Fellow for Freshman Programming

Harvard University in Massachusetts

Date Posted August 1, 2014
Type Fellowship
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Reporting to the Director for Freshman Programming, the Fellow for Freshman Programming is the member of the Freshman Dean’s Office (FDO) staff responsible for supporting and organizing social programming for first-year students at Harvard College. The Fellow will serve as an adviser to students and groups planning social events and will also be the main organizer of occasional late-night, alternative social programming. While academics are rightly our students’ first priority, the Freshman Dean’s Office believes that interacting with peers, outside of the classroom, helps to build community and create friendships. A fulfilling social and personal experience also fosters a more well-balanced life and the likelihood of a transformative education in college.  

Primary advising duties will include:

  1. 1.       Co-advising the First-Year Social Committee (FYSC) with the Fellow for Student Life in the Office of Student Life (OSL)
  • The mission of the FYSC is to promote class spirit and community by hosting social events open to all freshmen. The FYSC is comprised of 14 first-year students who are responsible for planning one, class-wide social event per month. As a group, the FYSC is supported collaboratively by both the FDO and OSL. Generally speaking, the FDO adviser is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the FYSC (including programming, historical records, and emergency support for events) and the OSL adviser is responsible for event logistics as well as setting and managing the FYSC budget.
  • Help to select and train the members of the FYSC.
  • Meet weekly with the FYSC to plan and prepare for events and meet as needed with the Fellow for Student Life, who serves as the other co-adviser for the group.
  • Attend all FYSC retreats, events, and participate in all debriefings of events. 

  1. 2.       Student Initiated Programs (SIPs)
  • The FDO provides funding to freshmen who would like to organize small-scale social events for their peers. These small-scale events are known as SIPs.
  • Advise students on planning and publicizing their event. Set a reasonable budget and discuss financial responsibilities with student planners. 

Primary event planning duties will include:

  1. 1.       Weekly programming in the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub during a month-long pilot in September 2014. 
  • Very low-key events would take place on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday evenings between 7:30pm and midnight.
  1. 2.       Late-night, alternative social programming
  • Plan and run four medium-sized social events throughout the year.
  1. 3.       Support for College-wide late-night programming
  • Help as needed with College-wide social programming, such as the Harvard-Yale Tailgate on November 22, 2014.
  1. 4.       Support for leadership development programs for first-year representatives on the student government. 
  • Work with the Resident Dean of Freshmen to implement three different leadership sessions (one each in September, October, and January)


The Fellow is a less than half-time position, requiring approximately 15 hours per week over the course of 10 months. Appointment begins approximately August 25, 2014.  Hours are flexible and fluid. Must be willing to work evenings and late nights on occasional weekends. There is the possibility for renewed appointment for a second year in the role.


Bachelor’s degree required for all applicants; Master’s degree candidates at Harvard University and other Boston-area graduate schools are encouraged to apply. Due to Harvard Human Resources regulations, non-exempt staff members at Harvard University are not eligible. An interest in working with a diverse, talented, and highly motivated group of undergraduates is essential. Successful candidates will have one to three years of experience planning large- and/or small-scale events. Experience advising college students and/or student organizations is desirable. Candidates must possess good judgment, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to take initiative.  Flexibility, organization, and a positive attitude are also preferred. 

To Apply

Applications should be addressed to Ms. Katie Steele, Director for Freshman Programming. To submit an application, please email a one-page cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Abby Cohen (abbymcohen@fas.harvard.edu) at the Freshman Dean’s Office. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Ms. Steele at kwsteele@fas.harvard.edu.