Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs

Boston, Massachusetts
May 17, 2019
Jun 16, 2019
Full Time

Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs and

Director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA)

Program in Medical Education (PME), Harvard Medical School

Reporting to the Dean for Medical Education and working closely with the Dean for Students in the PME, the Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs provides vision and leadership and develops and oversees strategies for the recruitment and success of a diverse medical student body at Harvard Medical School, and serves as the Director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA). The Associate Dean fosters a diverse and inclusive environment for all Harvard medical students, focusing in particular on the experiences of URiM (underrepresented in medicine) and LGBTQ students. Working closely with medical students, faculty, and staff, the Associate Dean guides the development and implementation of robust recruitment and support strategies designed to be inclusive of URiM and LGBTQ students. The Associate Dean develops mentoring, advising and role modeling approaches that are tailored to the needs of URiM, LGBTQ and other medical student groups at HMS.

The Associate Dean works closely with minority medical student associations/groups, the Office of the Dean for Students, the Academic Societies, the Office of Admissions, and the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership to enhance and support diversity and inclusion in the MD student body. As Director of ORMA, the Associate Dean oversees the Faculty Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Recruitment, and Multicultural Affairs, along with the ORMA staff.


  • Oversee HMS’s comprehensive strategy for recruitment and support of URiM and LGBTQ medical students
  • Work with the Office of Admissions to ensure a comprehensive, intentional and robust recruitment strategy that promotes a diverse medical student body, serving as an ex officio voting member of the Main Committee on Admissions, with a commitment to attend the majority of meetings
  • Foster a culture of inclusion that provides all students opportunities to succeed in the MD program and identifies and addresses opportunity gaps that may exist for URiM and LGBTQ medical students in particular
  • Work with the staff of the Offices of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs and Admissions on plans for Revisit Weekend for admitted URiM and LGBTQ students
  • Serve as ORMA’s lead for the Pre-matriculation Summer Program for URiM students
  • Promote a welcoming environment by planning and implementing portions of the
  • Professional Development Orientation for beginning medical students
  • Chair the Multicultural Fellows Committee - faculty, staff and student representatives from the five academic societies charged with facilitating diversity training and awareness in our medical community
  • Attend regular meetings of the Society Advisory Deans and the Council of Academic Societies (CAS)
  • Coordinate the development and submission of grant proposals for funding of diversity and inclusion programming for medical students
  • Connect with diversity and inclusion efforts throughout Harvard Medical School and Harvard University
  • Represent HMS at the AAMC Annual National Meeting Recruitment Fair and other national consortium meetings
  • Work with the PME’s Office of Educational Quality Improvement (OEQI) to develop, track, and leverage metrics, and use these measures to show progress and refine approaches and program focus based on data from metrics
  • Work with course/clerkship leaders and the director of the Health Equity/Health Disparities curricular theme to support diversity and inclusion in the curriculum
  • Through actions, interactions, and communication demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness by upholding HMS Community Values and Diversity Policy
  • Be available for:

-  Non-urgent office hours available to students or groups of students

-  Urgent availability by phone, e-mail, or pager

-  E-mail access to students/faculty/administrators

-  Participation in holiday emergency availability to students

Basic Qualifications

  • MD degree and qualification for HMS faculty appointment at the minimum level of Assistant Professor
  • Experience working on student issues (student affairs, advising, mentoring, etc.), and experience working on diversity and inclusion efforts essential
  • Insightful about the viewpoints, experiences, and issues facing URiM/LGBTQ students pursuing medical careers
  • Ability to dedicate 50% of full-time status to the Associate Dean position; combining with up to 50% clinical/academic work at one of the HMS affiliates a positive

Additional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the MD curriculum at HMS (pre-clerkship, PCE, and post-PCE phases; Pathways and HST tracks), medical school and hospital environments and student life at HMS, or strong commitment to developing such familiarity
  • Teaching experience highly desirable
  • Qualification for HMS faculty appointment at the level of Associate Professor or above preferred

Terms of appointment

  • Four-year renewable term
  • 50% FTE time commitment
  • Salary commensurate with the HMS MD program teaching compensation model

For confidential inquiries and information about the search process, please contact Ahmed S. Mohammed,, Director of Talent Acquisition, Harvard Medical School.

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At Harvard Medical School, our mission is to nurture a diverse, inclusive community dedicated to alleviating suffering and improving health and well-being for all through excellence in teaching and learning, discovery and scholarship, and service and leadership. With our vast reservoir of talent, an extensive network of affiliates and commitment to problem-solving, Harvard Medical School is uniquely positioned to steer education and research in directions that will benefit local, national, and global communities.

Harvard Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 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.