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Program Director, Community Dialogue Project

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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:

The Program Director, Community Dialogue Project is responsible for advancing student learning, inclusive community, and open inquiry on a university-wide basis through collaborations, programs, and services that support the development and use of skills for effective communication, dialogue, conflict resolution, and multipartial facilitation within the Brown University community. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Campus Life and working in close, collaborative partnerships with colleagues across and beyond the Division of Campus Life, the Program Director leads the Community Dialogue Project in supporting the development of skills and strategies for communicating effectively, responding to conflict, engaging in interactional diversity, and pursuing mutual understanding of issues that affect the Brown community.

The Program Director develops and leads a campus-wide vision for the Community Dialogue Project that empowers sites of interactional diversity wherein participants can engage productively in difficult discussions and relationship building around challenging topics that sometimes arise in a diverse community. The Program Director provides training, education, and skill development to students and staff in student-facing programs across campus on topics of effective communication, conflict resolution and transformation, dialogue facilitation, and mediation and directly provides dialogue facilitation, mediation, and conflict coaching. The Program Director recruits, trains, and supervises cohorts of graduate and undergraduate students and staff members engaged in CDP activities. The Program Director leads and develops this work grounded in principles and practices of social justice and equity in order to equip and enable participants to navigate and engage constructively in conflicts and difficult conversations within the Brown University community in affirming, empowering, community-building ways. Occasional night and weekend work is required.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field and 6-10 years of relevant experience (e.g., higher education, student affairs administration, conflict resolution and mediation) required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Certification in (critically conscious, multipartial) mediation or facilitation is required.

  • Experience developing programs and initiatives that are responsive to the needs of a diverse student population including students from historically underrepresented groups.

  • Experience overseeing conflict resolution, dialogue facilitation, and mediation in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.

Job Competencies
  • Working knowledge of principles, practices and theories of student learning and development; understanding of the cultural, social, and educational needs of university students.

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

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to listen well and demonstrate sensitivity to, and empathy and respect for, diverse groups of people.

  • Demonstrated experience supporting development of skills related to conflict resolution, dialogue facilitation, and mediation.

  • Demonstrated experience developing systems and structures that center social justice and equity.

  • Demonstrated ability to creatively and efficiently solve problems, using sound judgment, assuming ownership of a problem, and resolving challenges in a collaborative manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work collaboratively and professionally across diverse constituencies.

  • Demonstrated cultural humility.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle matters with discretion, tact, and diplomacy.

  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and prioritize well under time pressure.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to conduct educational programs and training workshops.

  • Demonstrated ability to use technology to effectively reach target audiences.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft and Google Suite applications.

  • Strong commitment to supporting the University's goal of cultivating a diverse and inclusive community.

Background Check: All offers of employment are contingent upon a successful criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

Additional Information: Please submit a resume and cover letter when applying for this position. To learn about Brown University’s benefits, please visit here for further information.

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Job Posting Title:

Program Director, Community Dialogue Project


AVP Dean of Students


Grade 11

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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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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.

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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.

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