Director of SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence)

Cambridge, MA
Jul 18, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Harvard University

Director of SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence)
Harvard Kennedy School

Duties & Responsibilities
SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) aims to ensure that Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) faculty match their scholarly distinction with outstanding teaching skills and a toolkit of excellent curricular materials, so that HKS students can learn effectively and make a difference in the world. SLATE offers a range of services to HKS faculty members, including coaching, design and development of a wide range of curricular materials (cases, simulations, etc.), and learning assessments. SLATE includes the long-standing case program at HKS. Reporting to the Academic Dean for Teaching and Curriculum at Harvard Kennedy School, the Director of SLATE is responsible for managing the strategic direction and priorities for the department in support of the teaching and learning mission at HKS. As a key member of the administrative team in the Academic Dean's office, this position requires directly partnering with and supporting faculty, as well as working closely with multiple departments, including but not limited to Educational Technology, Executive Education, Information Technology (IT), Finance, and Alumni Relations and Resource Development (ARRD).


  • Working with the Faculty Chair of SLATE, manage strategic planning and align SLATE's deployment with evolving school priorities.
  • Lead a team of about 10 direct and indirect reports which consists of professional and bargaining unit staff.
  • Help to foster and identify innovations and initiatives to improve teaching and learning at HKS, and develop strategies for scaling and sustaining them.
  • Manage the staff team to help identify and develop cases, simulations, curricular materials and assessment tools, and integrate them into the curriculum.
  • Oversee case-development process, including working with faculty to define objectives and scope of case projects, and managing priorities for case writers.
  • Manage budget to best support the development of faculty-driven curricular materials and new teaching tools.
  • Continue building a learning organization and manage staff to bring the latest advancements in the science and practice of teaching to HKS. Serve as liaison between HKS faculty, SLATE staff, and SLATE's Faculty team.

Represent HKS in University-wide network (HILT Teaching and Learning Consortium), as well as in professional teaching and learning networks.

Additional Information
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Academic Dean's Office

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications



  • Master's Degree in relevant field
  • 8 years of professional work experience
  • Experience managing and developing professional and technical staff
  • Proven track record of delivering highly customer-focused support services to faculty in higher education

Additional Qualifications



  • Higher education and/or teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent judgment/problem solving skills and ability to work with discretion.
  • Ability to navigate in a complex, de-centralized environment
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to engender trust with faculty, staff and students
  • Ability to prioritize, generate, and assess a broad array of options and understand tradeoffs
  • Commitment to achieving success through the work of others
  • Experience in case publication desirable but not essential





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