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Director of Strategic Operations

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Dec 1, 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:

About Brown:

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.

About the Opportunity:

At this dynamic cross-campus center, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), students and faculty conduct groundbreaking research and build creative solutions to complex 21st-century problems in climate and sustainability. Work at IBES combines an understanding of the natural world and human dimensions because environmental stewardship, human rights, and economic well-being are inextricably linked.

Through our unique interdisciplinary approach, IBES cultivates actionable research outcomes, while equipping and empowering the change agents of tomorrow through our rigorous and diverse academic programs.

IBES faculty, staff, and students play key roles in the global conversation about environmental issues – on campus, at the State House, in boardrooms, and at the United Nations.

At Brown, and within IBES, we celebrate diversity in all its forms, and work together to create a collaborative, inclusive, and equitable work environment where everyone can achieve their professional goals.

Reporting to the Director of IBES, the Director of Strategic Operations guides the development and execution of strategic operations for IBES across the Institute’s portfolios of research, education, public engagement, and partnerships (both internal and external).The Director of Strategic Operations will be responsible for guiding progress towards strategic objectives, overseeing workflow across teams comprised of faculty, staff, and students, as well as external partners, and developing storytelling and reporting materials for key internal and external stakeholders. As a member of the IBES Leadership Team, this position supports evidence-based decision-making that will guide investments, policy development, and programmatic design in support of IBES Strategic Plan goals and objectives.

The IBES Director of Strategic Operations is responsible for oversight, implementation, management, and communication efforts for the IBES Strategic Plan , focused on advancing solutions-engaged interdisciplinary research and education grounded in a robust network of internal and external partners. The IBES Director of Strategic Operations will supervise the IBES Associate Director of Communications and may supervise additional staff and student workers.


  • Master’s degree in business, educational administration, or environmental science or related field, with 8-10 years of professional experience, or equivalent combination of experience and education (i.e. Bachelor’s degree with 12 or more years of experience or a Doctoral degree with 4-6yrs of experience).

  • Previous experience in higher education or with an environmentally-focused institution is preferred.

Job Competencies
  • Demonstrated expertise in facilitating cross-team communication and collaboration

  • Strong ability to build and maintain effective working relationships, with the energy and dynamism to inspire others and effectively engage internal and external constituents

  • Demonstrated success in cultivating a diverse set of partnerships in support of institutional priorities, with particular emphasis on strategies for inclusive and equitable community partnerships

  • Excellent written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience with project management tools and software

  • Fundraising and gift stewardship expertise

  • Experience managing complex, multi-month assignments with multiple contributors and review phases under strict timelines

  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion

  • Demonstrated leadership experience

  • Ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment

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Additional Information:

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Applicants are asked to include a cover letter and resume.

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Job Posting Title:

Director of Strategic Operations


Institute at Brown for Environment and Society


Grade 12

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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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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


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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