Program Director, Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights
Harvard University
June 30, 2024
Post date: May 29, 2024

Position Description


  • Serves as secondary field (minor) advisor for students pursuing "EMR" and "Latino Studies" secondaries.
  • Teaches one EMR-related course per academic year, on a topic agreed upon with Chair.
  • Collaborates closely with Finance and Operations Coordinator and Academic Programs Coordinator (weekly meetings, day to day communication regarding student employee management, events, prize processes, etc.)
  • Conducts program outreach to students and liaises with faculty and staff in other academic units.
  • Approves courses to count for secondary fields in consultation with Chair and faculty standing committee.
  • Convenes and facilitates monthly Student Advisory Council (SAC) meetings.
  • Maintains Academic Advising Report data with the registrar’s office.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and supervises graduate student thesis mentors, interns, and student working group coordinators
  • Co-supervises working group coordinators and interns with the Academic Programs Coordinator. 
  • Coordinates everyday aspects of non-ladder faculty teaching and program engagement (curriculum design and implementation in consultation with Chair and Standing Committee, support for non-ladder faculty in course topics and development).
  • Acts as an advising resource for faculty and other academics regarding educational strategies and formats. Provides pedagogical training for new faculty. Advises faculty on academic questions, such as best practices for syllabi and grading, concerns in classroom. 
  • Assists Chair with annual review and reappointment processes.
  • Organizes trainings and with Chair manages personnel issues related to climate, DEI, and accessibility for faculty.
  • Helps to recruit and onboard teaching fellows, and to mediate issues that arise between head instructors and TFs.
  • Recruits juries, processes data, and manages decision-making stages for Summer Thesis Research Grant and Thesis Prize competitions.
  • Collaborates with staff coordinators in ongoing review of awards processes, working group management, co-curricular initiatives (e.g., EMR Scholars seminars), and program messaging across the university.
  • Manages course development which may include recommendation and implementation of course sequencing, scheduling, grading processes and exam sessions; reviews program goals, policy, curriculum, and program requirements and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Researches, resolves, and provides accurate policy guidance to faculty, other academic workers, and Academic Programs Coordinator; ensures compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations.

Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills


This position requires a doctorate in a relevant field and undergraduate teaching experience.

Necessary skills include the ability to build strong collaborative relationships across diversity in identities, experiences, and institutional locations; and the ability to determine and implement concrete steps toward long-term visions and goals.

Experience with program management, professional supervision, and/or academic advising is not required but valuable.

Working Conditions


Work is primarily performed in an office setting with some remote work flexibility.

Additional Information


Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR) is a curricular academic unit that allows undergraduates to pursue secondary fields in ethnic studies, Indigenous studies, border and migration studies, and human rights. It grants secondary field recognition under the headings of "EMR" and "Latino Studies." EMR's programming includes co-curricular working groups in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, Latinx Studies, Muslim American Studies, and dissertation writing. The program serves the wider Harvard community with a variety of events and academic opportunities that exceed classroom instruction.

This position will anchor EMR’s secondary field advising, and support the Chair with non-ladder faculty supervision and the design and implementation of co-curricular programs. With the Faculty Chair, this position will design and implement curriculum that meets the needs of secondary fielders in EMR and Latinx Studies. It will contribute to the long-term development of ethnic studies, Indigenous studies, and migration and border studies at Harvard University.

We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


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  • 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.
Review Begins: 
May 29, 2024

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