Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Project Coordinator
Harvard University Divinity School
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 62531BR
The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) was established in July 2020. The HDS DIB seeks a Project Coordinator to support the vital work of building a restorative anti-racist and anti-oppressive School in furtherance of advancing the cause of a just world at peace and a world healed of racism and oppression. The HDS DIB advances this work through a restorative justice approach. Harvard Divinity School is committed to diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) as an expression of the School's shared community values and attends to the needs of the vibrant, pluralistic community of faculty, students, staff, and alumni. These values are carried out through an authentic embrace of diverse religious and non-religious traditions, as well as other dimensions of diversity.
The DIB office works in collaboration with other HDS departments in supporting the HDS community in advancing the school's vision of a restorative anti-racist and anti-oppressive HDS. The office is seeking a Project Coordinator who possesses a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging, equity, social, and racial justice and healing, and whose professional and personal experiences reflect these commitments. The Project Coordinator must also possess an openness to religious diversity and have the capacity to support programming in a multifaith environment. The Project Coordinator will work in partnership with the Associate Dean and Assistant Dean of DIB in continuing the work of building the foundation of this new office.
This office is a space for grounded, heart-centered practices in anti-racism and anti-oppression work that facilitate a decolonized approach to structural change within the institution. Guided by principles of restorative justice and racial justice and healing, the work is relational and requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. While expertise is not required, one must be attentive to the historical roots of racism and oppression in the U.S. and globally, and the connection between historical structural racism and oppression and the contemporary manifestations of racism and oppression within systems and institutions. This foundational knowledge is critical for advancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and understanding the multiple dimensions of diversity, including, but not limited to religious diversity, race, ethnicity, culture, class, socioeconomic status, age, disability, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and sexual orientation. One must also appreciate the connection between the internal, personal work involved in anti-racism and anti-oppression work and the external anti-racism and anti-oppression work at the institutional level. The successful candidate will be open to committing to engaging in this multi-level transformational work.
This position will be instrumental in building capacity within a growing department and provides a broad range of high-level support for the department including planning events, managing communications, and organizing projects. Roles and responsibilities will include:
KEY FUNCTION 1: OPERATIONS and ACTIVITIES
Support the development of the infrastructure of the HDS DIB office, manage projects such as organizing community gatherings, respond to inquiries and direct triage communications among the team, space and technology maintenance, purchase supplies, prepare vendor payments and office reimbursements.
Provide support for in-person and virtual activities from development to implementation: work with the team to identify relevant topics, appropriate speakers and materials needed for a variety of programs and initiatives, coordinate space, catering, vendor arrangements, event and program logistics; compile event-related information such as descriptions, biographies, photos, consent forms, presentation slides, etc.
Support the daily operations of the office including scheduling meetings, tracking inventory, calendar management and help to stabilize the operational capacity of the HDS DIB office.
Capture meeting minutes and distribute notes and action items to committee members and others as needed.
Support the work of restorative strategic planning for the HDS DIB office; contribute to and engage in strategic discussions as an active member of the team.
Help to develop and curate resources for equipping members of the HDS community (faculty, staff, and students) for eradicating racism and oppression in their work and personal lives, including materials for website development.
Review and update content calendar in weekly team meetings.
KEY FUNCTION 2: PROJECT SUPPORT
Program evaluation: gather and interpret analytics regarding restorative DIB programming to assess programming and support future research and writing projects.
Liaise with teams across HDS and Harvard to share and stay aware of upcoming events to help strengthen relationships and collaborate with HDS DIB programming and projects.
Track project requests, timelines, reference materials, and completed content to streamline and optimize workflow across the DIB team.
Assist in content projects relating to HDS's engagement with the Harvard & Legacy of Slavery report and the Human Remains Report.
Help develop community outreach component of DIB office to develop relationships with community partners specifically connected to the work of the Harvard & Legacy of Slavery report and the Human Remains Report.
KEY FUNCTION 3: COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT
Work closely with the Office of Communications, help gather information for news/social media stories about the school's faculty, students, programs, and events.
Provide formatting, proofreading, and style guide support for a range of work, including web copy, news/magazine stories, invitation text, and story content. Assist with website updates as needed.
Provide writing support (e.g., independently drafting letters, emails, web content and other written materials including documents for publications such as annual reports, articles, etc.).
Maintain departmental mailing lists in Excel, MailChimp, and Outlook.
Maintain templates for recurring work such as briefings, talking points, and major events (e.g., the Common Read Program, Convocation, Commencement, and Dean's Council Meetings).
Organize digital filing systems such as shared drives, Microsoft Teams.
3 years of experience in a Project Coordinator role or relevant experience relating to project management/higher education/DIB work. Education beyond high school may count toward experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent work experience.
Strong verbal and written communications skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Creativity and openheartedness.
Strong understanding of the multiple dimensions of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including, but not limited to religious diversity, race, ethnicity, culture, class, socioeconomic status, age, disability, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and sexual orientation.
Experience in community-building within institutions and beyond.
Sound judgment, high ethical standards, discretion, and tact.
Ability to work with different teams in a diverse, dynamic environment.
Strong interest in advancing the mission and vision of Harvard Divinity School.
Understanding of the historical roots of racism and oppression in the U.S. and the connection between the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of systemic racism and oppression.
Basic knowledge of restorative justice and/or an openness to learning about it as an approach to advancing diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity, and justice.
Experience responding appropriately with empathy and compassion to individual and community challenges.
Capacity to work independently and to effectively manage multiple tasks. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your cover letter and resume should be combined into a SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab. Cover letters are required for every position at Harvard Divinity School. We regret that the Harvard Divinity School does not provide Visa sponsorship.
This position is based in Cambridge, MA and requires an on-campus presence. A hybrid schedule, involving some remote work, may be possible after three months, subject to business needs and manager review/approval. HDS may adjust flex schedules as necessary or appropriate. Harvard has an established Flexwork Policy.
Please Note: We are currently conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates. Final interviews may be conducted on campus.
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Harvard Divinity School seeks to respect, understand, and learn from all cultures, beliefs, and faith backgrounds, including those who are unaffiliated with a traditional denomination, of the members of our diverse community. HDS actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities.
Founded in 1816, Harvard Divinity School ismost religiously diverse divinity school in the United States and is one of 12 graduate/professional schools at Harvard University. HDS is grounded in pluralism and fosters the kind of thoughtful, respectful exchange of ideas that is vital for human flourishing. The School's degree programs prepare students for careers in academia, ministry, and a wide range of roles across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.
Flex-work options at HDS, including an optional summer compressed workweek (end of May through mid-August)
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
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