Job Vacancy SPM, Admin and Culture Harvard University

Job title: SPM, Admin and Culture

Company: Harvard University

Job description: Job Code

358057 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib



Time Status



00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Basic Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree and 5+ years’ experience in a relevant area, such as human resources, organizational development, operations management, staff development, change management, etc., including a track record in diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Any applicant wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to a resume.

Additional Information

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.

We do this by:

  • Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
  • Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
  • Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
  • Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
  • Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
  • Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit:


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Job Function

General Administration

Position Description

The responsibilities of the SPM, Administration and Culture are as follows:

Under the strategic leadership and guidance of the Director of EDIB Strategy, implements a wide array of human resource practices and processes that preserves our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and supports our ability to live into our values of being an anti-racist organization.

Liaises with HGSE’s Office of Human Resources to support the needs of the Center in alignment with University and HGSE policies and protocols and answers internal inquiries related to HR policy and procedures.

Develops, maintains, and continuously improves all internal HR process and procedures, documentation, templates, job descriptions and the HR SharePoint site; create/generate metrics and other workforce analytics to support decision making; streamline on-boarding and off-boarding processes at the Center for efficiency and standardization.

Leads the assessment and improvement of our hiring and retention practices, including the Center’s professional development systems to ensure they assess performance, foster accountability, promote EDIB engagement, encourage growth of team members, and create transparent and equitable growth pathways.

Develops workplans to support the Center with job postings, coordinating interviews, assisting with resume screening, references, and coordinating new hire paperwork completion, orientation and onboarding activities, non-exempt time approval and coordination of the performance management and staff recognition via-bonus process for the organization.

Independently gathers information on Harvard University policies and provides clear and concise guidance to hiring managers as needed.

Liaises with HGSE HR and hiring managers on all hiring processes at the Center including contingent workers, temporary hires, fellows, and Experts in Residence (EIRs).

Work closely with the Director of EDIB Strategy to document, implement and continuously evaluate the Center’s strategy for attracting, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and retaining highly skilled talent with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

With the support of the Senior Finance and Administration Coordinator (SFC), review current administrative practices and processes for needed improvements to increase efficiency, efficacy, and equity across the Center.

In partnership with the Center Leadership Team (CLT), proactively designs monthly all-staff meeting agendas and coordinates logistics with the SFC.

Performs other duties as assigned.

This is a two year term position with possibility of renewal.


Harvard Graduate School of Education

Working Conditions

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. 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: .

Job Summary

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (HCDC) is a community of 30+ people committed to making the world a better place for children, particularly those who face adversity early in life. Our vision is an equitable world where all kids can achieve their full potential. We do this by leveraging science and the real-world experience of practitioners, policymakers, pediatricians, and families to build the knowledge, skills, and tools required to create more effective and anti-racist early childhood policies and programs. To learn more about the Center, . To learn more about our pledge to address injustice, racism, and inequality, .

The SPM, Administration and Culture will report to the Director of EDIB Strategy and collaborate on fostering a professional culture that is values-driven, both results- and process-oriented, focused on excellence, and a place where people enjoy working.

The SPM, Administration and Culture will serve as the Center’s principal liaison with the Department of Human Resources at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and will ensure that relevant activities are developed and carried out in alignment with and/or consultation with HGSE Human Resources and Harvard University policies. The SPM will regularly work closely with, seek advice from, and share information with their HR partner(s) at the school.

The SPM will interact with all levels of staff at the Center, answering inquiries and/or referring to HGSE HR, related to HR policy and procedures, thoughtfully navigating the grey areas, create compelling employee communications and engagement activities, and actively managing projects and implementing process improvements. As such, the SPM is responsible for a high level of coordination, efficiently juggling multiple duties and timelines with a high degree of discretion and confidentiality, fostering, and maintaining positive working relationships through proactive communication.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Expected salary:

Location: Cambridge, MA

Job date: Thu, 05 May 2022 03:35:04 GMT

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