Dual-Career Resources

FD&D works closely with the Schools to provide dual-career assistance, enhancing Harvard’s ability to recruit and retain faculty. 

We offer individual guidance to faculty partners in finding ways to develop and enhance their careers and professional pursuits, and to ease them into the Harvard community and Cambridge area. We also offer programs on dual-career topics and helpful resources for dual-career couples.

Elizabeth Ancarana

Elizabeth Ancarana, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, has written about our office’s approach to dual-career assistance in her article “Supporting Dual-Career Families: It Takes a Village, or Maybe Just a Good, Strong Bicycle Wheel.”

For more information on dual-career support services provided to faculty partners, please contact your School’s Office for Faculty Affairs. For general questions on dual-career matters, Elizabeth Ancarana can be reached at elizabeth_ancarana@harvard.edu or (617) 495-8606.

FD&D Events

Finding an Administrative Job at Harvard or MIT: An Exclusive Workshop for Partners & Spouses of Harvard & MIT Faculty 2019

Experienced HR recruiters from Harvard and MIT and faculty partners from both institutions working in administrative roles provided helpful tips and strategies for a successful job search.

Part 1: Harvard and MIT Recruiters (Transcript)

Part 2: Panel of Faculty Partners (Transcript)

Finding an Administrative Job at Harvard: an Exclusive Workshop for Partners and Spouses of Harvard Ladder Faculty 2014

Experienced HR recruiters and faculty partners working in administrative roles provided helpful tips and strategies for a successful job search.  A resume review with an HR recruiter also followed for job seekers interested in a one-on-one consultation.  The workshop was a helpful networking event for faculty partners and spouses new to the area and those interested in working in administration at Harvard. (Transcript)

Dual Career Symposium 2010

The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity hosted a working conference aimed at understanding current research and best practices pertaining to dual career issues and utilizing this knowledge in the development of new ways to support dual career couples.

Our Approach to the Dual-Career Process as Summarized by a Harvard Faculty Partner


New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium 


Harvard is one of nearly 70 sponsoring institutions in the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (New England HERC). The Consortium advances members’ ability to retain and recruit diverse, talented faculty and staff, and assists dual-career couples.

The New England HERC website lists over 3,000 job openings at its member institutions, including faculty, staff, and medical positions. Dual-career couples can use the enhanced options to link their searches.

HERC combines job listings with regional resources and connects dual-career job seekers with a strong network of HR and Faculty Affairs professionals.