Harvard Business School (HBS) seeks applications and nominations for the newly created position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO). The HBS CDIO will be a strategic thinker and intellectual leader who will cultivate a shared vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the HBS community. The CDIO will play a lead role in developing and implementing a strategy for achieving a culture of inclusive excellence in alignment with the School's Racial Equity Plan (REP), along with equity related to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and age. The CDIO will provide expertise and empower the work of faculty, students, and staff, as well as alumni and other constituencies, across the School and beyond.
Harvard Business School has engaged Isaacson, Miller for this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in strict confidence to: www.imsearch.com/7780.
Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner Ponneh Varho, Partner Alycia Johnson, Senior Associate Isaacson, Miller 1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036
Reporting to the HBS Dean's Office and partnering with the Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, the CDIO will be a member of the HBS senior administrative leadership team and infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts into the core activities, programs, and areas of the School. Additionally, the CDIO will spur new initiatives that engage the School's constituencies, strengthen relationships with Harvard University and the surrounding Boston community, and leverage partnerships to realize mutual benefit and impact. The CDIO will also take on other duties or responsibilities as assigned. This is an exceptional opportunity to join the leadership team of HBS, a world-class academic institution dedicated to its mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.
During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position with the transition to onsite at HBS campus in Boston, MA when the office reopens.
While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.
A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here.
Salary Grade: 062
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree required
Master's or Advanced Degree strongly preferred
A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience as well as significant experience as a diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner.
A minimum of 5 years in a leadership role where there has been demonstrated ability to lead, coach and directly manage a team of professional staff members required
The ideal candidate will have significant experience developing and advancing diversity and inclusion programs coupled with in‐depth knowledge of theory, research, and practice related to serving and leading a diverse group of constituents (including staff, students, faculty, and alumni) in a complex, decentralized environment.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional experiences and personal characteristics:
Demonstrated ability to build relationships across a mission-driven organization and successfully advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and positive change in a complex, decentralized environment.
Ability to foster dialogue with multiple constituencies across and beyond the campus, building coalitions and achieving results through influence, empowerment, and partnership.
An understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power. A commitment to serving diverse populations representing a range of racial, and ethnic, gender and sexuality, ability, religious, cultural, and ideological backgrounds, as well as an understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power.
The energy, enthusiasm, drive, emotional intelligence, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals while balancing the needs of multiple constituencies.
Demonstrated experience in planning and prioritizing projects, programs, and activities, using sound judgment while meeting organizational requirements and maintaining accountability.
Strong data gathering, data analysis, problem solving, and analytical skills.
Executive-level verbal and written communication skills. Excellent listening, collaboration, and team‐building skills.
Candidates from outside of higher education with relevant, transferable skills will be considered and are encouraged to apply.
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.
Internal Number: 53270BR
About Harvard University Business School
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.