The Stark Family Director/Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service provides leadership, strategic direction, and high-level oversight to one of the nationâ™s leading centers for community engagement and the first to be housed in a university. Drawing on Brownâ™s historic commitment to social justice and collaborative community partnerships, the Director/Executive Director leads University efforts to integrate teaching, learning, and practice in order to advance scholarship and to produce a public benefit. The Director/Executive Director serves as an important advocate and university ambassador to the Providence and Rhode Island communities.
The Director/Executive Director is responsible for 20 full-time staff members, 14 AmeriCorps members, over 150 stipended student leaders, and 10+ part-time undergraduate and graduate student staff members; programming that engages nearly 1,200 undergraduate students each year; and a complex annual budget of $3.0 million comprised of endowment, gift, grant, and general operating funds. As Associate Dean of the College, the Director/Executive Director fills the role of academic advisor and colleague to other college divisions and programs, and serves as a member of various College and University committees as assigned.
The candidateâ™s qualifications, education, and skills will determine if the position is filled at a grade 13 or grade 14. â‹
Collaboration and Partnership: Ability to sustain long-term relationships and steward diverse interests; demonstrated ability to work and communicate with a wide range of constituencies, including community partners, faculty, staff, and students. Experience designing and executing an inclusive vision.
Community Engagement: Leader in the community, public service, non-profit, and/or academic spheres. Demonstrated knowledge of building positive change for social and racial justice. Experience developing sustained, asset-focused collaborations with community partners.
Executive Leadership and Management: Track record of inclusive, mission-driven organizational leadership; experience advancing initiatives in a shared decision-making environment. Strong commitment to continuous improvement and accountability. Experience leading and managing a large and diverse team. Demonstrated experience advocating for and making change towards aspirational goals for diversity, inclusion and equity.
Experiential Learning and Engaged Scholarship: Experience in educational design, implementation, and assessment. Demonstrated knowledge of civic engagement, public service/service learning, engaged scholarship and experiential education. Understanding of and ability to articulate and strengthen the relationship between Brownâ™s educational philosophy and engaged learning goals.
Fundraising: Demonstrated success in fundraising, including significant experience with individual donor cultivation and stewardship and national foundation or public agency funding proposals. Proven ability to meet fundraising goals and targets.
Student Advising: Genuine and demonstrated interest in engaging, collaborating with, supporting, and educating undergraduate students to achieve their academic, co-curricular and career goals. Interest in helping students integrate their community engagement and academic pathways is essential. Willingness to value student leadership in a shared governance model.
Communication and Personal Style: Excellent written and oral (including public speaking) communication skills; multilingual abilities are preferred. Outgoing, open and self-aware personality with strong interpersonal skills and inclusive, transparent approaches to decision making. High integrity, excellent judgment, and good humor. Demonstrated personal commitment to social justice.
Masterâ™s degree required; PhD or other terminal degree strongly preferred.
Grade 13: 7+ years of related experience, at least 3 years of which must have been in a management position of significant responsibility.
Grade 14: 10+ years of related experience, at least 5 years of which must have been in a management position of significant responsibility.
Other: Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend events/programs; occasional work-related travel.
Background check: criminal and education verification.
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Stark Family Director/Executive Director, Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service / Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship
Office of the Dean of the College
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Internal Number: REQ167369
About Brown University
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 Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.