Assistant/Associate Dean of the College for Junior/Senior Studies & Recovery and Substance-Free Stud

Rhode Island, United States
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Sep 28, 2020
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Assistant/Associate Dean of the College for Junior/Senior Studies & Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives

Office of the Dean of the College

Brown University, Providence, RI



 The College at Brown University is recruiting four deans with distinctive and substantive portfolios, each of whom will advise, mentor, and advocate for undergraduates in the context of Brown’s Open Curriculum. These four positions in the areas of academic advising, engaged scholarship, international students, junior/senior studies and substance-free student initiatives underscore Brown’s ongoing commitment to individualized academic support for all undergraduate students at a time when advising relationships and human connection are more important than ever.


If you would like to join a team of dedicated colleagues working to support the intellectual and personal development of students through individualized education, please consider submitting an application. The mission of the College is to support undergraduate student learning and to ensure that each and every student is engaged, empowered, and transformed by their education at Brown. This mission is informed by a Statement of Principles, which has defined the philosophy of Brown’s Open Curriculum for over half a century:


At Brown University, the purpose of undergraduate education is to foster the intellectual and personal growth of the individual student. The student, ultimately responsible for their own development in both of these areas, must be an active participant in framing their own education. A central aspect of this development is the relationship of the student with professors, staff, and fellow students and with the material they approach together. Structures, rules, and regulations of the University should facilitate these relationships and should provide the student with the maximum opportunity to formulate and achieve their educational objectives.


The Assistant/Associate Dean for Junior and Senior Studies  & Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives is responsible for coordinating the academic, co-curricular, and degree completion advising of approximately 3200 students, including Enrollment Satisfied, Requirements Pending (ESRP) students. The incumbent works to create, refine, and maintain inclusive advising and programming infrastructure for students at semester level 5 and above, and provides leadership, advocacy and support for students, faculty, and staff with respect to issues of substance use disorders, recovery and substance-free status. They are responsible for coordinating the Mid-Year Completion ceremony, Prizes and Premiums, and the Commencement Speaker selection process. The incumbent also serves as a member (voting or non-voting) of the Committee on Academic Standing, and represents the office on appropriate College and University Committees, as determined by the Dean of the College.                


The candidate’s qualifications, education, and skills will determine if the position is filled at a grade 11 or grade 12.


Search Committees will begin reviewing applications on October 9, 2020 for anticipated start dates of January 1, 2021 (or earlier). Applications received after October 9 may not receive full consideration. More details about the application process can be found on the Brown Career Site (          



·     An earned master’s degree or comparable experience, PhD preferred.

·     Grade 11: Three to five years’ experience as an advisor and/or academic administrator at a university or liberal arts college.

·     Grade 12: Five to seven years’ experience as an advisor and/or academic administrator at a university or liberal arts college.

·     Demonstrated success in counseling in non-clinical settings and programming in substance use disorder recovery, including a broad knowledge of systems of support and a sympathetic understanding of mutual help groups.

·     Successful experience in academic program administration, including planning and development, implementation, and assessment.

·     Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and mobilize others (staff, faculty, students) to achieve shared results.

·     Proven track record in furthering university diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives while supporting students from historically underrepresented and/or minoritized backgrounds is required.

·     Outstanding written and oral communication skills, discretion, sound judgement, and leadership skills.

·     Supervisory experience preferred but not required.

·     Occasional evening and weekend work required for essential College and University events.


Background check: criminal and education verification.

Please submit resume with cover letter with application.

To Apply, please use this link to directly view the position on Brown’s Career Site:

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

About Brown (Please visit our website and get to know us better at:

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting. 


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