Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 61468BR
The Department of Biostatistics is a busy and diverse academic department focused on research and teaching. Our 70+ faculty are leaders in the development of statistical methods for clinical trials and observational studies, studies on the environment, computational biology, big data, and genomics/genetics. We offer degree programs in biostatistics, computational biology/quantitative genetics, and health data science. Currently, more than 180 PhD and Master's students are enrolled in these programs.
The Department of Biostatistics is committed to building and supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. We seek team members who are dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our departmental and school community.
This Director of Administration (DA) will lead a team of 20 administrative and financial professionals. The Director reports to the Department Chair(s) and will be responsible for the efficient operation of all administrative functions, including HR and payroll, finance (managed jointly with the offices of Sponsored Programs Administration and Financial Services), academic services for PhD and SM programs, academic appointments and promotions, specialty program management, facilities and other services.
In addition, this position will:
Provide advice and support to the Department Chair and Associate Chair, and will work collaboratively with faculty and research professionals in support of their teaching and research objectives
Provide leadership for the administrative staff, establishing and ensuring performance goals and standards of excellence; manages a team of 3
Oversee hiring, personnel, and related human resource functions
Manage day-day operations, new and existing initiatives, and special projects on an as needed basis
Performs other duties as necessary
The Director of Administration will provide highly effective and efficient service to faculty, staff, researchers and students. As a strategic partner to the Chair and Associate Chair, the Director will assist in the design and implementation of all departmental activities, including fund raising, marketing and communications, budgeting and forecasting, space allocation, educational programming, and career and professional development. The Director also represents the Department on School-wide initiatives and committees.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid position and this position will be based in Boston, MA. Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (exempt staff only), Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience is required
8+ years of related experience, with progressively responsible administrative management experience, required
Supervisory experience required
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Office and Excel
Additional leadership training, such Harvard Center for Workforce Development leadership development or equivalent/other
Experience with high level communications and marketing a plus
Experience with website development and maintenance
Requires diplomacy in communications and interpersonal relations
Must possess and present professional confidence to deal effectively with multiple constituencies at senior levels both at the School and across the University
Evaluates problems thoroughly, show resourcefulness in identifying solutions, and display sound judgment
Motivates, develops, and inspires employees at all levels
Demonstrated maturity and capacity to respond to shifting and fluid priorities.
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
Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time
Work is performed in an office setting
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities 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!
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.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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.
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.
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.