Current Job Offerings: Academic and Administrative

Executive Director

The Executive Director reports directly to the Faculty Department Chair with a dotted line to the Administrative Dean for the Science Division and is a strategic partner to the Faculty Chair regarding staff operations and overall department management.

This position is critical and essential to the operations of the department providing leadership, direction and oversight of overall departmental administration functions and operations. This includes review of budget and expenses, continued review of expense reductions and management of remote sites. Oversees senior administrative leadership team responsible for local HR, finance, sponsored programs, graduate and undergraduate programs, faculty affairs, space planning, etc. Collaborates with Science Div. & FAS to ensure activities, projects and initiatives are in line with mission and policies. Supports the Chair with regard to renovation and allocation of office and lab space. Facilitates communication among the Chair, Physics faculty, administrative staff, FAS and university administration.

This position leads the department in the development and implementation of best practices, strategic and operational objectives and is responsible for all department functions including: budget and business operations, human resources, sponsored research administration (pre/post), faculty and academic affairs, student services, research policy and compliance, faculty support services, laboratory safety, liaises with IT support services. Will be instrumental in playing a key role on the Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Committee as well as partnership, collaboration and facilitation in the implementation of DIB tools, resources, events, education for faculty, staff and students. This position will work closely with Physics faculty regarding any fiscal, operational and administrative items as needed and analyze and synthesize information, produce reports and make recommendations to the department chair and other division, school and university leaders as necessary. Contributes to committees and collaborative working groups. Liaises with other Harvard units, including the School of Engineering, and Applied Sciences and outside organizations and may coordinate joint ventures. Serves as Chief Safety Officer for the department.

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Preceptor in Physics

The Department of Physics at Harvard University ;invites applications for a Preceptor in Physics. Working closely with faculty and staff in the Department of Physics, the preceptor will oversee all aspects of small-group instruction in both the laboratory and discussion section components of essential introductory Physics courses, targeted to a wide range of students and including applications in physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences.

Science preceptors supervise and train a team of teaching fellows, play a leading role in the laboratory support team, and collaborate with faculty to develop innovative course materials including problem sets, examinations, hands-on learning activities, and guided/independent student projects. 

This full-time, benefits eligible position is expected to start on July 1, 2021, and will be initially for a term of one year, with the possibility of reappointment up to a maximum of eight years total. If reappointed, in subsequent years the position will be a 10-month appointment during the academic year (Aug. 1 to May 31), but benefits and salary continue for 12 months. Reappointment is contingent upon performance, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean approval.

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Physics Faculty Assistant - Coordinator I

Reporting to a number of faculty members in an evolving portfolio and the Associate Director of Administration, this position performs a wide range of complex and confidential administrative duties in support of teaching and research in the Department of Physics. Keeps faculty attuned to the demands of the day at hand and the weeks ahead and advises faculty and their research groups on Department and University policies and procedures.  Ideal candidates will be able to orient a range of clients to Harvard University with warmth and positivity navigating lab and non-lab groups with ease.

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