health through learning, discovery, and communication. To pursue this mission, the School produces knowledge through research, reproduces knowledge through higher education, and translates knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policymakers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.
Reporting to the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs will oversee the operations of the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA), with broad involvement in the range of activities relating to administration of faculty, research scientist, and annual appointments, as well as faculty searches and standing committees of the faculty. The Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs is also responsible for the oversight, management, and mentoring of the 8 staff members in the office (with the direct supervision and performance management of 4), as well as budget creation and management.
Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Faculty Searches and Promotion Reviews

  • Work with Chairs and Deans to identify committee members and solicit their participation
  • Provide consultation and guidance to committee chairs and administrators on policies and procedures
  • Serve on all search and tenure review committees
  • Serve as affirmative action officer on search committees monitoring applicants self-reported data
  • Meet with all candidates
  • Oversee preparation of search reports
  • Participate in offer and recruitment process
  • Attend departmental eighth-year review meetings

Faculty Development 

  • Chair monthly sessions of new faculty orientation
  • Meet with faculty, as requested, to review and advise regarding credentials for promotion and appointment
  • Conduct faculty exit interviews

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Oversee postdoctoral fellows programs
  • Consult on faculty, postdoc, and other academic appointee human resources-related issues
  • Oversee a broad range of strategic projects designed to improve the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s faculty appointments processes and policies
  • Represents OFA within Harvard, as well as externally (such as at conferences on faculty issues in higher education)
  • Serve on School-wide and University-wide committees
  • Maintain and ensure compliance with all School, University, and Federal rules, and either act as or designate a Title IX Officer for faculty
  • Other related duties as required

Basic Qualifications

  • Master's (or advanced) Degree required
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible experience, and in academic and/or faculty affairs, required
  • Prior supervisory experience required

Additional Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of academic and faculty affairs preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with multiple internal and external constituencies in setting agendas and implementing policies in a large decentralized institution preferred
  • Outstanding communication, administration, and program management skills, as well as expertise in deploying technology to support administrative processes preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including diplomacy, discretion, and tact preferred
  • Experience working effectively with both faculty members and administrators preferred
  • Experience handling sensitive situations and highly confidential information preferred
  • Experience and comfort with public speaking and presentations preferred
  • Experience multitasking, prioritizing, solving complex problems and working with grace under the pressure of multiple competing deadlines preferred
  • Familiarity with Harvard University systems preferred

Additional Information

The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

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!

Job Function

Faculty & Student Services




USA - MA - Boston


Office of Faculty Affairs

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00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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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.