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Curator, Loeb Fellowship – Harvard Graduate School of Design

Position Description:
Job Summary :
The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) invites nominations and applications for the position of Curator of the Loeb Fellowship. The School seeks an exceptional individual to build upon the legacy of Loeb Curators William Doebele, James Stockard LF ’78 and John C. Peterson LF ’06. The successful candidate will provide leadership to the Loeb Fellowship and contribute to the GSD community.

The Loeb Fellowship is a year-long residential fellowship for mid-career professionals who are accomplished practitioners, influential in shaping the built and natural environment, whose work is advancing positive social outcomes in the US and around the world. Loeb Fellows spend an academic year at Harvard’s GSD where they have access to the intellectual and critical life of the University. The Fellows—approximately 10 each year—are selected based on their potential to use the resources of the GSD, the University, and the current and past Fellows to become even more effective leaders and to have a greater impact as a result of their Fellowship year.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) educates leaders in design, research, and scholarship to make a resilient, just, and beautiful world. The GSD offers degree programs across a range of design disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, design engineering, and real estate—as well as advanced research programs that cut across all of these disciplines, and a robust public program of lectures, exhibitions, and publications. Taken together, the immense variety of people, programs, and ideas represented at the School sustains a vibrant and rich environment for learning, inquiry, and collaboration unlike that of any other design school.

Now in its sixth decade, the Loeb Fellowship was founded with a gift from John L. and Frances Loeb. Over the past fifty-three years the Fellowship has offered the resources of Harvard to a diverse group of over 500 Loeb Fellows from 40 U.S. states and 34 countries. For more information see: and

Candidates are encouraged to apply by April 26, 2024. However, applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Position Description :

Reporting to the Dean of the GSD, the Curator provides vision and overall direction to the Loeb Fellowship program for mid-career professionals in design-related disciplines. As principal spokesperson for the program, the Curator directs the outreach within Harvard and beyond. In addition to providing leadership to and management of the Loeb Fellowship in the four areas described below—Fellows, Alumni, Curation, Administration—the Curator will also be expected to contribute to the School through service to the GSD.

Loeb Fellows
-Convene cohort activities including orientations, weekly seminars, retreats and cohort travel, and dinners. Initiate and administer subsidiary projects and events, such as colloquia, seminars, and travel opportunities.
-Convene and serve on a nine-person Selection Committee for each cohort of Loeb Fellows. Direct annual Selection process, including recruitment.
-Direct recruitment and promotion. Have a wide network of colleagues on which to draw in seeking Loeb Fellows.
-Serve as advisor to Fellows on yearly individual work plans. Have the ability to mentor and motivate Fellows as mid-career professionals to grow in their technical skills, their vision, and their leadership ability.
-Encourage Fellows’ integration and networking within GSD, across Harvard and among Loeb Alumni. Facilitate contacts between the fellows and members of the GSD and Harvard communities.
-Collaborate with the Dean on the Senior Loeb Scholar appointment process and programming.

Loeb Alumni
-Serve as liaison for the Loeb Fellowship alumni community and the GSD.
-Work with the Loeb Fellowship Alumni Association (LFAA) to pursue its mission, including the values of equity, diversity and sustainability. Support ongoing professional, intellectual, and social engagement among alumni. Foster collaboration between the Loeb Fellowship program, Loeb alumni, and the GSD.
-Facilitate alumni communications and networking, internally and externally, including central alumni database.
-Support alumni events and programs, including Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council (LFAC) grants and annual LFAA fall study tours.

-Strategic planning, including visionary thinking around expanded programming, engagement, outreach, and potential impact of Fellowship, Fellows, and Alumni.
-Develop relationships and programming across the GSD, Harvard, and beyond, working with diverse constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and external stakeholders.
-Explore research and knowledge production opportunities, including public programs, exhibition and publication opportunities.
-Together with the Dean, convene an advisory committee to deepen relationships across the School.

-Supervise Loeb Fellowship staff as well as independent contractors and other partners.
-Oversee and steward Loeb Fellowship facilities, including working with the Facilities and Campus Operations Office on management and maintenance of residential properties.
-Direct financial management, including working with the Finance Office on annual budget.
-Direct strategic communications, both internal and external.
Identify, cultivate and pursue development and partnership opportunities, including in collaboration with the GSD Development and Alumni Relations Office

-Supervises the Program Director and Coordinator of Loeb Fellowship Program as well as independent contractors.

Basic Qualifications :
-Bachelor’s degree required
-Proven curatorial, staff and program management, and/or development leadership in an educational/design setting including architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design or related field is required.
-Experience working with academic leadership and faculty in an external relations context.

Additional Qualifications and Skills :
-Be able to articulate and impart the values of “disciplinary knowledge and trans-disciplinary impact” to the diverse groups of practitioners who make up each class of Fellows
-Have an interest in and ability to build and support an intellectual and professional community.
-Be able to communicate and work across disciplinary boundaries
Have excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills that work across diverse audiences including students, faculty, fellows, alumni, donors, and the greater public.
-Be committed to advancing the engagement of the design professions within the public, private, nonprofit and NGO sectors for the public good.
-Have the ability to work across, and engage with issues at different scales of the built environment.
-A Master’s degree in a field of study taught at the GSD is preferred.
-Demonstrate and implement a commitment to the values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging:
-Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The Curator is encouraged to:
-Develop strategy to ensure that diversity, belonging and inclusion efforts are infused in all aspects of Loeb Fellowship, Senior Loeb Scholar and Alumni cohorts and programs and attend to the issues of intersectionality within and among the Loeb community
-Prioritize the innovation and reflection that comes from recognizing diverse perspectives and experiences and creating space for them in the Loeb Fellowship and GSD communities
-Have a proven ability to work collaboratively and engage in productive and respectful dialog with individuals of differing backgrounds

Physical Requirements :
-There are no known physical requirements associated with this position.

Working Conditions :
-Work is mainly performed in an office setting.

Additional Information :
-The Loeb Fellowship Curator will be appointed for an initial term of five years, and the position is renewable, contingent upon review and reappointment by the Dean. The Loeb Curator position is normally a full-time obligation and full-time residence in, or relocation to, the Boston metropolitan area is a requirement of the position.
-As appropriate to the Curator’s disciplinary and professional background, and at the discretion of the Department Chairs, a teaching appointment may be considered, reviewed annually and contingent on continuation of the staff appointment.

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

[Full-Time (Salaried)] Salary Range: 117600-209400

Schedule Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:
Physical Requirements :
There are no known physical requirements associated with this position.

Working Conditions :
Work is mainly performed in an office setting.
Level of English Required: Advanced/Fluent

How to Apply:

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