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Director of Teaching Innovation

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

The Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning (HILT) is seeking a Director of Teaching Innovation. This role will provide leadership and vision for the HILT program and teaching and learning activities across Harvard as well as oversight of the HILT team, portfolio of activities, and events.Launched in 2011 through a generous gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser, -HILT's mission is to -catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard. Through its role within the -Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), HILT coordinates activities and events across the University and collaborates with teaching and learning centers to build on Harvard's strengths in teaching and learning; strengthen the science of learning, and foster a robust network of innovation in instruction. Innovations launched under HILT engage Harvard instructors in renewing and improving their teaching; provide tangible benefits to student learning, and make teaching and learning efforts more visible and more relevant across campus.Position DescriptionCore Duties and Responsibilities:Given the rapid transformation of teaching and learning methods, styles, and practices since 2020, the Director of Teaching Innovation will serve an especially critical and strategic role over the next several years. The Director of Teaching and Innovation will report jointly to the Managing Director and to the HILT Faculty Director, and will oversee the HILT team and a portfolio of activities with responsibilities including the following:

  • Developing and scaling an incubator program by creating space, resources, and workshops for faculty to learn and experiment with creating blending learning experiences.
  • Providing leadership across the University by liaising with Deans of Schools, faculty, and academic professional colleagues in the schools to design and lead the implementation of an innovative program or set of programs.
  • Collaborating with the Harvard Alumni Association, the Director will identify needs and gaps in alumni programming related to lifelong learning and develop new events, materials, and online content for alumni accordingly.
  • Providing deep subject matter expertise in the evidence of best practices in teaching and learning and serving as a well-established professional of teaching and learning, recognized as an authoritative source of information based on his or her experience in the field.
  • Inspiring others to adopt best practices while keeping an open mind and possessing the diplomacy, flexibility, and nuance to understand reasons for reluctance to change among faculty and schools.
  • Working effectively with a range of individuals at very different stages of their careers and from very different academic traditions (both arts and sciences and professional schools) by "meeting them where they are,"; shaping the dialogue for collective engagement even while customizing messages to meet the specific needs of intended audiences.
  • Providing leadership and oversight for organizing VPAL events and outreach activities with Harvard and external partners related to HILT initiatives and projects, including a portfolio of teaching and learning and programmatic events, the annual HILT conference, targeted speaker series and Signature Events, faculty dinner, and lunch series, and others.
  • Providing vision and editorial authority for the faculty-facing Into Practice e-communication that goes to 17,000 plus instructors affiliated with the University.
  • -Managing stakeholders and developing partnerships; providing guidance in sometimes complex situations while maintaining positive relationships with partners.
  • Advising VPAL senior leaders on substantive matters, integrating lessons learned from the above cross-school programming activities with other VPAL activities, and helping to set the future direction of Harvard's ongoing work to innovate in teaching and learning.Basic QualificationsCandidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications to be considered for this role:
    • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in the education sector.
    • Master's degree in teaching or a related field
    • Direct supervisory experience.
    • Experience working directly with senior leadership.Additional Qualifications and Skills
      • Experience developing programming for teaching and learning audiences, serving as an expert source of information for faculty, and developing long-term trusted relationships with faculty from multiple disciplines.
      • Demonstrated teaching/instructional experience, preferably in higher education.
      • Demonstrated experience in the design of instructional materials.
      • Demonstrated strategic thinking, negotiation, and change management skills in a mission-driven organization.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills.
      • Excellent management and interpersonal skills and the ability to work seamlessly with various constituency groups, as both a manager and a collaborator.
      • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of high-level internal and external constituents, including faculty.
      • Self-motivated and entrepreneurial.
      • Creative. Solutions-oriented.
      • Passionate about improving teaching and learning.
      • Team player.
      • Collaborative mindset and an innovative approach to teaching and learning.
      • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and work with team members with a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and levels of expertise.Working ConditionsIndividual flexible work options for this role, including hybrid, will be discussed during the interview process. All work must be performed in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT). -Additional InformationThis is a three-year term position with the possibility of extension.Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as a combined SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab.
        VPAL is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

        PLEASE NOTE: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found on the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage: .
        About the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL)The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning seeks to shape the future of education by discovering new ways to build the competence, curiosity, and confidence of learners on our campuses and around the world. We create engaging and scalable learning experiences, cultivate inspiring ideas, and connect a global community of learners-while developing tools, technologies, platforms, and policies to reduce friction throughout the learning lifecycle. To learn more, visit .VPAL is committed to convening and nurturing a diverse community dedicated to promoting inclusive excellence and leadership in teaching and learning. We celebrate, welcome, and honor all backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. We strive to ensure that all feel included in our mission, our work, and our learning inside and outside our organization. We affirm that inclusivity and belonging are the foundations of excellence.Perks and BenefitsHarvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
        • Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
        • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits starting on your first day
        • University-funded retirement plans
        • Tuition Assistance Program
        • Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
        • Health and wellness discounts, memberships, and programsFull time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week. -Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and BelongingHarvard 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.EEO StatementWe 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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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