Assistant Director, Compensation

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time
Assistant Director, Compensation

University Human Resources

Brown University, Providence, RI


Reporting to the Director of Compensation and Organizational Services, the Assistant Director, Compensation will provide consultative and analytical support with department reorganizations, job reclassifications, pay-related decisions for new hires, promotions, market adjustments and internal equity. This position collaborates with Human Resources Business Partners, UHR staff, managers and leaders acting as a strategic partner to assigned organizational areas.  This position will deliver compensation reviews, reclassification requests and requests for new positions, including gathering job analysis information, reviewing external market data, reviewing internal comparisons, and recommending grade, range, title, and FLSA status. The incumbent ensures internal equity and external competitiveness in recommendations and decisions. The Assistant Director conducts compensation studies including but not limited to internal equity reviews and ad-hoc surveys, analyzing market trends and developing recommendations based on findings.

Major Responsibilities:

Provide high level compensation consultation and guidance on pay decisions, policies and guidelines

Supporting Actions:

Build and maintain strong partnerships across the university, including core HR functions, Human Resources Business Partners (HRBP), leaders, department heads and managers, to ensure a total rewards package to address talent attraction, retention and motivation.

Apply compensation principles, best practices and appropriate guidelines to collaborate on compensation issues, including promotions, pay adjustments, job classification, retention, offers/counter offers, performance bonuses and pay supplements.

Serves as a subject matter expert on compensation processes and issues.

Work with Director to design compensation programs, policies, procedures and practices.

Advise on job description development, including job content, title and qualifications to ensure consistency across the university. Develop tools on writing job descriptions, including generic job descriptions, compensation resources and training programs to assist staff and managers.

Conduct job evaluations to determine the appropriate job grade, title, FLSA status and compensation package, ensuring consistency across the university.  This includes determining if the promotion is warranted, reviewing internal and external salary data, and benchmarking to similar positions at the university.

Proactively consult with Human Resources Business Partners and managers to identify positions that should be reviewed for job grade, title, FLSA status and compensation package.

Partner with Human Resources Business Partners, managers and functional experts to develop career progression guidelines and job descriptions.

Stay up-to-date on current compensation-related legislation to ensure compliance with applicable employment-related federal and state statutory requirements

  regarding employee pay and independent contractor vs employee classification.

Conduct exempt testing to determine appropriate FLSA status of new and updated positions.

Conduct ad-hoc research and compensation modeling in support of project assignments including presentation of findings and recommendations.

Conduct analysis of compensation data to identify trends, market competitiveness and benchmark compensation practices

Supporting Actions:

Analyze competitive salary data to support pay decisions and recommendations.  This includes preparing compensation analyses for job audits and equity requests, and performing market pricing evaluations of new and revised positions.

Leverage best practices and technology for continuous improvement in compensation administration and processes.

Partner with Director to evaluate all equity, promotion and bonus requests during the salary increase process. Proactively consult with Human Resources Business Partners and managers to identify positions that should be reviewed for job grade, title, FLSA status and compensation package.

Support and manage organizational reviews and manage projects 

Supporting Actions:

Work with department heads and HRBP to develop and finalize the reorganization documentation including job descriptions, salary recommendations, reorganization memo and staffing spreadsheet.

Participate in discussions with Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for Operations, Recruiting and Staffing Operations, Employee and Labor Relations to finalize the reorganization material and assist with implementation.

Serve as lead as assigned by the Director, Compensation and Organizational Services. 

Lead assigned compensation projects

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience

 Bachelor’s Degree and 5-7 years of compensation experience

Experience with developing strategic solutions to a broad range of classification, compensation and organizational design issues.

Strong knowledge base of classification and compensation theory, practices, and guiding principles.

Strong communication skills to convey findings and recommendations clearly and concisely. Exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to work across a complex organization and interact and partner with various levels of management, staff, faculty and outside constituents.

Ability to work independently and exercise initiative, discretion, and good judgement.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with client groups and other areas of human resources and complete multiple assignments on time.

Demonstrated ability to prioritize assignments to accommodate varied workload deadlines and conflicting requests.

Skill to work in a fast-paced, high volume, and frequently changing environment.

Prior experience in a higher education setting is preferred


Job Competencies:

Ability to demonstrate a high attention to detail and accuracy, as well as understand the strategic impact of compensation decisions on the organization

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Strong analytical skills; critical thinking skills as demonstrated through the ability to draw conclusions, themes and trends from data analysis

Ability to take on complex problems and applies sophisticated thought to identify creative solutions

Possesses a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community


Criminal and education background check satisfactory to Brown University.

Please include a cover letter when submitting your application.


In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site. 


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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.

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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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