Dear Colleagues,

The Bureau of Study Counsel at Harvard University has an opening for a full-time academic counselor with a special interest in working with students with learning disorders/disabilities – see below.

Please feel free to forward to potential applicants.
Many thanks,

Abigail Lipson, Ph.D.
Bureau of Study Counsel
Harvard University
5 Linden Street
Cambridge MA 02138
(617) 495-2581
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Bureau of Study Counsel, Harvard University



The Bureau of Study Counsel, a center for academic development at Harvard University, seeks a full-time Academic Counselor. BSC services are grounded in a “whole person” educational/ developmental model which recognizes the interrelationships among the intellectual, social, and personal aspects of academic life and learning.
Duties include: meeting with students about a wide range of academically-related concerns; facilitating workshops on topics related to the academic experience; providing consultation/training/outreach regarding learning difficulties to students, faculty, residence life staff, and deans/administrators; coordinating with other university offices, such as the Accessible Education Office, Counseling and Mental Health Services, and the Advising Programs Office; co-teaching an existing ten-session course in reading and study strategies; serving on the Board of Freshman Advisors and other university functions; maintaining records and providing reports; participating in other office programs and activities as assigned.

This position has primary responsibility for developing, managing, delivering, and assessing academic support services for students with learning disorders and disabilities (and other cognitive difficulties such as  ADD/ADHD and executive function disorders).  Duties include designing and administrating programs; providing direct services to students; creating effective student outreach, referral, and follow-up procedures; and developing strong partnerships with services such as disability accommodations and mental health support.


•   Master's degree required. Doctorate strongly preferred.

•   Significant skills and experience in academic counseling/advising and learning issues in higher education, e.g., academic/intellectual development, study skills and learning approaches, learning-relevant disorders and disabilities, learning assessment (although formal testing/assessment is not a responsibility of this position).

•   Demonstrated experience, interest, and investment in the area of learning disorders and disabilities, including direct service, program development, and community coordination.

•   Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity about working with a highly diverse student population, including first-gen students, international students, and students from under-resourced academic backgrounds.

•   Capacity to be present and accompany students in an attuned and empathic way; to keep central the student’s experience and development; and to understand students’ academic challenges in the larger context of their identities and lives.

•   Excellent oral and written communication skills.

•   All applicants with relevant interest, expertise, and experience are encouraged to apply.


The Bureau of Study Counsel was established in the 1940s, and today consists of a diverse staff of eleven professional staff and five administrative staff.  The mission of the BSC is to support students in their academic and intellectual development so that they can make the most of their university experience. For more information about the Bureau of Study Counsel, please visit our website:<>.
Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Harvard currently enrolls more than 20,000 degree candidates, including both undergraduates and graduate students. The College encourages students to respect ideas and their free expression, and to rejoice in discovery and in critical thought; to pursue excellence in a spirit of productive cooperation; and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. Harvard expects that the scholarship and collegiality it fosters in its students will lead them in their later lives to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society.

SALARY               Grade 58; 12-month full-time position (35 hrs/wk); excellent benefits.

START DATE     February 2016; flexible


Review of applications will begin January4, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  Applications must be made on line to Req# 37835BR, weblink: Submit a letter of interest, a detailed vita, and the names and contact information for three references who may be contacted during the review process.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


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