The Dean for Faculty Affairs (DFA) of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) is responsible for providing the strategic leadership, oversight, planning, and implementation of all aspects of the faculty promotions and appointments process within HMS and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This leadership position is viewed as the key advisor and consultant to faculty, department heads, and affiliated hospital leadership on career development, promotions, appointments, retirement, and other issues related to faculty status. Effective and responsive communication across HMS, Harvard University, HMS hospital affiliates, and other external constituents is critical to success in this role. Reporting to the Dean for Clinical and Academic Affairs, the DFA must exhibit strong leadership through the management of expectations related to the criteria and evaluation of academic promotion/appointment processes.
The DFA is responsible for oversight of communications regarding—and implementation of—the existing and future policies and procedures of faculty appointments and promotions, as well as the implementation of recommendations as an outcome of decisions made through the Council on Academic Deans (CAD). S/he oversees the implementation and utilization of effective systems and trusted data sources to inform decisions and track progress towards goals.
The DFA is responsible for operational leadership and assurance that the correct skills, talent, and capacities exist within the Office for Faculty Affairs (OFA) to include program directors, coordinators, information technology experts, and support staff. The DFA must-have skills to manage and improve end-to-end processes successfully within the OFA with excellence in understanding process management.
Excellence in the faculty promotions and appointment process includes a service orientation and requires dedication to prompt, respectful, and sensitive responsiveness to the community.
The DFA works in collaboration with the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership to respond to and support compliance with federal guidelines regarding affirmative action in hiring and to support the faculty development and professional advancement of faculty members from groups that are underrepresented in medicine.
Candidates with a record of diversity-inclusion-related work are encouraged to apply. HMS is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and faculty leadership and encourages applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, including women and individuals from racial and ethnic minority, LGBTQ and disabled groups.
The DFA works with the standing and administrative/ad hoc committees that address faculty concerns, including the Faculty Council Docket Committee, Faculty Council, Clinical Department Executive Committees, and Faculty of Medicine meetings. He/she serves as senior advisor to the dean, department chairs, and faculty for issues related to promotions and career development. The DFA chairs the promotions, reappointments, and appointments (
M.D., Ph.D. (in a biomedical or other clinically relevant discipline), or M.D./Ph.D. degree (or equivalent)
Demonstrated record of substantial accomplishments in academic leadership and commitment to excellence in research, clinical care, operations and/or education and in faculty development
An academic rank of Associate or Full Professor at HMS or at another medical school or significant faculty development leadership experience with other academic rank
Progressive leadership experience in academic settings is highly desirable. Senior level administrative experience in a complex medical and scientific environment is strongly preferred. Demonstrated commitment and experience with process improvement are essential. Statistical and data analytic skills and highly developed systems knowledge and experience are highly desirable. The candidate must be highly skilled in all aspects of communication (written, interpersonal, and presentation), relationship building, conflict management, and problem-solving to achieve successful outcomes. To the position, he/she must bring intelligence, judgment, diplomacy, honesty, candor, empathy, personal attention, confidentiality, sensitivity, responsiveness, dependability, accessibility, trustworthiness, a service orientation, and a capacity for and record of accomplishment. A sense of humor is a desirable qualification. He/she must be a person who earns great respect from his or her team and constituents and has a strong moral compass and ethical approach. She/he must be caring and hard-working, selflessly dedicated to the faculty, and, having been grounded by experience serving on a medical school faculty or within Faculty Affairs, highly attuned and sensitive to the faculty experience and responsive to faculty needs. To realize the potential of all the talented professionals within the OFA, the new DFA must be skilled in delegation to others on his/her team and value autonomy.
Working effectively within a culture inclusive of individuals with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations, and appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals.
Interested applicants should upload a CV as well as a cover letter that includes a summary of the applicant's qualifications for the position, vision for the position, and diversity statement.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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