Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School is hiring an Associate Director of Education.  Founded in 2015, the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) is one of 11 basic and social science departments of Harvard Medical School. It is home to the Master of Biomedical Informatics Program (MBI) and the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics PhD program (BIG), with a combined student body of over 100 graduate students. Additionally, the department hosts a 9-week undergraduate summer internship program. The Associate Director of Education will manage the administration of graduate programs, oversee and participate in student affairs activities, and participate in the strategic development of educational activities. They will be part of a diverse team of faculty, researchers, and administrators and report to the Executive Director of the Department. The Associate Director of Education will work closely with Faculty Program Directors and supervise Program Managers and other program staff.

About our Educational Programs:
The Master of Biomedical Informatics Program is designed to advance the use of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and decision making. This program is created for students who are looking to develop skills in data science in the context of medicine and biological sciences to improve human health. It enrolls both post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral students. Post-baccalaureate students come from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds but generally have strong quantitative and computational skills. Post-doctoral students are most often MDs who pursue the Master’s degree during their research fellowship or PhDs with a degree in a biomedical subject.

The Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics PhD Program offers interdisciplinary training aimed at producing leading researchers in these areas. Most of our students come with a very strong background in a quantitative field as well as significant experience in molecular biology and genetics.
The department supports students in these programs through training grants from the National Library of Medicine and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Core Duties:

  • Manage staff, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment
  • Oversee and participate in general student affairs activities
  • Develop annual budgets in collaboration with Program Directors and Director of Finance and oversee spending
  • Administrate and contribute to the writing of grants, including but not limited to NIH training grants
  • Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations
  • Plan and execute educational events, such as seminars, workshops, and conferences, as well as recruitment events
  • Assist students with career exploration, career decision making, self-assessment, and job search management

Additional Duties:

  • Manage and initiate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts
  • Facilitate outreach, marketing, and student recruitment through advertisement and representation at relevant conferences
  • Maintain and grow a network of external (commercial, non-profit, and government organizations) and internal partners
  • Maintain relationships with and engage program alumni
  • Support the creation of new graduate programs and other educational initiatives

Basic Qualifications

Master's Degree in biomedical informatics, computational biology, bioinformatics, clinical informatics, STEM, medicine, or related field required.

Additional Qualifications

  • Doctorate in a relevant field preferred.
  • Experience in higher education administration
  • Supervisory experience
  • Analytical and financial skills, as well as, ability to effectively track details regarding day-to-day and longer-term initiatives.
  • Intermediate skills with Excel
  • Strong comfort with technology and the ability to self-teach programs and processes that are not part of the current skill set. Familiarity with some of the following programs and processes would be helpful: social media (Twitter, Facebook), online learning platforms (Canvas), website editing (Drupal, HTML)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit in addition to an open mindset and flexible approach in adapting to shifting priorities
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership, program management, and strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in cooperation with a diverse constituency, from administrative staff to students and faculty.


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