Position Description

The Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) concentration seeks qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) in the ESPP program, housed administratively at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE). The ADUS will report to the ESPP Head Tutor and an interdisciplinary faculty ESPP Board of Tutors.

Job-Specific Responsibilities
Provide academic advising and mentorship to admitted Harvard students, pre-concentrators, and concentrators, and monitor student progress toward degree. Match student thesis writers with faculty advisors; identify potential problems in the thesis-writing process; help keep students on track to complete the thesis. Manage the senior capstone and thesis courses; meet regularly with students to identify issues with progress and advising. Advise ESPP and Energy & Environment secondary field students and lead discussions for their colloquium requirement.

In coordination with the Office of Career Services and other relevant offices at Harvard College, support current students in their pursuit of undergraduate research opportunities, internships, and full-time post-graduate positions after graduation. Act as a conduit to faculty to help students engage in meaningful research experiences at Harvard. Engage with students in settings outside of the classroom related to ESPP content: informal discussions after talks, field trips, journal clubs, etc. Helps identify speakers for events. Represent ESPP at information/student recruiting events.

Assist with curriculum and course development, course planning, and curriculum assessment. May teach or co-teach in ESPP depending on the needs of the concentration in a given academic year.

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

A Ph.D. in an environmental field (science or social sciences) with significant involvement in the policy realm.

Documented ability to teach effectively and engage with undergraduate students; a strong commitment to education and mentoring, experience with advising and course/program development and commitment and enthusiasm for research and pedagogy in research methods. Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal). Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel.


Physical Requirements

  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time
  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting
  • May be required to work nights and weekends