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Associate Dean of Strategic Communications

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 13, 2023

Job Details

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world. Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive. Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more. To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

At a time of need for increased and innovative public health communications, the Associate Dean of Strategic Communications in the Brown University School of Public Health (SPH) is a collaborative, creative, impact-focused leader and entrepreneurial communications strategist. The incumbent is charged with overseeing a fast-paced communications operation that advances the strategic vision and priorities of Brown SPH and its students, staff and faculty. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Public Health and serving as an integral member of the School’s senior management team, the Associate Dean of Strategic Communications leads the development and execution of an iterative communications, engagement and marketing strategy for the School

Integrating communications across all school functions, the Associate Dean responsible for developing and overseeing a robust, 21st century communications and engagement strategy, including a content generation and social media engagement strategy aimed at building key audiences and impact in the areas of Public Health education, research, policy and practice. The incumbent supports and collaborates with enrollment colleagues to engage and nurture prospective students around the world, applying cutting-edge marketing and engagement tactics and connecting students to the best Brown SPH has to offer. The incumbent guides and oversees close collaboration with advancement colleagues to capture and present via diverse assets and delivery mechanisms the most compelling impact stories from SPH students, faculty, research and alumni.

As an ambassador for the school, the Associate Dean will interact with all constituents, including the students, parents, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders in the SPH and Brown communities. The incumbent will support the Dean of the School of Public Health by generating broader and more comprehensive awareness of the qualities and character of the school community, in order to achieve goals in thought leadership, research recognition, enrollment and advancement, and ensure both impact and sustainable growth.

The Associate Dean oversees two teams, one led by the Director of Communications and focused on all school communications activities, and one led by the Director of Events and focused on all in-person and virtual, on-and off-campus events supporting the mission and vision of the school.

The incumbent leverages across communications the attributes of a leader who is invigorated by and eager to respond to the challenges and opportunities brought about by historic changes in Public Health, an ever-changing information ecosystem, and the disruption and growth affecting institutions in Higher Ed. The incumbent brings to their work a strategic vision, an innovative mindset, an entrepreneurial background, a passion for Public Health, and significant experience implementing modern marketing, communications and engagement best practices.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism or related field.

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in marketing/communications/audience engagement roles.

  • Broad and deep experience implementing modern marketing, communications and engagement best practices.

  • Extensive experience in an entrepreneurial environment and with emerging information technologies and communications approaches

  • Experience in a departmental leadership role.

  • Experience with strategic management of a brand and its voice through diverse media to generate results.

  • Knowledge of principles, tools and practices for measuring performance of marketing efforts.

  • Experience in managing operating budgets.

  • Excellent writing and communications skills required.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex work environment and meet deadlines effectively.

  • Experience supervising and managing direct reports.

  • A willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.

  • A proven leader who is invigorated by and eager to respond to the challenges and opportunities brought about by historic changes in Public Health, an ever-changing information ecosystem, and the disruption and growth affecting institutions in Higher Ed.

  • Possesses strategic vision, an innovative mindset, an entrepreneurial background, and a passion for Public Health.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to meet project needs and priorities.

This position is Hybrid Eligible.

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Job Posting Title:

Associate Dean of Strategic Communications


School of Public Health


Grade 13

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Full time

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Position Work Location:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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