Program Manager, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA, USA

Full time

Oct 1

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Job Code

H0857P HR Program Manager III

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion efforts. We seek to attract talented professionals, and in particular members of historically underrepresented groups, to promote leadership opportunities and careers in higher education. The University encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and others who may contribute to the diversity of Harvard's leadership. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month talent management experience complemented by a professional development program. Please see overview and requirements below and visit the program's website Administrative Fellows Program | Harvard Human Resources for more details.

Administrative Fellows Program Requirements:

On your cover letter, please write a Statement of Purpose / Interest that briefly describes your professional and academic interests as related to employment with Harvard University, and more broadly, the field of Higher Education and how participation in the Administrative Fellowship Program can help advance these interests. Be sure to explain

• Why are you seeking a Fellowship?

• What do you hope to gain from this experience?

• How might you contribute to the hiring department?

Position Description

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration. Reporting to the Managing Director for Administration & Finance, the Program Manager for HUIT's Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Initiative will play a leadership role in advancing HUIT's DIB strategy and plan.

This newly created role will serve as the program manager for a significant transformational workplace initiative HUIT's Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging effort, which is a foundational component of HUIT's workforce strategy to create a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to HUIT's success.

As part of the role, the incumbent will be expected to

• Gain an understanding of the IT environment at Harvard to ensure effective program delivery and facilitation

• Collaborate with designated project teams with functional representation across HUIT.

• Participate in and co-facilitate conversations to engage staff to determine factors that would encourage ongoing participation.

• Create, plan, and staff events and programs related to HUIT's DIB efforts.

• Develop and edit program materials, including presentation decks, website, and newsletter content related to DIB to maintain consistent communication and transparency

• Serve as a visible resource and support existing partnerships with related University-level groups.

• Collect and manage data in support of ongoing data-informed decision-making, and report on progress on a quarterly basis

• Identify opportunities to support DIB within HUIT and Harvard IT and develop strategies and plans to bring them to fruition

• Manage project deadlines and ensure effective completion of plan deliverables

Typical Core Duties

  • Administer and manage program activities in accordance with established organizational goals and schedules
  • Maintain and enhance existing programs; collaborate with clients to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve operational issues
  • Recommend options to improve existing programs and optimize resources
  • Provide guidance on best practices and standards
  • Contribute to project planning to design and implement new programs
  • Provide program related metrics and reports to aid in decision-making
  • Draft communications, reports and/or presentations
  • Provide training to clients/staff
  • May function as subject matter expert or project lead
  • Ensure compliance with University Human Resources policies, procedures, and requirements and applicable legal regulations

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant HR experience
  • Project and/or program management experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Please note that candidates with 5 years relevant, professional experience outside of Human Resources (HR) are also encouraged to apply.
  • The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communications skills.
  • Commitment to workplace innovation, building collaborative partnerships; demonstrated ability to prioritize with shifting deadlines; strong organizational and analytical abilities; proficient with Microsoft 365

Additional Information

Please note:

• Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

• We are unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.

• This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.

More about HUIT:

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University. Our mission is to assure Harvard's leadership in IT. We strive to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn and work through the effective use of information technology.

HUIT's core values are:

• User-focused

• Collaborative

• Innovative

• Open

IT Academy (designed for IT Staff):

HUIT's IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team. The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills. Learn more here:

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging:

Harvard's commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is rooted in our belief in drawing on the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity. Our community strives to uphold these beliefs by honoring the rights, differences, and dignity of others and embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. Harvard aims to foster a campus culture where everyone can thrive, a key to which is ensuring that we each experience a sense of inclusion and belonging.

Total Rewards:

Harvard's Total Rewards Program is designed to attract, retain, and reward the performance of talented employees. As a Harvard staff member, you enjoy many perks that come with working for one of the top employers in Massachusetts, including:

  • Flexible work environment: HUIT supports flexible work arrangements where business needs allow.
  • Time off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Harvard University Employees Credit Union: Our employees credit union provides a complete line of services for all your financial needs.
  • Transportation: 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness options: A variety of programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
  • Access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Learn more:


Harvard University IT plays an important role in supporting Harvard's commitment by seeking to create, procure and deploy technologies that are accessible to all, including and especially those who live with disability. Harvard welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department.

Working Conditions

Interview and onboarding activity for this position may be conducted via telephone & Zoom video conferencing, based on the department's current presence on campus.

Harvard is an on-campus community and all positions are based in Massachusetts. We currently expect that employees in Department will work remotely until Fall, 2021. Effective October 1st, as a condition of continued employment, all work must be performed in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT).

HUIT is currently developing hybrid workplace models which actively support remote work (within a Harvard registered state) where business and team needs allow. Any remote scheduling of your work, agreed to by your supervisor, will need to be in a state in which Harvard is registered as an employer as a condition of continued employment. Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will may discussed during the interview process.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage:

Harvard continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff and students, as well as the wider community. Information and details can be found via Harvard's Coronavirus Workplace Policies website:

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