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Communications Specialist

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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:

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:

Brown University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) brings a Brown education to new audiences of learners: those focused on development of skills and a breadth of knowledge necessary for professional success and leadership. We leverage Brown’s intellectual centers of excellence, rigorous teaching, and developmental approach to learning in a range of programs, including serving students outside of traditional degree programs. We partner with Brown departments, centers, institutes, and schools to develop degree and non-degree programs, and to support the recruitment, retention, and placement success of master’s students, including traditional, non-traditional, and professional students.


The School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Brown University is seeking a Communications Specialist to join its dynamic marketing team. The Communications Specialist is responsible for sharing the story of the School of Professional Studies through engaging content and storytelling. This role will work in close collaboration with the members of the SPS marketing and communications team and key stakeholders in SPS to build a communications strategy that focuses on the creation of written, visual and video content for web, newsletters, social media, email, podcasts, blogs, and other organic marketing tactics. Specific responsibilities include generating stories about programs, alumni, faculty, etc. Experience writing (short- and long-format), editing, and research for content development required. Social media best practices required.

The Communications Specialist will be responsible for:

● Developing engaging content (written, visual and video) across a variety of school and program-level initiatives

● Building and maintaining editorial and social media content calendars and ensuring timely execution for posting/publishing

● Researching subject matter, conducting interviews and drafting stories that support the mission and vision of SPS

● Collaborating with colleagues within SPS and across the University to promote stories and generate new content for various audiences

● Maintaining Brown and SPS’ visual identity, editorial standards, and social media best practices



● Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English, Public Relations, Marketing, Communications or similar

● 3+ years content creation, communications, marketing or related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Job Competencies

● Superb writing, editing, proofreading and verbal communication skills

● Proficiency in social media management and knowledge of best practices and trends

● Understanding of KPIs for content

● Excellent organization, project management and content production skills involving the execution of multiple, simultaneous projects

● Ability to meet stringent deadlines, work effectively and troubleshoot in a high-volume, ever-changing work environment

● Working knowledge of Google Suite

● Willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community

Preferred Job Competencies

● Experience working with Slate or other CRM systems

● Experience with vendor management

● Knowledge of HTML and email service provider platforms

● Understanding of search engine optimization tactics

● Experience in higher education storytelling; ability to conduct interviews for featured subjects,

● Experience with layout/design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign)

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


● Experience working with online degrees and non-traditional, professional student population

● Experience working with international students

● Experience working with graduate student population

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Submission Guidelines:

Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter. This position requires work on Brown's campus in Providence, with flexibility to work remotely multiple days per week. Brown University cannot provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Background Check:

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

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Job Posting Title:

Communications Specialist


School of Professional Studies


Grade 9

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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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